Infrared Training Center Channel


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Online Course - Emissivity Explained in Plain English

itc logo (2)Give us 10 minutes, and we will help you understand the basics of Emissivity, a key parameter needed for accurate measurement as well as thermal image interpretation.

At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the basic nature of Emissivity
  • Describe its importance for image interpretation and measurement
  • Identify a few high and low emissivity surfaces

Link to the Course Home Page

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Emissivity of a Bees’ Nest?

Level III student Gabe Peer of Travis Electric Company in Nashville, TN recently sent his instructor, Ron Lucier, a set of images he took of a disconnect on a roof unit.  It turns out disconnects on 10 of the 11 units present on this particular roof contained some kind of nest!

Which begs the question…any guesses on what emissivity to use if your fuses are covered with a wasps’ nest? Does it even matter?  All joking aside, I know that a number of thermographers out there have had similar, less-than-pleasant, encounters with wildlife while in the field.  As if dealing with PPE isn’t enough to worry about, from insects, to rodents to reptiles there’s always the potential for a nice surprise to jump out at us from under an electrical cover.

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So, for our readers, curious what you have encountered? Anything that you would like to share? Please feel free to comment below or send in your best story with images and/or video and we’ll post it too.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Online Course - Reflected Apparent Temperature Made Simple

Give us 10 minutes, and we will help you understand the term Reflected Temperature, a key parameter needed for accurate measurement as well as thermal image interpretation.

At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Define Reflected Apparent Temperature (Treflected)
  • Describe why its important
  • Explain how Treflected is measured
  • Demonstrate how the parameter is entered into an infrared camera
  • Select the correct Treflected measurement method for several scenarios

Link to the Course Home Page.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

InfraMation Call for Papers. Get Your Abstracts Ready!

InfraMation 2015 LogoInfraMation 2015 is now less than a year away and there’s no time like the present to seriously consider sharing your expertise on the issues facing today’s thermography professionals. Clinics, presentations, and poster sessions all originate with you so FLIR and ITC are calling for your papers now for InfraMation 2015.

We are thrilled to be bringing the conference to the heart of Music City in Nashville, Tennessee. Along with the opportunity to help others succeed in building diagnostics and condition monitoring infrared, those with valuable insight into optical gas imaging and research and science thermography, are strongly encouraged to participate!

Start here to submit your abstract:

If you haven’t submitted an abstract before, then I hope you’ll do so this year. Here are just some of the benefits of being a presenter or instructor at InfraMation:

  • Qualify for a deeply discounted conference registration fee and/or honorarium
  • Identify yourself as an infrared thermal imaging expert in your field
  • Earn valuable certification renewal credits

Whatever your thermal imaging know-how, there’s an interested audience at InfraMation. From building investigations to electrical and mechanical monitoring to R&D and OGI to thermography program management and marketing, attendees are always riveted and appreciative.

Not planning to submit an abstract this year? Then be sure to register for the conference right away to take advantage of the incredible Early Bird Special pricing still available.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Just Scrape and Paint…or Not!

ITC instructor Ron Lucier is back with another great post, one that I can certainly relate to having recently moved from an old house that once had similar moisture issues.  Yes, they can be fun to renovate, but older homes are not for everyone, especially when a lot a scraping and painting (or worse) is involved.  Here’s Ron’s take on something that he recently dealt with at his house which also includes a couple of infrared images and some thermal science that our building thermographers should enjoy:

Renovating older homes can be fun. Or not. One thing for sure is they are full of surprises and expensive!

I own a horse farm and the house was built in 1910. Not sure when the porch was added but I noticed the other day that it is the only section of the house that doesn’t have rain gutters (ugh!). I also noticed that one section has paint that was peeling while the other areas of the fascia did not.

An inspection with my T650sc was in order. Yes, I am hung up on the grey scale and in the first image I used a blue interval isotherm. I have water damage:


Looking under the soffit…

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Basics of Heat Capacitance (Video)

Heat capacitance, the ability of a material to store thermal energy, often affects what we see with an infrared camera.  While this property of matter is what makes some IR applications possible, it can also hide more critical issues that a thermographer may dismiss, or simply miss, if they don't understand the science behind what is happening.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Online Thermography Basics Course Updated


ITC Thermography BasicsThis course is a more advanced introductory course in thermography and serves as an excellent, and recommended, addition to the infrared camera basics and infrared basics courses. Thermography involves more than just learning how to use an infrared camera. IR science, heat transfer, thermal tuning, and application knowledge are all essential subjects a thermographer must understand in order to properly interpret an image. This course is FREE.

This course will give the learner the basic information to understand these concepts.

Accreditation: 2.5 ITC Certification Renewal Credits, 2 RCI Continuing Educational Hours (CEHs)

Note: You can stop the course and re-enter exactly where you left off at a later time or day, you don't have to complete the course in one sitting.

Students' Course Rating: 4.6/5

Updated 2014-07-17: New course format and player, New professional narration, Added more interactivity, Added instructor led video tutorials, Added step by step emissivity measurement

Link to the course

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Live Webcasts Now Scheduled Through September 2014

ElectricalOur series of free live webcasts continues with dates set through the end of September.  We're getting lots of positive feedback from thermographers who have attended these sessions and appreciate everyone’s interest!

ITC’s live and on-demand webinars are designed for those that are new to thermography or perhaps need a quick refresher.  Participants learn not only the basics of thermal imaging, but also where IR can reduce costs, save energy and increase safety for professionals across a variety of industries.

Registration is available at where you’ll also find the on-demand recordings posted from past live events which can be viewed at any time.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

IR on Electric Motors: Great for the Plant…and at Home Too!

It’s no secret that infrared can be used to diagnose problems with electric motors in industry, but residential applications? As ITC Instructor Ron Lucier recently discovered, possibilities exist at home as well, this one involving his pool pump motor:

Returning from a recent Level III class in Nashua I heard an awful noise in my backyard when I stepped out of my car. Pretty quickly I determined it was my pool pump motor (1 horsepower). What a racket. Sounded like just a bearing so I brought out my trusty vibration acceleration detector: a screwdriver. Measuring at each bearing of the motor and the pump I didn’t feel very much. However, I noticed a black spot on the side of the gold painted motor. It was time to get out the IR camera: my brand new FLIR T650sc.

I would find out the next day that the long wave emissivity for this paint is 0.91 so making the correction the hot spot was about 201 F! Good thing that I didn’t try to touch it!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

FLIR Tools Online Course Updated

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FLIR Tools is a software suite specifically designed to provide an easy way to update your infrared camera and create inspection reports. There is NO CHARGE for this FREE course.

Updated 2014-06-19: Added new sections on activation, creating reports in Word, using templates, creating a Word template, and how to group images.

At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe how to import images from a FLIR camera to the FLIR Tools library using the USB connection.
  • Summarize how to remotely control FLIR cameras using the FLIR Tools software.
  • Explain how to measure temperatures and interpret thermal images using the FLIR Tools software.
  • Describe how to record radiometric sequences from FLIR USB Video, Ethernet, and SC-Firewire cameras using optional Tools+ Software.
  • Summarize how to use Word and templates to create custom reporting and analysis formats

Course Homepage