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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. [...]

Back to the Basics

Some problems don’t necessarily “shout” at you. The increase in temperature of this surge protection device in a substation is only a few degrees warmer than normal. Seeing the signature required adjusting the imager skillfully. Understanding the device could fail at any moment required additional background knowledge and clear [...]

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 [...]

Predicting the IR Market

One year ago I made some predictions about where I thought the market might be headed (click here to read full post). It is useful, I think, to see how today’s reality compares with yesterday’s dreams.

• A $1,000 imager

We are close, but thankfully not yet there. Sales of lower-cost systems continue to grow. This has [...]

The Equinox

As I write this, we’ve just moved into Fall, at least here in the Northern Hemisphere. Our friends “down south” are enjoying the first bursts of Spring. In the busy world of email and text messages, rushing off to the airport and ordering a pizza for dinner, who cares about the equinox? Who even remembers [...]

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 [...]