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What to do when tasked with inspecting thermally reflective surfaces?

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, […]

I Don't Know

Let’s face the facts: we are seen as experts. Customers expect answers from us, usually immediate answers. How tempting it can be to make them happy! Armed with our expensive, high-tech tools, it is all too easy to forget we can’t always come up with those answers.

The temperature difference on this failing surge protection […]

Dive into Questions and Grow into Knowledge

I’ve been working on a project this past week with a couple of young people. I’m impressed with two things. First, they have more energy than I have. Second, I have more experience than they have. While energy is great, relying on experience often means I know how to do things “smarter,” using less energy. […]

Learning From Each Other

One of my Thermal Resolutions for 2011 was as follows:
“I’ve learned nearly all I know about thermography from others and have, honestly, barely scratched the surface, so I resolve to learn more from my professional colleagues.”

I was fortunate to visit the home of Sir William Herschel in the Fall of 2010. Here I am […]

Fluke’s TiS wins 2011 CSE Product of the Year and Test Tool Product MVP

Consulting-Specifying Engineer provides the engineering community with premium research and information, and every year the have consumers vote on the test tool products of the year. This year it was the Fluke TiS thermal imaging scanner that reigned supreme, not only winning its category, but also claiming top prize among all products as 2011 MVP. TiS is specially engineered for […]

Who Who’s Blog: Scott Warga

This week we had the privilege to talk to with Scott Warga, ACSI American Construction Specialists & Investigations LLC who shared his thoughts on the importance of education, thermography tips, and how to catch animals in the act of doing something mischievous (we’ll explain this shortly).

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I do […]

Heat Transfer, Temperature and R-value

Hopefully many of you tried my suggestion last week of filling a mug with hot coffee or tea and observing it with your imager as it went through a thermal cycle. If not, please do so as there are many valuable lessons to be learned. Also useful is distilling the temperature changes for the mug […]

FlukeTI Featured in Plant Services article: Electrical Enlightenment

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 […]

What Does the Surface Temperature Really Mean?

We know the direction of heat transfer is from hotter to cooler, but sometimes the temperatures we measure can be misleading. Particularly, when the process of transfer is still in transition, the temperatures will not have peaked yet. Also when a surface is being strongly influenced by outside forces—such as evaporation, sun, wind […]

Fluke TiR32 Thermal Imager - Focusing Ease

One of the greatest features on the Fluke TiR32 is its masterful and intuitive way to focus the imager.  An independent study conducted by Blink Interactive confirmed that once again, Fluke outshined the competition. There are three main reasons why users choose Fluke thermal imagers: Manual focus was preferred by 86% of users interviewed because […]