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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.