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Monday, August 17, 2015

New FLIR Tools Videos Added to ITC's YouTube Channel

Three new FLIR Tools videos have been added to ITC's YouTube channel:


They are:
  • Import Images: This video has been updated to show the new import window and UltraMax option.  There is also a section about managing the library images and folders (adding, deleting, etc.).
  • Analyze Images:  This segment shows the new user interface and new features such as the regional auto-adjust, CSV export, and color distribution modes.
  • Create Report: A new video demonstrating how to create and edit a REPX report. 
For more FLIR Tools Basics, be sure check out ITC's on-demand webinars at:


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Building Thermal Envelope Commissioning - Free White Paper

This application paper, written by ITC instructor Bill Schwahn, was originally presented as part of the proceedings at ITC’s 2015 InfraMation Conference. It discusses the process of using thermal imaging to determine the air tightness of a structure so that it meets the requirements of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code for Commercial and Residential Structures.

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InfraMation 2016 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Rio Hotel and Casino on September 27-29, 2016. The event will also include a pre-conference training day on Monday, September 26. Save the date and plan to join hundreds of other thermography professionals where you’ll learn the latest thermal imaging techniques and applications while making valuable connections! If you’re not sure what to expect, here’s just some of the great content and entertainment that attendees experienced at InfraMation 2015 in Nashville.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Live Webcast Schedule Continues Through September 2015

The Infrared Training Center is pleased to announce that a new round of live webcasts are now scheduled through September 2015.  These free webinars provide a valuable overview of thermal imaging and its many applications.  New topics for this quarter include using IR for HVAC applications and an introduction to the ResearchIR software program for thermography cameras. 

In addition, ITC now has 20 on-demand webinars available for viewing at any time including sessions in German and French with more to come throughout the rest of 2015.

Registration for all US-based live webcasts and on-demand webinars can be found at www.infraredtraining.com/webinars

Or head to http://www.irtraining.eu/en/webinars/webinars.html for more information on our Europe-based live webcasts and on-demand sessions.

New Live Webcasts: July – September 2015

Infrared Thermography Basics
Friday, July 24

Ask the Expert: IR & Electrical Safety

Friday, July 31

FLIR Tools Software Basics

Friday, August 7

FLIR Tools+ Advanced Software

Friday, August 7

HVAC and IR Inspection Basics

Friday, August 14

Ask the Expert: Capturing Great Thermal Images

Wednesday, September 2

Introduction to ResearchIR Software for Thermography Cameras

Thursday, September 10

IR Basics for Home Inspectors

Thursday, September 10

Introduction to IR for Mechanical Applications

Friday, September 25

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Online Course: FLIR C2 Operation Basics

This course will introduce you to the operation of the FLIR C2 infrared camera. This course is a self paced on-demand web course, you can start as soon as you enroll and you can stop and continue where you left off at any time. There is NO CHARGE for course.
We will discuss the controls of the camera as well as the user interface, and show you how to operate your camera and your report and analysis software.

Who should take this course: This course is intended for users of the FLIR C2 camera or anyone interested in purchasing one.

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of thermography or infrared cameras is assumed.

Availability: This course is an on-demand self paced web based training course available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can begin as soon as you enroll.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Frogs are Cool! (well, actually they are ambient!)

By Ron Lucier, ASNT NDT Level III, FLIR Infrared Training Center

There is a nice koi pond not 50 feet away from my pool, filled with fish, plants and plenty of flying protein. Yet this American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus), also known in certain parts of the US South as (tastiest frieduppes legges) has taken residence in my pool and has become quite tame. The silly frog will even swim up to me!

Anyway, according to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_bullfrog) frogs are “cold blooded” as are all amphibians. Let’s examine that term!

The following image was taken with my FLIR T650sc – I inverted the Grey scale for clarity.

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Yes, time to vacuum the pool but we have had thunderstorms the past two days!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

ITC’s Live Webcasts and On-Demand Webinars Go Global

Matt Schwoegler, Infrared Training Center 

About 18 months ago the Infrared Training Center (ITC) launched a new and improved webinar program covering a variety of free topics on the basics of thermography and its many applications.  Since January 2014 we have successfully hosted 40 live webcasts and are now offering 15 on-demand webinars that are available for viewing at any time. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as additional live webinar dates for July, August and September are announced.

Starting next week, however, our webinars will also take on a more global focus as ITC begins hosting regularly scheduled topics specific to certain countries, regions and languages with a variety of new live broadcasts that originate from the United Kingdom, France, and Sweden. 

The benefit of running these webinars globally will not only improve the overall viewing experience by offering more convenient local broadcast times, it also allows ITC to start presenting live sessions in other native languages, beginning with French and German.  Content of course will be delivered by global ITC instructors in their respective home countries and will eventually contain material that is more appropriate, and better customized, for their regional audiences.

For those of you who still may not be familiar with these, ITC’s complimentary educational webinars are designed to provide a valuable overview of thermal imaging and its many applications. By attending these free, interactive, online sessions participants learn not only the basics of infrared thermography, but also where IR can reduce costs, save energy and increase safety for professionals across a variety of industries. 

To view the latest topics, dates and times of ITC’s new global webinar schedule, please visit the ITC EMEA website at www.irtraining.eu.  For the latest US-based live webcasts, and a listing of all on-demand webinars currently available, please visit www.infraredtraining.com/webinars

Thursday, May 28, 2015

InfraMation 2015 Conference Review

Matt Schwoegler, Infrared Training Center

The industry’s leading thermal training experience offered that, and a whole lot more, as the 2015 InfraMation conference rode through downtown Nashville, Tennessee May 11-14 at the Renaissance Hotel.  Approximately 60 paper presentations, training clinics & poster sessions provided the nearly 500 attendees with a wealth of learning and networking opportunities not seen anywhere else in the world of thermography:



About half of those in attendance took advantage of the pre-conference training day on Monday, May 11, joining clinics run by industry experts on a variety of topics, both beginning and advanced, in Condition Monitoring, Building Performance, IR Software and Optical Gas Imaging. 

The main conference continued on Tuesday, May 12 with an opening keynote by Brent Bushnell, CEO of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

All About the Timing: Insulation Inspections and Solar Loading

Matt Schwoegler, Infrared Training Center

The effects of the Sun on the surface of a building can make inspections quite challenging for thermographers looking for missing insulation.  The transient conditions created by solar loading not only mask infrared patterns on the exterior, it also impacts the thermal signature on the interior, perhaps leading one to believe (in the right conditions) that a wall appears to be uninsulated, when in fact it is insulated. 

To capture this, I recently set-up an infrared camera at home to monitor thermal changes on a south facing wall from the interior. The plan was to image the pattern reversal that occurs on an interior surface when the Sun heats the exterior up to a point where the direction of heat flow in the wall reverses, even though the air temperature remains colder outside.

FLIR0239I programmed the camera to record an image every 15 minutes starting at 7:00 a.m. Conditions at the time were ideal to check for insulation problems in a wood-frame building given the interior air temperature of 68˚F (20˚C) and an exterior air temperature of 33˚F (0.5˚C). The first image taken, seen here on the right, shows a wall which appears to be mostly well insulated (warm cavities and cooler framing). As the day progressed, however, the situation changed dramatically.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Infrared Training Center Visits Local Elementary School

by Alex Chrusciel
Infrared Training Center

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In the pursuit lifelong learning, Alex and Jason of the Infrared Training Center (ITC) paid a visit to a local elementary school looking to recruit the next generation of thermographers. What originally began as a single class demonstration (roughly 25 kids) blossomed into a gathering of the entire fifth grade class, over 90 children!

During a brief hour long presentation, the students were exposed to a crash course on infrared application and technology. The session sought to answer three basic questions: what is infrared, why do we use it, and how does it work?

The enthusiasm displayed by the students was both refreshing and uplifting. Not only could we see the energy we could feel it as well! The kids were shown hands on demonstrations which made learning about conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer both fun and exciting.

The radiant culture of infrared (no pun intended) left a lasting impression on the children as well as the faculty. The session concluded with a quick photo opp. and an extended invitation to make an annual presentation for the students.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn” - Benjamin Franklin

Monday, April 13, 2015

ThermalSpeak – building efficiency and thermal bridging

by Jay Bowen
BPI Energy Analyst
ASNT NDT Level 3 Thermographer

Building conversations in training this week brought up the subject of thermal bridging in the structure. Defined by a material of less insulation or greater conductivity. This material bridges or short circuits the better insulation and reduces its effectiveness. This reduces the overall R value rating of the whole assembly. The following website,  http://web.ornl.gov/sci/roofs+walls/AWT/home.htm , addresses this whole wall rating concept. This isn’t a debate of test methods or approaches. It is enough to say that anything put in the wall that reduces the energy of that wall should be addressed in the construction process.

My input on this subject is finding these, before construction begins and discussion with a builder, methods to reduce or eliminate these bridges. Verification of the design or confirmation as building progresses would be where a thermographer can enter the process and provide proof that the building project has conformed to this concept of design.

The images from a qualified thermographer provide detailed analysis of construction detail typically hidden from the inspectors or builders.

Taking a set of images to compare this approach can clearly see the advantage of reducing the vertical framing typical of stick built construction. Even the wide wall of 2x6 framing to increase the side wall dimensions for increased insulation. This is an increase in the R value but the thermal bypass of the stud is still there.

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Using SIP to reduce bridging

Standard stick frame wall

Looking at a SIP wall can visualize the reduction in the bypasses by reducing the vertical framing. The corners and joints are still present but can be reduced by the same methods of stick built using exterior insulated sheathing.

Making the bridge elimination or reduction a conscious thought in the whole building process can have substantial rewards in energy saving in the home.