Frequently Asked Questions.
Everything you need to know to start your future with Infrared Thermography in one place!
What is Thermography? (click to open)
Infrared thermography is a non-contact, non-destructive test method that utilizes a thermal imager to detect, display and record thermal patterns and temperatures across the surface of an object. Infrared thermography may be applied to any situation where knowledge of thermal profiles and temperatures will provide meaningful data about a system, object or process. Thermography is widely used in industry for predictive maintenance, condition assessment, quality assurance, and forensic investigations of electrical, mechanical and structural systems. Other applications include, but are not limited to: law enforcement, firefighting, search and rescue, and medical and veterinary sciences.
Are There Any Standards for Thermography? (click to open)
Emerald Infrared in an affiliate instructional training center using the curriculum designed and offered through Infraspection Institute. There are a number of standards and specifications published for infrared thermography. Currently, standards exist for the certification of personnel, operation of equipment, and inspections of electrical, mechanical, and structural systems. Recognizing the need for standardized procedures Infraspection Institute began publishing guidelines for thermography in 1993. Since their initial publication, Infraspection Institute guidelines have been adopted by hundreds of companies worldwide and incorporated into documents published by recognized standards organizations such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Beginning in 2007, Infraspection Institute guidelines were updated and renamed as standards to reflect their industry-wide acceptance and the best practices they embody.
Nine comprehensive standards are now available from Infraspection Institute. These documents cover equipment operation, temperature measurement, and specific thermographic applications. The selection and use of applicable standards, specifications, and guidelines are taught in all Infraspection Institute courses.
Why is Training Important? (click to open)
Aside from test equipment, training is the most important investment a company will make in an infrared inspection program. Advances in technology have provided infrared equipment that is user-friendly; however, infrared thermography is not a “simply point and shoot” technology. In addition to understanding the object or system being inspected, a thermographer must also understand common error sources that can influence observed thermal data. Emerald Infrared Level I and Level II courses teach infrared theory, heat transfer concepts, equipment selection and operation and how to eliminate or overcome common error sources with specific applications. Our courses are designed to allow a student to quickly master the technology enabling a company to see an immediate return on their investment.
Is All Training Equal? (click to open)
No. While many firms offer Level I, II, or III Courses, course content is determined by the instructor. Consequently, course content often varies widely between training firms. Courses offered by equipment manufacturers are often biased toward their own brand and often conveniently ignore key limitations of equipment that they manufacture and/or sell. Since Emerald Infrared does not manufacture or sell infrared equipment, our courses are not “infomercials”. Emerald Infrared courses are presented without marketing hype and are applicable to all infrared imagers regardless of brand or age. All Emerald Infrared training courses are taught by experienced thermographer’s who have extensive field experience in providing infrared inspections for a broad range of industries worldwide.
What is Certification? (click to open)
Infrared certification is written proof that a person has completed formal training and/or possesses a certain skill set. Certification has long been one measure of thermographer competence within the infrared community much in the same way a diploma or degree is used among educational institutions. Recognizing our reputation for excellence, smart engineers demand Emerald Infrared Thermographer’s® for their projects. The Emerald Infrared Certified Infrared Thermographer® program is compliant with international standards organizations such as ISO and ASNT.
How Does a Person Become an Infraspection Certified Infrared Thermographer®? (click to open)
Upon completion of an Emerald Infrared Institute Level I, II, or III Course, students are welcome to take the Emerald Infrared Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® exam. These exams are open book tests that are based upon content of the subject course. Students who score 80% or higher receive an Emerald Infrared Certified Infrared Thermographer® Certificate. Emerald Infrared certification is good for life and does not expire. There are no renewal fees associated with the Emerald Infrared Institute certification.
Do I Have to Attend a Class to Become Certified? (click to open)
No. As an alternative to taking the certification exam at the end of a course, students who complete 32 hours of Distance Learning may also take the Certified Infrared Thermographer® exam. These exams must be taken in person and are available at any of our regularly scheduled courses, at our annual Infrared Conference, or by appointment at an approved Emerald Infrared Institute testing facility. As an alternative, students may also take their exam via a video conference link to one of our Level III Distance Learning Instructors.
Where Are Classes Held? (click to open)
Emerald Infrared has locations in Seattle, WA and Honolulu, HI. Our locations are state of the art and offer many amenities that are not typical with other training organizations. We believe that you are making a serious commitment for yourself, your family and your employer. Therefore, our locations are designed to be destinations. While you will be in class from 8am-4pm Monday- Thursday and a half day on Fridays (for our Level l & ll training). Your family can enjoy the many benefits these two destinations offer. Both locations are conveniently located by local airports, major dining and shopping and only minutes from our locations.
Can Training Be Conducted at My Facility? (click to open)
Yes! In addition to our Level I, II, and III Certified Infrared Thermographer Courses, Emerald Infrared can also provide customized on-site training at your facility. With an on-site class, we will travel to your facility and can customize your training to meet your company’s particular needs. Whenever possible, we will work with your on-site staff to conduct field trips and address your company’s particular applications. On-site courses provide a cost-effective alternative to attending open-enrollment classes. On-site classes may be conducted for any number of students and are generally cost-effective with classes of 5 or more students.
Do You Offer Distance Learning? (click to open)
Yes. We utilize state-of-the-art web servers and dynamic multimedia resources to provide a unique, quality educational experience. Our Distance Learning Courses are based upon our Level I, II, and III course content and meet all ASNT training requirements for the certification of NDT personnel.
What are the benefits of Infrared Thermography? (click to open)
- Risk Management – Benefits of infrared inspections on large electric utilities could identify potential failures of critical components prior to a major catastrophic failure and with proper monitoring of critical components, replacements or repairs could be accomplished during a planned maintenance period.
- Eliminate Downtime – Buildings and facilities that have extremely high and critical needs to be operational such as data centers, banks, health care facilities and insurance organizations only to mention a few would be devastated by electrical failures. Infrared inspections on a planned maintenance program aids in management of being operational.
- Conserve Energy and save money – Infrared inspection can easily help in identifying heat losses in buildings – whether residential or commercial and by such identification of these areas we are better able to take corrective actions thereby conserving valuable energy and money.
Who Benefits from Infrared Camera Thermography? (click to open)
- Home Inspectors – By incorporating the use of infrared into your home inspections the possibilities of guessing are eliminated. Now you will have the ability to enhance your inspection and increase the scope of your findings. You will be able to verify insulation, framing, heat flow out of registers, plumbing-roof-wall-attic leaks, the presence of heating coils in radiant flooring or ceilings. The uses with Infrared for your inspections are limitless. The ability for you to use Infrared for your inspections could also be added income to an inspection.
- Flooring Company’s – After installation of radiant flooring, is it working correctly? Visual verification to a homeowner is paramount. Remodeling or drilling a hole in the floor – infrared can help detect heat and water piping. Know before you make a catastrophic mistake.
- Roofing Company’s – Increase your business opportunities by incorporating infrared for roof inspections. Customers will appreciate the fact that you narrowed the water intrusions down to a specific area saving time and money with repairs.
- Electrical Contractors – The use of infrared in varied with electrical inspections of breaker panels for overloaded breakers and wire connections, detection of hot splices in areas that may be concealed, inspection of sensitive electrical equipment and more.
- Plumbing Contractors – The use of infrared can detect potential leaking pipes, location of water lines and ensure quality of installations.
- Public Utility Districts – Utility districts can use infrared for inspections of a wide assortment of potential situations from sub-stations & utility transformers.
- Risk Managers – Risk management personnel can benefit from infrared technologies in conjunction with the representation of their clients. By having a client integrate infrared inspections into their preventative maintenance programs the detection of potential failures in systems can be avoided or minimized.
- Marine Inspectors – Marine vessel inspections with infrared can help avoid shut downs of mechanical systems on board, inspect for water intrusions in transoms and shaft logs, overheating of electrical motors and components and hot spots in refrigerated fishing compartments.
- Equine Personnel – Infrared inspections of a horse’s body form an image on temperature variations. The sensitivity of this modality allow for extremely early detection of inflammatory conditions. Inspection with infrared can help in the evaluation of back and pelvic soft tissue strains, hoof balance and soft tissue stifle disease.
- Veterinarians – With aid of examination by an infrared professional, veterinarians are able to better treat conditions with a variety of animals from horses to common pets.
- Custom Saddle Makers – Saddle makers can better assist their clients and the horse by the use of infrared to detect hot spots that may be present on the horse with the saddle on and correct the areas of concern prior to the horse developing irritant spots.
- Facility Managers – The use of infrared camera by facility managers can help aid the process of implementing a preventative maintenance program. PMP’s can be designed by category for the inspection of equipment in order of priority in production lines to prevent a line from going down.
- Textile Industries – Inspection with infrared for textiles from plastics to all types of fluids can help in the detection of areas where applications may be failing due to improper heat or cooling processes on products.
- Facility with Boilers – Boiler inspections can be conducted by the use of infrared for the detection of potential failures in liners, piping and refractory bricks.
- Pest Inspectors – Pest inspections with infrared can help locate potential situations with rodents in attics or walls and termite infiltrations in buildings.
- Aerospace – Aerospace imaging with infrared include but are not limited to examination of surface areas for air flow over a surface that could produce drag resulting in a heat signature and or the detection of water infiltrations into the fuselage thereby adding weight.
- Public Emergency Management Organizations – Civil emergency management organizations can benefit by the use of infrared by imaging critical areas such as airports and marine terminals for the locations of various obstructions that may be concealed or not readily noticeable if a black out were to occur.
- Fire Departments – The use of infrared technologies with fire departments has been implemented for the detection of persons or objects that may be inside a burning structure for recovery.
- Police Departments – Police departments are benefiting by the use of infrared imaging by usage in aircraft for assistance to ground support in crime fighting and prevention and infrared cameras are being deployed for various tactical conditions for personnel detection in buildings.
- Energy Auditors – With the usage of infrared technology energy auditors can quickly add to inspections of structures being evaluated for energy losses. Infrared camera inspections are a perfect tool when conducting blower door and duct blaster testing on structures.
- Plastics Manufacturers – Plastics manufactures can benefit from infrared technologies in the measurement of the heating or cooling processes that plastics go through by molding.
- Vessel level measurements – Levels in all types of containment vessels can be easily measured with infrared. From fluids to solids infrared inspections aid in the quick and accurate measurement.
- Seam Welders – Welders of all types can benefit by infrared inspections to prevent poor welds which do not commonly show up until the unit being built or constructed is put under a vacuum test. When failure occurs it can be very costly to correct the problem.
- HVAC – Inspection with infrared by HVAC personnel aids in the detection of insulation in both new and existing buildings can verify insulation placement and can aid the occupants of a building to conserve energy thereby conserving money.
- Insulation Contractors – Insulation contractors can benefit by using infrared technologies for evaluation of insulation in wall cavities, ceilings and make recommendations for added insulation to a structure.