When you’re running a business, having reliable equipment is essential for maximizing efficiency and keeping downtime and profit loss to a minimum. Routine maintenance and reactive fixes are helpful, but knowing when your equipment is going to break down and proactively fixing it can save you time and money. Below, we’ll explain what an infrared electrical inspection is and the benefits of conducting one in your facility.
What is an Infrared Electrical Inspection?
An infrared (IR) electrical equipment inspection is an examination of any electrical components or machinery utilizing IR technology to detect inefficient operation or equipment failure.
What Does It Inspect and How Does It Work?
An IR inspection can be used to scan any electrical component, including wiring, connections, breakers, fuses, circuits, switches, disconnects, and more.
Malfunctioning or overloaded electrical equipment will give off more heat than normal due to increased electrical resistance. This heat can be detected and documented with the use of certified infrared imagers. Detecting electrical hot spots allows for repair or replacement of the affected equipment before failure occurs. Atlantic Leak Detection uses only certified thermographers and state-of-the-art equipment to provide professional surveys in compliance with industry standards.
Below are the five most significant benefits of an IR electrical inspection:
1 – Identifies Problems Early
Excessive heat in your equipment is a clear sign that something isn’t functioning correctly. IR scans can predict when and where equipment failure will occur, allowing you to repair accordingly.
2 – Reduces Downtime
IR scans work while your equipment is running, which means you won’t need to shut down your business for an inspection.
3 – Keeps Testers Safe
These scans use infrared imagers s to find inefficiencies, which means the technician and your employees remain completely safe throughout the process.
4 – Improves the Effectiveness of Routine Maintenance
Routine maintenance is important, but problems detected by IR aren’t always visible. An infrared inspection can help pinpoint the areas that would otherwise be missed during routine maintenance.
5 – Helps Prevent System Failure
Regular IR inspections will help ensure your equipment remains up and running, so your business can maintain efficiency and avoid being caught off guard.
Risk of Not Getting an Infrared Electrical Inspection
Neglecting to get your equipment inspected with IR can let faulty components continue to break down and fail prematurely. Infrared electrical inspections are crucial for maintaining your company’s uptime and minimizing costly repairs and outages. For more information on IR inspections, or to schedule one for your business, contact one of our highly-trained professionals today.