We use an infrared imaging
camera to show us how heat is being transferred through and radiated from structures and
equipment. Analyzing these heat signatures, we acquire more information about your
structures and equipment than you ever had. Problems which normally remain hidden (until a
failure brings them to your attention) can be found early and causes identified.
Corrective action taken will save you money and inconvenience.
Condition monitoring of equipment can be accomplished by doing infrared analysis on a periodic basis.
Infrared imagers "see" the heat radiated from the surfaces of your operating equipment in real time, just like a video camera sees visible light. When heat images, called thermograms are in color, usually the white,yellow and red areas are hotter and the black and blue areas are cooler.
Infrared analysis does not require contact. The infrared imager detects heat radiated from objects.
Our analysis can ether provide absolute temperatures or "delta-t" (temperature differences) that are compared to similar "normally operating" equipment or another reference. Using this information (coupled with other subjective and objective information) helps identify areas of concern and prioritize needed repairs to help prevent disruption and damage, while giving you the greatest return on your preventative maintenance program.
When we find an unusual heat profile we can that an anomaly, which should be investigated further. the type and degree of heating, as well as your input, is important in determining the speed with which an anomaly should be addressed and corrected if necessary. We usually place anomalies in categories one, two or three depending on it's potential severity or failure effect. Categories are only a guide to help you prioritize your inspection of these items. These categories are subjective. They are selected using a combination of industry and thechnical standards, but take into account the effect a failure of that component would have on your operation. Since no one can precisely predict when a failure will occur, every anomaly should be investigated as soon as possible and corrected if necessary no matter in which category it is placed.
Infrared isn't an x-ray. It looks at temperatures radiating from the surface. That is, for example, why electrical panel covers must be removed to examine any equipment or connections within.
Many times we can draw conclusions regarding what is behind or under a surface by how heat is stored in or transferred through the object and radiates from the surface of the object.