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07/14/2019 10:00AM – Using an Isotherm FeatureThe more things change, the more they remain the same. This timeless observation is especially true when referring to the isotherm feature found on today’s modern thermal imagers.
07/08/2019 9:00AM – Role of IR Inspections for Electrical Distribution SystemsInfrared 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.
07/01/2019 3:00PM – Drones Fly Beyond InspectionsIn industrial settings, drone- based technology is being used with increasing frequency to improve safety and inspect and analyze inaccessible areas.
07/01/2019 1:00PM – Infrared Imaging and Spray Testing of WallsInfrared imaging can be useful for detecting leaks within building sidewalls; however, timing an inspection can be tricky. Controlled wetting of walls can be used to simulate storm conditions during an inspection.
06/24/2019 9:00AM – Insect Safety TipFor many, it’s that time of year again when nature’s little wonders come out and remind us that we need to be proactive in reducing our exposure to the flying and crawling types of hazards. In this Tip, we offer suggestions for dealing with mosquitoes, ticks, and bees.
06/17/2019 9:30AM – The Value of Level III CertificationCertification 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.
06/03/2019 11:00AM – Infrared Inspections to Detect Process Piping CorrosionInfrared thermography offers good potential for detecting energy losses from process equipment and piping as well as some symptoms of pipe deterioration.
06/03/2019 11:00AM – Tornado SafetyWith the onset of warm weather, tornado season has arrived. In an average year, tornadoes in the US cause 80 fatalities and 1500 injuries. Knowing what to do before and during a tornado is crucial for survival.
06/01/2019 9:00AM – Remote Monitoring with Ultrasound: Solutions for Improved Equipment ReliabilityAirborne and structure-borne ultrasound technology has become a major player in predictive and preventive maintenance. Ultrasound has been proven and accepted by maintenance and reliability professionals globally across many industry and manufacturing sectors.
05/27/2019 11:00AM – Infrared Imaging and Mold DetectionAs concerns regarding indoor air quality increase, there is increasing concern with respect to mold. Used properly, a thermal imager can help identify areas of potential mold growth.
05/20/2019 8:30AM – What Do Thermometers Measure?When asked what a thermometer measures, most people will tell you that thermometers measure whatever they contact. The correct answer is a little more complex and is fundamental to understanding and accurately applying contact thermometry.
05/13/2019 10:30AM – Negative Findings Versus No ProblemsWhen documenting an infrared inspection with no detectable exceptions, thermographers should be aware that there is a big difference between reporting “no problems” versus “negative findings”.
05/06/2019 10:00AM – How to Calculate TransmittanceWindows are semi-transparent materials placed between an object and an infrared instrument to separate conditioned from unconditioned spaces. When measuring temperatures through a window, it is imperative to know and enter the Transmittance value of the window into your radiometer’s computer to help ensure temperature measurement accuracy.
05/01/2019 3:30PM – Infrared and Art: Using Infrared Photography in Art Conservation and HistoryThe uses of Infrared thermography are numerous and well known to most: preventive maintenance, moisture intrusion, animal husbandry, and more.
04/29/2019 10:00AM – Using an IR Imager to Monitor Drywall InstallationFinishing drywall is a routine part of commercial and residential construction. A thermal imager can be useful in helping to assess the drying process associated with newly-installed compound.
04/22/2019 9:30AM – Connecting the DotsOne of the most challenging aspects of performing infrared inspections involves directing a qualified assistant in outlining exceptions on the surface of the ground or an insulated roof.
04/15/2019 9:30AM – Using Switchgear Windows and PortsAs the popularity of switchgear windows and ports grows, thermographers are faced with challenges unique to these devices. In this Tip we examine some of these challenges and provide advice and cautions when imaging through windows and ports.
04/08/2019 9:00AM – Using an Auto Image FunctionAuto Image is a feature found on many modern thermal imagers. While this feature may be helpful in certain imaging situations, its usage can cause thermographers to overlook significant thermal anomalies.
04/01/2019 3:30PM – Simplified Calibration of Radiometric EquipmentImaging and non-imaging infrared radiometers are frequently used to determine the temperature of objects. Obtaining accurate temperature values requires that the instrument be properly used and is within calibration.
04/01/2019 9:30AM – Careful Testimony at Your FingertipsWhen called on to answer a question under oath, put your left hand on your lap, fingertips to your pant leg and think about the tip of your thumb. Your thumb reminds you that you have a predicate question of your own to answer for yourself, before you can even begin to reply to the other person.
03/25/2019 9:30AM – IR Inspections to Detect In-floor Heating System LeaksHydronic in-floor heating systems are well known for the comfort they provide. Under the proper conditions, thermal imaging can be used to help find leaks that develop in these systems.
03/18/2019 9:30AM – Infrared Inspection of Breaker Control CabinetsInfrared inspections of electrical systems often include high visibility equipment such as substations, switchgear and motor controllers. In this Tip we discuss several critical items that are often overlooked during infrared inspections.
03/11/2019 10:30AM – Begin With the End in Mind“Begin with the end in mind” is a frequent quotation from Stephen Covey’s best selling book,The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Applying this principle can have a dramatic impact on many things including an infrared inspection program.
03/04/2019 8:30AM – Calculating Field of ViewHave 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.
03/01/2019 3:30PM – First Impressions CountExperienced business people know the importance of first impressions. To this end, they do their best to dress, act, and speak appropriately when meeting prospects. Why is it then that so many fail to understand that first impressions on the web are equally important?
02/18/2019 9:00AM – IR Inspections of Furnace TubesProcess furnaces or heaters are a critical component found in many petrochemical refineries. Performed properly, infrared inspections of furnace tubes can provide valuable data regarding tube condition and operating temperature.
02/11/2019 9:00AM – Preventing Falls in Icy WeatherNumerous injuries result from slips and falls on icy sidewalks, parking lots, roads and other outdoor locations every year. Snow removal, sanding and salting of these type areas can help but, many times, total elimination of snow/ice hazards are impossible and other measures must be used to cope with these problems.
02/04/2019 9:30AM – Is Distance Learning Right For You?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.
02/01/2019 3:00PM – Using Thermal Imaging to Detect Moisture Intrusion into a Cold Molded Boat Hull“Cold Molding” is a labor intensive process typically reserved for “Custom” boat builds. More often than not this process is used for Convertible Sportfish boats used for offshore fishing tournaments.
01/31/2019 3:30PM – IR/INFO 2019 – A Resounding Success!Burlington, NJ January 30, 2019 — Infraspection Institute’s IR/INFO Conference was held earlier this month in New Orleans, LA. IR/INFO 2019 marks the 30th anniversary for the advanced training conference, technical symposium and technology expo.
01/28/2019 10:00AM – IR Inspections of Electrical Bus DuctsElectrical 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.
01/21/2019 6:00PM – IR Inspections of Electric MotorsDespite 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. Infrared thermography can be used as a cost-effective diagnostic tool for detecting problems within electric motor systems.
01/16/2019 3:45PM – Infraspection Institute Master Thermographer Seal Now a Registered TrademarkThe United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded Infraspection Institute registration for its mark and designation, ‘Infraspection Institute Master Thermographer’.
01/14/2019 1:00PM – Cold Weather ClothingCold weather clothing is a matter of functionality not fashion. Clothing needs to be worn in layers in order to trap air which is warmed by the body. When selecting clothing, start with the innermost layer and work outward. The use of multiple layers will trap warm air while providing greater ease of movement.
01/07/2019 1:00PM – A Thermographer’s Magic MarkerAn age-old challenge for thermographers is the ability to annotate or mark objects to make them easier to identify in recorded imagery. One possible solution is to mark targets with an ink pen with low emittance ink.
01/01/2019 10:00AM – Nine Steps to Setting Up an Infrared Inspection ProgramInfrared inspections are now a matter of routine for many commercial and industrial facilities. By proactively addressing incipient or latent failures detected during a single inspection, facility managers are able to avoid costs associated with unscheduled downtime and damage to electrical and mechanical equipment.
12/31/2018 9:30AM – Focus, Focus, FocusProper image focus is still one of the most important aspects of performing an infrared inspection. A clear image not only allows for optimal problem diagnosis, but it is also critical to accurate temperature measurement.
12/24/2018 9:30AM – IR Inspections of Insulated WindowsInfrared inspections of building envelopes can provide evidence of excess energy loss through walls, doors and roofs. Under the right conditions, thermal imagery can also provide evidence of excess energy loss through insulated window assemblies.
12/17/2018 9:30AM – Imager Resolution and the Great Pixel DebateResolution is one of the most important objective specifications for any thermal imaging system. Pixel count is frequently offered as a measure of image quality; however, pixel count is only one of many factors that affect imager resolution.
12/10/2018 9:00AM – IR Inspections of Timber Framed BuildingsWell known for its ruggedness and distinct architectural features, timber frame construction is a popular choice for commercial and residential buildings. Used properly, thermal imaging can be used to detect evidence of excess energy loss within these unique structures.
12/03/2018 10:00AM – Infrared Inspections of Conveyor BearingsIf your facility utilizes conveyor systems for moving product, you may be able to use your thermal imager to locate defective bearings.
12/01/2018 10:30AM – Preparing Your Facility for an Infrared Electrical Inspection In most facilities across the midwest, regularly scheduled shutdown periods allow for all kinds of repairs, improvements, and preventive maintenance that are vital to the efficiency of the facility.
11/26/2018 1:00PM – How to Calculate EmittanceUtilizing 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.
11/19/2018 4:00PM – IR Inspections of Single Phase Power PanelsDetermining exceptions in single phase power panels is often challenging due to the absence of appropriate reference components. In this Tip, we offer suggestions for properly inspecting these panels.
11/14/2018 4:45PM – Free Video Content for Infrared Inspection WebsitesInfraspection Institute is pleased to announce the availability of free video content for thermography websites.
11/12/2018 9:30AM – Emissivity Settings for Building InspectionsA common question among thermographers who perform infrared inspections of buildings is, “What emissivity setting should I use?” While this might seem like a straightforward question, the answer is not that simple.
11/05/2018 4:00PM – Do You Have the Correct Time?Most 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.
11/01/2018 3:00PM – Drones Support Safer Inspections Many types of industrial inspections have the potential to put workers in risky situations, i.e., needing to work from height or being exposed to dangerous materials or substances.
10/31/2018 3:30PM – United Infrared Announces Passing of Rob MillerOn last Thursday, our beloved and respected Rob Miller passed away from natural causes while working at a job site in Massachusetts.
10/29/2018 10:00AM – From the Top DownDuring the performance of infrared inspections of electro/mechanical equipment in high-rise facilities, efficiently moving between floors can be a challenge. Waiting for elevators can be especially time consuming; climbing stairs with tools and instruments can be physically taxing.
10/22/2018 9:30AM – Autumn is the Time for Steam Trap TestingWith 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.
10/15/2018 10:30AM – Infrared Inspection of Ballasted Roofing SystemsInfrared inspections can help to detect latent moisture within smooth or gravel-surfaced insulated roofing systems. For roofs covered with high-density ballast or pavers, other forms of non-destructive testing such as capacitance or nuclear gauge testing may provide better results.
10/08/2018 10:00AM – High E Targets for Measuring Component TemperaturesLow emittance can introduce significant error when performing non-contact temperature measurements of electrical and mechanical system components. Affixing high emittance coupons to component surfaces can provide a solution.
10/01/2018 3:30PM – From Planning to Reporting: How to Properly Conduct Infrared Inspections of Electrical Systems A successful infrared electrical inspection starts before you leave the office. The success of any project depends on planning, preparation, and attention to details. It also includes clear communication of expectations while you are on-site, and comprehensive collection of data during the inspection.
10/01/2018 10:30AM – Training – A Wise Use of Year End Budget MoneyWhen it comes to spending year end budget monies, the phrase “Use it or Lose it” often applies. Training can be a wise choice for those looking to reduce a budget surplus.
09/24/2018 8:30AM – The Problem with Glass and PlasticGlass viewing windows and plastic safety barriers are common features found on medium and high voltage electrical enclosures and devices. Although glass and many plastics are transparent in the visible spectrum, they are opaque in the infrared spectrum.
09/17/2018 9:30AM – Autumn IR Inspections to Assess Roof ConditionWith 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.
09/10/2018 12:00PM – Using an Isotherm to Detect Potential Condensation SitesCondensation on interior building surfaces can lead to a variety of problems including conditions conducive to mold growth. Used properly, the isotherm feature found on many infrared imagers can be utilized to spot potential condensation sites.
09/03/2018 10:30AM – School’s Open – Drive CarefullyBy early September, over 55 million children across the United States will head back to school. With 13 percent of those children typically walking or biking to their classes, drivers should be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours.
09/01/2018 9:00AM – Detection and Classification of Surface and Subsurface Structural Deficiencies Using Mobile Infrared Thermography and High-definition Visual Imaging The USA is experiencing an oncoming wave of transportation structures becoming obsolete and in need of repair or replacement. The average age of the country’s bridges, for example, is about 45 years, and a significant portion of these bridges are considered structurally deficient.
08/27/2018 1:00PM – Labor DayThe month of September is a month of transition for many Americans. With this Tip, we cover the transitional holiday known as Labor Day.
08/20/2018 12:00PM – Monochrome or Multi-Color?With most thermal imagers capable of displaying images in monochrome or multicolor, many new thermographers ask which color palette is the best choice for effective imaging.
08/13/2018 10:00AM – Detecting Underground Pipe LeaksLeaks 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.
08/06/2018 10:30AM – Rules of Construction: Special Conditions of the SubcontractIf you sign a contract of adhesion as a consumer, the law will be on your side if you try to get clear. As a business owner, not so much. This is the kind of problem that comes up over and over. Maybe it’s time for you to experiment with a different approach.
08/01/2018 3:00PM – Using Electronic Leak Detection Methods to Prevent Water Ingress and Determine Source of Water Leakage in Low Slope Roofing and WaterproofingElectronic Leak Detection (ELD) methods are used for determining discontinuities in the form of breaches and seam voids in low slope roofing and waterproofing assemblies. The first ELD method was developed in Germany in the 1970’s.
07/30/2018 9:30AM – Three Legs are Better Than NoneWhen it comes to providing a stable platform for a thermal imager, it’s hard to beat a tripod. As thermal imagers have gotten smaller and lighter, many thermographers have all but forgotten this once requisite accessory that can help provide better quality data while reducing stress.
07/23/2018 4:30PM – Heat Stress & HydrationAn 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.
07/16/2018 4:30PM – Splash Protection for Your IR ImagerTaking 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, you can use a polyethylene sheet or trash bag to temporarily protect your imager and accomplish a qualitative inspection.
07/11/2018 7:00PM – Infraspection Institute Partners with InterNACHI for Infrared TrainingBurlington, NJ — July 11, 2018 — Infraspection Institute and the InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) have announced dates for infrared training courses at two InterNACHI facilities.
07/09/2018 12:30PM – Asphalt or Coal Tar – How to Tell the DifferenceWhen performing an infrared inspection of low slope roofing systems, invasive testing is necessary to confirm the composition and condition of roofing system components. As asphalt and coal tar are incompatible materials, it is imperative to use the correct bitumen to ensure the long term integrity of repaired test sites.
07/02/2018 10:30AM – Thermal Imager Rental – A Smart AlternativeWith prices ranging to over $10,000, a thermal imager can represent a considerable investment. For companies getting started in thermal imaging, renting an imager can provide a cost effective alternative to purchasing a system outright.
07/01/2018 10:00AM – Best Practices for Ultrasonic Compressed Air Leak DetectionContrary to what some might think, compressed air is not free. In fact, because of what it takes to produce it compared to what is generated, it is often considered the most expensive utility in a typical manufacturing facility.
06/25/2018 9:30AM – Inspecting Shaded Building ElevationsInfrared inspections of building exteriors often rely on solar loading to create temperature differentials necessary to detect damage or defects. A common challenge for thermographers is inspecting building elevations that do not receive direct sunlight.
06/18/2018 10:30AM – Heat Stress & the Human BodyFor many, the peak of Summer brings high temperatures to the workplace. For others, high temperatures in the workplace are an everyday occurrence.
06/11/2018 10:30AM – Why GFCI Devices Appear WarmWhen performing an infrared inspection of an electrical panel you may notice that the phenolic bodies of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters appear warm. This same condition may also be observed on self-contained GFCI receptacles.
06/04/2018 3:00PM – Calculating Infrared Inspection Program PaybackCalculating savings and/or avoided costs is one of the most difficult tasks associated with an infrared inspection program; however, doing so is required in order to gauge how effective a program is.
06/01/2018 4:00PM – What is the Life Expectancy of Arc-rated Protective Clothing?Why should we be so particular about the care of this clothing and concerned about its life expectancy? Because we want to ensure that it will be able to withstand the arc flash intensity for which it is rated for the useful life of the garment.
05/28/2018 10:00AM – Applying ThermographyThermography is a versatile nondestructive test technique that has a wide variety of applications. In short, thermography can be applied to any situation where knowledge of heat patterns and associated temperatures across a surface will provide meaningful data about a system, object, or process.
05/21/2018 10:30AM – IR Image Capture & TuningA Thermographer is like a professional photographer – both communicate a message about their subjects through imagery. Similar to photography, focus, composition, and exposure of thermograms are important since they are often the main vehicle that a Thermographer uses to convey information.
05/14/2018 10:00AM – Lightning SafetyLightning 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.
05/07/2018 11:00AM – IR Inspections of Photovoltaic SystemsWith interest in renewable energy at an all-time high, photovoltaic systems have become a common sight worldwide. Infrared inspections can be used for quality assurance inspections of new installations or to monitor the performance of existing ones.
05/01/2018 3:00PM – Thermographic Inspection of Substation TransformersThis presentation will go over some common thermal anomalies to look for and data that should be recorded and where to find it when inspecting large oil cooled transformers. It will also touch on how to automatically import nameplate data from a database into your report to save time and data space by avoiding redundant information.
04/30/2018 10:00AM – When Should You Upgrade Your Imager?With any technology, change is inevitable. Advances in infrared imager technology now provide thermographers with new equipment choices on a semiannual basis. With more choices than ever, it is important for thermographers to be able to determine when they should upgrade their imager.
04/16/2018 9:30AM – The Weakest LinkWe’ve all heard the phrase, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” When it comes to thermography, the weakest link is frequently not the test equipment but rather the thermographer.
04/09/2018 6:30AM – How Close Do You Need to Be?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.
04/02/2018 10:30AM – Do You Have the Correct Time?Most 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.
04/01/2018 10:00AM – The Dangers of Improper Thermal Imager Settings During Thermographic InspectionsThis paper will show how improper thermal imager settings can result in potentially dangerous outcomes with plant equipment, personnel safety and property. Examples of shoddy insulation, electrical and motor inspections using improper thermal imager settings will also be shown.
03/26/2018 10:00AM – Measuring Motor TemperaturesTemperature can be an indicator of the condition of installed electric motors; however, the best location for measuring temperature is often debated. In this Tip we discuss the best location for measuring motor temperatures.
03/19/2018 11:00AM – Non Uniformity CorrectionFocal plane array detectors are standard components for most commercial thermal imagers. One feature common to all FPA imagers is a function known as non-uniformity correction.
03/12/2018 11:00AM – Infrared Inspection of CapacitorsCapacitors are devices commonly found in AC electrical distribution systems where power factor correction is required. Like any electrical component, capacitors need to be regularly checked for proper operation. Infrared thermography can be used to rapidly inspect capacitors from a safe, remote distance.
03/05/2018 10:00AM – Gauging Solar LoadingDid you know that an automobile can be used to gauge solar loading? Under the correct conditions, a parked car can serve as a cheap, but effective, pyranometer.
03/01/2018 3:00PM – Applications of sUAV’s (Drones) for Marine SurveyingJack is an Accredited Marine Surveyor (SAMS-AMS) and Charlie is a Certified Marine Surveyor (NAMS-CMS). Both of them recognize the value of images both infrared and visual to document the conditions of the vessels and their systems.
02/26/2018 3:00PM – Spring is the Time for Infrared Roof InspectionsWith 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.
02/19/2018 1:00PM – Infrared Inspections of Spandrel Glass PanelsThermal imaging is widely used to detect evidence of excess energy loss in building envelopes. Under proper conditions thermal imaging may be used to detect excess energy loss through spandrel glass panels.
02/12/2018 4:30PM – Thermal Imaging BasicsWith 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.
02/05/2018 5:30PM – IR/INFO 2018 Provides a Hot Time in New OrleansBurlington, NJ January 30, 2018 — Infraspection Institute’s IR/INFO Conference was recently held in New Orleans, LA. IR/INFO 2018 marks the 29th anniversary for the advanced training conference, technical symposium and technology expo.
02/05/2018 11:30AM – Preventing Carbon Monoxide PoisoningCarbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that can be deadly. Knowing the symptoms of CO poisoning and how to prevent it can save your life or the lives of those around you.
02/01/2018 2:30PM – Drones are Heating Up: A Survey of Common Applications for Drone-based Thermal ImagingFor over 30 years airborne thermal imaging systems have provided a unique perspective for a number of applications. In the past, thermal imaging systems were expensive and were limited to use with either helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft.
01/29/2018 6:30AM – Images and Reports – Who Owns Them?It is said that, “Possession is nine tenths of the law. When it comes to infrared data, ownership is often not that simple. In this Tip we explore the frequently misunderstood topic of infrared data ownership.
01/22/2018 7:00AM – Improving Accuracy of IR Temperature MeasurementsAs infrared technology has advanced, radiometers have become a common tool for many maintenance technicians and mechanics.
01/08/2018 9:30AM – Frostbite & Hypothermia“Jack Frost nipping at your nose.” These lyrics from a popular Christmas carol evoke romantic visions of winter; however, frostbite and hypothermia are dangerous medical conditions that can present serious safety hazards.
01/01/2018 11:30AM – Three Ways Infrared Thermography Improves Electrical MaintenanceIn most commercial facilities, an overlooked but essential asset to the facility is the electrical system. Almost everything runs on electricity and once installed, most electrical equipment is forgotten about until something burns up and stops working.
01/01/2018 11:00AM – Make a New Year’s Resolution for SafetyWith the New Year upon us, many of us will follow the tradition of resolving to change or better ourselves. With this Tip, we offer suggestions for making job safety a priority.
12/29/2017 7:00AM – Infraspection Institute’s Jim Seffrin Joins InterNACHI®BOULDER, Colo. (Dec. 27, 2017) – The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI®) announced today that Jim Seffrin has been appointed its new Director of Thermography Training.
12/25/2017 11:00AM – Detecting Electrical System OverloadsStatistically, overloaded circuits are the second most common cause of exceptions found during infrared inspections of electrical systems. Although overloads are quite common, they can be tricky to accurately diagnose.
12/18/2017 10:30AM – Temperature Measurement and Building Envelope InspectionsTemperature measurement is recognized in many thermographic applications as a means for gauging the severity of exceptions. For infrared inspections of building envelopes, temperature measurement is frequently of little or no value and may serve to underestimate the severity of certain conditions.
12/11/2017 3:00PM – Winter Driving TipsWith 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.
12/04/2017 10:00AM – IR Inspections of Emergency Power SystemsUPS systems and emergency generators are common defenses for facilities where uninterrupted electrical power is critical. Performed properly, IR inspections can help to improve reliability of emergency power systems.
12/01/2017 3:30PM – Predicting Equipment Resiliency Using Infrared TechnologyMaintenance supervisors are always searching for simple, low-cost means and methods to avert costly failures. Thermal imaging is one such tool that has developed over time to predict equipment resiliency.
11/27/2017 10:00AM – Infrared Inspections to Detect Latent MoistureAs 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.
11/15/2017 4:00PM – 12 Graduate Level I Thermography Course West Windsor, NJ November 15, 2017 – Twelve men and women from across the US recently completed the Level I Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer®training course.
11/13/2017 9:30AM – Checking IR Equipment CalibrationEquipment calibration can have a significant impact on the accuracy of infrared temperature measurement. In this Tip we discuss a simple technique for checking the accuracy of imaging and non-imaging radiometers.
11/06/2017 9:30AM – Does Thermography Really Save Time and Money?“Thermography saves time and money” is a statement frequently associated with thermal imaging. In this Tip, we discuss the accuracy of this popular claim.
11/03/2017 3:30PM – Note These Causes of Motor FailureBrushing up on Important Root Causes Now can Prevent Headaches Later.
10/23/2017 9:30AM – An Emittance Greater Than 1.0 ?According to the laws of physics, only a perfect blackbody may have Emittance of 1.0. Although the E value of real objects must be less than 1.0, some radiometers allow entry of E values exceeding 1.0. The following describes how these radiometers achieve the impossible.
10/16/2017 6:00PM – IR Imaging for Checking Tank LevelsFor many facilities, obtaining accurate product level information for tanks and silos is critical for effective inventory management and safety. Under the right conditions, a thermal imager can quickly indicate product levels and serve as a cross reference for calibrating level indicators.
10/09/2017 3:00PM – Using a Blower Door During an IR InspectionData obtained during infrared inspections can often be improved by incorporating other tools. When it comes to building inspections, a blower door can be useful in detecting air leakage sites and helping to gauge the airtightness of a building.
10/04/2017 3:00PM – Non-Destructive Testing of Steam TrapsWith green awareness at an all-time high, facility managers are constantly on the lookout for new ways to save money and energy while reducing their company’s carbon footprint.
10/02/2017 8:30AM – Calculating the Value of an Electrical HotspotWhat is the financial liability of a hotspot within an electrical system? Probably less than you think since electrical hotspots waste surprisingly little energy even when operating at high temperatures.
09/25/2017 7:00AM – The Myth Behind IFOV ValuesA specification commonly provided for thermal imagers is Instantaneous Field of View or IFOV. Many people mistakenly believe that IFOV values provide meaningful information about a thermal imager’s performance.
09/18/2017 3:00PM – Change Routes with the SeasonTraditionally, many facilities perform infrared inspections on an annual basis. While this approach may detect deficiencies within operating systems, systems not under load due to seasonal or operational conditions cannot be effectively inspected.
09/11/2017 9:30AM – Point Radiometers & Spot Measurement SizeWith awareness of infrared technology at an all time high, point radiometers have become a common tool in many areas. Frequently, knowledge of proper operation lags behind instrument popularity. Understanding how spot measurement size affects accuracy is imperative to collecting meaningful data.
09/04/2017 10:30AM – Infrared Inspections of Lightning ArrestorsInfrared thermography is a proven technology for detecting defects in electrical circuits that are under load. Thermal imaging can also be used to detect defective lightning arrestors that are leaking current to ground.
09/01/2017 3:00PM – Are Electrical Switchgear Surveys Still the “Low-Hanging Fruit” of Infrared Thermography?This paper discusses the market forces, insurance requirements, government regulations and risk management thinking that are changing the electrical testing industry in general, and the electrical infrared testing application in particular.
08/28/2017 3:00PM – School’s Open – Drive CarefullyBy early September, over 55 million children across the United States will head back to school. With 13 percent of those children typically walking or biking to their classes, drivers should be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours.
08/21/2017 2:30PM – Blinded by the LightWhile it is often interesting to use a thermal imager to view ordinary objects, imaging the sun, arc welders and similarly hot objects should be avoided unless your imager has been built specifically for these applications.
08/14/2017 7:00AM – Imager Operational Check Prior to InspectionsMany infrared applications standards require that infrared test equipment be within calibration prior to the conduct of an inspection.
08/07/2017 5:00PM – Temperature Limits for Drive BeltsTemperature is frequently used to gauge the condition of motors and power transmission equipment. In this Tip, we discuss the effect of heat on flexible drive belts and temperature limits for them.
07/31/2017 9:00AM – Pricing Infrared Inspection ServicesA 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.
07/24/2017 4:00PM – Pricing Infrared Inspection ServicesUninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems are commonly found in facilities where reliable electrical power is critical. Infrared inspections can play a key role in maintaining these crucial systems.
07/17/2017 4:00PM – Post Processing Thermal ImagesPost processing of thermal images is a common practice for many thermographers. While image processing may provide a measure of convenience for some, it can have significant drawbacks.
07/10/2017 3:00PM – Roof Inspections – Solar Reflectance versus IR ReflectanceEnergy and environmental concerns have caused many facility owners to look to their roofing systems for ways to conserve energy. Modern roofing systems known as ‘cool roofs’ can provide savings; however, they can present challenges for thermographers who inspect them.
07/05/2017 3:30PM – Ensuring Accurate Measurements with Point RadiometersPoint radiometers, also known as infrared thermometers, have become a common tool in a variety of workplaces. Portability and instantaneous results are two of the many benefits that these instruments provide.
07/03/2017 11:00AM – Making Your Own Blackbody SimulatorBlackbody simulators are essential tools for checking the calibration of infrared imagers and radiometers. One alternative to purchasing a blackbody simulator is to make your own.
06/26/2017 9:00AM – Using Tmax Corrected Formula to Prioritize Electrical ExceptionsFor decades, temperature measurement has been used to gauge the operating condition of electrical components.
06/19/2017 9:00AM – Infrared Training – Why it Isn’t All the SameWith interest in thermography at an all-time high, more people are seeking training and certification. When comparing infrared course offerings, many mistakenly assume that all training and certification courses are the same.
06/12/2017 9:00AM – Warm Lighting Circuit BreakersWhen performing infrared inspections of branch circuit panels, lighting circuits will often appear warmer than adjacent circuits. If adjacent circuits are lightly loaded, the warmer circuits may be indicative of a normal condition or they may represent a more serious condition.
06/05/2017 9:30AM – Does Thermography Really Save Time and Money?Whether you work as a professional thermographer or are setting up an in-house infrared inspection program, it is important to accurately represent the benefits of thermography to prospects or peers. Failure to do so can lead to unrealistic expectations and disappointment.
06/01/2017 3:30PM – Steam Trap Inspection Basics Using UltrasoundHigh energy prices and global competition dictate a need to reduce energy waste and improve system efficiencies whenever possible.
05/29/2017 9:30AM – Protecting Yourself in the Sun – Part 2Most people have experienced the discomfort of sunburn at one time or another. Few tend to realize that unprotected exposure to the Sun increases one’s risk of developing skin cancer which can be fatal.
05/22/2017 9:00AM – Protecting Yourself in the Sun – Part 1With the height of Summer, many thermographers focus their attention on the discomfort associated with heat and humidity. Those who spend time outdoors should also be aware of the health hazards associated with unprotected exposure to the Sun.
05/15/2017 10:00AM – Building Envelope Inspections – Which Way Do We Go?Infrared inspections of building envelopes have many uses. Of paramount importance is a logical inspection route that covers all subject areas and provides report data that can be easily followed.
05/10/2017 6:30AM – 16 Achieve Level I CertificationWest Windsor, NJ May 9, 2017 – Sixteen men and women from across the US recently completed the Level I Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® training course.
05/08/2017 9:00AM – Tornado SafetyWith the onset of warm weather, tornado season has arrived. In an average year, tornadoes in the US cause 80 fatalities and 1500 injuries. Knowing what to do before and during a tornado is crucial for survival.
05/01/2017 10:00AM – Determining Maximum Operating Temperature for MotorsOperating temperature can have a significant impact on the service life of operating electric motors. Accurately determining maximum operating temperature for motors is critical for setting temperature limits.
05/01/2017 7:00AM – Temperatures: Measure Thrice At Least…Before Reporting OnceMeasurements always have accompanying uncertainties that can be quantified and reported by measuring more than once.
04/24/2017 9:00PM – Infrared Inspections of Arc Fault Circuit InterruptersExcess heating is often a sure sign of defective electrical equipment; however, the absence of heat can also be a sign of component failure.
04/17/2017 7:00AM – Measuring and Compensating for Reflected Temperature – Part 2Non-contact thermometry provides a means for rapidly measuring object temperatures. To ensure measurement accuracy, all error sources must be considered and properly addressed.
04/10/2017 10:00AM – Measuring and Compensating for Reflected Temperature – Part 1Non-contact thermometry provides a means for rapidly measuring object temperatures. To ensure measurement accuracy, all error sources must be considered and properly addressed.
04/03/2017 10:00AM – Using Voltage Drop MeasurementsAccurate confirmation of thermal data is a critical step when performing infrared inspections of energized electrical systems. In this Tip we discuss an advanced verification technique known as a voltage drop measurement.
04/01/2017 10:00AM – The Use of Thermal Imaging as a Diagnostic Tool for Hydraulic SystemsHydraulic systems are an integral part of many mobile and fixed machines. Because hydraulic components generate heat during normal operation, they are excellent subjects for thermal imaging.
03/27/2017 11:00AM – How to Use Spot Size RatiosWith 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.
03/20/2017 11:00AM – Training and Equipment: Which First?We’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.
03/13/2017 2:45PM – Notice of CopyrightEvery 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.
03/06/2017 10:00AM – The 3 Most Important QuestionsThermal 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.
03/01/2017 6:30AM – The FLIR One Infrared Imaging Radiometer and Marine SurveyingIn 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.
02/27/2017 9:30AM – How to Calculate TransmittanceWindows are semi-transparent materials placed between an object and an infrared instrument to separate conditioned from unconditioned spaces.
02/20/2017 11:00AM – How to Calculate EmittanceUtilizing 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.
02/13/2017 7:00PM – A Hidden Danger in Electrical SystemsAlthough thermography is a non-contact test, preparing for an infrared inspection of electrical equipment often requires manual preparation of switchgear components.
02/07/2017 1:00PM – IR/INFO 2017 a Huge SuccessBurlington, 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.
02/06/2017 4:00PM – Why Headers Appear CoolIn business, it is frequently said that cooler heads prevail. When performing infrared inspections of building interiors, window and door headers are often more prevalent.
02/01/2017 3:30PM – Leveraging Thermal Imaging for Gas DetectionInfrared (IR) cameras have a long history in the industrial world, from security / surveillance to predictive maintenance applications in electrical and mechanical environments.
01/30/2017 10:00AM – Selecting an IR Training FirmAs 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.
01/23/2017 10:00AM – Infrared Inspection of Load Break ElbowsLoad 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.
01/16/2017 9:00AM – Why Building Corners Appear CoolWhen performing infrared inspections of framed buildings from the interior, thermographers often note that corners appear at a different temperature.
01/02/2017 10:30AM – Understanding RadianceKeeping 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.
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