THERMOGRAPHIC ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS

Thermographic Scans

Thermography, through the use of a device called a thermal imager, can be used to perform many critical functions for commercial and industrial environments including the troubleshooting and maintenance of equipment.

The costs associated with the maintenance and unplanned downtime of a facility’s operations can be greatly reduced when thermal imagers are used to perform preventive and predictive maintenance tasks. Click the link here to see some examples of Thermographic images.

What Westmoreland Electric Can Provide

Westmoreland Electric can provide the following inspection services utilizing infrared thermography:

• A comprehensive scanning of suspected hot spots that might be overlooked by visual inspections and traditional inspections
• Verify whether the electrical connections are properly made and maintained
• Interpret the images acquired to determine equipment condition and the possible causes of temperature deviations
• A clear and concise report to illustrate all the problem areas found, including load readings, live and thermal images
• Recommendations to rectify the problems and suggestions for your maintenance schedule

The inspection will be carried out while the electrical system is under load and can be performed at any time without shutting down the facility or the equipment. Therefore, no disruption to the normal operative routine will be needed.  This service assists building owners and facility managers to address their needs detecting hot spots and loose connections in a non-destructive, non-contact and cost efficient manner.  Click the link here to see an example of a Thermographic Inspection report.

Even if your business or factory is brand new and well maintained, you may still have abnormalities that won’t reveal themselves unless you do a proper inspection using Thermographic Imaging. 

From now on, incorporate infrared thermography inspections into your maintenance program. Westmoreland Electric allows you to make the best use of your time and money invested and helps you avoid unexpected failure in your electrical system.  You can concentrate on developing your business and let us do the rest for you!

Preventive maintenance programs that include assessment and monitoring of equipment are performed more easily utilizing thermal imaging equipment. By reviewing thermal images of equipment, repair or replacement decisions for equipment become more effective, overall costs are reduced, and equipment reliability is increased. When production requires that a piece of equipment needs to be completely functional, management can be assured it will be ready to perform the job as intended with proper Preventive Maintenance.
With a successful Predictive Maintenance program, preventive maintenance can usually be reduced. Certain maintenance tasks, such as lubrication or cleaning, are performed when they are actually needed rather than on a fixed schedule. Thermography and thermal imaging can be used to determine equipment health and, when the condition is in question, it is also used to monitor equipment until a period for maintenance is available. An acceptance inspection is an inspection performed at the time of initial equipment installation, or replacement of a component, in order to establish a baseline condition of that equipment. Once this baseline is established, it can be compared to ongoing testing to give the best indication of the differences between the current performance and the performance of the equipment when it was new.
Infrared thermography has an important function when troubleshooting problems in commercial and industrial operations. A thermal signature is a false color picture of the infrared energy, or heat, being emitted from an object. Comparing the thermal signature of a normally operating piece of equipment to the one being evaluated for abnormal conditions offers an excellent means of troubleshooting. The primary benefits of infrared thermography are that tests can be performed quickly and without destruction to equipment. Also, since thermal imagers do not require contact, they can be used while the equipment or component is in operation. Thermography and thermal imaging can be used for applications such as inspecting electrical and process equipment and for building diagnostics. Electrical equipment includes motors, distribution equipment, and substations. Process equipment includes automated manufacturing and assembly equipment.
Infrared thermography inspections in buildings and facilities include the following: Switchboards and electrical distribution equipment Circuit breaker panels and load centers Transformers Meter sockets and meter banks Bus duct and bus way Bus bars and bus joints Emergency Generators and Transfer Switches Motor Control Centers Control Panels Disconnect switches and motor starters Lighting contactors Light fixtures Other electrical components HVAC equipment including motors and controls Heat trace cables
Thermal Snapshot
Thermal Imaging