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Predicting Equipment Resiliency Using Infrared Technology
Keithline Engineering Group
Jim Umdenstock, PE & Dan Keithline, PE
8556 East 101st Street
Suite C Tulsa, OK 74133
Maintenance supervisors are always searching for simple, low-cost means and methods to avert costly failures. Thermal imaging is one such tool that has developed over time to predict equipment resiliency. As a non-destructive, predictive tool, thermal imaging with adequate training, enables operators to quickly and easily identify rotating and electrical equipment which is trending toward failure.
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.