Thursday, April 14, 2016
About a month ago I received a call from our Marketing department asking if we’d be interested in taking on a table-top trade show display that they were no longer using and were willing to donate. I immediately said yes (free stuff = good…potentially valuable free stuff = better). Sure, absolutely, please send it over!
Although I didn’t know exactly what we wanted to do with it at the time, there’s some real estate available to work with in the classroom. My initial thought was we could create some type of educational display/exhibit. I figured worst case we simply dispose of it and call it a day. Low risk, right? And how big could it possibly be? I’ve worked with many “table top” displays over the years at trade shows. They pack nicely, are relatively small, and fairly easy to ship.
Not this one.
Long story short, we decided to keep the display contained within, but what to do with our new makeshift fallout shelter that was suddenly gracing the classroom with its warehouse aesthetics? That’s where my colleague, and fellow ITC instructor, Ron Lucier comes in to the story. He had just wrapped up a class when this shipping container came rolling down the hallway from Receiving.
His suggestion: “How about a buildings lab?”
Yes! It was the perfect size and we had plenty of space. All that we needed was some customizing. So off I went to Lowe’s for supplies and the rest came together over about a day and half at my home workshop. A nice change from teaching and a chance to create something that thermographers visiting our Boston-regional training center will enjoy for some time.
So for now phase one is complete. Up next, adding insulation and a heat source. At the very least looks like we might get to test it next week during a Level I certification course that’s in town. I’ll let you know how it goes and will be sure to send an update. And if we find anything wrong, hey at least I personally know the builder.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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InfraMation 2016, the leading IR training experience, 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 from around the world to learn the latest infrared imaging techniques and applications while making valuable connections. Learn more and register online at www.inframation.org
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
We are often asked this question in our infrared certification classes. There are a number of important reasons...to detect certain gasses including methane, to better measure the temperature of glass (it has a high emissivity, >.90 in MWIR) and to minimize reflections when inspecting certain low-slope roof membranes.
It also allows us to successfully inspect inside a furnace because mid-wave cameras can see clearly through flame at specific mid-IR wavelengths, something that a long-wave imaging system does not provide due to the radiation transmission properties of fire. This capability improves the accuracy of temperature readings and allows for better analysis of thermal patterns when evaluating the efficiency of burners, capturing the temperatures of tubes or detecting the build-up of coking.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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
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
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 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
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:
The two spots started out at the same temperature. Just look at the table data.
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:
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
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