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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.
12/28/2016 4:00PM – Our Most Important TipWith 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.
12/19/2016 10:30AM – Holiday WishesIt 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.
12/12/2016 6:00PM – Video Output – A Useful Feature on Thermal ImagersPurchasers 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.
12/05/2016 9:00AM – Using IR Inspections to Help Prepare for Heating SeasonFor 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.
12/02/2016 4:00PM – InterNACHI Approves IR/INFO Conference for Continuing Education of its MembersDenver, 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).
12/01/2016 3:30PM – Infrared Thermography Goes UndergroundMoving 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.
11/28/2016 3:00PM – Infrared Inspections of Roofs Containing Foam InsulationYou 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.
11/21/2016 10:00AM – Thanksgiving Safety TipWhen 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.
11/14/2016 2:30PM – Autumn Driving TipsIt’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.
11/07/2016 1:00PM – Standards for Infrared ThermographyAs thermography has matured, standards have appeared governing the conduct of infrared inspections and the proper use of infrared test equipment.
11/01/2016 7:00AM – The Yin and Yang of AvailabilityThe principle of Yin and Yang is based on the belief that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites.
10/31/2016 9:00AM – 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.
10/28/2016 3:30AM – Infraspection Institute Announces Release of Updated Standards for 2016Burlington, NJ October 28, 2016 – Infraspection Institute has announced the release of updated versions of its popular series of Standards for infrared thermography.
10/24/2016 10:00AM – Preparing for IR Inspections of Electrical SystemsPerhaps 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.
10/17/2016 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.
10/10/2016 9:30AM – The Difference Between Mediation and ArbitrationDon’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.
10/03/2016 10:30AM – Ladder Safety – Part 2For 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.
10/01/2016 10:00AM – Calculate the Impact of Unreliability on SalesWhile most acknowledge that unreliable operation is costly at the plant level, the impact, when projected to sales, is enormous.
09/26/2016 12:00PM – Ladder Safety – Part 1For 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.
09/24/2016 9:30AM – FLIR Announces FLIR RSX-F Thermal Fire Sensor for Rail CoachesWILSONVILLE, 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.
09/19/2016 10:00AM – 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.
09/12/2016 11:00AM – Alternatives to Thermal ImagesUsing 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.
09/05/2016 11:00AM – School’s Open – Drive CarefullyFor 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.
09/01/2016 3:00PM – White Roofs May Not Be So Green…While 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.
08/29/2016 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.
08/22/2016 11:30AM – Laying the FoundationDespite 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.
08/15/2016 9:30AM – IR Inspections of Electric MotorsWhile any picture is worth a thousand words, a thermal image needs an interpreter. When thermal imagery is used as evidence, thermographers can expect to be called upon to testify.
08/08/2016 3:00PM – IR Inspections of Roofs with Insulating DecksThermography 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.
08/01/2016 9:30AM – Thermal Imagers and Marine InspectionsInspection techniques such as infrared thermography, ultrasonic testing, and visual inspections using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), have changed the face of marine inspections/surveys.
08/01/2016 10:00AM – Contracts for Infrared InspectionsA 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.
07/25/2016 9:30AM – Transmissivity of Switchgear WindowsAs the popularity of infrared transmissive switchgear windows increases, many have begun to question how much windows attenuate the observed infrared data.
07/18/2016 10:30AM – 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.
07/11/2016 11:00AM – 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.
07/04/2016 10:30AM – Maintaining Situational AwarenessInfrared 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.
07/01/2016 4:00PM – Certified Termite Thermography a Must for Property OwnersMany animals and even some people are credited with having a sixth sense for knowing or anticipating events before they happen. The benefits of this seemingly supernatural power can be enjoyed by applying a discipline known as situational awareness.
06/27/2016 3:00PM – 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.
06/20/2016 5:00PM – It’s Not That EasyEver 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.
06/13/2016 9:00AM – How to Core Sample a RoofCurrently 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.
06/06/2016 11:00AM – IR Inspections for Sewer SystemsIn 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.
06/01/2016 4:30PM – NFPA 70B and CSA Z463 Standards for Electrical Maintenance: Where Does Airborne Ultrasound Fit In?When it comes to establishing an electrical maintenance program for your facility, there are many resources at your disposal to which you could look.
05/30/2016 10:30AM – Inspecting Service Entrance CablesWhen 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.
05/23/2016 10:00AM – What is Image Fusion?As 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.
05/16/2016 10:30AM – Infrared Inspections to Detect Latent MoistureThe more things change, the more they remain the same. This timeless observation is especially true when referring to the seemingly revolutionary image fusion feature found on some of today’s modern thermal imagers.
05/09/2016 12:30AM – 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.
05/02/2016 11:30AM – IR Inspections of CMU WallsConcrete 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.
05/01/2016 11:00AM – The Use of Thermography in Elevated Body Temperature ScreeningWhen 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).
04/25/2016 9:30AM – Watch Your Step“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.
04/18/2016 10:30AM – 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.
04/11/2016 8:00PM – Cleaning IR LensesLenses 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.
04/04/2016 12:30PM – Know Your TargetWhen performing an infrared inspection, obtaining quality data relies on the use of proper equipment, thermographer training and knowledge of the system being inspected.
04/01/2016 6:30AM – Help OEMs Help You: Getting Better Designs for Automation and Reliability from Your SuppliersIdentifying Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with the capabilities, expertise and experience to design, build and deliver physical assets that perform beyond the stakeholders’ expectations is an important initial step in delivering a successful project.
03/28/2016 2:00PM – 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.
03/21/2016 11:00AM – Modifying a Surface for Infrared Temperature MeasurementUnknown 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.
03/14/2016 12:30PM – 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.
03/07/2016 9:00AM – Setting Up Inspection RoutesProper planning prevents poor performance. This frequently repeated phrase has been applied to many disciplines and has application in thermography as well.
03/01/2016 10:30AM – IR Thermography and Related NDT Technologies for Detection of Damage to Boats Constructed with FRP and Composite MaterialsMore 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).
02/29/2016 12:30PM – The Tortoise and the HareEveryone 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.
02/22/2016 10:30AM – Combining IR & Ultrasound for Steam Trap TestingIn 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.
02/15/2016 10:30AM – Wide Angle LensesPurchasing 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.
02/08/2016 10:30AM – Infrared Equipment – New or Used?Using a standard lens to perform infrared inspections at close distances can be particularly difficult. This situation is quite common when inspecting motor control centers and some types of mechanical equipment.
02/02/2015 4:30PM – IR/INFO 2016 Provides a Magical Time in OrlandoBurlington, NJ January 29, 2016 – Infraspection Institute’s IR/INFO conference was recently held in Orlando, FL.
02/01/2016 10:30AM – Congratulations on your Infrared Camera Purchase – Now What?You’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.
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