James Henson is one of the new-breed of PEME super technicians. Not only is he a time-served Mechanical technician and a qualified Mechanical designer / draughtsman but he is also a Reliability Engineer who has now qualified as a Level 1 thermographer.
James recently passed his thermography level 1 training course with Alpine components with a an outstanding score of 92%. This 5-day training course (approved by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing) teaches technicians to become skilled and certified thermographers. The course attended by James is taught by a Level 3 certified instructor and is organised in conjunction with the Infrared Training Centre, which is widely considered to be the largest and most respected thermography training organisation in the world.
James learnt all about the concepts and theory behind heat transfer and thermal imaging, as well as how to recognise and interpret thermal patterns. In getting very familiar with his thermal tool he also learnt about different measurement techniques, as well as variables and conditions that can affect accurate temperature measurements (e.g. distance, emissivity and reflectivity) and gained valuable experience throughout the course using an infrared camera on lab equipment and learnt how and when to use qualitative and quantitative techniques. Finally, James learnt how to carry out and report the results of thermographic inspections using written guidelines and had to prepare and present a short case study to demonstrate this knowledge. To obtain this qualification, James had to sit an exam consisting of multiple-choice questions and Thermogram analysis.
No stranger to other Condition Monitoring techniques, James is shown in the PEME CBM Lab conducting oil analysis .