‘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.
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.