Infrared Thermography for Predictive and Preventive Maintenance
Infrared thermography for predictive and preventive maintenance has become a common tool over the past 30 years. Inspections of electrical, steam, and roof systems are part of a facility’s annual maintenance schedule and have their own budget line.
Infrared Inspections for Maritime Industry
Jersey Infrared Consultants, a leader in commercial and industrial IR Inspections, provide specialized Infrared Surveys – Infrared Inspections Maritime Industry – that meet the unique needs of the maritime industry.
Common maritime applications for infrared thermography include:
• Infrared Electrical System Surveys
• Infrared Mechanical System Surveys
• InfraSonicTM Steam Surveys
• Infrared SOLAS Temperature Surveys
The maritime environment poses unique challenges when performing an Infrared Survey.
“9th Inning” for IR Flat Roof Moisture Surveys
Required conditions for a successful Infrared Flat Roof Moisture Survey include the following:
• Dry roof surface at sunrise
• Mostly sunny day that provides good solar loading
• Daytime high temperatures at least 40°F
• Winds of less than 15 mph
• No precipitation on the day of the Survey
Are Your Solar Panels Saving the Max?
Solar Panels Saving Money…
The decision to install solar panels may be influenced by dollars saved through tax breaks or “Green” incentives, or the main reason . . . to lower energy costs. Calculations are based on the payback and energy cost savings assuming that ALL solar panels are working at 100% efficiency.
Typical problems detected during an Infrared Photovoltaic System Survey include:
Your Infrared Survey Report
Infrared Survey Report…
At the conclusion of an Infrared Survey, the findings should be documented in a clear, easy-to-understand report, in a written format as well as electronic. A report that complies with industry standards should include the following:
When is Hot Not a Problem?
Infrared Electrical Inspections
Generally, a thermal anomaly or hot spot identified during an IR Electrical System Survey indicates a problem such as a loose connection or overloaded circuit. For some electrical components, however,high temperature operation is normal and an infrared imager can be used to help ensure that these devices are functioning properly.
IR Flat Roof Survey Planning
Infrared Flat Roof Survey
An infrared inspection of your flat roof can detect evidence of problems and provide direction for the necessary repairs before problems get out of hand. When the infrared survey is completed properly, the written report, along with the marks on the roof, should provide clear identification of the locations and amount of roof areas with moisture.
“A picture is worth a 1000 words!”
An Infrared Image interpreted correctly
Many infrared imagers are advertised as fully automatic instruments that require nothing more than “point and shoot” operation. While thermography is a science, it is also an art or craft requiring a skilled human operator for both conducting the inspection and interpreting the data obtained. Accurate analysis of thermal imagery still relies upon a properly trained and experienced operator who thoroughly understands the structures or systems that he or she is inspecting.
Education Programs Now Available
Infrared Education Programs
Jersey Infrared Consultants are pleased to offer infrared education programs for your facility, staff, or organization. These information based programs are presented by Level III Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographers® and are designed for all levels and trades, including maintenance staff, upper management, project managers, engineers, and architects.