Electrical Infrared Inspection
Today's electrical systems are complex and high performance. Excessive heat relative to the entire system can be a sign of potential problems. These higher temperatures often indicated loose or faulty connections, improper wiring installation, ground faults, short circuits, and other common electric equipment problems. It is often difficult to determine if there is a ticking time bomb within your electrical system simply from a visual inspection. With the help of Certified Infrared and their top-of-the-line equipment and expertise, you can pinpoint and repair electrical problems before they fail. This will ultimately reduce or eliminate your operational downtown and keep your company on a profitable track.
Each Electrical survey will be conducted with the latest technology in the industry and followed by a complete Electrical survey report similar to the one below.
Why Use Infrared
Thermography uses infrared imaging and measurement camera to "see" and "measure" thermal energy emitted from an object.
Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared. The higher the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot.
Infrared thermographic cameras produce images of invisible infrared or "heat" radiation and provide precise non-contact temperature measurement capabilities. Nearly everything gets hot before it fails, making infrared cameras extremely cost-effective, valuable diagnostic tools in many diverse applications.
An infrared camera, or an imaging radiometer, is a non-contact device that detects infrared energy (heat) and converts it into an electronic signal, which is then processed to produce a thermal image on a video monitor and perform temperature calculations. Heat sensed by an infrared camera can be very precisely quantified or measured, allowing you to monitor thermal performance and identify and evaluate the relative severity of heat-related problems.
Infrared thermography is the only diagnostic technology that lets you instantly visualize and verify thermal performance. Our infrared cameras show you thermal problems, quantify them with precise non-contact temperature measurement, and document them automatically in seconds.
Nearly everything that uses or transmits power gets hot before it fails. Cost-effective power management is critical to maintaining the reliability of your electrical and mechanical systems. Today, no one would argue the proven predictive maintenance (PM) of infrared thermography and its effectiveness. PM technology quickly, accurately, and safely locates problems before failure. Finding and fixing a poor electrical connection before a component fails can save you the much greater costs associated with manufacturing downtime, production losses, power outages, fires, and catastrophic failures.
Finding a problem with an infrared camera is sometimes not enough. In fact, an infrared camera image alone without accurate temperature measurements says very little about the condition of an electrical connection or worn mechanical part. Many electrical targets are operating properly at temperatures that are significantly above ambient. An infrared image without measurement can be misleading because it may visually suggest a problem that does not exist.
Zurich Risk Engineering reports that electrical faults cause 25-30% of all significant fire losses.
Hartford Steam Boiler Inspections and Insurance Company completed a ten-year study evaluating the cost/benefits of infrared, in which it was determined a proper infrared predictive maintenance program produces hard cost savings of $4:1
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