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- Infra Red Thermography Surveys

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IRT – Infra Red Thermography Surveys

 

Infrared thermography (IRT) allows for rapid identification of electrical problems before they fail, saving hundreds if not thousands of dollars in unscheduled repairs and preventing fires. Since electrical components typically give indications of impending failure (in the form of increased heat) a proper routine inspection can minimize the potential effects of electrical failures and save lives.

 

Infrared thermography cameras are the first line of defense in a periodic maintenance program. Our technicians can quickly measure and compare heat signatures for each piece of equipment on the inspection route, without disrupting operations.

 

IRT Inspection also covered various areas such as (but not limited to):

 

1: All types of Electrical Equipment & components

2: Insulation breakdown

3: Damaged protective coatings

4: Sediment builds up

5: Sub-surface scaling

6: Refractory lining damage

7: Blocked pipelines.

As electrical faults develop, the electrical resistance of the affected item (switch, fuse, connections, breaker, etc…) will increase, leading to a corresponding increase in temperature, until it finally fails. Heat is often an early symptom of equipment damage or malfunction, making it a key performance parameter monitored in predictive maintenance (PdM) programs. Infrared predictive maintenance regularly checks the temperature of critical equipment, allowing them to track operating conditions over time and quickly identify unusual readings for further inspection. By monitoring equipment performance and scheduling maintenance when needed, the likelihood of unplanned downtime due to equipment failure, spend less on “reactive” maintenance fees and equipment repair costs, extend the lifespan of equipment assets, and further maximize maintenance and production, whilst also saving life’s in the working environment.

Studies by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), estimate a properly functioning predictive maintenance program can provide a savings of 30% to 40% over reactive maintenance. Other independent surveys indicate that, on average, starting an industrial predictive maintenance program results in the following savings:

 

An annual electrical/mechanical/ Pipe line survey will:

 

  • Accurately pinpoint problems
  • Prevent expensive catastrophic failures
  • Improve efficiency
  • Reduce non-productive downtime
  • Avoid shutdowns and lost revenue
  • Return on investment: 10 times
  • Reduction in maintenance costs: 25% to 30%
  • Elimination of breakdowns: 70% to 75%
  • Reduction in downtime: 35% to 45%
  • Increase in production: 20% to 25%

 

 

Condition based infrared inspections are easily deployed for locating defects in process pipelines. Corrosion, scaling, leaks, blockages and insulation breakdown on high temperature and pressure pipelines can take place after a period of time due to a number of reasons. If we are to ensure the safe and cost effective operation of the process it is necessary to check the integrity of the pipes, their protective coatings and their insulation in order that any critically damaged areas can be repaired or replaced

 

 

 

 

 

 

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