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Wind as an Error Source

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 10:36
As individuals, most of us can appreciate the cooling effects of a breeze on a hot summer day. As thermographers, wind represents a greater technical challenge in the form of a potential error source when measuring temperatures radiometrically.

Frostbite & Hypothermia

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 10:23
“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.

Three Ways Infrared Thermography Improves Electrical Maintenance

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 12:16
In 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.

Make a New Year’s Resolution for Safety

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 11:34
With 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.

Infraspection Institute's Jim Seffrin Joins InterNACHI®

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 08:18
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.

Detecting Electrical System Overloads

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 11:57
Statistically, 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.

Temperature Measurement and Building Envelope Inspections

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 11:15
Temperature 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.

Winter Driving Tips

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 15:43
With 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.

IR Inspections of Emergency Power Systems

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 10:59
UPS 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.

Predicting Equipment Resiliency Using Infrared Technology

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:31
Maintenance 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. As a non-destructive, predictive tool, thermal imaging with adequate training, enables operators to quickly and easily identify rotating and electrical equipment which is trending toward failure.

Infrared Inspections to Detect Latent Moisture

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 10:43
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

Thanksgiving Safety Tip

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 10:06
When 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.

12 Graduate Level I Thermography Course

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:52
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.

Checking IR Equipment Calibration

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 10:35
Equipment 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.

Does Thermography Really Save Time and Money?

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 11:05
“Thermography saves time and money” is a statement frequently associated with thermal imaging. In this Tip, we discuss the accuracy of this popular claim.

Note These Causes of Motor Failure

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 15:12
Brushing up on Important Root Causes Now can Prevent Headaches Later.

Easier Than A, B, C

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 11:51
When performing infrared inspections of electrical distribution systems, many people identify the individual phases of polyphase circuits as A, B, and C; others frequently use 1, 2, and 3.

An Emittance Greater Than 1.0 ?

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 09:25
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.

IR Imaging for Checking Tank Levels

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 18:06
For 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.

Using a Blower Door During an IR Inspection

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 14:29
Data 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.