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October 2011 | Volume 12, Issue 10  

The largest IR conference of the year is just weeks away. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn, grow, and network with other thermographers. Check it out at www.inframation.org. Still not sure if you should go? Join an InfraMation Preview and Q & A webinar on Wednesday, October 12. 

This month we have a story about how thermography can be used to monitor a railroad system to improve efficiency and decrease downtime. Learn how the famed TGV system uses thermography. 

Did you know that some snakes can detect heat, or infrared, with special sensors? Watch our video of the month as a snake takes a bite out of a heated lure.

As with all images in this newsletter, click an image to see a larger version.

Until next month,

Gary Orlove
Editor and Publisher


itc message board

Here is a selection of recent new threads by IR Community members. Feel free to click the links, see the responses, and post your own response if you like.

concrete panels

Concrete panels
Has anyone done any scans or reports on concrete tilt up or precast wall systems? If so can you send me a copy?


Robot Predictive Maintenance
I have been tasked with initiating a predictive maintenance program for our Adept, Motoman and Fanuc robots. Does anyone have suggestions on setting up a plan using IR? 

And of course if YOU have a question or want to start a discussion on a topic, we would love to hear from you. Just start a new thread on a message board.


October - brainteaser

Here is this month's brainteaser. Readers who e-mail us a correct explanation are entered into a drawing to win a prize. Please put "Brainteaser" as the subject of the message. E-mail your guess to gary.orlove@infraredtraining.org.

Do you have an interesting image that you think would challenge other thermographers? If so please email me your image (preferably in native .img, .jpg, or .tif format) with an accompanying visible photo and explanation at gary.orlove@infraredtraining.com. If your image is used, you receive a gift as well.

Last Month's Brainteaser

August - brainteaser

Ballys, of course! We had 63 responses and 60 correct guesses. Congratulations to our winner Réjean Domingue and our thermogram contributor, me! Réjean gets the coveted ITC low e coffee mug.


French National Railways apply Thermography for Maintenance

French national railways apply thermography for maintenance and use a FLIR Systems ThermoVision A40-M to inspect overhead catenaries at a speed of 120 km/h.

The French national railway company intensively uses thermography to keep its extensive power supply and signalization operations running. SNCF is now also testing the potential of thermography to inspect its more than 20.000 km overhead wires with a FLIR Systems camera mounted on a test wagon…

Read the entire article

French National Railways

Video of the month

August - video

Snake Striking at Target

FLIR Thermal imaging footage of a snake striking a target.

ir news

Straight from the World Wide Web, here is what's going on in the world of infrared thermography.

August  - news1  NASA turns to flash-infrared to examine composites
The MoviTherm "CompositeCheck" system uses flash, or pulse thermography, in which arrays of halogen and xenon flash lamps induce a low-temperature thermal ...
Aug - news 2 Guide to Selecting an IR Camera for R&D Applications
Infrared thermography has proven to be an invaluable tool to solve a wide ... Because of its non-intrusive analysis capacity, thermography systems have ... 
Aug - news 3 Satellites predict city hot spots
At their final review held at ESA's ESRIN site Frascati, Italy, the Urban Heat Islands and Urban Thermography team presented its findings on how remote ...
Aug - News 4

Portable dangers
Tribune Photo: Christopher Onstott • PSU graduate student Matt Sedor uses a Flir Systems infrared camera to test conditions inside a portable classroom at ...

Aug - News 5

FLIR takes the guesswork out of solar panel fault finding with ...
With a FLIR thermal imaging camera – one of the new FLIR E-Series is ideal ... Thermal anomalies often indicate decreased yield from the solar cell but in ...

Aug - News 4 Venus Weather Not Boring After All, NASA/International Study Shows
A set of images of the Venus south polar vortex in infrared light (at 3.8 microns) acquired by the Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer ...
Aug - News 4

How liars could be caught out by thermal-imaging cameras
Feeling flush? How hot-faced liars could be caught out by thermal-imaging cameras

Aug - News 4 Thermal Imaging Camera Manufacturer to Host Conference in Las Vegas
InfraMation is the world's largest infrared camera user conference with more than 500 attendees last year, according to Haley Barclay, Advertising and ...
Aug - News 4 CALL FOR PAPERS - Infrared Training Center (ITC) announces thermography conference InfraR&D at Hannover Fair 2012 
Unique possibility for participants to submit a contribution for InfraR&D After the great success of the thermography conference InfraR&D the last few years, ITC is pleased to announce the next edition of its popular international event for thermographers working in Research & Development, Industry and Automation on April 25th and 26th 2012 at the Hannover Fair. 

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