Published: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:27:26 -0400
Last Build Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:28:06 -0400Copyright: 2006
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:28:04 -0400With awareness of infrared technology at an all time high, point radiometers have become a common tool in a wide variety of industries. Understanding how to properly apply spot size values is imperative for accurate temperature measurement.
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:55:22 -0400We’ve all heard the phrase, “Put the horse before the cart.” When it comes to thermography, many people put the cart in front of the proverbial horse by buying infrared equipment before obtaining proper training.
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:47:58 -0400Every thermographer should know that an image which bears the symbol © (the letter C in a circle) is claimed to be copyrighted, and be interested to learn that although original infrared images and videos can be registered with the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress, no publication or registration or other action such as placing a notice of copyright on the image is legally required.
Sun, 05 Mar 2017 09:58:00 -0500Thermal anomalies are not always as obvious as one might expect. Often, subtle thermal differences can be indicative of major problems. Because infrared thermography is a visual inspection technique, its effectiveness relies on the observation skills of the thermographer.
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:21:49 -0500In 2003 Jack started applying infrared thermal imaging to Marine Surveying using a FLIR model E2 imaging radiometer. While the imager measured temperature, it initially did not save images in a format that could be analyzed with post processing.
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:24:36 -0500Windows are semi-transparent materials placed between an object and an infrared instrument to separate conditioned from unconditioned spaces.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:51:25 -0500Utilizing correct emittance values is imperative for accurate non-contact temperature measurements. Knowing how to accurately calculate emittance values can help to ensure the accuracy of infrared temperature measurements.
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:37:02 -0500Although thermography is a non-contact test, preparing for an infrared inspection of electrical equipment often requires manual preparation of switchgear components.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:33:24 -0500Burlington, NJ February 6, 2017 – Infraspection Institute’s annual IR/INFO conference was recently held in Orlando, FL.IR/INFO 2017 marks the 28th anniversary for the advanced training conference, technical symposium, and technology expo.
Sat, 04 Feb 2017 15:53:09 -0500In business, it is frequently said that cooler heads prevail. When performing infrared inspections of building interiors, window and door headers are often more prevalent.
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:19:11 -0500Infrared (IR) cameras have a long history in the industrial world, from security / surveillance to predictive maintenance applications in electrical and mechanical environments.
Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:36:24 -0500As thermography has gained in popularity, the demand for training services has also increased. Since operator training can have a profound effect on the success of an infrared program, obtaining quality training is of paramount importance.
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:48:37 -0500Load break elbows are a common feature on shielded cables. Thermography may be used to provide evidence of loose or deteriorated connections associated with these connectors.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:16:30 -0500When performing infrared inspections of framed buildings from the interior, thermographers often note that corners appear at a different temperature.
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 10:03:32 -0500As the awareness of non-contact temperature measurement has increased, spot radiometers have become common tools in the workplace. Discrepancies frequently arise when temperatures taken with spot radiometers are compared to temperatures obtained with an imaging radiometer.
Sun, 01 Jan 2017 10:00:13 -0500Medical Thermography has been around for several decades with varying degrees of positive and negative promotion, research, and support.
Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:02:53 -0500Keeping it simple is a principle for effective communications. When it comes to infrared thermography, oversimplification can be detrimental when it leads to confusion or misunderstandings.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:48:35 -0500With the end of the year upon us, we wish to follow in the grand tradition of saving our best for last. In this Tip of the Week, we address some of the most important issues facing predictive maintenance professionals.
Sun, 18 Dec 2016 10:16:58 -0500It is hard to believe that another year has passed and the holiday season is once again upon us. With this Tip, we invite our readers to share a favorite memory as we celebrate the season.
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:11:42 -0500Purchasers of thermal imagers are often faced with the challenge of which features to look for on new equipment. For some, a video output jack can be a particularly useful feature.
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:58:14 -0500For many facilities the beginning of autumn means that heating season is just around the corner. Infrared inspections can help point out the types of energy liabilities that can account for significant waste.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:01:36 -0500Denver, CO December 2, 2016 – The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) has approved Infraspection Institute’s IR/INFO 2017 Conference for 24 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:15:29 -0500Moving more than 5 million people per day over almost 850 miles of track is a daily challenge for one of America’s largest metropolitan subway systems. Reliability and safety are top priorities for a transportation system that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
Sun, 27 Nov 2016 14:45:11 -0500You can’t believe everything you hear. This can be especially true when it comes to performing infrared inspections on flat roofs that contain closed cell foam insulation.
Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:59:05 -0500When it comes to heat transfer and safety, thermographers traditionally think of the workplace. With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, neither of these topics should be overlooked when it comes to preparing the holiday feast.
Sat, 12 Nov 2016 14:13:57 -0500It’s that time of year when brightly colored trees remind us that Autumn is upon us. Taking a few precautions can help to make driving safer by addressing challenges unique to the fall season.
Sun, 06 Nov 2016 12:53:43 -0500As thermography has matured, standards have appeared governing the conduct of infrared inspections and the proper use of infrared test equipment.
Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:43:22 -0400The principle of Yin and Yang is based on the belief that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites.
Sun, 30 Oct 2016 08:33:57 -0400Utilizing correct emittance values is imperative for accurate non-contact temperature measurements. Knowing how to accurately calculate emittance values can help to ensure the accuracy of infrared temperature measurements.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:32:29 -0400Burlington, NJ October 28, 2016 – Infraspection Institute has announced the release of updated versions of its popular series of Standards for infrared thermography. All eleven Standards have been revised to keep abreast of technological and industry changes.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:56:45 -0400Perhaps the most common application for infrared thermography is PdM inspections of electrical distribution systems. However, in focusing on the inspection, many overlook the critical step of properly preparing for the inspection.
Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:10:04 -0400With the onset of seasonably cooler weather, autumn is the time to prepare your steam system for the upcoming heating season. Testing your steam traps before the season begins can help to pinpoint costly leaks before the heating season begins.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:14:03 -0400Don’t be surprised if the courts divert your next lawsuit to mediation or to non-binding arbitration. Since the trend toward alternative dispute resolution cuts costs for the court as well as for the parties, it shows no sign of slowing.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:35:07 -0400For many thermographers, ladders provide a means for accessing remote areas and equipment. In this week’s Tip we cover safety tips applicable to extension ladders.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:20:21 -0400While most acknowledge that unreliable operation is costly at the plant level, the impact, when projected to sales, is enormous.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:44:50 -0400For many thermographers, ladders provide a means for accessing remote areas and equipment. Taking the time to use ladders properly can help to prevent serious or fatal injuries.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:08:07 -0400WILSONVILLE, OR — (Marketwired) — 09/20/16 — FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced the FLIR RSX-F intelligent sensor for advanced fire detection inside rail coaches.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:25:12 -0400With parts of the US experiencing record setting heat, it is hard to think about winter. For many, autumn provides a perfect opportunity to conduct infrared inspections of flat roofs to help ensure that they are ready for the upcoming colder months.
Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:52:36 -0400Using thermograms to document exceptions is a time-tested common practice in thermography. At times, this practice can be cumbersome and confusing, especially with large structures.
Sat, 03 Sep 2016 10:41:55 -0400For many areas, September is a month of transition – cooler weather, leaves turning color, and children returning to school. In this Tip we offer some advice for keeping school students safe.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:48:09 -0400While an enormous amount of infrared techniques to look at building efficiency have been developed in the past, recent new testing combining aerial infrared surveys, handheld infrared measurements, pressurization and computational analyses have been developed, with some surprising results.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:05:36 -0400Certification is one of the most frequently cited credentials for practicing infrared thermographers. In this Tip we discuss the importance of Level III certification and why thermographers need to train and certify to the highest level possible.
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:29:26 -0400Despite the important role they play in a commercial facility, electric motors tend to be both out-of-sight and out-of-mind until they fail.
Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:29:40 -0400Despite the important role they play in a commercial facility, electric motors tend to be both out-of-sight and out-of-mind until they fail.
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:32:51 -0400Thermography is a proven technique for inspecting insulated, low-slope roofing systems. Under the proper conditions, thermography may also be used to inspect uninsulated roofs that are constructed with an insulating deck.
Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:25:27 -0400Inspection techniques such as infrared thermography, ultrasonic testing, and visual inspections using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), have changed the face of marine inspections/surveys.
Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:51:24 -0400A perpetual quest among professional thermographers involves seeking a standard contract for their inspection services. In this Tip, we offer a time-tested solution that can help to increase sales and improve customer satisfaction.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:58:37 -0400As the popularity of infrared transmissive switchgear windows increases, many have begun to question how much windows attenuate the observed infrared data.
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:27:03 -0400Have you ever wondered what the size of your imager’s field of view is at a given distance? If you know the visual field of view specifications for a thermal imager, it is possible to calculate the size of your imager’s viewing area for any given distance using a scientific calculator.
Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:47:13 -0400An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In last week’s Tip, we covered the topic of heat stress, its symptoms, and treatment. This Tip focuses on the importance of hydration as a preventive measure.
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 10:03:32 -0400Infrared inspections can be a valuable tool for detecting problems within electrical distribution systems. Understanding when and where to utilize thermography is key to obtaining maximum benefit.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:44:44 -0400Infrared inspections can be a valuable tool for detecting problems within electrical distribution systems. Understanding when and where to utilize thermography is key to obtaining maximum benefit.
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 16:33:25 -0400Ever wonder why magicians never reveal their secrets? It's because magic, like most things, is easy once you know the trick. When describing thermography in lay terms, it is easy to over emphasize simplicity and forget the source of the true magic behind thermography – the thermographer.
Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:55:03 -0400Currently published industry standards require that core samples be obtained when performing infrared roof moisture surveys. Properly procuring and patching core sample sites can help to maintain watertight integrity of sample sites.
Sun, 05 Jun 2016 10:46:33 -0400In regions with older infrastructure, sewer system integrity is often a primary concern. Under the right conditions, thermography can often detect sewer leaks or voids surrounding the system that can lead to sinkholes.
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:10:14 -0400When it comes to establishing an electrical maintenance program for your facility, there are many resources at your disposal to which you could look.
Sun, 29 May 2016 10:30:13 -0400When performing infrared inspections of electrical systems, many thermographers tend to focus their attention on outdoor substations and overhead electric lines. Unexpected failures can occur when service entrance cables are overlooked.
Sun, 22 May 2016 10:02:24 -0400As interest in building remediation has increased, thermography has become a common tool for helping to detect moisture damage. Knowing when and how to conduct an infrared inspection is key to success.
Sun, 15 May 2016 10:29:59 -0400As interest in building remediation has increased, thermography has become a common tool for helping to detect moisture damage. Knowing when and how to conduct an infrared inspection is key to success.
Sun, 08 May 2016 14:07:30 -0400Lightning is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena. For thermographers who work outdoors, it can present a serious safety hazard. This week’s Tip discusses how you can protect yourself from this serious safety hazard.
Sun, 01 May 2016 11:02:48 -0400Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) walls are a common construction detail frequently used in single –story and low rise commercial block wall construction. An infrared imager can be used to quickly perform quality assurance inspections of reinforcing grout details which are critical to the strength of finished CMU walls.
Sun, 01 May 2016 10:41:33 -0400When properly implemented, thermography is the most efficient non-contact, cost effective and reasonably accurate solution for mass screening of individuals for elevated body temperature (EBT).
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:09:14 -0400“Watch Your Step” is a safety slogan we’ve all seen countless times. All too frequently, thermographers suffer injuries when engrossed in an inspection or disoriented by the display monitor of an infrared imager.
Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:12:58 -0400Electrical bus ducts are a common feature found in many commercial and industrial electrical systems. When used to supplement regular PM, infrared inspections can help to detect loose or deteriorated connections that can lead to costly catastrophic failures.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:53:13 -0400Lenses and optics are an integral part of any infrared imaging system. Most infrared optics are coated with special anti-reflective coatings to maximize the transmission of infrared energy to the system's infrared detector.
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 12:07:02 -0400When performing an infrared inspection, obtaining quality data relies on the use of proper equipment, thermographer training and knowledge of the system being inspected.
Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:42:24 -0400Unknown emittance values are often the greatest error source when taking infrared temperature measurements. This error source can be eliminated by modifying a target with a material having a known E value.
Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:06:12 -0400Most modern thermal imagers have the ability to record time and date along with thermal images. Taking a moment to ensure that the correct time and date are displayed on your imager before you begin your inspection can help to avoid wasted time and the collection of inaccurate data.
Sun, 06 Mar 2016 08:58:34 -0500Proper planning prevents poor performance. This frequently repeated phrase has been applied to many disciplines and has application in thermography as well.
Tue, 01 Mar 2016 10:20:23 -0500More often than not, boats constructed with fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) and composite materials are damaged by lightning strikes, collision, and allision (moving boat striking a stationary object).
Sat, 27 Feb 2016 12:07:46 -0500Everyone has heard the fabled race between the tortoise and the hare in which the tortoise beats the hare. One of the morals of the story is that a steady pace may be more fruitful than erratic bursts of speed.
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:09:06 -0400In order to increase the accuracy of thermographic inspections of steam traps, contact ultrasonic testing should be used as well as infrared imaging. Contact ultrasonics are much more sensitive to trap failures than temperature measurement alone.
Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:50:00 -0500Purchasing a pre-owned thermal imager can result in significant savings over the cost of a new unit. Prices for new thermal imagers from under $1000 to tens of thousands depending upon features and capabilities.
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 10:11:25 -0500Purchasing a pre-owned thermal imager can result in significant savings over the cost of a new unit. Prices for new thermal imagers from under $1000 to tens of thousands depending upon features and capabilities.
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:16:52 -0500Burlington, NJ January 29, 2016 - Infraspection Institute’s IR/INFO conference was recently held in Orlando, FL.
Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:18:37 -0500You’ve spent all your time trying to figure out which camera is best for you. You’ve considered all the features including number of pixels, sensitivity, and connectivity to mobile devices. You’ve made your decision, bought, and received the camera.
Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:51:34 -0500When working in a new facility or plant area for the first time, you may encounter safety rules that are new or different. It is always a good idea to review safety requirements with the project manager prior to project start to ensure that you are prepared.
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:01:56 -0500If you have multiple imaging radiometers of the same make and model, it is imperative to keep your lenses with the imager chassis to which they have been calibrated.
Sun, 10 Jan 2016 09:11:18 -0500With an unusually harsh winter well underway, many have already experienced driving challenges associated with severe weather. With this Tip, we offer some advice for driving in winter conditions.
Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:41:54 -0500Many facilities undergo regularly scheduled shutdowns for preventive maintenance. Performed prior to shutdowns, infrared inspections can help to point out potential problems in electrical and mechanical systems and allow for more effective use of resources during a shutdown.
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 11:24:58 -0500Thermography and related infrared applications have been used for decades in the petrochemical and chemical industries; however, it has been quite a mystery to many on how to penetrate such an industry.
Sun, 27 Dec 2015 11:20:23 -0500You’ve probably heard the saying, “You can’t see the forest because of all the trees.” Sometimes thermographers can’t see visible discrepancies for the thermal imagery.
Sun, 20 Dec 2015 10:17:13 -0500It is hard to believe that another year has passed and the holiday season is once again upon us. With this Tip, we invite our readers to share a favorite memory as we celebrate the season.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:55:16 -0500Many thermographers think of the holidays as a time for family, festivities and annual maintenance of their infrared equipment. Planning ahead can help to minimize imager downtime and avoid or minimize program interruption.
Sun, 06 Dec 2015 11:26:55 -0500Intrinsically safe test equipment is a requirement for workplaces where combustible gasses may be present. Prior to performing an infrared inspection in such areas, it is important to understand the meaning and importance of this requirement.
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:26:37 -0500Lighting ballast failure may present more than an inconvenience; in some cases, it may present a fire hazard. Under the right conditions, an infrared imager may be used to detect overheated ballasts.
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:43:26 -0500When it comes to heat transfer and safety, thermographers traditionally think of the workplace. With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, neither of these topics should be overlooked when it comes to preparing the holiday feast.
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:33:53 -0500Infrared inspections of flat roofs are a time-tested procedure for detecting evidence of subsurface moisture within a roofing system. Current standards specify infrared inspections be performed from the exterior of the building; however, infrared inspections may be performed from the interior of the building under certain conditions.
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:27:18 -0500Denver, CO November 12, 2015 – The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) has teamed up with Infraspection Institute to provide advanced infrared thermography training for its members.
Sun, 08 Nov 2015 13:15:13 -0500With tremendous emphasis placed upon the sophistication of today’s modern thermal imagers, it’s easy to forget the basics of thermal imaging. Regardless of imager age or sophistication, there are several basic concepts that can vastly increase the accuracy and success of an infrared inspection.
Sun, 01 Nov 2015 10:51:03 -0500Thermal imaging is one of the newest tools for the pest management professional. As with most applications, thermography for pest detection is not “simply point and shoot”.
Sun, 01 Nov 2015 10:17:55 -0500Qualitative and Quantitative Infrared Thermography is a more informative and non- invasive inspection technique- making it the perfect tool for marine inspections of G10 as well as all Fiberglass Laminates.
Sun, 18 Oct 2015 09:55:04 -0400Although thermography has gained wide acceptance for use in P/PM, Condition Monitoring and Forensics, thermographers often are unaware of the existence of published safety standards regarding infrared inspections.
Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:10:11 -0400Taking your infrared imager into dusty or wet environments can have disastrous consequences for your imager. While it is best to wait for such conditions to subside, your can use a polyethylene sheet or trash bag to temporarily protect your imager and accomplish a qualitative inspection.
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:00:35 -0400The isotherm feature found on modern thermal imagers is somewhat of a relic having been around for over 25 years. In simple terms, an isotherm feature allows a thermographer to visually highlight areas exhibiting a similar apparent temperature on the imager's monitor screen.
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:01:06 -0400Infrared detectors are solid state devices that are the heart of a thermal imager. It is the detector which converts heat energy into an electric signal which is then converted to images and temperature data. Recent innovations in infrared detector design have led to reductions in both cost and size.
Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:02:51 -0400In a recent Tip of the Week, we suggested using architectural drawings to supplement, or as a substitute for, thermograms for large structures. Structural blueprints can also be used to reference locations when performing infrared inspections of large physical structures.
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:52:13 -0400If your roof has been retrofitted with a new roof installed over an existing one, it is imperative that you test the roofing system for water infiltration at least annually.
Sat, 12 Sep 2015 10:17:28 -0400For many areas, September is a month of transition – cooler weather, leaves turning color, and children returning to school. In this Tip we offer some advice for keeping school students safe.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:37:30 -0400As practicing thermographers, we expect each day to provide new experiences and teach new lessons. September 11, 2001, taught every American a life-altering lesson. This paper presents an account of that day by an ordinary thermographer who was working across the street from the World Trade Center that morning and suddenly found herself in an extraordinary situation.