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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

Mar 22, 2024
My journeys this month have taken me up and down the West Coast performing thermography on electrical systems plus an emergency run to a manufacturing facility. I started off by flying to LA, working, and driving through what they called “The Pineapple Express”. What is “The..
The Snell Group | Feb 26, 2024
Just because your camera has a very high or very low temperature range capabilities does not mean your camera will operate in those conditions. We must distinguish between the camera’s temperature range capabilities and its operating environment temperature capabilities. The cameras’ range is defined as: “the..
The Snell Group | Feb 22, 2024
The Snell Group kicked off the year with a long-time customer in Camden, NJ. Our customer has a shutdown every January for 2 weeks. As with any company, shutdowns are critical to their operations to get things fixed and ready for the next production cycle. It..

Motor Talk

Mar 12, 2024
It was 30 years ago that my 20-year career in the US Naval Submarine Service led me to a job in Tampa, Florida. Little did I know that I was on a career path in an emerging technology. A path that would outrage some in the..
The Snell Group | Feb 15, 2024
Many of the modern motor testers today utilize a spectral analysis tool known as a Fast Fourier Transform or FFT for short. When reading up on motor test theory, this is a topic that is mentioned often and repeated almost as often, but when pressed for..