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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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The Snell Group | Oct 14, 2019
An inspection route of MCCs
Mi trabajo es muy divertido, pues tengo la oportunidad de pasar tiempo con nuevos grupos de personas en cada clase que dicto, tengo la oportunidad de hablar de algo que me gusta mucho, y en varias ocasiones puedo ayudar a estudiantes luego de los cursos de...
The Snell Group | Sep 16, 2019
Chasing the Heat
Cuando crecía, mi padre era muy bueno enseñándome todas las cosas que un hombre joven debía saber, cosas usuales, como: pescar, cambiar un neumático, etc. Cada cierto tiempo, mi padre me decía algo como por ejemplo: ‘déjame mostrarte este viejo truco del ejército’. Al ser adolescente,...


The Snell Group | Oct 07, 2019
Digital Image Quality
One aspect of camera improvement in recent years that seems to have lagged is the quality of the onboard digital camera. My first IR imager didn’t even have one, so anything is an improvement over that. Or at least you would think. One of the things...
The Snell Group | Aug 12, 2019
Organizing Routes and Reports for Large Inspections - Part Two
In our Level I Thermographic Applications Course we mention that there are imager settings that cannot be changed after an image is saved. As an instructor, I tend to focus on what I consider the Big Three; Focus, Range, and Perspective (Composition). Those are important for...

Motor Talk

The Snell Group | Sep 13, 2019
Steppers and Servos.
One of the more common questions asked by reliability workers with regard to Electric Motor Testing (EMT) is the type of electric motors that can benefit from condition monitoring testing. Obviously, various industries employ different sizes and types of motors. Some facilities would consider a 25HP...

IR Talk

The Snell Group | Aug 27, 2019
An inspection route of MCCs
My job is quite fun. I get to spend time with a new group of people with every class, talk about something I enjoy immensely, and in a lot of cases I get to help folks even after training. If you’ve taken a class from me,...
The Snell Group | Jul 31, 2019
Chasing the Heat
When I was growing up, Dad was good about teaching me all the things a young man would benefit from knowing. The usual stuff; baiting a hook to fish, how to change a car tire, that kind of thing. Every once in awhile, he would show...