April 19, 2021
Equipment Maintenance – Neckstraps
Tip written by: Infraspection Institute
Almost all handheld thermal imagers come equipped with neckstraps as standard equipment. If you utilize the neckstrap supplied with your imager to support or carry your imager, the following tips can help to avoid costly damage caused by an unexpected drop.
1) Many neckstraps are made of relatively thin material. Retrofit thin neckstraps with sturdier material.
2) Check your neckstrap frequently for wear. Neckstraps frequently become frayed where they attach to camera body eyes or snap hardware.
3) Be certain that your neckstrap ends are permanently sewn so that they cannot be pulled apart or separate accidentally.
4) Check snap swivels for condition. Replace worn or inferior hardware with quality materials.
5) Consider adding a second, redundant neckstrap in case the primary neckstrap fails.
6) Periodically check camera body eyes for wear and mechanical integrity. Over time, attachment points that mate with metal hardware can erode; mechanically fastened hardware on your imager can become loose.
Following the above tips can help prevent accidentally dropping your imager and could save you from a costly repair.
Proper use of infrared imagers is one of the many topics covered in the Level I Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® training course. For information on open enrollment classes or our Distance Learning program, visit us online or call us at 609-239-4788.
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