Infrared Training Center

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Inspecting Solar Panels with UAVs

New video to show you featuring a FLIR thermal imager mounted on a UAV inspecting solar panels for damage.

This application of infrared thermography has come a long way and now, with a new aerial perspective, is an extremely efficient tool for maintenance and quality assurance inspections of solar systems. In contrast to time consuming traditional methods, large solar installations can now be inspected quickly from the right distance and view point.

Even with these advancements in the technology, however, a thermal imager still does not have the ability to detect problems on its own – you still need a qualified operator with the right knowledge and skills to use it properly.

That’s where ITC can help with training and certification! Check out our website for a complete list of course locations and dates now available through September 2016.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday – Thermovision 680 Medical

Check these pictures out for #TBT; a Thermovision 680 Liquid Nitrogen cooled system circa 1968 that was utilized for medical applications.

Originally manufactured by AGA Infrared Systems of Sweden, the camera had interchangeable lenses and a Polaroid camera attachment that was used to capture the infrared images shown on a display unit (not seen here) as there was no on-board file storage.

The "Short Wave" model used a single InSb (Indium Antimonide) detector while the Long Wave version featured a HgCdTe (Mercury Cadmium Telluride) detector.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Live Webcasts and On-Demand Webinars

Learn the basics before getting certified with free live webcasts and on-demand webinars from ITC! Topics now scheduled into January 2016 that provide a valuable overview of thermal imaging and its many applications.  

Learn more and register here, plus get access to 20 on-demand webinars that are free and available for viewing any time: 

Besides US-based live webcasts and on-demand webinars, ITC also offers European-based sessions with more convenient times for those attending internationally:

Live Webcasts - North American Broadcast Schedule
November - January

FLIR Tools Software Basics
Friday, November 6

FLIR Tools+ Advanced

Friday, November 6

Introduction to IR for Building Systems
Friday, November 13

Introduction to IR for Electrical Applications

Tuesday, November 24

Hands-On Operation of Your FLIR Thermal Imager

Friday, December 11

Building Moisture Inspection Basics

Friday, December 18

Overview of IR Optical Gas Imaging Webinar

Monday, December 21

Infrared Thermography Basics
Wednesday, December 30

Thermographer Q&A: Capturing Great Thermal Images

Friday, January 8, 2016

Monday, November 2, 2015

InfraMation 2016 - Call for Papers and Abstracts

InfraMation 2016 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino September 27-29, 2016, with a pre-conference training day on September 26. Join other thermal imaging experts to learn the latest thermal imaging techniques and applications, and make valuable connections!

The InfraMation 2016 Call for Papers is now open through February 5, 2016. FLIR Systems and the Infrared Training Center (ITC) are currently accepting 150-250 word abstracts of presentations and/or clinics to be delivered to InfraMation 2016 conference attendees. The audience will consist of more than 500 condition monitoring engineers, maintenance technicians, building inspectors, restoration contractors, research and science professionals, optical gas imaging specialists, and test and measurement buyers. Submit your abstract through this simple online form.


Benefits & Requirements

Why should you present at InfraMation 2016?

  • Qualify for a deeply discounted conference registration fee
  • Identify yourself as an infrared thermal imaging expert in your field
  • Earn valuable certification renewal credits
  • Further validate your expertise for clients and customers
  • Expand your professional and business referral network
  • Represent your organization on a big stage
  • Publish your paper on a searchable CD that every InfraMation attendee receives

InfraMation is the leading infrared training experience in the world. As thermal imaging becomes more mainstream, early adopters such as yourself will be sought out for your extensive knowhow and experience. Simply put: InfraMation is the place to get recognized!

The only "hard" requirements are that your paper be non-commercial in nature (for sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, click here) and submitted in English. Abstract approval is based on clarity, suitability, and technical merit of work.

Suggested Topic Areas

  • Buildings - Roofing Systems
  • Buildings - Water Ingress / Moisture / Remediation / Mold Testing
  • Buildings - Insulation / Air Leakage / Energy Loss
  • Buildings - Standards & Certification
  • Buildings - Pest Detection and Control
  • Condition Monitoring - Electrical Distribution - Indoor, Outdoor, Transmission, Distribution
  • Condition Monitoring - Mechanical Applications - Bearings, Gearboxes, Conveyors, Steam, Hydraulic
  • Condition Monitoring - Standards & Certification
  • Condition Monitoring - Petrochemical Applications
  • Business - Marketing/Sales/Pricing
  • Business - Program Management / Cost Avoidance / Cost Saving
  • Business - Safety
  • Research & Science Applications
  • Medical/Veterinary Applications
  • Optical Gas Imaging Applications
  • IR Report Preparation Techniques
  • NEW - Aerial Drone and UAV Applications / Techniques
  • Non-Destructive Testing - Material flaws, voids, etc.
  • Alternative / other Applications / Other Technologies

The Shadow Man Cometh

By Ronald Lucier, ASNT NDT Level III, Infrared Training Center

When I use the term “Radiation Heat Transfer” in my classes I sometimes get puzzled or even frightened looks as some folks associate the term radiation to Chernobyl and atomic weapons. It takes only a few minutes and a couple demonstrations to put them at ease though.

One of the simpler demonstrations is done outdoors on a sunny, warm day. It is common knowledge that the Sun is HOT – roughly 6000 ˚C or 10800 ˚F. Happily the Inverse Square Law and our atmosphere attenuate the thermal radiation to livable levels here on Earth!

But it is still thermal radiation! What happens if we interrupt that radiation? A simple experiment is to take a thermal camera into a safe area, like a parking lot, and create your own shadow!

I did this in the middle of my street the other day. Fortunately we don’t get much traffic, usually only the postman drives by and that’s to turn around and deliver mail.

Setting my camera up (a FLIR T650sc) to record a radiometric .csq file, I started recording and walked into the scene and made a shadow. The change in roadway temperature WAS INSTANTANEOUS! After 30 plus years in the business we sometimes get surprised and I was! Look at the raw plot data, ignore the spikes and where I walked into the scene:

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The two spots started out at the same temperature. Just look at the table data.

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All temperatures are in degrees Fahrenheit.I stopped taking data at 67 seconds as it was indeed a partly cloudy day and the clouds came by. Here are my start, middle and end jpegs:

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Engineers love graphs so I can’t resist! I took five seconds of data and drew a trend line through both sets to show that the roadway wasn’t cooling, just the shadow.


This doesn’t require a high end camera such as the FLIR T650sc – any IR camera, a little Sun, an absorbing surface such as a sidewalk or even a wall will suffice.

The best way to learn is to teach! I encourage all the readers of this article to go teach your friends, co-workers and family a little bit about radiation heat transfer!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

InfraMation 2016 - The Leading IR Training Experience

InfraMation, the leading IR training experience and thermal imaging conference, returns to Las Vegas and the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino September 26-29, 2016.  Registration is now available at

The main conference will run Tuesday, September 27 through Thursday, September 29, with a pre-conference training day scheduled on Monday, September 26.  Join other thermography experts from around the world to learn the latest thermal imaging techniques and applications while making valuable connections!

And don’t just take our word for it…check out this video to see what past InfraMation attendees are saying about their experiences at the world’s largest conference for professional thermographers:

The best registration deal available for a limited time is the Platinum Package that not only includes full access to all four days of the event and conference meals, but also a FLIR C2 compact thermal imager, free ITC certification renewal, and entry into a drawing for a free FLIR E8 infrared camera.

The pre-conference training day on Monday, September 26, is a must for any thermographer looking to expand their knowledge in one of four available educational tracks that include two new certificate training areas: 

  • Optical Gas Imaging and Research & Science 
  • FLIR Tools Software and Thermography Inspections with UAVs 
  • Advanced Thermography for Condition Monitoring – Certificate Training 
  • Fundamentals of Thermography & Home Inspections – Certificate Training
More details coming soon including a Call for Papers for those who are interested in sharing their knowledge and experience with other industry professionals, plus sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities too.  Until then, follow ITC on Facebook ( and Twitter ( with the hashtag #inframation16 for the latest updates on InfraMation 2016.  See you in Las Vegas!

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.

Click Here to Download

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

Or head to 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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