Infrared Training Center

Thursday, June 19, 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 2014-06-19: Added new sections on activation, creating reports in Word, using templates, creating a Word template, and how to group images.

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.
  • Summarize how to use Word and templates to create custom reporting and analysis formats

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Interactive Labs: An Important Part of the ITC Learning Experience

electrical panel - closed smallAt our Boston-Regional training facility we have a number of interactive, hands-on, labs set-up around the perimeter of the classroom. All are designed to help re-enforce the principles of thermography taught during a course. Students use these with their thermal imagers to improve their camera skills and learn more about infrared science as part of planned exercises that create a unique and valuable training experience for everyone in attendance.

One of my personal favorites is a simple mock-up of an electrical panel rigged with several thermal anomalies on the inside. Warm breakers, hot connections and more can all be safely inspected in this controlled environment. I use this particular lab in Level I training to demonstrate the concept of indirect heating that we teach as a part of basic heat transfer. This is the physics behind why the temperature you measure on the surface of a component is often much cooler than what is happening on the inside, at the point of failure.