List of articles contained in the IR/INFO 2013 Proceedings:
Applying Infrared Thermography to Marine Surveying …
A Review of Ten Years of Case Studies
Allinson, John (Jack) N.,
Level III Certified Infrared Thermographer
J.N. Allinson Associates, Inc.
Allinson Infrared Inspection Services, Inc.
222 University Blvd. North #2
Jacksonville, FL 32211
It was in 1998 that Mr. Allinson (Jack) launched his fifth (5th) career as an Accredited Marine Surveyor specializing in Recreational Yachts and Small Craft.
The key deliverable of this business is a written report that elucidates either the “Condition and Value” of the subject vessel or its suitability for a specific work event.
The need for this information is paramount regardless of whether clients are individuals who are purchasing, selling, financing or insuring a boat, a claims adjuster who is processing a damage claim, or a leasing company (on hire vs. off hire condition).
It soon became apparent to Jack that using Non Destructive Testing equipment coupled with repeatable standard procedures were the keys to success at gathering the right information to form a defensible opinion.
In 2003, Jack added infrared imaging to his existing arsenal of NDT equipment and after six years of applied experience he introduced a series of seminars on Applying Infrared Thermography to Marine Surveying.
In 2011 Jack teamed with Infraspection Institute to co-author the published Standard for Infrared Inspection of Recreational Yachts & Small Craft Constructed of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic and Composite Materials.
Join Jack as he guides you through over ten years of practical experience in “Applying Infrared Imaging to Marine Surveying”.
Bridging the Gap Between Your IR Scans: Wireless Temperature Monitoring of Electrical Enclosures on a Daily Basis
Level III Certified Infrared Thermographer
Delta T Engineering, LLC
136 Main Street
Metuchen, NJ 08840
Thermography is a proven technology for detecting elevated temperatures within operating electrical distribution systems.
Typically performed on an annual basis, infrared inspections can detect evidence of overheating caused by loose/deteriorated connections, overloaded circuits and imbalanced loads.
While infrared inspections can be valuable in helping to prevent unexpected failures, they provide a single ‘snapshot’ leaving the subject components a mystery for the balance of the year.
Advances in wireless technology have resulted in dual-temperature sensors which attach to electrical enclosure covers.
These sensors simultaneously monitor and compare the room’s ambient temperature and the electrical enclosure’s temperature.
Once permanently installed along with the dedicated software, they can provide daily monitoring of electrical system components and can alert personnel when heat-related problems arise.
This paper will discuss the theory and application of the Delta T Alert monitoring system and how it can be used to complement and enhance the effectiveness of an existing infrared inspection program within commercial office buildings.
Ideal applications will be discussed and a few case studies showing the effectiveness of Delta T Alert will also be presented within this paper.
Combining Static and Dynamic Testing: Preventing a Motor Catastrophe
Bethel, Noah P., CMRP,
Vice President of Product Development
5909C Hampton Oaks Parkway
Tampa, FL 33610
813-621-6463, ext. 124
5900 feet below the surface, deep in the shaft of a platinum mine, is not the ideal place for a catastrophic motor failure, especially when the application prevents water from flooding the mine shafts.
There are those who assume that preventive motor maintenance is the best protective strategy for preventing motor failure and costly downtime.
However, a South African mining company has found predictive maintenance to be a better alternative – and with good reason.
The company was able to save thousands of dollars that it would have had to spend on repairs, resulting from an imminent and potentially catastrophic motor failure.
Thermal Patterns Associated with Walk-on Roof Inspections of Insulated Flat Roof Systems
Level III Certified Infrared Thermographer
Brady Infrared Inspections, Inc.
935 Pine Castle Court
Stuart, FL 34996
Infrared technology is an excellent tool to map the distribution of trapped water in insulated flat roof systems.
In most cases, it provides 100% inspection coverage of the roof surface and often allows an experienced thermographer the ability to trace roof leaks back to their source.
With over ten years experience in imaging flat roofs, I have concluded that each roof has its own unique thermal pattern.
Some provide textbook thermal patterns of wet insulation. Others possess slight variations of these “classic” patterns and still others leave one wondering “what am I looking at?”
This presentation will cover thermal patterns typically encountered on roofs constructed with various board and lightweight concrete insulations and their associated overlaying roof materials.
Also presented are patterns associated with sprayed polyurethane roof systems and the challenges reflective roof surfaces present.
Mapping the Infrared Body:
Thermography for the Human Sciences
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Med-Hot Thermal Imaging, Inc.
5120 South Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33813
To date, infrared thermography has been primarily promoted as a tool for breast screening, but it has the potential to provide much needed unique information regarding inflammatory conditions in all areas of the human body, including but not limited to cardio-vascular health, visceral health and muscular-skeletal dysfunction.
Inflammation is recognized and accepted as a major contributor to all chronic diseases.
This paper will review the function and physiology of the skin and its bidirectional communication with the vital systems of the body and how this information translates into recognizable and measurable thermal patterns.
Also discussed are how thermal patterns in different areas of the body can be interpreted to provide unique insights for the benefit of the individual patient as well as their healthcare provider.
Can an Infrared Inspection be Performed on a Mechanical System with Wind Present?
Griggs Thermal Imaging
2160 Autumn Place
Columbus, Ohio 43223
As thermographers we have to deal with a lot of different situations and factors to perform our jobs.
One of the factors that can and does effect our inspection is wind, natural or as part of a process.
We know that wind has an affect on roof surveys and outside electrical systems because it can change the thermal signature of the item we wish to inspect.
But what about a mechanical system that produces high wind or air flow?
This presentation will try to answer the question: Can an infrared inspection be performed on a mechanical system with wind present?
This paper is meant to provide information and a thought process for those conducting infrared surveys, whether inside their own company or as an outside contractor.
Breast Thermography 101:
What Every Imaging Center, Doctor and Patient Should Know First
ACT Certified Clinical Thermographic Technician, Managing Director
Thermal Diagnostics Limited – Medical Division
15 Robertson Street, Les Efforts East San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies
Breast Thermography has been around for several decades with varying degrees of positive and negative promotion, research, and support.
In the conventional medical industry, breast thermography is still the black sheep of breast screening modalities.
There are several reasons for this but one of the most predominant factors is that most doctors are not aware of, nor understand, the role that breast thermography can play in the entire women’s health and wellness avenue.
Another factor that plays a big part in the mixed popularity and acceptance of breast thermography is the way it has, and still is, being portrayed by some individuals and organizations.
This misinformation of the technology’s abilities has compounded the mistrust of the effectiveness and usefulness of breast thermography by the conventional medical establishments.
With all this going on, it is no wonder that patients are stuck in the middle with no support from any side of the breast thermography controversy.
Have we gotten so enthralled in the battle that we have forgotten the core mission of saving lives and families?
In this paper, I will attempt to explain what is required from everyone if we are to truly use this technology as a tool to help women. This information is meant for all: young and old, doctor and patient, grandmother, mother, wife, sister, and everyone we love.
Infrared Camera Manufacturers, Embracing the Latest Technology for their Camera Designs
Director of Regional Sales
FLIR Systems, Inc.
25 Esquire Road
North Billerica, MA 01862
Infrared camera manufacturers have always looked to the current technology of the day to inspire their camera designs.
This presentation will discuss how past innovations were incorporated as solutions to help thermographers do their job.
We will also look at today’s technology and see how Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology are currently being used to help communicate our findings in a real-time environment.
Lastly, we will discuss what the future may bring with infrared camera design and how it may be used in the future.
The Use of Infrared and Ultrasound Technologies for Metal-Clad Switchgear Inspections
Manager of US Operation
UE Systems Inc.
Ultrasound and infrared technologies are a perfect match when conducting inspections of switchgear over 1000 volts.
At this voltage class and higher, thermal anomalies as well as corona and tracking conditions can occur, all of which threaten the reliability of the equipment being inspected.
Typical switchgear at this class includes, load interrupter switches, breakers, transformers, motor controls and terminal transition cabinets.
This presentation will present case studies that highlight over ten years of switchgear inspections performed by Jim Brady of Brady Infrared, including thermal images.
Corona and tracking sound files will be integrated into this presentation to show their relationship to problems that occur in this type of electrical equipment and how the use of ultrasound and infrared technologies can be used together to easily identify potential failures in metal-clad switchgear before they become catastrophic.
Secrets of Small Business Websites:
How to set up & maintain a low-cost website that works for you
Peacock, Raymond G.
Publisher & Editor, Measurement Media Network Division
Southampton, PA 18966
Today, it is more important for small businesses to have a website than it is to advertise in the Yellow Pages!
Why? Because most people check the Web before looking just about anywhere else.
More simply, if you are not on the Web, it’s like you do not exist.
There is a simple, low-cost way for even one-person businesses to get online quickly and have a smart looking, functional website that you can run and grow by yourself, if resources are limited.
This article will share some of the ways one can a start a website and grow it efficiently themselves.
There are seemingly endless ways to make it bigger and better, but the first step is the most difficult for some to take and it is a lot easier than you could ever imagine.
Plus, there are countless free resources on the Web to help you grow traffic and get your business truly working for you ONLINE!
Once you are up and running, you must maintain your site, collect information about prospects, and grow traffic.
Those tasks are essential but, like starting a website, they can be handled in a straightforward fashion.
It requires some discipline, but not a lot of time if you have a plan and know a few key facts.
Electrical Safety and Reliability: Why we MUST Consider Performing a Complete Electrical Maintenance Program
4914 Lena Road, Unit 105
Bradenton, FL 34211
Safety and reliability of a company’s electrical distribution system should be discussed in tandem.
This presentation will demonstrate the need for a multiple technology approach when considering the health and reliability of the life blood of a company: The Electrical Distribution System.
Learn the success stories and the tools that we have used through the last two decades to increase reliability and reduce risk of injury and equipment failure.
The presenter has nearly twenty years of experience in electrical maintenance, thermography, and ultrasonic technologies.
We will discuss the need for electrical testing, infrared, ultrasonic, and electrical safety in a facility.
Also, case studies and success stories that we have found over the years with the different technologies will be presented.
Tips, Tools, and Trends in Today’s Infrared Industry
Vice President Sales and Marketing
Logos Computer Solutions, Inc
3801 – 114th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
Today’s infrared inspection companies are faced with many challenges.
Lower cost of entry has resulted in more competition and lower pricing from both new and old competitors.
We will take a look at the infrared market today and provide suggestions on how to differentiate your infrared services from a software solutions standpoint.
This presentation helps to highlight the challenges you face and offers suggestions on how to set you apart from the rest of the pack.
Safety hinking Outside the Box:
Additional safety measures that should be considered, identified, and reported during a thermographic infrared survey
Scott, Rodney J
Level III Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer & Instructor
2519 State Route 61
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
There are many pitfalls to look for when performing an infrared survey.
Over the past 15 years I have a seen multiple hazards in the field.
Simple steps to identify potential hazard before they cause injury and/or possible death should be the first step when performing your survey.
Additional safety factors will include structural hazards, equipment malfunctioning, early warning signs, as well as environmental and climate issues.
Which safety concerns should be reported and who should be notified?
One example will be a safety issue we reported to the end user that resulted in the equipment manufacturer changing how the electrical switchboard was made.
“Is the qualified assistant even opening the panels in the right sequence or are they putting you in harms way?”
Power Quality Issues and the Thermographer
1414 Outlook Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465
Thermal imaging has long been used as a diagnostic tool for energized electrical systems.
A thermographer that is performing a survey of electrical equipment may be asked for an opinion regarding symptoms or issues that a facility is experiencing.
With some basic information, the thermographer can often provide an educated opinion to the customer thereby increasing his or her value.
This presentation will provide a basic understanding of common power quality symptoms and their root causes.
We will discuss the point of common coupling (PCC) between the utility and the facility, which is the point where the utility delivery ends and the facility supply begins. Also covered will be utility disturbances and facility related issues including sags, transients, harmonics, wiring, grounding and equipment sensitivity.
Methodologies for Finding, Analyzing, and Prioritizing Moisture Problems in Roofing Materials Using Infrared Thermal Imaging
Stockton, Gregory R.
Stockton Infrared Thermographic Services, Inc. & United Infrared, Inc.
8472 Adams Farm Road
Randleman, NC 27317
While an enormous amount of infrared applications have been developed over the years, roof moisture surveying remains one of the most difficult for thermographers to understand.
This is largely due to the fact that roof composition can vary widely with waterproofing materials, insulation, and decking.
For best results, the thermographer must understand the thermodynamic characteristics for each individual type of roof construction and factors such as weather over the past 48 hours, ambient conditions at the time of the survey, solar insolation, and what is going on thermally under the roof.
The farther one can get from the subject of any infrared imaging survey, while maintaining a high enough spatial resolution to achieve the needed image quality, the more useful the data become.
This is true for infrared imaging of roofs as well. There are four vantage points from which to survey a building roof; under-roof, on-roof, elevated vantage point and aerial. All four have their advantages and disadvantages.
This paper will discuss maintenance of roofs in general, techniques of NDT for finding moisture in roofs, and the methodologies, advantages and disadvantages of each type of roof moisture survey technique.
The Necessity of Measuring Current when Conducting an Infrared Inspection of Electrical Systems
Level III Certified Infrared Thermographer
Infrared Imaging Services, LLC
PO Box 221
New City, NY 10956
The inspection of electrical systems and equipment is one of the more common applications for infrared thermography.
Some exceptions such as loose/resistive connections are easily identified by their thermal image; however, many thermal signatures cannot easily be understood or confirmed unless the current flowing through these conductors is also known.
Without knowing the amount of current it is often impossible to fully understand the imagery and therefore if an exception exists.
This paper will demonstrate the necessity of measuring current when conducting an infrared inspection of electrical systems.
Use of Infrared/Thermal Imaging for Diagnosing Building Envelopes
Vics, Howard M.
Certified Level II Infrared Thermographer
Building Performance Consulting
1344 Sumner Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12309
The most significant component of energy loss in our homes and businesses is through the surfaces that separate us from the weather (the building “envelope”).
Weaknesses or imperfections in the thermal boundary allow for heat transfer by both conduction and air movement (air leakage).
We will identify typical thermal patterns seen when performing building diagnostics and will include thermal images of insulated, uninsulated, and partially insulated building envelopes, both with and without the use of a blower door.
This presentation will focus on the interpretation of thermographic images and anomalies in those images when using IR to evaluate the integrity of the “Thermal Envelope”.
With an understanding of energy movement across the thermal boundary, we can show how to assess the building envelope and provide solutions for energy conservation to the homeowner.
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