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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Best of InfraMation: “Cold Air in Boston” - Paper Download

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2:00 p.m. EST (-5 UTC)

Guest Presenter – Dave Sawyer

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Originally presented at InfraMation 2010, Dave Sawyer of Sawyer Infrared returns for a special live webinar featuring two case studies involving clients of his from the Boston area who dealt with building performance issues. We’ll also talk to Dave about some of his more interesting experiences in thermography, how he got started in the business, what he enjoys most about the technology and how it helps him on the job.

To register for this and other free live webcasts from ITC, please visit:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Online Course - WEB-SW35 - Creating a Field Assignment using FLIR Tools

One of the requirements for obtaining an ITC certification after completing an ITC course is demonstrating your ability to operate, diagnose, and produce a report using your infrared camera and software.

This short course describes a step by step procedure for producing a basic field assignment using the standard FLIR Tools software suite. This course is FREE for all students.

Link to the Course Home Page

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Level III Class Gets Schooled…by the Banquet Staff

Ronald D. Lucier, ASNT NDT Level III

level-III-thumbLast month I was conducting a Level III class at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. If you aren’t familiar with the facility it is a wonderful place to conduct meetings. The staff is great, food is overwhelming and the rooms are inexpensive and clean. Plus the hotel has many restaurants, a movie theater, a bowling alley and of course a casino. It has been an ITC favorite for over 10 years.

Lately, though, we have been having issues with the meeting room, specifically the temperature.  The past couple times I’ve taught there it has been very cold and students have complained.  Now, I like my hotel room cold enough to hang meat, but 63˚F (17.2˚C) is a bit extreme for conducting a meeting unless you are in Antarctica, which we were not. 

Once again, we were having the same issues…

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday – AGA Thermovision 651

IMG_3099While at FLIR Systems in Täby, Sweden last week for the ITC User Conference, I came across this on display in the main lobby that I just had to share as a “Throwback Thursday” item.  It’s an AGA Thermovision 651, the world’s first commercial infrared system from the mid-1960s.

The device used liquid nitrogen to cool the detector and worked with a display that was a modified oscilloscope. The camera had a field of view of 5˚ x 5˚, a thermal sensitivity of 0.2˚C (0.36˚F) and a frame rate of 16 Hz.  Total weight, including all necessary accessories (tripod, oscilloscope, etc.) exceeded 110lbs (50kg)!

Thermal imagers certainly have come a long way since then, but having the chance to see this in person really makes me appreciate what we have for options in the marketplace today.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

2200 m/s Neutron - How I Got Into Infrared Thermography

ron-lucier-croppedITC Senior Instructor Ron Lucier is back with another blog, this time reflecting on how he got started in infrared thermography.  Like many of us in the industry, he unexpectedly caught the “IR bug” while doing something completely different:

What do thermal neutrons and infrared thermography have in common? Not much of anything and that was the point! After punching cards for our FORTRAN programs to model the reactor at the Yankee Rowe Nuclear plant for several years I was quite bored. Often I would walk through the plant and wonder what a Mechanical Engineer is doing programming anyway? What’s all this equipment and why is it so hot? I understood the reactor side of the plant but not the steam side.

So I started asking questions…

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

UAV Demonstration at ITC User Conference 2014

UAV DemoWe’re in Sweden for the 2014 ITC User Conference running today and tomorrow.  This two-day event features new product demonstrations, educational paper presentations and lots of great networking opportunities.  A number of professional thermographers from around the world are present including technicians, engineers, scientists, and users of all types of thermal imaging equipment. 

More details are available from the conference website:

Of interest today, live demonstrations with IR equipped UAVs during an exhibitor showcase held this afternoon:

Look for additional updates via our Facebook and Twitter feeds both later today and tomorrow.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New ITC Hot Spot: “Ghostly” Infrared Myths

The Infrared Training Center addresses some possible “ghostly” myths in this new ITC Hot Spot. See how some common thermal patterns could possibly be mistaken for apparitions when hunting ghosts with a thermal imager. From warm IR signatures caused by thermal reflections to cool patterns created by evaporation, it appears that sometimes the simplest explanation of what we’re seeing thermally might be the most likely when hunting ghosts with an infrared camera:

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Online Course - Elevated Body Temperature Screening Basics

Fever screening shotInfrared thermography is a valuable tool for screening people in order to find individuals who have a body surface temperature that is elevated above the average of the general population. The use of an infrared camera should be adjunctive to other screening procedures.

ITC’s online course “Elevated Body Temperature Screening Basics” is designed to enable operators to use an infrared camera properly for the purpose of elevated temperature screening. The course does not depend on the type of camera, and the course will not teach you about all the features and operation of your particular camera, unless it is combined with one of the FLIR/ITC training courses for camera operation. The course will, however, teach you camera operation in general, and the functions and features that are recommended for use in elevated temperature screening.

Click the link below to go to the course home page.

WEB-TH60 - Elevated Body Temperature Screening Basics

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Using IR With a Blower Door

Free White Paper – Click Here to Download

vics-blowerdoor-thumbThermal imaging has become an invaluable tool in the specialized field of energy auditing and building diagnostics. By itself, an infrared camera only tells half the story. The use of a blower door in conjunction with a thermal imager can help you locate areas of air infiltration throughout the building envelope that are not necessarily going to be detected under the natural stack effect.

This complimentary paper, originally presented at InfraMation 2009, explains how working with a blower door helps building thermographers get better, and more consistent, results in the field.

To learn more about InfraMation 2015 (and possibly submit a paper presentation of your own for consideration), please visit

Friday, October 10, 2014

Best of InfraMation Live Webcast: Cold Air in Boston

Thursday, December 18thcold-air-boston-sawyer-IR-thumb-jpeg

2:00 p.m. EST (-5 UTC)

Guest Presenter – Dave Sawyer

Click Here for FREE Registration

Originally presented at InfraMation 2010, Dave Sawyer of Sawyer Infrared returns for a special live webinar to present his paper from the conference proceedings. It features two case studies involving clients of his from the Boston area who dealt with building performance issues.

One was an upscale restaurant experiencing cold air infiltration that was caused patron discomfort and increasing heating costs for the owners. The other, a large grocery store, was concerned that a number of freezers situated outside the building might be losing precious cold air. In both instances, thermal imaging revealed problems that would not have been detected with other test methods.

To register for this and other free live webcasts from ITC, please visit: