Infrared Training Center

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 by March 15th, 2014.

More details about the conferences to follow in future newsletters.