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Posted by Bryan Campbel, PE

The Benefits of Infrared Thermography

January 18, 2024

Infrared thermography is a technology that measures the infrared radiation emitted by an object and converts this into an image that shows the temperature distribution of the object. This non-contact, non-destructive, and non-invasive technology has a wide range of applications in fields such as electrical, mechanical, and building maintenance and inspections. In this blog, we will discuss some of the benefits of infrared thermography.

Early Detection of Problems

Infrared thermography can detect and indicate issues at its early stage before it leads to a critical fault. The technology is highly sensitive and accurate, which enables experts to identify changes in temperature patterns and rectify potential issues before they become severe. These early detections can save substantial amounts of money by preventing significant damages to equipment and facilities.

Increased Equipment Lifespan 

The use of infrared thermography in maintenance and inspection can extend the lifespan of equipment. Equipment and facilities that are regularly inspected by infrared thermography can operate at optimal conditions for a more extended period. Infrared thermography can detect problems such as overheating and other issues that could lead to equipment damage or failure.

Reduced Downtime 

Equipment failure or breakdown can cause significant downtime in processes, resulting in a loss of productivity, revenue, and even reputation. Infrared thermography can prevent such downtime by detecting early warning signs of equipment malfunctions, thereby reducing the rate of unexpected failures.

Enhanced Safety

Infrared thermography can improve safety by detecting potential fire hazards, electrical faults, and gas leaks, amongst others. By proactively detecting and managing these issues, infrared thermography has helped prevent accidents, loss of life, and property damages.

Improvements in Energy Efficiency

Infrared thermography can identify energy loss areas that lead to high energy consumption, which helps to reduce energy bills, thereby making facilities more energy-efficient. By identifying areas of insulation and air leakage, for example, building owners and maintenance personnel can make energy-saving changes that help reduce energy bills and carbon emissions.White Paper: Arc Flash Study on Steroids with Infrared Thermography

Infrared thermography is a valuable technology that can increase equipment lifespan, save money, and enhance safety. It is an indispensable tool for maintenance and inspection of various systems and equipment. By detecting issues at an early stage, infrared thermography can prevent significant damages and downtime, ensuring maximum productivity of equipment and facilities.


About the author

Bryan graduated in 2015 from North Carolina State University with a BS in computer and electrical engineering focusing on power. Originally from New York City, he now works out of the Carolina office with the Arc Flash team and just recently obtained his PE. He enjoys playing classical guitar, snowboarding and going to hockey games.

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About Hallam-ICS

Hallam-ICS is an engineering and automation company that designs MEP systems for facilities and plants, engineers control and automation solutions, and ensures safety and regulatory compliance through arc flash studies, commissioning, and validation. Our offices are located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Vermont and North Carolina, Texas and Florida and our projects take us world-wide. 

Topics: Arc Flash and Electrical Safety

Bryan Campbel, PE

By Bryan Campbel, PE January 18, 2024

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