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Using infrared cameras for preventive maintenance

Information on the role of thermal imagers in preventive maintenance programs, including cost savings, return on investment (ROI), and the inspection process. Included are common examples of infrared camera applications.

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Industrial Thermography in Preventive Maintenance Programs

Guide to integrating thermal imaging into your preventive maintenance program. Get ROI on using thermal cameras for inspections.

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How thermographers get trained for certification

If you’re just starting out in thermal imaging, you may be surprised at how easy it is to use a thermal imager, also known as an infrared camera.

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Hot spot detection—what to look for

How to find hot spots in electrical systems using a thermal camera. Learn what to look for and understand what causes emissivity anomalies during inspections.

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Using Thermal Imaging to Troubleshoot Motors and Drives

Using infrared cameras to troubleshoot motor problems as well as monitoring motor conditions for preventative maintenance in power generation, manufacturing and commercial plants.

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Tank level measurement and inspections using thermal imaging

Discover how to use a thermal camera for tank level measurement and inspection. See practical tips for getting the best thermal readings.

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A closer look at germanium lenses for thermal cameras

Learn how to choose the right IR lens for your thermal camera and why germanium is used in thermal camera lenses.

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How thermal imaging can help your business

Thermal cameras provide a return on investment

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11 Key Features in Thermal Imaging Software

Guide to key features in thermal imaging software and how to get the most out of your infrared camera.

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Four reasons a compact thermal camera is your secret weapon

Watch an overview of Fluke’s PTi120 handheld compact thermal camera key features and ideal use

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How software tools can improve thermal inspection reports

The return on investment (ROI) you can expect from adding an infrared camera (also known as a thermal imager) to your inspection tool bag depends on many variables. First and foremost it depends on whether you are an industrial plant manager or a contract

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Tips for organizing thermal images

Once you’ve collected thermal images of all your equipment with your infrared camera, the challenge is how to stay on top of them.

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What kind of thermal imager focus system do you need?

In infrared imaging, precise focus means a lot more than just getting a clear image. It can mean the difference between catching or overlooking a problem.

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Get a handle on thermal imaging basics

Thermal imaging, at its most basic, gives you the ability to spot problems early from a safe distance, simply by scanning the area with an infrared camera (also called a thermal imager).

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Career options for experienced thermographers

Opportunities for qualified, certified thermographers are increasing every day. Some of this is growing out of the demand for preventive maintenance programs in all kinds of industries

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Building Applications

Diagnose and solve building problems such as heat preservation, humidity/moisture invasion, roof moisture damage, poor air conditioning system performance, structural damage and mold detection.

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Thermal imaging training enables more accurate analysis

This comprehensive article gives information on the amount of training a thermographer should have in different industries, and what the better educational courses cover.

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How to best present thermal inspection results

Thermal imaging inspection reports communicate findings and produce action, such as a repair order or further monitoring of equipment. This article includes information on what to include in a report—a summary, thermal and digital (visible light) images,

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Best Infrared Cameras for Roof Inspection

Infrared Inspection of Roofs

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How infrared cameras help you stay safe on the job

If you troubleshoot or maintain equipment in an industrial setting, staying safe depends partly on the environment and partly on you.

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How to select a temperature range on a Fluke thermal imager

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How scientists use thermal imaging to forecast changes in volcanic activity

Scientists collect a variety of critical information and data to better understand erupting volcanoes, including temperature measurements from handheld thermal imagers

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Five tips for taking quality thermal images

The quality of a thermal image is much more than just aesthetics. It is critical to pinpointing specific areas of concern. A simple way to look at it is: IMAGE QUALITY = focus + optics + spatial resolution (pixels + field of view)

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Fluke thermal imager provides temperature data for Yellowstone TV event

National Geographic details geysers, other hydrothermal features in production

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How to add notes to infrared images during thermal inspections

Add notes to images during your thermal inspections #video

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How to calibrate your Fluke infrared camera

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What does infrared mean?

How thermal cameras use infrared thermography.

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How to capture infrared images with Fluke Auto Focus

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How to set alarms for high and low temperature on a Fluke infrared camera

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What you need to know about emissivity and infrared energy

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How to switch your infrared camera from manual to automatic

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What to consider when adding thermal imaging to your business

Add thermal inspections to your services

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What causes a transformer to overheat?

Transformer infrared inspections can show you abnormal thermal overload patterns in cooling tubes which can be escalated for troubleshooting.

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How a free dental clinic used thermal imaging to open on time

Benco Dental is the largest independent, family owned dental distributor in the United States, with more than 1,200 associates serving over 30,000 customers with locations across the U.S.

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How to inspect a motor with a thermal imager

Seeing a motor’s heat signature under normal operating conditions—with at least 40 % of design load—can tell you a lot about its condition.

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Using thermal imaging cameras for electrical inspections

Electrical Systems

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10 things you need to know about thermal imagers

Whether you choose a simple point-and-shoot model or a high-end thermal imager with all the bells and whistles, here are some key features and specs you should consider:

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Have you ever wondered about the efficiency of your fireplace?

Beyond the basics: Have you ever wondered about the efficiency of your fireplace?

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Why are Those Infrared Images Blurry?

Why are those infrared images blurry?

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Troubleshooting with a multimeter thermal camera

The latest technology available combines a digital multimeter with a thermal imager and adds wireless capabilities so measurements can be taken from a safe distance, saved and even stored in secure data centers for later analysis.

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How to capture a voice note during infrared inspections

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How Fluke thermal imaging helps dry ice plant maintain uptime

How Continental Carbonics Products used a Fluke thermal camera and thermal multimeter to implement a reliability program at their dry ice plants.

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Why thermal imaging is essential for detecting moisture damage

With the growing concern about mold damage and associated health problems, inspectors are becoming increasingly vigilant in checking for areas of moisture within the confines of the building envelope. Weather related damage and flooding, and subsequent mold growth, have also escalated the need for tools that can facilitate fast and accurate moisture investigations.

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Helpful tips for inspecting electrical substations

Inspecting electrical utility substations and lines with thermal imaging. What to expect and what you might find.

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Case Study: Circuit board hot spots

Ensuring that a soon-to-be-launched prototype printer works without any hiccups when it reaches consumer hands is an already daunting task. But when you're doing this for the world's largest printer manufacturer, the task takes on an entirely different magnitude.

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Using thermal imaging in data centers

Since data is crucial to most organizations' operations, it must be preserved, protected and accessible at all times. Periodic inspections of data centers are very important to ensuring the reliability, continuity and sustainability of the systems they house.

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How Patent-Pending Technology Blends Thermal and Visible Light

Learn how IR-Fusion™ works, how blending is accomplished and how this new technology can greatly improve the detail to infrared images to help you identify the exact locations of infrared points-of-interest.

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The role of thermal imagers in testing a centrifugal chiller

Use a thermal imager to detect problems at many of  the test points in a chiller: Control Panel, Compressor, Motor, Bearing and Chilled Water Supply.

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Adventurer uses thermal imager to measure lava temperatures inside the caldera

Adventurer Nik Halik used Fluke Ti450 and TiX560 Infrared Cameras to measure temperatures of the Marum Volcano's roiling lava - from inside the caldera.

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Arc flash protection with thermal imaging

Understand what the NFPA 70E standards for arc flash PPE assessment means for thermographers using thermal imaging camera.

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The difference between telephoto, macro and wide angle IR lenses

Learn how for some use cases, a telephoto, macro or wide angle lens can prove invaluable. Plus, find out why ‘smart lenses' are better than the alternative.

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Filling the Gap Between an Infrared Thermometer and a Thermal Imager

Today, test tools using Herschel's infrared discovery enable technicians in many fields—electricians; plant technicians; heating, ventilation and plumbing contractors; and automotive technicians—to detect and fix problems otherwise invisible.

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Three ways to conduct thermal inspections

Thermal cameras provide a return on investment

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Thermal Imaging Cameras for Building and Home Inspections

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How infrared cameras work

Learn how infrared cameras measure heat signatures and use color palettes, spatial resolution, and proper focus to create a thermal image.

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Why use a thermal imager?

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Regular infrared inspections can help keep systems running safely, efficiently

Infrared cameras are ideal for finding apparent temperature differences between components or materials that can point to a potential problem.

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Wind Effects on Thermal IR Images

Understand the effects of wind on thermography. Forced convection can come in the form of wind, a fan or even a pump, and the result of this forced convection will affect the target temperature.

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How to create intuitive thermal inspection reports

Thermal imaging sets the stage for an effective preventative maintenance (PM) program, as an infrared camera can be used to view thermally a whole electro-magnetic system.

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Why the right tools matter for maintaining a U.S. oil refinery

Why the right tools matter for maintaining a U.S. oil refinery