Infrared Training Center

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Special Advanced IR Training Course for Research and Science Coming in October

The Infrared Training Center is hosting an Advanced IR Systems Training class this October 8-10 at our Boston-regional training center in Nashua, New Hampshire that focuses on the science behind infrared camera calibration, concepts of radiometry and target signature work.  It is intended for researchers, scientists, university students, and engineers who are using thermal imaging in their respective fields.

Included in the class will be a thorough review of IR science and modern infrared camera design with an emphasis on radiative heat transfer and the practical implications of using a thermal imaging camera to measure temperature. All common sources of measurement error will be discussed as well as the methods used to mitigate these issues.

Depending on the needs of the participants and the time available, additional topics covered may include measurement through IR windows or using mirrors to capture indirect temperature readings. While not required, students are encouraged to bring their own cameras and laptops for planned lab exercises during class.

For more information and to register, please view the course listing on the ITC website or contact the Infrared Training Center directly at 1-866-TRAIN-IR.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

ITC Acquires New Aerial Viewing System to Augment sUAS Training Classes



The Infrared Training Center is excited to announce the purchase of a Command View System from Camera Motion Research, LLC to be used in sUAS training classes.  This equipment allows for the transmission of live video from an unmanned aircraft system to a control center on the ground as far as 3,000ft (914m) away.

Having the Command View System allows the instructor to demonstrate camera operation techniques and perform specific tasks such as measuring temperature, showing the effects of viewing angle and more, all while from the air.  Not only does this enhance the overall training experience, it allows for up to eight students to view the screen at a time, encouraging participation and improving engagement during flying exercises.

With the Command View System, more students can now experience the correct way to capture qualitative and quantitative thermography data in real time.  It works with a variety of instructional situations and applications too including overhead electrical, agricultural, solar panels and more.  A built-in DVR recorder captures all images and videos taken during flight which can be replayed and discussed while back in the classroom.

Look for the Command View System at upcoming sUAS Level I Thermography and Level I Public Safety Courses from the Infrared Training Center.   Registration for these classes and others is available online at www.infraredtraining.com/schedule or by calling ITC directly at 1-866-TRAIN-IR.

Monday, April 29, 2019

ITC & DroneBase Announce Training Partnership for sUAS Thermography

The Infrared Training Center (ITC) has been named as the official IR training and certification provider for DroneBase, a global drone operations company that provides businesses access to one of the largest small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) pilot networks in the world. DroneBase and its pilots have completed over 100,000 commercial missions in more than 70 countries, offering services across multiple industries including residential/commercial real estate, insurance, telecommunications, construction, and media.  

ITC’s sUAS Level I Thermography Certification course will serve as the foundation for this training that is available to DroneBase pilots where they will learn about the various applications of aerial infrared.  The class is designed for the sUAS pilot who needs the background, skills, and knowledge to properly capture and interpret thermal images.  Besides an overview of the many applications, participants will also learn about infrared science, IR equipment operation and flight safety.

According to John Keane, ITC’s Global Director, “We are excited about having the opportunity to certify DroneBase pilots in the application of infrared thermography and look forward to working closely with their network going forward.”

If you are a DroneBase pilot and are looking for sUAS thermography certification training, the latest ITC course schedule can be viewed here.

Existing DroneBase pilots are eligible for a special rate.  Those interested should contact DroneBase for details.  If you have questions about the sUAS Level I certification course, contact ITC directly at 1-866-TRAIN-IR, +1.603.324.7785 or via e-mail at info@infraredtraining.com.

For more information about DroneBase, please visit their website at www.dronebase.com

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Less Expensive Thermal Imagers Never Meant Less Training

Matt Schwoegler, ITC

When I first started training thermographers back in 2002, most infrared cameras at the time were $40,000-60,000 USD.  It was a significant investment for many organizations who were using thermography which they took very seriously.  They took training seriously too.  After all, if you’re spending that much money on a piece of hardware, the operator better know how to use it properly.

It was shortly after that the world’s first sub-$10,000 thermal imager made its debut with a price point that changed the industry.  Today you can buy an IR camera that fits on your phone for just a few hundred dollars and the variety and quality of what’s available for under $10,000 is simply astonishing.   

What hasn’t changed in that time is physics.  Heat still moves from hot to cold.  Unfortunately, just like the cost of equipment, the conversation between the employee and the employer about the need and expense of training has seemingly changed.

Fifteen years ago, after spending $50,000+ on a new camera, I’d bet most didn’t put too much thought into the additional cost of training.  There was absolutely no question…with an investment that large, you better know what you’re doing! The response from a supervisor when asked by a thermographer for approval to attend a class was often similar to this:

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

FLIR ONE Online Training

FLIR ONE Basics
This course will introduce you to the operation of the FLIR ONE and FLIR ONE Pro infrared camera. 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 this course.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

IR Consultant Pricing Survey - U.S.

One of the most frequently asked questions we get from our students and readers is "How much do consultants charge for IR inspection services?"

This groundbreaking survey provides you with the answers. The results of this survey should prove invaluable to you for both pricing and marketing your services.

We will be updating this information with a new survey to be conducted later this year. The results will be published as part of the InfraMation 2018 Conference Proceedings which all attendees receive.

If you want to be included in the survey, make sure that you opt in to "ITC email" on the Online Training registration page or your profile (for current online learners). Participants will be able to purchase the published report at a 50% discount.

Link to the Report Page

Friday, January 26, 2018

Lens Choice for Looking Through IR Windows

by Gary Orlove
More and more organizations are installing IR windows or sight glasses in their electrical equipment so inspections can be made with an infrared camera.
The advantages are obvious: worker safety is improved as thermographers and electricians don't have to open live electrical cabinets, and inspection times can be reduced.
However, what lens choice is the best to use with your infrared camera to provide adequate resolution, and yet see as much of the electrical equipment as possible?
Here are three images that were taken at a power plant looking at an ISO phase buss. The buss is only about a foot away and is taken looking through an infrared window (crystal type).
25 deg.
45 deg.
90 deg.
Images courtesy - John Fricot, FLIR Systems
As you can plainly see, the 90° lens is clearly the way to go.  It provides enough detail for analysis, yet extends your field of view by a huge amount.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How the temperature of your nose shows how much strain you are under

Researchers at the University of Nottingham's Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT), together with academic staff from the Bioengineering and Human Factors Research Groups, have demonstrated that facial temperatures, which can be easily measured using a non-invasive thermal camera, are strongly correlated to mental workload.

It was found that the effect is most pronounced above the sinuses around the nose, and that facial temperatures were reduced as participants carried out tasks of increasing difficulty.

The results show that when people are fully focused on a task, their breathing rate changes as the autonomic nervous system takes over. There may also be a diversion of blood flow from the face to the cerebral cortex as the mental demand increases, although this is the subject of further research.

Read the entire article

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

FLIR Home Energy Audit Tools

What tools do Home Energy Auditors and Home Inspectors use? Shopping for the right Home Energy Auditor or Home Inspector can be a timely process. Beyond their certifications and experience, you should also consider the types of tools they use to perform their tasks.

Here’s a video with Tom O’toole of FLIR Systems and Flemming Lund, a certified Energy Auditor & Home Inspector, talking about the tools used in the various phases involved in a home energy audit.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Cost Avoidance/Energy Savings for IR Thermography

"Has anyone documented Cost Avoidance Or Potential energy savings using Thermography. Ex. Downtime, Labor, Materials. I would be interested in understanding how you determined final cost or energy savings."

This is the $64,000 question, how to justify the cost and benefits of an IR program. The methods used vary depending on your situation, what downtime costs in your facility, overtime and rush ordering to get new parts, lost production cost, your energy cost, etc.

I have selected several white papers that illustrate how different organizations have calculated their costs. Use them as examples of what can be done, and how they are presented.

Use this link to download the files.