Paint it Black?
No, this blog isn’t about The Rolling Stones – it’s about the practice of enhancing emissivity in the field. When a thermographer is tasked with inspecting thermally reflective surfaces there are two options. Either accept that the surface doesn’t emit well—and therefore reflects very well—and therefore can’t provide reliable qualitative or quantitative data, [...]
The discovery that accurate temperature measurements are many times difficult in electrical applications of thermography can be a hard pill to swallow. Electrical apparatus are often made from metal that’s bare, so emissivity is low, and thus temperature measurements are unreliable.
The good news is that despite this fact, electrical anomalies can be relatively easy to [...]
If you’ve had Level I Thermographic Applications training course you most likely heard the mantra of “Focus First!” from your instructor, and with good reason! Of all of the camera settings that can be adjusted by the camera operator, focus is by far the most important. Focus is essential to both image quality and temperature [...]
We have several customers that we visit and perform infrared scans for on a regular basis. Recently we were in a textile mill in a state where we’ve been performing inspecting for the past four years. The equipment list has remained virtually unchanged in the time we’ve been inspecting there. The only variances were during shutdowns for [...]
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Roof moisture inspections are one of those applications of infrared thermography that many in the industry have heard of, but not so many have attempted. It’s kind of a niche application, really. In my decade or so of experience in this industry, I’ve only had the opportunity to be involved in a handful of these [...]
In a recent article by PlantServices.com, which highlights some of the safety issues that are common in electrical power distribution systems, industry leaders from some of the top engineering companies such as Miller Engineering, Schneider Electric, EMP Engineering Services, and Fluke, offered great insight on how to stay safe and prevent problems when working with [...]
When Owens Corning, a leader in making homes more energy efficient, discovered a burnt out motor that disrupted their workflow, the plant leader was intent on finding a better way of discovering these types of issues before they resulted in a downtime situation. Fellow employee and seasoned thermal imaging expert Al Loring suggested FlukeTI for [...]
Buildings and equipment do not maintain themselves. When it comes to preventive maintenance, you have to proactively seek out problems before they occur to prevent unplanned downtime. Thermography can be an invaluable tool to prolong equipment life, save money and increase the safety of your workforce. If it’s your job to keep everything running smoothly [...]
Last week we talked about how low-slope roofs leak and, as a result, how the water becomes trapped in the roof system—generally in the insulation—accelerating roof failure. According to a survey by the National Roof Contractors’ Association, on average, roofs in the United States are replaced every ten years or less!
A penetration to the [...]