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The Think Thermally and MotorTalk blogs are updated monthly, written by Snell instructors and consultants for those interested or involved with infrared thermography and electric motor testing (EMT). Electrical, mechanical, building applications, and EMT are covered in this blog along with discussions on theory, equipment, tips, news, and much more.
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IR Talk

Apr 21, 2017
Can Cold Indicate an Electrical Fault?
As thermographers we have it drilled into our head to look for “hot” spots. In our search for these hot spots, however, is it possible we’ve been overlooking potentially important “cold” spots? Consider these images below and ask what is, or can, be causing this? Also...

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Apr 14, 2017
Electric Motor Testing: What Will It Find?
El ‘factor de servicio’ de un motor eléctrico es probablemente uno de las especificaciones menos comprendidas en la placa del motor. Para muchos podría parecer muy simple, pues si por ejemplo se tiene un valor de 1.0 el motor puede funcionar al 100% de la carga,...

Motor Talk

Apr 07, 2017
8 Steps for Gathering Effective Motor Testing Data - Part One
The past two month’s postings have revolved around what it takes to get good, effective motor testing data. The first month we examined personal preparation and preparation for equipment to be tested. Last month we discussed preparation of the test equipment, checking the operational status of...