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IR Inspection of Emergency Equipment

Emergency Equipment needs infrared inspectionEmergency Equipment: UPS systems, emergency generators and fire pumps are some of the most common defenses for facilities. While most facilities perform IR inspections of their electrical distribution systems at least annually, many fail to inspect or incorrectly inspect their emergency equipment.

During a recent Infrared Electrical System Survey, the client made arrangements to put a load onto the emergency equipment. While inspecting the emergency side of the fire pump, two thermal anomalies were identified on the emergency side of the equipment. Based on the thermal findings, two potential problems exist. The left conductor connection shows an increased temperature near the actual connection. The middle conductor shows a “candy cane pattern” typical of a damaged cable or strand within the cable. No thermal anomaly would be detected if load were not put onto the emergency side of the pump.

Emergency Equipment Infrared Inspection

When performing infrared inspections of emergency equipment systems be sure to:

  • Include all Automatic and Manual Transfer Switches. Inspect switches in both normal and emergency positions.
  • Inspect UPS system controls, switchgear, battery cells, battery bus and wiring. Battery cell temperatures should be the same between cells with no hot spots on individual cells.
  • Have adequate load on the subject emergency circuits. This may be accomplished with normal facility load or by utilizing a load bank.

To help plan your next Infrared Electrical System Survey, download our Suggested Electrical Equipment Checklist

Why should you use Jersey Infrared Consultants?

The high standards we set for service and reliability have earned us a reputation for excellence. All Infrared Electrical System Surveys are performed by Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographers® using state-of-the-art equipment with direct traceability to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. All thermographers wear the appropriate PPE clothing.

Jersey Infrared Consultants’ safety compliance, background check, and drug screening programs are a part of our commitment to providing an unequaled level of client care and quality service.  Our reports are clear, easy-to-understand, and comprehensive. They are delivered in a timely fashion in both written and electronic formats.

Our staff regularly conducts training classes, publishes technical articles, and participates in continuing education, enabling us to remain THE firm to hire for your Infrared Electrical System Survey.