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Our TruView: FLIR’s NEW THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS AND TEST AND MEASURMENT PRODUCTS

CaseyCasey1 TruTech Tools was pleased to be present at FLIR’s distributor launch of nine new Thermal Imaging Cameras and an exciting line of new Test and Measurement products. FLIR’s President and CEO, Andy Teich gave a superb overview of FLIR’s mission to take “IR everywhere.” Teich noted how FLIR provides a customer focused package of Design, Functionality, Value, Ruggedness, and Support in everything they do. Additionally, FLIR has created a complete ecosystem for managing information with apps and software along with BlueTooth and WiFi enabled products that combine physical measurement data and thermal images to maximize your efforts and share your results. Traditional IR imaging only allows you to see beyond visible rages into the world of heat signatures. Kudos to FLIR for incorporating their patented Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging technology (MSX) into ALL E-Series cameras, even the $995 Model E-4. Rather than simply blending visual and thermal images (dilution), MSX takes thermal image quality to the next level by augmenting a thermal image with details from a visible image. In one sense, there is almost no longer a need for a separate digital image as FLIR’s new MSX technology embosses digital camera detail right into thermal images. Seeing Is Believing

Electrical Panel Thermal Only

Electrical Panel Thermal Only

Electrical Panel With MSX

Electrical Panel With MSX

Electrical Panel Picture in Picture

Electrical Panel Picture in Picture

MSX TECHNOLGY AND DARK PRECISION, TOGETHER FLIR E8 The new Thermal Imaging Cameras include the all new E4, E5, E6, and E8 models, the second generation E40, E50, and E60 and the utra-performance T-600 and T-600bx. Starting at $995, with a camera for all budget ranges, the new E-Series models feature FLIR’s patented Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging technology (MSX) which raises key visible details from an on-board high resolution digital camera onto the infrared image. MSX makes it much easier to identify and locate issues while preserving the full integrity of the thermal image. FLIR’s new Dark Precision interface is simple but powerful, making the cameras easier than ever to use. Details on each of these new E-Series cameras can be found HERE. CLICK HERE for an interactive experience using FLIR thermal imaging to find and address the common household energy wasting culprits. THE NEXT GENERATION OF TEST AND MEASUREMENT FLIR T&M FLIR’s new line of test and measurement products builds upon 50 years of work serving military, government, and commercial customers, with a commitment to innovation, quality, and reliability. What impressed us most, about the new line of T&M products was the added features designed to meet the needs of customers to solve tough, real-world, field problems. Problems like ghost voltages from VFD’s and lighting in the work-space were considered and addressed. The NEW T&M line includes the CM78 Clamp Meter, CM83 RMS Power Clamp, MR77 Pinless Moisture Psychrometer, DM93 True RMS Industrial Mulitmeter, and the VP50 Non-Contact Voltage Detector and Flashlight. All these high-end  T&M products include powerful (nearly blinding!) work lights and IR thermometers, and METERLINK (BlueTooth) technology which lets you wirelessly add readings of electrical and moisture data to the infrared image on your FLIR Cameras (Exx series and up). Even the non-contact voltage detector includes a powerful work-light and indicates by vibration in your palm, not in your fingertips – a sensation you don’t want to feel when looking for “hot” lines! CONTACT: Eric or Josh 1-888-224-3437  OR  info@TruTechTools.com

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RE-cap of RaterFest 2013

“It wasn’t exactly as we planned. However, RaterFest! 2013 may well be the most memorable RaterFest ever, if for no better reason than the “biblical” level of flooding that our locale received starting Thursday morning, the kickoff day for the event. We were supposed to be at a super lovely place in the mountains…” READ MORE

Bill Spohn, President of TruTech Tools showing the new AirFlow Trainer they developed.

Bill Spohn, President of TruTech Tools showing the new AirFlow Trainer they developed.

Bill Spohn of TruTech Tools took the stage next, and we had the world premiere of the TruTech Airflow trainer. Bill guided the audience through a detailed and fascinating discussion of the right and wrong, the true and false of airflow testing and then entertained a mob of folks around the trainer. Awesome!

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ASHRAE 62.2-2013 Ventilation Standard Webinar by Rick Karg (slides)

See a VIDEO recording: HERE

SLIDES : The Past and Future of Ventilating Dwellings – ASHRAE 622-2013

Learn  how to better use the new ASHRAE 62.2-2013 Standard, Ventilation and Acceptable indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings. There is a focus on existing dwellings and coverage of the details of the ventilation standard that will soon be adopted by BPl. The steps of sizing ventilation, both local and whole-building, are addressed in detail using the free web app by Residential Energy Dynamics (REDCALC).

The BPI Building Airflow Standard (based on ASHRAE 62-1989) and ASHRAE 62.2-2010 is addressed, giving historical context for the latest ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2013. The 3 versions are compared, however, the major focus is on 62.2-2013.

Those who will benefit: building performance and HVAC contractors, low-income weatherization analysts, code enforcement officers, or anyone interested in learning more about 62.2-2013.

karg* Rick Karg, President Residential Energy Dynamics , LLC , Bethel, Maine.
Rick has worked in the residential energy business since 1980 with home performance contractors, low-income weatherization programs, and utilities, as a trainer, writer, researcher, and building scientist. He managed the Maine Home Performance Program from 2006 to 2009, has been a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee since 2007 (he leads the existing dwellings group), is an editorial advisor for Home Energy magazine, and is a member of the “ask the experts” group for the Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center (www.waptac.org). He serves as a volunteer advisor to the Department of Energy and the Building Performance Institute on dwelling ventilation and has served as a BPl trainer, proctor, and mentor.
Within the last year, Rick has started a new business, RED with Charlie Holly. RED’s first line of web-based applications is RED Calc Free, on-line tools for residential energy professionals: http://www.ResidentialEnergyDynamics.com

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Mechanical Ventilation and ASHRAE 62.2-2013 Webinar (slides, recording and more)

GET THE SLIDES HERE–> Trutech Ventilation Webinar 1013

PRESENTED LIVE on 9-17-13 and 10-8-13

VIDEO RECORDING OF SESSION: HERE

Paul’s  quick guide to testing Range hood air flow:Range hood testing using a duct tester

As homes become increasingly tight, mechanical ventilation increases in importance. National building codes, standards and programs are requiring the design, installation, testing, and documentation of ventilation systems. Participants in this course will come away with a better understanding of the science behind and mechanical ventilation technologies. Topics will include using the latest ASHRAE 62.2 Standard for sizing the systems for the right airflow for whole house and local ventilation, use of the infiltration credit, selecting the system, differences between ERVs and HRVs, use of controls, and installed system testing and documentation.

Intended Participants: building performance & HVAC contractors, and those interested in building science or becoming better building performance contractors

Trainer’s Biography:
Paul H. Raymer
Author of the Residential Ventilation Handbook
Member of the ASHRAE 62.2 SSPC since 2002
Chief Investigator, Heyoka Solutions, LLC
Falmouth, MA

Paul H. Raymer has been working with building science for more than thirty years. He is the author of the Residential Ventilation Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 2010) and writes a regular tool column in “Home Energy Magazine”. Formerly the IAQ liaison for the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI), he has developed more than twenty ventilation related product lines and served as a consultant for a wide array of ventilation product manufacturers including Broan-NuTone, Air King, Panasonic, APV Vent Axia, Greenwood Airvac, and Fantech. He has designed ventilation systems for home builders including Acorn Homes, Deck House, Continental Homes, Ryan Homes, K Hovnanian, and Beazer Homes. He has taught ventilation courses across the country at weatherization programs and conferences, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He is BPI Envelope, Building Analyst, Heating Professional and AC/Heat Pump certified, a BPI Super Proctor, and a certified HERS Rater, and a member of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE). He is also a Certified IREC/ANSI Assessor.

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Where To Find Talent For Todays Skilled Trades

~ Liz Crawley, August 23, 2013

Graduates in Cap and Gown

In my career history, I have assisted skilled workers find temp-to-hire jobs, advised young adults on how to pursue employment, and most recently, aided college students in determining a direction for their academic major. In each of these roles, I have noticed a disappointing trend.

We keep pushing young adults to get an education and earn a degree, but we do not offer a great deal of help beyond that. “What should I do with this degree?” is a question, that often gets left unanswered.

While working for the university, I ran into several of my graduated students in restaraunts, retail shops, and fast food chains. These students are told there are no jobs and they are unsure if or how they are going to use their education.

At TruTech Tools, our own Bill Spohn shares a concern with me, a concern that these young adults are not fully aware of the career opportunies and earning potential that exists in skilled trades.

Bill Spohn, PE & CEO/Co-Owner of TruTech Tools (TM), LTD is cited in BEC- The hidden talent pool for the skilled trades-1-1, a recent article from Business and Education Connected (BE Connected). In this article, Bill Spohn expresses his concern that too few students are interested in pursuing careers in the trades sector.

Rather than ask why the problem exists, BE Connected proposes a solution, but I won’t give away the ending. Check out this article and please consider how you can do your part. BEC- The hidden talent pool for the skilled trades-1-1

 

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Retrotec DM2A Systems On Sale Now, But Hurry!

This Promotional Offer Expires on August 31

While Supplies Last

For this very limited time, order the:

A1Retrotec US-1000 Blower Door w/ DM2A Manometer                

For just $2295

With flat rate shipping 

($45 to any of the lower 48 United States)!

Finally, the quality and features you want at a price you can afford. With a .75 horsepower Model US-1000 Fan, capable of up to 6300 CFM, the 1000 system is more than capable of testing both air leakages in both residential and small commercial structures. The brand new shell design includes a 10 year warranty.

OR

A2Retrotec DU-200 Duct Tightness Tester w/ DM2A Manometer

                 For just $1595

 With flat rate shipping                                                 ($25 to any of the lower 48 United States)!

The Retrotec DucTester is designed specifically to measure residential duct leakage. It is used to locate duct leaks and to measure the results of duct sealing. Use this model to verify duct leakage for compliance with codes such as Title 24 in California. The DucTester can also be used in conjunction with a blower door to neutralize duct leaks to indoors so that only duct leakage to outdoors is measured.

CHECK OUT OUR DROP TEST VIDEO TO SEE

JUST HOW DURABLE IS THE US1000!

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NEW SPEC on RETROTEC US-1000 Blower door featuring a Touchscreen Digital Manometer

US1000 with DM32

 

get the details: Spec-Blower Door US 1000

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