Glossaries

There are many specialized glossaries that cover the terms describing the unique details of temperature and moisture sensors and their uses and this page represents an attempt to index most of them and related topics, such as Meteorology, in one place.

CONTACT TEMPERATURE SENSORS:

Thermistors: https://www.temperatures.com/blog/2018/04/04/thermistor-gloss…-and-terminology/.

Thermocouples:

RTDS: 

NONCONTACT TEMPERATURE SENSORS:

Many online articles about radiation thermometry and its uses (infrared thermometers, radiation pyrometers) exist including technology articles, PowerPoint slide presentations and .pdf downloads, but they seem to be vanishing as more and more “big businesses” take over these specialized sensors.But few are aimed at being useful glossaries or definition of terms.

There are some exceptions and some well-crafted pieces that have been online for a while and can be found in semi-hidden corners of the Web.

Thermal Radiation Thermometers: temperature_measurement_radiation_thermometers

Thermal Imaging:  (Glossary of Basic Thermography Terms) http://www.ne-spintech.com/Glossary%20of%20Basic%20Thermography%20Terms.pdf .

Meteorology

American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Glossary of Meteorology

The electronic version of the second edition of the AMS Glossary of Meteorology is a living document and meant to be periodically updated as terms in the field evolve. To that end, AMS has established a Chief Editor for the Glossary who is responsible for updating/revising existing terms and adding new terms. Learn more about the Glossary and current Editorial Board.

For recommendations on correctly citing and referencing the Glossary of Meteorology, please see the Glossary entry for Citation.

If you have any feedback or editing suggestions to the content in this Glossary, please contact the Chief Editor.

Glossary – NOAA’s National Weather Service

This glossary contains information on more than 2000 terms, phrases and abbreviations used by the NWS. Many of these terms and abbreviations are used by NWS forecasters to communicate between each other and have been in use for many years and before many NWS products were directly available to the public.

Glossary of Weather, Climate and Ocean 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9781935704799

Intended for educators, students and the public and inspired by increasingly interest in the atmosphere, ocean and our changing climate, this glossary provides an understandable, up-to-date reference for terms frequently used in discussions or descriptions of meteorological, oceanographic and climatological phenomena. In addition, the glossary includes definitions of related hydrologic terms.

Clearly this page is a work in progress, and it may be expanded in time. Priority will be according to the response it garners.

Thermography Service Providers

Below is a list of some Thermal Imaging Services or Directories where more lists can be found. It is not complete, we know.

Sorry if you were left out. If you should be listed or know of others who should be listed or if you want to improve your organization’s listing, let us know, please.

Note that the training organizations are listed on a separate page. Some of them provide classified ads for used equipment as do some of the service providers below.

Also, some of the training companies do other things, like practice thermography and run information exchange/training meetings at nice places in the Fall and Winter, like Orlando, New Orleans and Las Vegas.

Tell your new product and application stories at The Temperature Directories website: www.tempsensor.net or feedback to us and we’ll consider adding it here with your byline!

 

  1. AITscan(USA)
    A unique inspection service that has developed a high-tech approach to aerial infrared thermographic scans for large, flat-roofed buildings as well as locating Stormwater pollution sources and more. A most visually and technically rewarding website.
  2. Allis Engineering San Juan Capistrano, CA
  3. Chemical & Infrared INSPECTIONS, LLC (USA)
    Professional Services Assisting Industrial, Commercial and Residential Customers locate potential problems through Infrared Thermography and Structural Drug Detection
  4. Colbert Infrared Services, Inc. (USA)
    All of their Infrared Thermographers have completed the ASNT (American society of Non-destructive Testing) requirements for certified Thermographers, are members of the Professional Thermographers Association, and have had extensive training as Certified Thermal Trend Professional Solution Providers. The latter is their own software that they developed, sell and support for data collection, and fault-finding.
  5. Emerson Process Management/CSI (USA)
    Reliability Based Maintenance: vibration, tribology, oil lab services, motor monitoring, ir thermography, laser alignment, dynamic balancing, and RBM Services.
  6. The Infrared Training Center
    Provides a directory of IR service provider organizations (and much more) on their web site.
  7. Infrared Inspection’s   Lists of Service Providers:
  8. InfraredPredictive Surveys, Inc. (USA)
    A Maryland Corporation is “The Total Inspection and Survey Service for Architects, Owners and Industry”, that performs infrared inspections of electrical systems, ovens, bearings, gears, condensers, heat exchangers, belt drives, chain drives, refractory insulation, valves, hydraulic systems, pumps, tanks and electrical equipment and more.
  9. Infrared Services, Inc.(USA)
    A Colorado Corporation that has been doing electrical, distribution, power system, uninterrupted power systems, mechanical systems, rotating equipment, roof moisture, energy audits, glycol snow melt systems, plumbing leak detection and other nondestructive surveys for over 9 years.
  10. IRInfo’s Thermal Imaging Service List for Canada
  11. IRInfo’s Thermal Imaging Service List for Israel
  12. IRInfo’s Thermal Imaging Service List for Mexico
  13. IRInfo’s Thermal Imaging Service List for Trinidad
  14. IRInfo’s Thermal Imaging Service List for The USA-by State
  15. Jersey Infrared Consultants(USA)
    Focused on process and predictive maintenance, JerseyIR is known throughout the USA for its expertise in petroleum thermal cracking and petrochemical thermal reformer furnaces-Headquartered in Burlington New Jersey, near Philadelphia PA.
  16. Kleinfeld Technical Services, Inc. . Bronx, New York (USA).
    A unique company with IR Thermography, heat transfer analysis, process engineering and FEA consulting services run by Jack Kleinfeld, P.E., a graduate chemical engineer.
  17. Maintenance Reliability Group, Another unique organization, one aimed at the big picture of reliability in maintenance operations-with a strong thermography component. Run by Rich Wurzbach in south central Pennsylvania.
  18. PIRS – Pregowski Infrared Services (Poland)
    Twój przewodnik do sukcesu w zastosowaniu detekcji w podczerwieni (Your guide to success in application of infrared detection).
  19. Si Termografia Infraroja . Bueneos Aires, (Argentina),
    Services, consulting and products for infrared thermal imaging from Sr. Andrés E. Rozlosnik.
  20. Sierra Pacific Innovations(USA)
    SPI infrared thermography services thermal imaging infrared inspections. They have, according to their web site, the largest selection on the internet of new, demo, and previously owned imagers. 251 Waterton Lakes Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89148.
  21. Stockton Infrared Thermographic Services, Inc.(USA)
    A major service company located in North Carolina. Stockton is dedicated to providing a wide range of quality infrared thermographic services to their clients. They do not manufacture or represent products of any kind and do not provide any services other than infrared. Their site features images, videos and a great deal of information on applications. Stockton is divided into four seperate divisions and provide the following services:
  • The Aerial Infrared Thermography at Stockton is performed by its AITscan Division: Stormwater and other unplanned and illicit water discharges into Waterways and Lakes can be found more quickly at much lower cost than shoeleather surveys with AITscan’s PollutionFindIR™ Services
  • Aerial Roof Moisture Surveying with RoofMoistureFindIR™ Services
  • Steam System Surveying with SteamLeakFinderIR™
  • Hot Water System Surveying with HotwaterLeakFinderIR™
  • Environmental Impact and Animal Counts with *AnimalFindIR Services
  • ELECTRICAL/MECHANICAL PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE DIVISION * Electrical Switchgear IR/PM * Mechanical Systems IR/PM * Steam System Infrared *
  • BUILDING QUALITY ASSURANCE DIVISION * Building Structural Integrity * Heat Loss Analysis *
  • PROCESS IMPROVEMENT/R&D DIVISION * Process Improvement * On-line feasibility studies * Unbiased IR camera selection consulting * Pulp & Paper Industry Infrared * Infrared Research & Development
  • Snell Infrared(USA & Canada)
    A major thermal imaging service and training company
  • Snell Infrared’s List of Service Providers
  • Thermal Inspection Services,Allentown, PA(USA)
    Electrical, Mechanical, Roofing, Building Energy Audits, Production Process Evaluations
  • Therma Scan,(USA)
    An experienced industrial team of thermographers from the Northern Penninsula of Michigan (The U. P.)serving industry and commerce.
  • Thermal Vision (Ireland)
    State of art thermography service based near Dublin. Providing quality thermal imaging solutions worldwide.

The Use of Johnson’s Criteria for Thermal Infrared Camera & Systems Performance

Written by: Opgal staff writers  (August 03, 2017)

OPGAL Blog LinkOnline —  When customers are considering which thermal security camera or system to buy, one of the first questions asked of thermal imager manufacturers is usually: “At what distance can the IR camera detect a target?.

In other words, what is the camera’s ability to capture very small details at great distances?

When thinking about effective surveillance, it is indeed a good criterion to differentiate one sensor from another.

No matter which manufacturer you are buying from, the answer given to this question will almost always include the DRI ranges expression.

DRI refers to the distance at which a target can be Detected, Recognized, or Identified, based on certain universally accepted parameters.

In order to select the right sensor for your defense, security, or surveillance needs, these DRI ranges have to be, first, perfectly defined, but also assessed with regards to globally adopted industrial standards.

Enter: The Origin of Johnson’s Criteria

In 1958, at the first ever “Night Vision Image Intensifier Symposium”, John Johnson, a night vision scientist at the U.S. Army’s “Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate” (NVESD), presented a paper named the Analysis of Image Forming Systems”.

Johnson’s paper defined a clear system with criteria and methodology for predicting an observer’s ability to find and assess targets using image intensifying equipment (such as thermal cameras), under various conditions. It worked well, and it was the first of its kind.

Johnson’s Criteria Definitions

Johnson’s model provided definitive criteria for calculating the maximum range at which “Detection, Recognition, and Identification (D, R, I)” could take place, with a 50% probability of success. (Orientation was also discussed, but this parameter is not used or recognized today).

Although newer methodologies for D,R,I exist today, such as NVESD’s “Night Vision Image Performance Model” (NV-IPM), the “Johnson’s Criteria” system was groundbreaking for its time, was the accepted standard in the defense industry for many years, and is still widely used in the security industry today.

Detection

Johnson defined “Detection” as the ability to subtend 1 TV line pair (+/- 0.25 line pairs) across the critical dimension of the subject (this translates to 2 pixels when using an LCD monitor). At the range that this occurs, regardless of target type, the observer could detect that a subject was in the field of view, 50% of the time. Today, many security camera companies loosely follow Johnson’s Criteria and define their camera’s “Detection” performance range as the ability to subtend either 1.5 or 2 pixels on the target, using various target sizes.

Recognition

Johnson defined “Recognition” as the ability to subtend 4 TV line pairs (+/- 0.8 line pairs) across the critical dimension of the subject (this translates to 8 +/- 1 pixels when using an LCD monitor). At the range that this occurs, regardless of target type, the observer determines the type of subject, a human or a car for example, 50% of the time. Today many security camera companies typically define their cameras “Recognition” performance range as the ability to subtend 6 pixels on the target, using various target sizes.

Identification

Johnson defined “Identification” as the ability to subtend 6.4 TV line pairs (+/- 1.5 line pairs) across the critical dimension of the subject (this translates to 12 +/- 3 pixels when using an LCD monitor). At the range that this occurs, regardless of target type, the observer could detect the subject.

Today many security camera companies loosely follow Johnson’s Criteria and define their cameras “Identification” performance range as the ability to subtend 12 pixels on the target, using various target sizes.

Long range performance

Johnson’s Criteria in the Security Industry

DRI ranges, expressed in kilometers (or miles), can usually be found in the specification table of infrared camera brochures, or in a description of the cameras features. While a very helpful jumping off point for narrowing down the options and homing in on the best systems, customers would be doing themselves a disservice to only look at DRI.

This is because today the application of Johnson’s criteria varies somewhat across the security industry. In most instances, documentation uses simplified or modified versions of the criteria, but they do all generally follow similar rules.

Typically, most companies use twelve pixels on the target for identification, six for recognition, and two for detection (sometimes 1.5). However, the target size can vary greatly. Normally the defense industry “NATO” target size (2.3×2.3 meters) is used for calculating the performance range for detecting vehicles, but for a human target, various target sizes can be found.

It is important when selecting your thermal infrared camera to keep in mind that in any given document, the target size for a human can range from 1.7-1.83 meters tall and from 0.3- 0.75 meters wide, and factor this into your decision-making process.

The Need to look at the Bigger Picture

Because end-users often place a high value on the written specifications of the camera, marketing departments are under pressure to use performance calculations that make their cameras look better than the competitors. However, since these calculations typically do not take environmental factors into account, customers should ask their thermal camera providers to explain the other elements and benefits of each camera they are offering, and how they will perform in a variety of conditions.

A modified approach that considers parameters such as these can better help in choosing the right or system for your needs.

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Using Thermal Infrared in “Furnace and Heater Tube Inspections”

by Ron Lucier, ASNT NDT Level III

(From the IRInformIR.blogspot.com, September 27, 2017 with format altered for easier reading online – all text and images from IRInformIR)

ITC logo registered“One of the more challenging applications of infrared thermography is in the measurement of process heater and furnace tubes. In fact we get dozens of inquiries each year from our clients on this very subject.

“Since this is a very complex subject it is probably appropriate to start from the beginning.”

“Process Heaters”
There are as many uses for process heaters as there are designs. The basic configuration consists of a shell (outer casing), tubes (where the process fluid flows) and a heat source.

“These units are both thermodynamically and hydraulically complex.”

Process heater or furnace diagram

“In the simple drawing above we illustrate convective gas flow, which is turbulent, and radiant heat from the flame, refractory and other tubes – all non-uniform and time varying. When you view tube from an access port typically you can only see a portion of the tube or the tube at an oblique angle.

“Therefore, the odds are stacked against you from the start!”

“Why are heater tubes of interest anyway?”
Heater tubes 1“There are several reasons for inspecting tubes. Qualitatively slag (scale) buildup on the outside of the tube can be readily identified.

“Buildup on the inside of the tube (coking) is a bit more difficult but commonly performed.

“In both cases the slag or coke prevents the transfer of heat into the process fluid. In the case of slag buildup, the process fluid may not be sufficiently heated, affecting downstream processing.

“The case of coking on the inside of the tube is more serious. Since the coke has an increased resistance to heat transfer, the tube surface temperature increases.

“After all it is the flow of the process fluid that is keeping the tube “cool” in the first place.

“In fossil boilers this is called “DNB” – Departure from Nucleate Boiling and is usually caused by flame impingement, which initiates a layer of steam on the inside of the tube. The external tube surface, unable to conduct its heat to the water, increases dramatically, causing a failure (opening) in the tube.”

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ED NOTE: The SPIE has published a very useful and detailed book in its Tutorial Text Series entitled
Radiation Thermometry: Fundamentals and Applications in the Petrochemical Industry
Author(s): Peter Saunders (August 2007) that deals with this topic in depth from the point of view of non-contact temperature measurement (radiation thermometry). It contains a wealth of detail about the issues of slag and reflected thermal radiation as well as a useful tutorial on infrared temperature measurement.

It is available online at the SPIE bookstore at a modest price as both a softcover book and a pdf download.

The link is: https://spie.org/Publications/Book/741687.

Here’s some details from the (above) linked SPIE web page:

Book Description

This tutorial text provides an introduction to the subject of radiation thermometry, focusing on sources of measurement error and giving advice on methods for minimizing or eliminating these errors. Topics covered include: blackbody radiation, emissivity, reflection errors, and atmospheric absorption and emission; commonly used radiation thermometer types; uncertainty calculation; and procedures for in-house calibration of radiation thermometers. Included is a chapter containing detailed measurement examples for a variety of furnace types and operating conditions found in the methanol, ammonia, and refining industries.

Book Details
Date Published: 3 August 2007
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780819467836
Volume: TT78

Inspecting Solar Panels with Thermal Infrared Imagers on UAVs

A YouTube video featuring a FLIR thermal imager mounted on a UAV inspecting solar panels for damage.

This application of infrared thermography has come a long way and now, with a new aerial perspective, is an extremely efficient tool for maintenance and quality assurance inspections of solar systems. In contrast to time consuming traditional methods, large solar installations can now be inspected quickly from the right distance and view point.

Even with these advancements in the technology, however, a thermal imager still does not have the ability to detect problems on its own – you still need a qualified operator with the right knowledge and skills to use it properly.

That’s where The Infrared Training Center (ITC) can help with training and certification!

Check out their website for a complete list of course locations and dates.

Thermography Training

Training Program Providers For (IR) Thermographers

Infraspection' Institute's Distance Learning Program for Thermographers

The practice of Infrared Thermography has been recognized by The American Society for Non-destructive Testing, ASNT. They have defined skill levels, written a Handbook, administer skills testing and certify several skill levels of practitioners.

The actual training and refresher skills programs are provided by private training organizations. Some offer their own certifications, but the ones that appear to count to the companies that most utilize them are the ones that prepare individuals for the ASNT exams in the USA.

Listed below are most, if not all, of the companies that offer training programs in North America. If your organization belongs here, let us know to help us get you listed.

We especially seek training listing for countries outside North America since this web site has a wide international distribution. Our visitors come from more than 100 different countries.

  • The Academy of Infrared Training
    A global, independent educational institution devoted to Infrared Thermography training for more than 25 years. (See 2003 schedule below)
  • The Infrared Training Center
    (A part of FLIR with an principle mission of providing Infrared Training in the USA)

    Makes Area thermometers and thermal Imagers and trains users. Sign up for their email newsletter!
  • The Infraspection Institute
    The early pioneers in infrared thermography training. Headquartered in Burlington, NJ (near Philadelphia, PA).
  • The Institute of Infrared Thermography
    Infrared Training Ltd have delivered Infrared Thermography training courses in many locations across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa. They are not affiliated with any camera manufacturer, yet offer quality training on all makes and models of infrared equipment. Our company focus is to continue to raise the standards within the field of Thermography by delivering high quality training based on ISO 18436 and ASNT SNT TC 1A standards.
  • JCDPublishing.
    A publisher of specialty books and training materials on Infrared cameras, computer software and thermal imaging applications headed by Gerry Holst, a well-known expert on thermal imaging technology in the IR community.
  • LETA-The Law Enforcement Thermographers Association
    A specialty organization for Law Enforcement Training in the proven uses of Thermal Imaging for Law Enforcement organizations throughout North America.
  • Monroe Infrared Technology
    Infrared Process Cameras, Security Systems, Software and Training Programs.
  • Safe-IR
    A specialty organization for Fire Department Personnel Training in the safe and beneficial uses of Thermal Imaging in firefighting.
  • The Snell Group
    A widely known Infrared Thermography training organization that also provides training for Electrical Motor Inspectors..

Thermography Resources:

Organizations & Meetings

Some of the organizations and meetings shown below are run by training companies and one, the Annual Thermosense Conference, is a technical conferences for thermographers and others involved in R&D, Equipment Development, Process applications and other uses in both Imaging and Sensing via infrared means.

This latter meeting usually runs for 3 1/2 days in the Spring, rotating between Orlando Florida, Baltimore, Maryland and Anaheim, California. It is held in conjunction with a large equipment exhibition and several high tech conferences, all under the banner of a SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering) meeting.

  • African Thermograpy User Group
    An Association of Thermography organizations in Southern Africa with about 12 members. Web site has references to training programs run by nearby office of Asea Brown Boveri(ABB).
  • ASNT
    The Association for Non Destructive Testing
    in Columbus Ohio, USA. There are other national organizations around the world affiliated with ASNT and links to them are on this web site.
  • ASTM International
    The American Society for Testing and Materials is one of the largest developers of voluntary consensus standards in the world. There are several committees within ASTM that are active in developing and maintaining standards related to Non-contact temperature measurement and thermal imaging in NDT/NDE.
  • IR/Info
    A Web site and Annual Training Conference with lots of information, Also a connections to an Internet discussion forum, sponsored by The Infraspection Institute.
  • InfraMation
    An e-Newsletter and a topical meeting sponsored by The Infrared Training Center, division of FLIR-InfraMation 2003 is already in the works, and is planned to be held in Orlando, Florida. Contact abstracts@inframation.org.
  • JCDPublishing
    Winter Park, Florida (USA) A publisher of specialty books related to IR and thermal imaging, Also runs training courses for organizations including SPIE. Run by a well-known specialist in IR imaging technology, Gerry Holst.
  • Professional Thermographers Association
    Provides a Directory of Infrared Consulting Companies, Key Points to Choosing an Infrared Consulting Company , Specifications to consider when contracting an Infrared Consulting Company and Generic Specifications for the contracting of an Infrared Electrical / Mechanical PdM inspection to insure that you get a quality job.
  • The Quantitative InfraRed Thermography Conference
    An international conference. Up to now, there has been twelve QIRT conferences (see Archive Section for the complete list).
  • The Snell Group
    An organization that provides many training courses for both Infrared Thermographers and also Motor Inspectors,
  • SPIE Thermosense
    A broad, topical meeting for the international IR Thermal Imaging and sensing technology community. Program on the Thermosense Web site. View the SPIE website for registration and arrangements information.
  • UK Thermographers Association
    UKTA-A national organization based in Bracknell, England with many many links to the USA and other parts of the world.

FLIR SYSTEMS, INC.

 With many offices throughout the world

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About FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness.

FLIR’s advanced systems and components are used for a wide variety of thermal imaging, situational awareness, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, navigation, recreation, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threat detection.

For more information, visit FLIR’s web site at www.FLIR.com and their more complete list of offices at: www.flir.com/cs/emea/en/view/?id=42306

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Infraspection Institute

For Thermography Training, Certification of Training, Distance Learning and more…
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Burlington NJ, USA —  Since 1980, Infraspection Institute has provided training, certification, and support services for thousands of thermographers worldwide. They publish software, Standards, and technical articles for thermographers and NDT professionals.

Their capabilities include, in addition to classroom instruction, an extensive list of online, world-wide distance learning programs (another first in Thermography), a pioneering set of Thermography Practice Standards, Exception® Software that integrates easy-to-use report generation tools with a powerful database, Expert Witness Services and much more. Read more Infraspection Institute

Eye R640 17 ?m High Resolution IR Engine

Opgal’s New Infrared Imaging Sensor and Engine

EYE R640 ™ Ver4

The next generation 17?m micro bolometer thermal imaging engine platform is especially designed for better, smaller, cheaper integration by OEM clients who gain double the resolution.

With an advanced, DSP-based platform, the engine supports a AmSi microbolometer detector of 640×480 pixels.

Due to the engine’s user-friendly interface and size, it can be integrated cost effectively into small size applications, a key marketing advantage for military applications.

The Eye R640 ver4 supports the most advanced motorized lenses based on continuous zoom or dual FOV and equipped with automatic focus algorithms.

Key Features

  • DSP based image processing
  • TECLESS operation (no Thermal Electrical Cooler is used) resulting in fast wake up and power consumption being independent of temperature.
  • Continuous Electronic Zoom
  • Special image enhancement mode for improved detection capability
  • AutoFocus On Demand built in algorithm for motorized lens control
  • User defined Region Of Interest (ROI)
  • Anti-blooming mechanism
  • NUC, BPR, time domain filter, edge enhancement, Local DRC
  • Auto Focus, Digital Zoom Continuous X0.9 – X12

For more information visit: www.opgal.com/products.php?actions=show&id=78

OPGAL Optronics Industries is a leading global manufacturer of innovative thermal imaging safety systems and infrared cameras. Its safety applications are used for detection of gas and hazardous material leaks and for areal remote fire detection. OPGAL offers the widest selection of infrared cooled and uncooled OEM cameras and engines for military, paramilitary, security and aviation applications. Its products have been field tested worldwide for the past 25 years.

Opgal Optronic Ltd.
P.O. Box 462
Industrial Area 5
Karmiel 20101
ISRAEL

Tel: 972-4-9953903
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