What is thermography?
Thermography uses a very specialist camera to detect infrared radiation and display this as a visible image, this data is then analysed in advanced software which then provides the Thermographer with a detailed insight in to issues that cannot be often be identified with the naked eye.
There are a wide variety of uses for thermography these include:
- Electrical Inspection
- Mechanical Inspection
- Solar Panel Inspection (Aerial Survey)
- Leak Detection
- Heat Loss Survey’s
- Medical and Veterinary Thermography
What is an electrical thermograpic survey?
Thermography of an electrical installation is a great tool for planned preventative maintenance and falls under the Non Destructive Testing (NDT), this could also quite easily stand for Non Disruptive Testing which as one of the key advantages of thermography over conventional safety testing such as a Fixed Wire Testing is the non-disruptive nature of the inspection, images can usually be obtained without the need to isolate essential equipment minimising any downtime to your business.
A thermographic survey can help identify a variety of existing and potential causes for concern examples of this are:
- Loose connections
- Unbalanced Phase Loading
- Failing Components
When is a thermal survey recommended
A thermographic survey of an electrical installation is generally best suited to industrial and commercial environments particularly where shutting down power to circuits is not achievable examples of this are listed below:
- Data Centres
- Critical Environments
In addition the above thermography would also be advised at less critical sites to inspect how components are behaving under normal load, a thermal camera can highlight components that may be heading towards failure, something that other forms of testing would be unlikely to detect. This means that a repair can be repaired and carried out at a suitable time.
Looking for a PCN Qualified thermographer?
Many companies offer a thermographic surveys but few are qualified and accredited to do so. At TES Compliance our Thermographers are either PCN Level 1 or 2 qualified and are BINDT (The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing) Accredited.
We can provide audited thermal inspection reports both nationwide and internationally.