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Monday, March 31, 2014

A New Look at Air Infiltration in Buildings

gf-mw-air-infiltration-thumbWe can’t see air with a thermal imager, right? Anyone who has completed Level I training knows this very well. A common follow-up question is always why, then, can thermographers still detect air leakage bypasses in buildings?

That’s possible because an infrared camera senses changes in thermal patterns created by air moving over a surface (given there’s a temperature difference) when either infiltrating into (example seen here, image above), or exfiltrating from, a building.

Thanks to a video that my fellow colleague, and ITC Instructor, Ron Lucier recently sent in it looked like, at least for a fleeting moment, that we might have to re-consider this question; can we see air with infrared?  In his video, available below, it certainly appeared that way when using a FLIR GF320 mid-wave infrared camera to view air leakage.  Was it actually detecting air?  How was this possible?  Well not exactly, as we’ll explain, but it was still interesting to watch:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Live Webinar Schedule Extended Through June 2014

IR-thermography-basics-thumbAfter some very successful webcasts in January and February, ITC is pleased to announce that our series of free, live webinars, has now been extended through June thanks to the exceptionally strong turnout and positive feedback we’ve received.

For those of you who may not be familiar with these, ITC’s complimentary educational webinars are designed to provide a valuable overview of thermal imaging and its many applications. By attending these free, interactive, online sessions 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.

Registration is now available at www.infraredtraining.com/webinars where you’ll also find on-demand recordings from past live events that can be viewed at any time.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Infrared Everywhere, Even Where It’s Cold

During a recent visit to Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, I had the chance to capture some thermal video of snowmaking operations at their new tubing facility. The year-round resort, located about 90-minutes north of ITC’s Boston-Regional Training Center, is a popular ski and snowboarding destination in New England. It’s been a pretty good year for natural snow here in the northeast, but even then many resorts still rely on artificial snowmaking to help supplement what Mother Nature provides.

The air temperature was only about 10˚F (-12˚C) in this situation. Given the conditions, the water supply ends up looking quite a bit warmer relative to the surrounding environment.  This gives it the appearance of being warm when it’s really not.  That’s because the upper span limit of my imager was set to approximately 25˚F (-4˚C).  Anything near that threshold shows up as yellow or white “hot” on the color scale in the thermal video. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Can the FLIR One™ Personal Thermal Imager Perform Real Work?

I have seen some buzz around the internet about the FLIR One’s ability to do serious infrared work.  While it is a low resolution thermal imager, the combination of its IR imaging and FLIR’s MSX technology makes it into a useful tool.

Take a look at the following FLIR One™ images of thermal anomalies found in a house, and see if you don’t agree.

Missing Insulation 
Missing Insulation

Cold air leaking around outlet
Cold air leaking around outlet

Cold air leaking through a vent 
Cold air leaking through a vent

Drain Pipe in Wall 
Drain pipe in wall

Monday, February 3, 2014

InfraCanada/InfraQuebec 2014 - Call for papers

imageITC and FLIR Canada are proud to re-institute the Infrared and Maintenance conferences that have been on hiatus for the last couple of years – InfraCanada and InfraQuebec. This year’s conferences will be held in September and October and the venues are: Banff (Alberta), Hockley Valley Resort (Ontario), Mount Tremblant (Quebec) and Moncton (New Brunswick). We are currently looking for presenters for each of the conferences.

Why Present? As a successful user of the Infrared technology, you can share your knowledge and findings with other infrared users or potential users. Educating other interested parties will certainly enhance the Infrared community. Interacting with colleagues and peers may generate possible additional consulting opportunities. Presenters also earn valuable ITC recertification credits to maintain their current ITC certification level. Registration cost for the day you present will be reduced.

Some examples of subject matter for presentations are but not limited to:

  • Condition Monitoring
  • Building Applications
  • Automation
  • Science
  • Fugitive Emission Detection
  • Animal/Veterinary
  • Medical
  • Infrared Complimentary Non-Destructive Testing Tools

Please forward your presentation overview to Paul.Frisk@flir.com by March 15th, 2014.

More details about the conferences to follow in future newsletters.

Monday, January 20, 2014

New to IR? ITC Webinars Can Help!

itc logo (2)It’s likely that a number of you who frequent this blog are either new to the world of infrared or possibly just purchased your first thermal imager. Regardless, there is a lot of information that new thermographers need to digest, so where does one proceed? Well, we’ve got some good news for you!

The Infrared Training Center now offers a number of live, regularly scheduled, educational webinars that are designed to introduce participants to the technology and variety of IR applications available. By attending these free, interactive, online sessions you will learn not only the basics of infrared thermography, but also where thermal imaging can reduce costs, save energy and increase safety for professionals in a variety of industries.

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 as many of these upcoming webinars as you like and learn more about how using infrared can benefit both you and your company.

Sign up today at www.infraredtraining.com/webinars . Registration is free and now available for the following topics:

Friday, January 10, 2014

FLIR Tools Online Course Updated

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FLIR Tools is a software suite specifically designed to provide an easy way to update your infrared camera and create inspection reports. There is NO CHARGE for this FREE course.


Updated 2014-01-08: Added new sections on MSX Fusion, Panorama, and Resource Links in Player

At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe how to import images from a FLIR camera to the FLIR Tools library using the USB connection.
  • Summarize how to remotely control FLIR cameras using the FLIR Tools software.
  • Explain how to measure temperatures and interpret thermal images using the FLIR Tools software.
  • Describe how to record radiometric sequences from FLIR USB Video, Ethernet, and SC-Firewire cameras using optional Tools+ Software.

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New Online Course: FLIR Ex Series Basics

itc logo (2)This course will introduce you to the operation of the FLIR E4/E5/E6 and E8 infrared camera series. This course is a self paced on-demand web course, you can start as soon as you enroll and you can stop and continue where you left off at any time. There is NO CHARGE for course.

We will discuss the controls of the camera as well as the user interface, and show you how to operate your camera and your report and analysis software.

Who should take this course: This course is intended for users of the FLIR Ex series camera or anyone interested in purchasing one.

Prerequisites: This course is designed for FLIR Ex users. No prior knowledge of thermography or infrared cameras is assumed.

Availability: This course is an on-demand self paced web based training course available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can begin as soon as you enroll.

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New Online Course: FLIR K Series Basics

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A tutorial on the basic operation of FLIR K Series Infrared Cameras for Fire Fighters in English, French, and German. This course is offered at no charge.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Emissivity Explained; In Plain English

itc logo (2)This short video explains thermal emissivity in a simple to understand format using thermal imaging or thermography to illustrate the concepts.