How does it work?
I’m sure you have heard of thermal imaging. Besides being used by the special forces and emergency services, it actually has a very strong commercial presence. And rightfully so.
Thermal Imaging works by detecting the radiated inferred energy that is invisible to the human eye and converting that into a visual image. By analysing the visual representation of the inferred energy we can make informed decisions about the process or equipment being investigated. A thorough understanding of how the equipment and materials behave is required to make useful information from the process. It is very important that the thermography has experience in both using thermal imaging equipment, and the process being inspected.
What are the applications
Any application where changing temperature is a factor, thermography can provide useful information.
- Identifying unbalanced and excessive loads
- Finding loose connections
- Detecting overload in motors and generators
- Component failure in circuit boards
- Moisture in walls or under roofs or floors
- Insulation gaps within walls and ceilings
- Gas, air or steam leaks in pipe
- Tank level detection
- Leak detection
- Furnace & Refractory inspections
Thermal Imaging can make your job easier, faster and safer. Taking a proactive approach to maintenance reduces overall maintenance costs significantly and increases safety and productivity. A good thermal imaging program can pay for itself over and over. Often the initial price of engaging a thermographer discourages companies from exploring the option further.
“be proactive, not reactive”
Engaging a Thermographer
Setting up a thermography program can be challenging, there are many companies offering “Thermal Imaging” with little or no experience or training. It is crucial to ensure you engage trained professionals that have experience in the area you require. There is no point in getting a building inspector to provide information and advice on electrical equipment. Thermal Imaging is NOT just a point and shoot application, it requires an good understanding of the process and materials which are being inspected.
Here are a couple of things to look for;
- Minimum of Level 2 Thermography certification
- Experience/qualifications in the required area (Electrician, Engineer, etc.)