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InfraRed / Thermography
What is thermography?
Thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to "see" and "measure" thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared. The higher the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot. Infrared thermography cameras produce images of invisible infrared or "heat" radiation and provide precise non-contact temperature measurement capabilities. Nearly everything gets hot before it fails, making infrared cameras extremely cost-effective, valuable diagnostic tools in many diverse applications. And as industry strives to improve manufacturing efficiencies, manage energy, improve product quality, and enhance worker safety, new applications for infrared cameras continually emerge.
Is infrared the same as x-ray?
Simply put, No. Even though many often refer to it as "xray" or "night vision" equipment it is not the same. Infrared got this terminolgy as a result of some findings when ideal conditions are present. In an ideal state, much of the interior walls are visible thus showing the thermographer nails, wall studs, filled or lack of filled cells, missing insulation, the list goes on. Seeing these components behind walls gives us the illusion that was have x-ray vision .
Infrared Thermography Certification is a written proof of your professional infrared qualifications. When training with ITC for your Infrared Thermography Certification, you are attaining certification from the world's leading infrared training organization. ITC infrared certification verifies the thermographer's ability to operate an infrared camera, collect quality data, produce professional infrared inspection reports, and understand the techniques and limitations of infrared thermography for specific applications . ITC Infrared Thermography Certifications are globally recognized and are designed to exceed the requirements of international infrared certification standards. Highly qualified instructors with ASNT Level III and EPRI Level III certifications, advanced academic degrees to the PhD level and extensive field experience develop and teach all ITC courses.
The ITC Thermography Certification process requires students to attend an infrared certification/training course, pass closed-book examinations and quizzes, and submit a field assignment demonstrating understanding of their application and proper use of the infrared camera. Students maintain their infrared certification by active participation in, and continuing education of, their infrared thermography skills.
North and South America Infrared Thermography Certification
ITC Infrared Certification Courses meet or exceed ASNT SNT-TC-1A guidelines. Level I certification and Level II certification training are both accredited by NETA (International Electrical Testing Association, an accredited standards developer for the American National Standards Institute, ANSI). ITC is committed to making sure students know how to use their cameras before we certify them. In fact, the ITC has more ASNT Level III Thermal/Infrared Certified staff members than any other organization offerring Infrared Thermography Certification. In addition, ITC Latin America operates under the ITC Eurasia certification scheme for ISO 18436 (refer to Eurasia certification page for more information).
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