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Monday, March 9, 2015

Veterinary Thermal Imaging Course

September 9th to September 12th, 2015, San Luis Obispo, California


This course is RACE approved for 26 CE hours and is endorsed by the American Academy of Thermology. Designed to teach Veterinarians all aspects of Thermal Imaging through lectures, case-based problem-solving & practical experience, this course is presented by Internationally recognized Thermographers:

  • Dr. Tracy Turner
  • Dr. Kimberly Henneman
  • Dr. Ken Marcella

The workshop consists of all species related lectures and interactive wet labs. The course focuses on clinical thermal imaging as it is incorporated in a multi-modality approach to achieving diagnosis.

Participation will provide attendees with a functional understanding of the use and application of thermal imaging in all aspects of clinical veterinary practice.

More information

Friday, February 20, 2015

Warm Feet, Cold Reality

It can take being uncomfortable for some homeowners to really start thinking about the efficiency of their house. Certainly, the bill from the electric company or that propane truck *once again* backing into the driveway all serve as painful reminders that your home uses (too much) energy. However, when air leakage across the floor leaves you with cold feet, or you find yourself always shivering from a draft on a windy day, it starts to get old...fast. Experiences like this can help motivate one to consider putting energy efficiency improvements on the fast track.

This assumes, of course, that the occupants are *feeling* cold in the first place. How about when it might not be as obvious, such as the case here? Sometimes thermal imaging can help a homeowner understand why what they are experiencing (feeling) is very different from what is actually happening.

FLIR1009

FLIR1006

These infrared images (above) were taken near the rim joist in the basement of a contemporary-style home built in 1984.  The residence has wood floors, fiberglass insulation and, not surprisingly, a decent amount of air leakage (3550 CFM 50).

As expected, one of the larger areas of air infiltration in the structure is located around the rim joist. What you will notice too is that the home also has a radiant floor heating system (images below):

Monday, February 2, 2015

Inspecting Steam Valves with Thermography

by Ron Lucier, ASNT NDT Level III
They are several types of steam valves:
  • Isolation Valves
  • Control Valves
  • Non-Return Valves
  • Safety Relief Valves
How you inspect them is different, but first, a little bit about steam. When you boil water at atmosphere it will reach 212˚F (100˚C).  Put it in a pressure vessel and continue heating, adding another 960 or so BTU’s and it becomes steam, but still at 212˚F (100˚C).  Pretty useless, though.  Keep heating it and the pressure goes up.  That heat is called enthalpy.  That’s the energy steam turbine blades extract via pressure drop to make power and it’s an important concept in steam valve leakage diagnosis.

Isolation Valves
Steam is hot and many valves and lines are insulated.  This is a problem for inspection.  I used to have holes in insulation cut anywhere from 10 to 16 “pipe diameters” away from the valve, on the bottom of the pipe and use high temp black paint.  I would also cut a hole in a convenient location upstream of the valve and within a day of startup establish a baseline.



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

InfraMation 2015 Conference Agenda Posted

inframation graphicThe InfraMation 2015 Conference Agenda is now available. This year’s event will feature dozens of presentations including technical papers, training clinics, poster sessions and keynote speakers.  Follow the link below to learn more about the variety of topics, authors and scheduled times:

http://www.inframation.org/agenda/

The conference also provides the opportunity to network with hundreds of other thermography professionals from around the world.

InfraMation 2015 will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel May 12 - 14, 2015, with an optional pre-conference training day on May 11. For more information, and to register, please visit the conference website at www.inframation.org

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.

Click Here to Download

Abstract

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 Reliabilityweb.com®, RELIABILITY® Magazine and Uptime® Magazine, will be leading Keynote Presentations at this year’s event in Nashville, Tennessee May 11-14, 2015.

www.inframation.org

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.

www.inframation.org/keynotes/

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:

http://www.infraredtraining.com/webinars

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 www.infraredtraining.com/webinars 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

Click Here to Download the Paper

Click Here for FREE Webinar Registration

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: www.infraredtraining.com/webinars

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…