Before it fails, almost every physical component overheats. However, having a thermographic analysis performed on your plant and machinery makes it possible to identify the start of damage at its early stage. This increases the safety and reliability of your plant.
Thermography is a “non-contact” diagnostic procedure that allows your plant and machinery to be inspected, even during operation. It’s even possible to measure objects that are difficult to access. Therefore, electrical and mechanical weak points can be detected before they cause failure.
Evaluating hot-spots is a crucial component of thermographic analysis. The results are assessed by a professional team and then documented in a report. The objective of regular inspections is to produce a trend analysis which is able to gradually detect increasing variations which make it possible for you to take prompt action.
Thermographic analysis has many uses. For example, it’s very appropriate for inspecting electrical apparatuses like switch cabinet systems, and for identifying overloads and asymmetries. Crimp connections and defective insulators can also be identified. Moreover, overheating in mechanical components such as laminations, gearboxes and bearings can be found in good time and attended to. Consequently, thermographic analysis is an important part of preventative maintenance.
Another major benefit is a significant reduction in downtime caused by component wear, plus the technique is excellent to verify the quality of new electrical installations.
At Belanger Engineering, our team of building science engineers is involved with performance improvement and repair. Our experience with electrical, mechanical and structural projects involves both restorative and new construction.