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Is Distance Learning Right For You?

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 13:56
Advancements in technology have reshaped traditional approaches to education. Students are now able to study a wide variety of subjects, including thermography, from virtually anywhere in the world.

Spring is the Time for Infrared Roof Inspections

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 13:56
With the onset of warmer weather, the harshness of winter is but a fading memory for most. Left undetected, the damage caused by winter’s fury is a reality that can lead to premature roof failure. Fortunately, an infrared inspection of your roof can detect evidence of problems before they can get out of hand.

Ambient Temperature and Radiometer Accuracy

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 13:56
Many who live in cold climates are in the habit of allowing their automobile to warm up before driving. For accurate temperature measurement, one should allow sufficient time for a radiometer to equalize with ambient temperature.

How to Use Spot Size Ratios

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 13:56
With 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.

‘Thermometer Guns’ on Coronavirus Front Lines Are ‘Notoriously Not Accurate’

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 13:56
Chinese authorities are using infrared thermometers to screen people for the illness, as the devices have become synonymous with trying to contain deadly outbreaks.

How Close Do You Need to Be?

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 13:56
One of the most frequently asked questions in thermography is, “How close do I need to be to my target?” The answer depends upon target size and the type of data that are desired.

Pricing Infrared Inspection Services

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 13:56
A well-known Zen riddle is, “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” A perpetual thermographer’s enigma is, “What are infrared inspection services worth?” This week’s Tip addresses some key considerations when evaluating prices for infrared inspection services.

Detecting Underground Pipe Leaks

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 13:56
Leaks are a common problem with underground piping systems. Under the correct conditions, infrared thermography can help to detect evidence of leaks from buried piping systems that carry hot or cold product.

The FLIR One Infrared Imaging Radiometer and Marine Surveying

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 16:35
In 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. Jack had the unit upgraded to save images in radiometric format.

Selecting an IR Training Firm

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 13:56
As 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.

IR/INFO 2020 – An Event to Remember!

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 13:56
Burlington, NJ – January 31, 2020 — Infraspection Institute’s IR/INFO Conference was held earlier this month in San Antonio, TX. 2020 marks the 31st anniversary for the advanced training conference, technical symposium and technology expo. IR/INFO was attended by infrared thermographers, PdM and CBM technologists, and building inspection professionals from around the world who enjoyed four days of networking, learning, and fun in a relaxed and professional atmosphere.

How Dust Creates Full Size Thermal Imagery

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 13:56
When performing an infrared inspection of the interior of a building, you may be able to visually observe full-size thermal images without your thermal imager. The cause of this phenomenon is simple dust and dirt normally found within most buildings.

Outsourcing IR Services

Mon, 12/30/2019 - 13:56
Whether you are considering instituting an IR inspection program or already have one in place, obtaining competent manpower can be a challenge. One potential solution is to outsource services for additional manpower and expertise.

Files Worth Saving

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 13:56
With year-end in sight, many will begin the annual process of clearing out files and getting ready for the upcoming year. In this week’s Tip, we share some thoughts on files that you may wish to keep.

Setting Temperature Limits

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 13:56
Over the past thirty years, a number of temperature severity guidelines have been published by various organizations. When using these guidelines, you may compare similar components under similar load to each other OR compare the subject component to ambient. The former of these approaches is recommended since ambient temperature can swing widely over time. Furthermore, it is often impossible to obtain an accurate ambient temperature for devices located within an enclosure once the enclosure has been opened for the infrared inspection.

Checklists: Often-Overlooked Improvement Tools

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 13:56
"D’ya think I’m stupid? Checklists are for dummies." "I know what I’m doing. I’ve done it for years." "Why would I ever need a checklist?" These types of remarks sum up what, even now, is a widely held view among maintenance and reliability teams on many plant floors.