In order to satisfy the client’s needs, consultation takes place before a quotation is drafted or work begins. This ensures that both parties understand the need and goals, as well as limitations and time constraints that may exist.

A custom report with important findings is generated and supplied to the customer after each inspection. The report contains the thermal image as well as the visible light image of the problem area together with the equipment information and location. When available the client’s own severity criteria are used to evaluate and classify the severity of the temperature abnormality. This report, in pdf format, assists them in making important decisions that can prevent possible disasters and the associated high costs to recover from such disasters.

In processes where the temperature change is sudden and for a short duration a thermal video with full radiometric values are recorded. From this video, images can be saved per frame to highlight the problem areas.

Experience is essential to know where and how to identify problem areas and to correctly interpret the findings.

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Thermal building inspections can:

  • Visualize energy loss
  • Detect missing or defective insulation
  • Find moisture
  • Detect wet roof insulation

Thermal imaging is not only used for leakage detection, it can also be used to determine if a valve is open or not. Thermal imaging is also used to verify storage tank levels. Typical pipe work faults include:

  • Insulation breakdown
  • Pipe blockage
  • Diagnose heat exchangers
  • Leakage detection of pipes and valves

Mechanical systems will heat up due to misalignment and/or friction. As components become worn dissipated heat will increase rapidly before failure. Thermal data is used to detect the following mechanical faults:

  • Lubrication issues
  • Misalignments
  • Overheated motors
  • Suspect rollers
  • Hot bearings

Thermal imaging can be used to inspect installed photovoltaic systems for any anomalities at cell or module level. These problems can cause the solar panel not to be as effective as designed or fail completely. Critical components of a wind turbine can be monitored using a thermal imager. It can be used to spot signs of wear on:

  • Bearings
  • Shafts
  • Gears
  • Brakes

When an electrical current passes through a resistive component, it generates heat. When the resistance increases the heat will increase as well. If these temperature rises are left unattended it can cause the component to fail resulting in unplanned outages or injury to personnel. This makes thermography ideal to detect:

  • Loose connections
  • Corroded connections.
  • Defective components
  • Incorrectly secured connection
  • Insulator defects
  • Phase imbalances