What is it?
Infrared Inspection & Analysis utilizes thermal imaging systems which operate on the basic principle that all objects above absolute zero (-273 C) radiate infrared energy, the level and wavelength of this energy is directly proportionate to the temperature of the object. Since infrared energy is invisible, an infrared imager that remotely picks up the invisible infrared radiation is used. Detectors in the image transform the radiation patterns to electrical signals, an amplifier boosts the signal to suitable levels, and a monitor is used to view the resulting image.
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What is its purpose?
Electrical and mechanical equipment is designed to operate to a maximum temperature range. Operating over this temperature can lead to premature and sometimes catastrophic failure.
The purpose of infrared image analysis (thermography) is to provide business and industry with the powerful predictive maintenance tool of infrared imaging. The use of qualitative infrared analysis for electrical, mechanical and building envelope survey is a highly cost-effective and non-invasive method of gathering information about the condition of equipment and/or facilities.
The information is captured using a highly sophisticated and sensitive camera, which is capable of detecting differences in temperature of less than 1 degree Celsius. The information is then processed into a report, which is supplied to the customer. This report contains valuable information regarding heat patterns or “exceptions” which suggest faults in the condition of facilities and equipment surveyed, and a suggestion of necessary repairs and/or the need for continued monitoring. (The asset owners and managers know their facility best, and must make the final prioritization of action).
This is a non-destructive, non-intrusive testing method that gives the customer valuable information to seek out problem areas and make informed decisions regarding the condition of their facilities and/or equipment. In addition, the information provided may be requirement of some insurance companies to secure reduced coverage.
Quantitative analysis for precise temperature measurement in special situations takes a great deal time. Most often, the qualitative image with uncorrected temperature data is sufficient information to make good decisions.
What can Infrared do for your business?
- Identify anomalies characteristic in electrical faults: e.g. poor connections
- Find air conditioning unit problems; e.g. clogged coils
- Find anomalies that may show faults in mechanical equipment; e.g. faulty bearings
- Find anomalies that may show building envelope problems including: heat loss/gain, insulation quality and positioning, location of moisture, locating heating or cooling systems (e.g. in-floor heating coils)
- Satisfy insurance requirements for asset management.
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