Periodic infrared electrical scans can substantially improve profitability and reduce your operating, testing and maintenance costs by:
• quickly pinpointing problems
• reducing downtime and equipment damage
• preventing catastrophic failures
• establishing repair priorities
• improving preventive maintenance efficiency
• testing under load to avoid costly shutdowns
In electrical systems, excessive heat is a sign of impending trouble. High temperatures indicate excessive electrical resistance, failing components, ground faults, short circuits or other common problems in electric equipment that can lead to expensive or even catastrophic failures. Trying to find these incipient failures with visual and manual inspections is a costly, time-consuming process that may not locate the underlying problems.
Using cutting-edge infrared detection technology, our Certified Thermographers rapidly and accurately pinpoint the thermal anomalies that threaten the safety and reliability of your electrical systems.
Thousands of points can be tested in a single day. In a matter of hours, our electrical infrared testing can develop a complete catalog of the hidden thermal stresses in your operating equipment.
Because thermography is non-contact and nondestructive, there is no need to interrupt production or plan for costly shutdowns. Our thermographers inspect your equipment under normal loads and operating conditions, so you don't have to disrupt your service and production schedules. By performing an infrared scan of your electrical system in 'real time' our inspections can help you understand the practical impacts of emerging component problems.
Every year in the United States, faulty electrical/lighting equipment causes more than 45,000 structural fires. On average, these fires kill 240 people, injured 1,200, and inflict more than $1 billion in direct property damage. (NFPA) Infrared testing has become the most widely recommended method for detecting these critical electrical faults before they cause catastrophic fires.
- What the experts say..
National Fire Protection Association: NFPA 70B
- Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance, 2015 Edition
"Routine infrared inspections of energized electrical systems should be performed annually prior to shutdown. More frequent infrared inspections (quarterly or semiannually), should be performed where warranted. Installation of new electrical equipment, or changes in environmental, operational, or load conditions should undergo periodic infrared inspections. "
"Infrared inspections of electrical systems are beneficial to reduce the number of costly and catastrophic equipment failures and unscheduled plant shutdowns."
"Infrared inspections have uncovered a multitude of potentially dangerous situations. Proper diagnosis and remedial action of these situations have also helped to prevent numerous major losses."
"Infrared detection can be accurate, reliable, and expedient to use in a variety of electrical installations. More important, it can be relatively inexpensive to use considering the savings often realized by preventing equipment damage and business interruptions."
"Many organizations are finding it preferable to obtain these surveys from qualified outside contractors. Because of their more extensive experience, their findings and recommendations are likely to be more accurate, practical, and economical than those of a part-time in-house team."
InterNational Electrical Testing Association: NETA MTS-2005
Maintenance Testing Specifications For Electrical Power Distribution Equipment and Systems, 2014 Edition
The latest NETA manual lists infrared thermography as a recommended inspection procedure for nearly every category of electrical equipment, including switchgear, switchboard assemblies, transformers, cables, cutouts, circuit breakers, and much more. More information..