Electrical networks are complex systems that need to be inspected at regular intervals in order to ensure that they’re functioning optimally. Disrupting an electrical or mechanical system for this type of routine maintenance can be frustrating for clients and costly for the operators who run such systems. Regular infrared inspections are a proactive way to detect issues that could easily escalate into system failures if the proper measures aren’t taken. The data collection points that infrared cameras utilize as they perform inspections are known as infrared inspection windows.
What Is Infrared Inspection?
Excess heat is one of the first signs of an electrical system that’s not functioning the way it was designed to function. Infrared thermography is a diagnostic tool that can identify hot spots that are linked to problems like defective switches, damaged components and system overloads. This enables system operators to perform the repairs and replacements necessary to prevent safety hazards or the loss of system productivity.
An infrared inspection may be able to help you detect:
- Connections that are loose or associated with deteriorating wiring
- Overloads or unbalanced loads
- Incomplete electrical circuits
- Malfunctioning equipment
What Are the Advantages of Regular Infrared Inspections?
The biggest benefit to regular infrared inspections is that they have the potential to prevent unexpected system failures, which will decrease your business’s risk of unscheduled downtime. Service interruption is always problematic, but if you give your customers the courtesy of a warning, they will usually forgive you even while they may grumble. Service interruptions that come without warning, however, may motivate your customers to take their business elsewhere.
Regular infrared inspections may also reduce the overall amounts you spend on repairs. That’s because these inspections enable early detection, and repair costs are generally lower when a problem is first manifesting. You may be able to increase the functional lifespan of the expensive equipment you’ve invested in. At the very least, lower repair costs mean lower operational expenditures: You’ll be able to keep more of your revenues as profit. Lower repair costs may also be able to reduce your insurance premiums.