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Friday, January 23, 2015

How to Guarantee Your Failure as an Infrared Thermographer

As promised, here’s the link to download the free White Paper from today’s live webcast “Best of InfraMation: How to Guarantee Your Failure as an Infrared Thermographer”.  We’ll also be posting this session soon as an on-demand recording.

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failureThe value of thermal imaging for use in predictive maintenance has been demonstrated and well-documented for decades. Practitioners in the trade, however, still generally fall into two categories – heroes or goats. Originally presented by ITC instructor Ron Lucier at the 2002 InfraMation conference, this free white paper highlights ten common activities that, if not properly addressed, would lead a thermographer down the path to failure. Read about what those ten activities are and see how this perspective still applies today.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Keynote Presentations Announced for InfraMation 2015

The InfraMation conference, the world’s leading IR training experience, is pleased to announce that Brent Bushnell, CEO of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company and Terrance O’Hanlon, CMRP and Publisher of®, RELIABILITY® Magazine and Uptime® Magazine, will be leading Keynote Presentations at this year’s event in Nashville, Tennessee May 11-14, 2015.

brent-bushnellBrent Bushnell and the team at Two Bit Circus recently launched STEAM Carnival, a modern re-imagining of the midway to inspire kids about science, technology, engineering, art and math. Previously, Brent was the on-camera inventor for the ABC TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and was a founding member of Syyn Labs, a creative collective combining art and engineering for large brands including Google & Disney. In his spare time, Brent mentors teens in game development and entrepreneurship via programs such as Spark and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

Terrence-OHanlonTerrence O'Hanlon, is also the acting Executive Director of the Association for Maintenance Professionals and the Executive Editor and Publisher of the 5th Edition of the Asset Management Handbook. A voting member of the US TAG (PC251) for ISO 55000 - ASTM E53 Asset Management Standards Committee, Mr. O'Hanlon more recently was selected as the sole US Representation through ANSI for ISO Working Group 39 to create a standard for competence in assessing and certifying Asset Management programs known as ISO 17021-5. He is also a member of the Institute of Asset Management, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, The Association of Facilities Engineers, Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Live Webcast Schedule Available

Infrared_EdITC’s successful series of free, live webinars, continues into 2015 with a number of new topics and dates that have been added to the schedule.  We've added steaming video from our production studio for most presentations and have improved the audio quality to deliver a better overall broadcast of the live webinars. On-demand sessions also available:

These complimentary educational webinars are designed to provide a valuable overview of thermal imaging and its many applications. 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. Attending these sessions also demonstrates why pursuing a professional certification in thermography is a necessary step to becoming a successful thermographer.

If you’re in the electrical, maintenance, or home inspection business, infrared thermography can help you spot a number of issues that your eyes simply can’t see.  Join us for one, or perhaps all, of these webcasts today to learn more!

Registration is now available at where you’ll also find a number of on-demand recordings from past live events that can be viewed at any time.

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: