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Infrared Thermography Surveys

Vibrotech Reliability Services Limited use only qualified personnel to carry out Infrared Thermography Surveys. By using top of the range infrared thermal imaging equipment and software, we are able to identify faults in a variety of applications, the most popular being Electrical, Refractory, Mechanical and Buildings. This makes infrared thermography thermal imaging the ideal non-intrusive, predictive maintenance tool for identifying a multitude of faults across most aspects of manufacturing and design.

Infrared Thermography Applications

Below is an outline of some of the applications that can be surveyed with Infrared Thermography. In the sidebar there is a downloadable report including samples of typical infrared thermography thermal images.

Infrared Thermography Applications Page Index:

Refractory:

Exterior Infrared Thermography inspections are ideal for identifying thermal gradients created around the breakdown of refractory lining, or insulation. Even underground steam lines can be viewed and leaks detected.

Typical applications:

  • Kilns
  • Boilers
  • Furnaces
  • Pipe work

Electrical:

Infrared Thermographic systems are ideal for electrical inspections. As electrical connections become loose, there is a resistance to current that causes an increase in temperature. If left unchecked, heat can cause connections to melt which may result in a fire. As well as loose connections, electrical systems suffer from load imbalances, corrosion and under rated components, Infrared Thermography quickly identify theses faults.

Typical applications:

  • Pre-shutdown inspections
    • Loose connections
    • Busbars
  • Substations inspections
  • Overloaded/underrated cables
  • Motor inspections
    • Brush gear

Mechanical:

When mechanical components become worn and less efficient the heat emitted will increase prior to failure. Most mechanical systems will heat up if there is improper lubrication, or misalignment. Infrared Thermographic data can be an invaluable source of complementary information to vibration analysis.

Typical applications:

  • Bearings
  • Misalignment
  • Worn, mismatched belts

Buildings:

Infrared Thermography can also provide useful information in building maintenance studies; evaluation of flat roofs for water leakage is a common application. A trained Thermographer can assist maintenance personnel to locate leaking areas for cost effective repairs. This results in large savings as the damaged parts of the roof can be repaired, rather than replacing the entire roof.

Typical applications:

  • Thermal heat loss
    • Missing or damaged insulation
    • Air leakage
    • Flat roof leak detection