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Article of the Month:
Selecting and Purchasing a Thermal Imager –
What You Need to Know
Jim Seffrin, Director
425 Ellis Street
Burlington, NJ 08016
Buying a thermal imager can be a daunting task for a seasoned thermographer; it can be especially difficult for the less experienced. Because the success of an infrared inspection program is dependent upon the chosen test equipment, it is imperative to select proper equipment. Knowing how to correctly specify and choose proper test equipment can help to avoid a costly purchasing mistake and ensure the success of an infrared inspection program.
For years, many thermographers have sought to qualify the severity of detected exceptions by measuring temperature rise. Although this technique is widely practiced, failure to understand key issues can lead to misdiagnoses and unplanned downtime.
Oct. 7, 2019, McAllen, TX—The RAM Review is now live. This new online information source is dedicated to providing thought-provoking, technical perspectives, practical tips, details on value-adding solutions, and industry news and views related to crucial issues of reliability, operational availability, and maintenance (RAM) throughout industry. The focus will be on the ever-important important “people” and “process” sides of these issues.
Thermal image shows thermal profile across a working steam trap. Infrared inspection conducted with the steam system under load. Taken by Stockton Infrared, this thermal image was the 1st Place winner - Mechanical Category in the annual Image Contest held during the IR/INFO 2017 Conference.