Thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to view and measure thermal energy emitted from an object. Infrared thermography cameras produce images of invisible infrared or “heat” radiation and provide precise non-contact temperature measurement capabilities. Heat sensed by an infrared camera can be very precisely quantified or measured, allowing you to not only monitor thermal performance, but also identify and evaluate the relative severity of heat-related problems. A trained thermographer can take information provided by the camera and through a series of calculations, the thermographer can precisely determine the severity of the problem. An infrared camera is only a tool requiring a trained operator to interpret the data produced. Training and certification are critical elements to producing an accurate evaluation.
Advantages of Infrared Thermography:
- Infrared thermography is the only diagnostic technology that allows the operator to instantly visualize and verify thermal performance.
- Infrared thermography is the most effective, proven, and predictive maintenance (PM) technology available to quickly, accurately and safely locate thermal problems prior to failure.
- Finding and repairing a potential electrical problem before a component fails can save you much greater costs associated with manufacturing downtime, production losses, power outages, fires and catastrophic failures.
- Industrial infrared cameras and innovative software not only quickly locate problems, their non-contact precision temperature measurement and analysis capabilities instantly delivers information needed to form a plan of action, as well as determine the severity of the problem.
- Detecting a problem is sometimes not enough. Infrared cameras incorporate temperature measurements that allow predictive maintenance (PM) professionals to make well-informed judgments about the operating condition of electrical and mechanical targets. Temperature measurements can be compared with historical operating temperatures, or with infrared readings of similar equipment at the same time, to determine if a significant temperature rise will compromise component reliability or plant safety.
- Without predictive maintenance (PM) through infrared scanning, most problems will go undetected until production is affected and/or safety has been compromised.
Predictive Maintenance and Reliability:
Through scheduled predictive maintenance (PM) inspections, business owners and operators can prevent unscheduled downtimes and increase the reliability of their electrical systems. In most cases one prevented occurrence will pay for itself many times over. Predictive maintenance (PM) inspections can not only detect immediate issues, but also predict typical wear and tear on equipment through trending analysis from data gathered over time.
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