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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

UAV Demonstration at ITC User Conference 2014

UAV DemoWe’re in Sweden for the 2014 ITC User Conference running today and tomorrow.  This two-day event features new product demonstrations, educational paper presentations and lots of great networking opportunities.  A number of professional thermographers from around the world are present including technicians, engineers, scientists, and users of all types of thermal imaging equipment. 

More details are available from the conference website:

Of interest today, live demonstrations with IR equipped UAVs during an exhibitor showcase held this afternoon:

Look for additional updates via our Facebook and Twitter feeds both later today and tomorrow.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New ITC Hot Spot: “Ghostly” Infrared Myths

The Infrared Training Center addresses some possible “ghostly” myths in this new ITC Hot Spot. See how some common thermal patterns could possibly be mistaken for apparitions when hunting ghosts with a thermal imager. From warm IR signatures caused by thermal reflections to cool patterns created by evaporation, it appears that sometimes the simplest explanation of what we’re seeing thermally might be the most likely when hunting ghosts with an infrared camera:

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Online Course - Elevated Body Temperature Screening Basics

Infrared thermography is a valuable tool for screening people in order to find individuals who have a body surface temperature that is elevated above the average of the general population. The use of an infrared camera should be adjunctive to other screening procedures.

ITC’s online course “Elevated Body Temperature Screening Basics” is designed to enable operators to use an infrared camera properly for the purpose of elevated temperature screening. The course does not depend on the type of camera, and the course will not teach you about all the features and operation of your particular camera, unless it is combined with one of the FLIR/ITC training courses for camera operation. The course will, however, teach you camera operation in general, and the functions and features that are recommended for use in elevated temperature screening.
Click the link below to go to the course home page.
WEB-TH60 - Elevated Body Temperature Screening Basics

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Using IR With a Blower Door

Free White Paper – Click Here to Download

vics-blowerdoor-thumbThermal imaging has become an invaluable tool in the specialized field of energy auditing and building diagnostics. By itself, an infrared camera only tells half the story. The use of a blower door in conjunction with a thermal imager can help you locate areas of air infiltration throughout the building envelope that are not necessarily going to be detected under the natural stack effect.

This complimentary paper, originally presented at InfraMation 2009, explains how working with a blower door helps building thermographers get better, and more consistent, results in the field.

To learn more about InfraMation 2015 (and possibly submit a paper presentation of your own for consideration), please visit

Friday, October 10, 2014

Best of InfraMation Live Webcast: Cold Air in Boston

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2:00 p.m. EST (-5 UTC)

Guest Presenter – Dave Sawyer

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Originally presented at InfraMation 2010, Dave Sawyer of Sawyer Infrared returns for a special live webinar to present his paper from the conference proceedings. It features two case studies involving clients of his from the Boston area who dealt with building performance issues.

One was an upscale restaurant experiencing cold air infiltration that was caused patron discomfort and increasing heating costs for the owners. The other, a large grocery store, was concerned that a number of freezers situated outside the building might be losing precious cold air. In both instances, thermal imaging revealed problems that would not have been detected with other test methods.

To register for this and other free live webcasts from ITC, please visit:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ghost in the…Refractory?

With Halloween coming up in a few weeks, we’ve got a fun “ghost hunter” video that we’re putting the final touches on which I think you’ll enjoy.  Keep an eye out for it right before the end of the month. Until then, on a related note, a thermographer from a recent ITC training course sent in this gem of a find.



ITC Instructor John Waggoner received these images from Craig Dickey.  Craig was conducting a furnace inspection at the time when he came across this unusual thermal pattern while scanning around the access door.  I guess IR really CAN be used to find ghosts or, in this case, perhaps some type of thermal spirit of refractory inspections past?

It got me thinking, have any of you found similar? Perhaps an interesting IR pattern that caught you by surprise, maybe something that wasn’t obvious visually, but jumped right out at you thermally? Share it on our Facebook page and I’ll post it to the InformIR blog as well with a photo credit.