One quick way to help your infrared program gain acceptance is to educate others in your organization (especially those who are important decision-makers) about the success of your efforts. Doing so validates the program and enables you to be recognized as a valuable asset to the company.
Look over your inspections from the past six months. Pick out one or two and write up a simple case history about them. Be sure to include both thermal and visual color photographs as well as cost savings information.
Post these inspections to a bulletin board in your plant or have one published in a corporate newsletter. With support of management, consider getting your report printed in a periodical or presented at a professional conference. This will re-enforce the value that your efforts create for the company and help support your infrared inspection program in the long-run.