Electrical systems are one of the most critical items within office buildings and industrial applications. There are considerable benefits to be gained by protecting these systems and reducing unplanned stoppages. Thermography is perfect for carrying out electrical safety inspections, whether it is to source that loose bus-bar connection or that overloaded component.
Infrared technology allows us to see and measure temperatures on defective components and the normal wear, chemical contamination, corrosion, fatigue and faulty assembly in many electrical systems. The resistance or molecular friction produced within these problem areas is visible in the infrared spectrum and is also visible to the infrared camera. Over-heating can occur in virtually all electrical components and hardware including generators, transformers, fuse connections, switchgear, starters, contactors and all other hardware imaginable.
In transmission and distribution systems, thermographic surveys can help cut production losses and prevent the eventual failure of these systems. Electrical fires represent 40% of fire loss insurance costs in industry and 20% of large-scale fire incidents. Accidents are commonly caused by loose connections, weakening of isolations, obstructed cooling and mechanical damage.