If your electrical components are overheated, it can lead to equipment failure and expensive repairs. Preventive electrical maintenance is important to avoid this situation. Even before problems become serious, they need to be detected. One way to tell if there are electrical inefficiencies and worn components is by using thermal imaging. Thermal imaging helps a lot in determining the condition of equipment before they actually fail.
Below are some of the benefits of using thermal imaging in preventive electrical maintenance.
There is now a transformation of the approach of correcting electrical inefficiencies and failures with the introduction of thermal imaging. Thermal imaging cameras can scan and reveal when an equipment is running hot or cold.
With thermal imaging, electric maintenance professionals can be helped in several ways. They are able to check if connections are very tight or loose. The identification of overloaded components is easy. They can evaluate the uneven distribution of voltage. Failed or fatigued components are made easy to recognize. Faulty fuses are easily identified. Imbalanced circuits can be classified. if there are damaged switched, then it can easily be found.
If thermal imaging is used for preventive maintenance, it can easily monitor equipment for high and low voltages at safe distances. Below are other benefits of using thermal imaging cameras.
Although thermal imaging cameras were being used before, thermographers or experts in these concepts were hired to evaluate the condition of any object including electrical machinery in order to conduct on-site inspections. The ease of use of thermal imaging cameras today has eliminated the need for experts. And it is much more affordable than ever. Companies now own the camera and use their maintenance staff to perform routine checks more frequently.
Preventive maintenance involves checking the integrity of electrical installations to identify overheating connections and faulty components. If there are fluctuations in temperature, then this can be monitored by thermal imaging sensors. With cameras, problems that need repair can be identified. Then if a piece of equipment is repaired, thermal imaging cameras can rescan the equipment to check if it is properly functioning.
Since thermal imaging cameras can do inspections while components are running, there is no downtime with its use. Without downtime, the bottom line is affected positively.
Thermal imaging can prevent premature failures and give extension to equipment life. When there is resistance of excessive friction, heat is emitted by an electrical system on the verge of failure. These temperature fluctuations can easily be identified by thermal imaging cameras even before the components fail. This can help prevent costly system interruptions, fires or arc flashes.
Images can be saved in some thermal imaging cameras. For a repairman to know where exactly the issues are and what needs to be done, he can refer to the saved images on the thermal imaging camera.