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Three Ways Infrared Thermography Improves Electrical Maintenance
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Winthrop, MN 55396Ph: 507-647-7812
In most commercial facilities, an overlooked but essential asset to the facility is the electrical system. Almost everything runs on electricity and once installed, most electrical equipment is forgotten about until something burns up and stops working. Typically, electrical maintenance consists of either replacing failed equipment when it breaks down (usually very expensive) or routinely replacing old equipment with new whether it needs it or not (also expensive and wasteful). Another option available involves using infrared thermography as a way to improve electrical maintenance.
As infrared technology has advanced, radiometers have become a common tool for many maintenance technicians and mechanics. Although radiometers are relatively easy to use, there are several important factors that influence the accuracy of a radiometer’s readings.
Thermal image shows thermal profile across a working steam trap. Infrared inspection conducted with the steam system under load. Taken by Stockton Infrared, this thermal image was the 1st Place winner - Mechanical Category in the annual Image Contest held during the IR/INFO 2017 Conference.