What is Thermographic imaging?
Thermographic imaging detects heat being generated by the load produced by electrical plant and equipment through measurements of infrared electromagnetic radiation emitted by the object.
All plant and equipment are subject to deterioration; the older the equipment gets the greater the contact resistance and subsequent rise in temperature. If uncorrected this rise in temperature will continue to increase and may lead to equipment failure and/or fire. Thermographic imaging can be used as a pro-active means of plant and equipment maintenance.
What is a Thermographic Imaging Inspection?
During a Thermographic Imaging Inspection the inspector will visually inspect your plant and equipment and use a thermal imaging camera to assess the heat generated within electrical and mechanical services switchboards and other equipment.
A detailed report is then compiled including images, test results and recommendations for preventative maintenance.
This provides an opportunity to conduct more cost effective pro-active and preventative maintenance at a time best suited to your business rather than reactive maintenance when a piece of equipment fails.
Conducting thermographic imaging inspections along with appropriate preventative actions as identified by these inspections can:
- Minimise the risk of fire, explosion or equipment failure
- Increase efficiency of plant and equipment
- Reduce critical downtime and loss of production time due to equipment failure by using planned preventative maintenance
- Assist in meeting OH&S and insurance obligations
It is recommended to conduct thermographic imaging inspections at least annually or more frequently for critical plant and equipment.
Do you have plantor equipment that is critical to your business? Wouldn’t it be helpful to predict and prevent when a motor or other equipment might be beginning to fail?