8 Common Infrared Measurement Errors

February 19, 2018

Infrared (IR) thermometry has been used for over forty years to monitor tube metal temperatures in refining and chemical furnaces. Recently, IR thermometry has been criticized in the industry for delivering inaccurate readings; however, this is often due to poorly applied and interpreted results. Several of the most common IR measurement errors are included in the infographic below.

8 Common IR Measurement Errors

To learn how to correct IR measurements for these common errors, replay Inspectioneering's complimentary webinar, Debunking the Myths Behind Infrared Inspection. This hour-long webinar, presented by infrared inspection expert Tim Hill, dispels common criticisms about IR thermometry and delves into topics such as:

  • How to obtain accurate and repeatable infrared temperature measurements
  • How to use IR thermometry diagnostic information to evaluate the performance and reliability of major fired heater parts
  • When (and when not) to use a pyrometer
  • Key environment and instrument factors of an effective IR inspection program


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