Infrared Thermography

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IR Thermography

Predictive Maintenance

Our Expertise

ANSI/ASNT CP-105 and CP-189

FLIR Thermal Studio

Benefits

Non-destructive Testing

Part of arc flash analysis

 

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What Can IR Thermography Detect?

IR Thermography detects thermal energy or heat emitted from an object experiencing a condition such as a poor electrical connection or a bad circuit breaker. This energy is converted to an apparent temperature and displayed as an infrared image. In addition to identifying poor connections, this non-destructive test method may be used to detect unbalanced loads, deteriorated insulation or other potential problems in energized electrical components. When we have this information, we can determine whether equipment is about to fail or requires maintenance. 

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Typical Equipment Included in our Reports

  • Facility main switchgear, switchboards, substations
  • Motor controls centers
  • Distribution panel boards
  • Down-stream panel boards
  • Step up/Step down transformers
  • Equipment disconnects for motor loads
  • Major control panel/enclosures
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Webinar: Reducing Costs Using Infrared Predictive Maintenance

 

We’d like you to consider the application of infrared thermography for its predictive capabilities that will save you money on maintaining your facility.

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White Paper: Arc Flash Study on Steroids with Infrared Thermography

 

Using Infrared Thermography on a regular cadence as part of your predictive maintenance program will allow you to identify when it’s time to fix or replace components of your electrical equipment. By adding Infrared Thermography inspection to your Arc Flash study, you are getting the insurance that all aspects of a possible incident are being addressed and hopefully, your staff getting the proper training.

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How IR Thermography Works

With the equipment covers off, we utilize a high quality and reliable FLIR E6xt point-and-shoot infrared cameras providing a thermal image with temperature information in every pixel.   In the thermogram (image), the brighter colors “red, orange and yellow” indicate warmer temperatures by way of more heat and infrared radiation emitted. While the purples and dark blue/black indicate cooler temperatures by way of less heat and infrared radiation emitted. Therefore, the bright yellow area indicates the “hot spot” or the location of the electrical fault. 

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How to Identify and Monitor System Risks

Excess heat often signals equipment failure or deterioration, or the risk of upcoming hazardous conditions. By utilizing thermal imaging facility managers can identify these potential failure points or risks early and monitor progress non-invasively. Infrared thermography brings insight to facilities, helping reduce costs associated with unexpected downtime or failing  equipment and ensuring a safe workplace.

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Knowledgeable Staff

Our engineers can shape a solution that works best for your organization and ensure reliability and functionality of your electrical systems. Our team is highly trained in the following:

  • Predictive maintenance applications
  • Follow good electrical inspection safety procedures
  • Utilize indoor and outdoor electrical equipment inspection methods
  • Recognize the thermal patterns associated with electrical faults
  • Collect quality data and account for distance and emissivity
  • Interpret thermograms using heat transfer concepts
  • Review severity criteria used for electrical inspections
  • Report the findings with infrared analysis and IR reporting software
  • Distinguishing between hot spots and reflections, direct vs. indirect readings and qualitative vs. quantitative thermography
  • Requirements of ANSI/ASNT CP-105 and CP-189
  • Thermal Science  and IR Science Fundamentals
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Case Study: Infrared Thermography Inspection

Massachusetts Maritime Academy personnel safety was one of the top objectives for this inspection. The goal of the inspection was to record potential issues that may be present throughout the electrical system. Hallam-ICS Electrical Safety Team performed an infrared thermography inspection that included electrical equipment up to 4160 V such as switchgear, MCCs, panels, breakers, disconnect switches, control panels, and transformers.

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