An IR thermographic study, otherwise known as themographic inspection, is a non-destructive method for testing parts, mechanics and operation of systems by looking at the thermal profiles of them through either a special camera that uses thermal imaging to see how hot (or cold) the surface of the device is while in operation.
An IR thermographic study is the safest of any of the non-destructive testing methods that can be performed while the motor is even in operation, so there is no interruption of service while performing the test. Most IR thermographic studies take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes to complete.
Since you don’t have to open up casings to perform an IR study, you can use this test areas that are hazardous, poorly lit, or difficult to reach.
Parts that are deteriorating or under more stress than they are supposed to bear generate heat. High temperatures are a clear indicator or a worn or faulty component. In electrical systems, these show up as “hot spots” which might be the result of a faulty connection, an overloaded circuit, or even a potential electrical fire hazard. This allows you to preemptively resolve these problems before they cause a failure or interruption in service.
IR studies save your company money, sometimes as much as $10 to $20K through the early detection of issues that may result in equipment failure, customer downtime, staff overtime costs, and lost revenue due to downtime. An IR thermographic study can be part of your comprehensive preventive maintenance program that will address issues before they even become a challenge to your organization.
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