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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

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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 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:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ghost in the…Refractory?

With Halloween coming up in a few weeks, we’ve got a fun “ghost hunter” video that we’re putting the final touches on which I think you’ll enjoy.  Keep an eye out for it right before the end of the month. Until then, on a related note, a thermographer from a recent ITC training course sent in this gem of a find.



ITC Instructor John Waggoner received these images from Craig Dickey.  Craig was conducting a furnace inspection at the time when he came across this unusual thermal pattern while scanning around the access door.  I guess IR really CAN be used to find ghosts or, in this case, perhaps some type of thermal spirit of refractory inspections past?

It got me thinking, have any of you found similar? Perhaps an interesting IR pattern that caught you by surprise, maybe something that wasn’t obvious visually, but jumped right out at you thermally? Share it on our Facebook page and I’ll post it to the InformIR blog as well with a photo credit.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Spicy Side of Infrared Training

st-elmo-04The first time I tried the Shrimp Cocktail at St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis, let’s just say I wasn’t smiling, at least not initially.  That’s not to say it’s a terrible appetizer.  It’s actually quite good…just very hot! (although this thermal image says otherwise). 

The cocktail sauce contains so much horseradish that it is barely even red, more like a light pink, but that can be difficult to discern in the low light of the restaurant (which I think they do on purpose to help hide the sauce’s true power, but I can’t prove it!). 

st-elmo-01At the time it was my first St. Elmo experience and I didn’t know then that the restaurant is famous for it…and the heat it brings when an amateur patron scoops up too much of it for their first bite.  The upside, any sinus issues I might have been experiencing at the time were immediately cured. 

This time I was prepared, and while in town last week for a Level I thermography course, I had to stop by and try it again.  Dinner at St. Elmo is a must for anyone who travels to Indianapolis looking for a great meal and a relaxing evening, especially after a full day of infrared training.  I look forward to returning.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Using IR to Locate Water Damage from Plumbing Leaks

FLIR0031Not a thermal pattern one wants to see on the ceiling of their first floor bathroom, especially when there’s a second floor vanity located right above it.

It’s a confirmed moisture problem that I discovered over the weekend which may be related to the drain pipe failing.  The upside: a nice little case study on IR & moisture that I can use for the blog! 

Stay tuned, I’m calling the plumber. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

An ITC Hot Spot: Focus (Video)

In a previous ITC Hot Spot we discussed the impact that Thermal Capacitance has on thermographers.  Now, this first video in a series of segments that we’re producing on image quality, we address focus and how it can negatively affect our ability to discern important thermal details and measure accurate temperatures if not adjusted properly:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Old Lady and the Shrew

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shrewThermal imaging is a valuable tool for the restoration contractor, allowing them to locate problems and possibly avoid destructive remediation work. The ability to detect and pinpoint damage quickly can also help minimize the scope of work required, saving the client both time and money.

This complimentary paper, originally presented at InfraMation 2008, explains one such use of the technology by a restoration contractor that also includes a special encounter with a certain “resident” of a house that you’ll enjoy reading about.

Over the next several months we’ll be offering a number of additional free InfraMation-related resources for thermographers as ITC gets ready for the 2015 InfraMation conference in Nashville, Tennessee May 11-14. Look for conference papers such as this one, live webcasts of past conference presentations and special registration offers!

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

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.