Thermal Imaging Services — Are They Necessary?
The short answer is YES!! Switchboard thermal imaging has become an important part of scheduled maintenance for a wide variety of businesses, and in fact, many insurance companies now require annual thermal imaging of their clients’ switchboards.
Anything electrical or mechanical will heat up before it malfunctions or completely breaks down. Using infrared thermography as a diagnostic tool, we can measure the radiant heat pattern emitted from a Switchboard and identify any areas of increased heat which can indicate the presence of a fault.
The thermal imaging process is non-invasive and does not require any power to be shut down. The benefits of this process are significant given the potential for fire, equipment damage and interference in your business processes and outputs.
How We Keep You Safe and Compliant
In this case we don’t rely on human vision due to its limitations. A thermal imager (thermal camera) is utilised to capture small differences in the Switchboard’s temperature that may be hidden from regular visual inspections.
Our qualified Thermographers analyse the images taken on site and determine whether heat variations are within permissible limits.
The Thermographer’s analysis of the imaging process is forwarded to you in our written report. If there are any anomalies you will receive a phone call immediately with recommendations on how to avoid overloading the switchboard. Our report is your record of servicing and needs to be retained for rectification, insurance, and audit purposes.
The Guiding Document
At this stage there is no Australian Standard for Thermal Imaging. AWTT adheres to international standards, employs qualified Thermographers, and utilises the latest in thermal imaging equipment.