Newsletter Archive – September 2016

Volume 5 Issue 9 September 2016

Director’s Message

‘Don’t put the cart before the horse’ is sage advice for those organizing a project. All too often, buyers of thermal imagers put the proverbial cart in front of the horse by buying equipment prior to obtaining proper training.

Purchasing the correct imager is a challenge for many reasons: initial purchase price can be costly, no imager is capable of performing all applications, imager performance varies widely, and available specifications are frequently exaggerated or misleading.

Further compounding this challenge, some manufacturers offer “free training courses” as sales incentives to purchasers of new equipment. Frequently, these free courses are taught by inexperienced/unqualified instructors, are introductory in nature, and are designed as operator courses for the subject equipment thereby omitting important theory or applications. Because these courses are taught after equipment is delivered, inexperienced purchasers lack the knowledge required to make an informed decision when selecting new equipment.

In order to properly select and specify infrared equipment, buyers should put the horse before the cart by receiving quality certification training from an independent institute prior to equipment purchase. For new users, training should include infrared theory and heat transfer concepts, equipment selection and operation, image capture and analysis, standards compliance, applications-specific inspection techniques, documentation of findings, and temperature measurement techniques.

Free Online Training Courses

During the month of September, Infraspection Institute are offering our online training course, SuccessIRies 104 – Temperature Limits for Electrical & Mechanical Equipment for free. This course covers the application of temperature limits for electrical and mechanical equipment as well as several methods for determining repair priorities. 

Normally priced at $79, this course is being made available as an exclusive benefit to our readers who access the course through the above hyperlink. Two other short courses, SuccessIRies 101, and SuccessIRies 102 are also being offered at no charge. These courses provide an introduction to infrared thermography and how it is applied to a wide variety of applications. Both courses provide an excellent introduction to thermography.

All courses are available through SuccessIRies™ – a series of web-based short courses for thermographers and inspection professionals. SuccessIRies™ courses are available 24/7 via an internet connection and cover a wide variety of topics.

Typically 30 – 60 minutes in length, SuccessIRies™ are narrated short courses that are the perfect way to keep abreast of the latest developments in the rapidly evolving field of thermography. SuccessIRies™ also meet continuing education requirements for professional inspectors.

Show Your Colors with Infraspection Seals

We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘You’re judged by the company you keep’. Because the same is true in thermography, Infraspection Institute permits graduates of our Certified Infrared Thermographer® program to display our trademarked seal on their websites and advertising materials.

Recognized worldwide as a symbol of excellence, the two-color seal pictured at left is available as a free download. Personalized versions of the seal include thermographer name, certification number, and level of training.
Normally priced at $75, personalized seals are available for $50 during the month of September. Seal upgrades are FREE as you advance your training to higher levels.

To qualify for a discount, place your order through the Infraspection Online Store and enter Promotion Code CITCOURSE during checkout.

Early Registration Bonus for IR/INFO Exhibitors

Infraspection Institute is pleased to announce an early registration bonus for exhibitors at its annual IR/INFO Conference. Exhibitors that register and pay for their booth prior to September 15 are eligible to bring a second person at no additional charge. Valued at $595, this bonus provides full conference access, conference proceedings, and a tuition voucher redeemable for a discount on an Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® training course.

Now in its 28th year, IR/INFO is the original Advanced Infrared Training Conference, Technical Symposium, and Technology Expo. IR/INFO features four days of networking, learning, and fun in a professional, yet relaxed, family atmosphere. IR/INFO is scheduled for January 22 – 25, 2017 in Orlando, FL.
IR/INFO is a must-attend event for all manufacturers and distributors of infrared equipment, condition based monitoring tools and services, reporting software, and those who provide products or services of interest to thermographers.