Where can Infrared Thermograpy be used?
Infrared thermography is such a valuable and versatile tool that we cannot possibly list all the applications. New and innovative ways of using the technology are being developed every day. Thermography can be applied in any situation where a problem or condition can reveal itself by means of a thermal difference. For many situations, this is quite easy to apply; a thermal condition can be seen because the process involves release of thermal energy.
An example of this is inspecting the condition of electrical distribution equipment. When electrical current passes through a resistive element, heat is generated. If the target emissivity is high enough, we can see that heat with an infrared camera.
Sliding and bolted connections can become resistive through loosening, corrosion, etc. This increase in electrical resistance usually results in an increase in heat generation and the camera can quickly pick it up.
Sounds simple, and often it is. Frequently, however, it is not simple due to the nature of heat transfer. Good training in the use of the camera as well as well as experience is the key to successful application of infrared technology.
What are the Infrared Thermograpy Benefits?
Following is a synopsis of the primary benefits of infrared thermography:
1. Significantly reduce unscheduled power outages
2. Detect problems quickly, without interrupting service
3. Assess priorities for corrective action
4. Minimize preventive maintenance and troubleshooting time
5. Comply with insurance company requirements
6. Check for defective equipment while still under manufacturer’s warranty
Thermal imaging technology has become one of the most valuable diagnostic tools for industrial applications. By detecting anomalies that are usually invisible to the naked eye, thermal imaging allows corrective action to be taken before costly system failures occur.
Why use Thermal Imaging?
No costly breakdowns, no waste of time. So, when you are in charge of plant predictive maintenance you really have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. If you could only see when components are about to fail, you could accurately decide the best time to take corrective action. Unfortunately, the worst problems remain hidden until it is too late.
Thermal imaging cameras are the perfect tool for predicting failures because they make the invisible visible. On a thermal image, problems seem to jump right out at you. To keep plants operational at all times, many industries have combined their predictive maintenance programs with the most valuable diagnostic tools for industrial applications on the market: Thermal Imaging Cameras.
Thermography programs have contributed to substantial cost savings for our customers around greater Chicagoland. A countless number of industries in Northern Illinois have discovered the advantage of incorporating thermal imaging cameras in their predictive maintenance programs.
What is a Thermal Imaging Camera?
Thermal imaging cameras are the perfect tool for predicting failures because they make the invisible visible. On a thermal image, problems seem to jump right out at you.
Thermal imaging cameras are a unique tool to determine when and where maintenance is needed, for electrical and mechanical installations tend to get hot before they fail. By discovering these hot-spots with a thermal imaging camera, preventive action can be taken. This can avoid costly production breakdowns or even worse, fire.
A thermal imaging camera is a reliable non-contact instrument which is able to scan and visualize the temperature distribution of entire surfaces of machinery and electrical equipment quickly and accurately.