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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday – Thermovision 680 Medical

Check these pictures out for #TBT; a Thermovision 680 Liquid Nitrogen cooled system circa 1968 that was utilized for medical applications.

Originally manufactured by AGA Infrared Systems of Sweden, the camera had interchangeable lenses and a Polaroid camera attachment that was used to capture the infrared images shown on a display unit (not seen here) as there was no on-board file storage.

The "Short Wave" model used a single InSb (Indium Antimonide) detector while the Long Wave version featured a HgCdTe (Mercury Cadmium Telluride) detector.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New Live Webcasts and On-Demand Webinars

Learn the basics before getting certified with free live webcasts and on-demand webinars from ITC! Topics now scheduled into January 2016 that provide a valuable overview of thermal imaging and its many applications.  

Learn more and register here, plus get access to 20 on-demand webinars that are free and available for viewing any time: 

Besides US-based live webcasts and on-demand webinars, ITC also offers European-based sessions with more convenient times for those attending internationally:

Live Webcasts - North American Broadcast Schedule
November - January

FLIR Tools Software Basics
Friday, November 6

FLIR Tools+ Advanced

Friday, November 6

Introduction to IR for Building Systems
Friday, November 13

Introduction to IR for Electrical Applications

Tuesday, November 24

Hands-On Operation of Your FLIR Thermal Imager

Friday, December 11

Building Moisture Inspection Basics

Friday, December 18

Overview of IR Optical Gas Imaging Webinar

Monday, December 21

Infrared Thermography Basics
Wednesday, December 30

Thermographer Q&A: Capturing Great Thermal Images

Friday, January 8, 2016

Monday, November 2, 2015

InfraMation 2018 - Call for Papers and Abstracts

InfraMation 2016 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino September 27-29, 2016, with a pre-conference training day on September 26. Join other thermal imaging experts to learn the latest thermal imaging techniques and applications, and make valuable connections!

The InfraMation 2016 Call for Papers is now open through February 5, 2016. FLIR Systems and the Infrared Training Center (ITC) are currently accepting 150-250 word abstracts of presentations and/or clinics to be delivered to InfraMation 2016 conference attendees. The audience will consist of more than 500 condition monitoring engineers, maintenance technicians, building inspectors, restoration contractors, research and science professionals, optical gas imaging specialists, and test and measurement buyers. Submit your abstract through this simple online form.


Benefits & Requirements

Why should you present at InfraMation 2016?

  • Qualify for a deeply discounted conference registration fee
  • Identify yourself as an infrared thermal imaging expert in your field
  • Earn valuable certification renewal credits
  • Further validate your expertise for clients and customers
  • Expand your professional and business referral network
  • Represent your organization on a big stage
  • Publish your paper on a searchable CD that every InfraMation attendee receives

InfraMation is the leading infrared training experience in the world. As thermal imaging becomes more mainstream, early adopters such as yourself will be sought out for your extensive knowhow and experience. Simply put: InfraMation is the place to get recognized!

The only "hard" requirements are that your paper be non-commercial in nature (for sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, click here) and submitted in English. Abstract approval is based on clarity, suitability, and technical merit of work.

Suggested Topic Areas

  • Buildings - Roofing Systems
  • Buildings - Water Ingress / Moisture / Remediation / Mold Testing
  • Buildings - Insulation / Air Leakage / Energy Loss
  • Buildings - Standards & Certification
  • Buildings - Pest Detection and Control
  • Condition Monitoring - Electrical Distribution - Indoor, Outdoor, Transmission, Distribution
  • Condition Monitoring - Mechanical Applications - Bearings, Gearboxes, Conveyors, Steam, Hydraulic
  • Condition Monitoring - Standards & Certification
  • Condition Monitoring - Petrochemical Applications
  • Business - Marketing/Sales/Pricing
  • Business - Program Management / Cost Avoidance / Cost Saving
  • Business - Safety
  • Research & Science Applications
  • Medical/Veterinary Applications
  • Optical Gas Imaging Applications
  • IR Report Preparation Techniques
  • NEW - Aerial Drone and UAV Applications / Techniques
  • Non-Destructive Testing - Material flaws, voids, etc.
  • Alternative / other Applications / Other Technologies

The Shadow Man Cometh

By Ronald Lucier, ASNT NDT Level III, Infrared Training Center

When I use the term “Radiation Heat Transfer” in my classes I sometimes get puzzled or even frightened looks as some folks associate the term radiation to Chernobyl and atomic weapons. It takes only a few minutes and a couple demonstrations to put them at ease though.

One of the simpler demonstrations is done outdoors on a sunny, warm day. It is common knowledge that the Sun is HOT – roughly 6000 ˚C or 10800 ˚F. Happily the Inverse Square Law and our atmosphere attenuate the thermal radiation to livable levels here on Earth!

But it is still thermal radiation! What happens if we interrupt that radiation? A simple experiment is to take a thermal camera into a safe area, like a parking lot, and create your own shadow!

I did this in the middle of my street the other day. Fortunately we don’t get much traffic, usually only the postman drives by and that’s to turn around and deliver mail.

Setting my camera up (a FLIR T650sc) to record a radiometric .csq file, I started recording and walked into the scene and made a shadow. The change in roadway temperature WAS INSTANTANEOUS! After 30 plus years in the business we sometimes get surprised and I was! Look at the raw plot data, ignore the spikes and where I walked into the scene:

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The two spots started out at the same temperature. Just look at the table data.

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All temperatures are in degrees Fahrenheit.I stopped taking data at 67 seconds as it was indeed a partly cloudy day and the clouds came by. Here are my start, middle and end jpegs:

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Engineers love graphs so I can’t resist! I took five seconds of data and drew a trend line through both sets to show that the roadway wasn’t cooling, just the shadow.


This doesn’t require a high end camera such as the FLIR T650sc – any IR camera, a little Sun, an absorbing surface such as a sidewalk or even a wall will suffice.

The best way to learn is to teach! I encourage all the readers of this article to go teach your friends, co-workers and family a little bit about radiation heat transfer!