Infrared Inspections


ELECTRICAL USE:
Infrared
is seeing invisible heat, sometimes too much heat, not yet glowing to actually see it, catching it before it does more damage to melt, burn.   Sure electrical items give off heat with an electrical load.   But there are times when aged, over stressed, worn out, neglected, abused electrical items, loose and oh yes...overtighten wire terminations get hotter and hotter.

Then there is the electrical loads added that go un-noticed, assuming fuses and circuit breakers will watch for it, but the load heat increases even more that melts insulation and burns up wire terminations, other components.   Are torque terminations ok?   
Re-torqued terminations ok?   Don't doubt it but NEW installations can and do reveal problems too.

Electrical switchboards, fuse and circuit breaker panelboards, tenant metering panelboards, motor control centers, production or machine control panels, transfer switches (ATS), busduct and busduct switches, disconnect switches, HVAC unit components, Computer/Data Room equipment, UPS systems, etc. benefit from our services.



Infrared Inspections
find that stuff with an infrared heat detecting camera and a experienced technician behind it, looking, exploring, finding.    And it's not just all infrared looking we do.    As a included service, with covers off, doors open, the inspection allows that experienced and knowledgeable technician to also observe Electrical Code related issues, physical, mechanical, or safety problem conditions needing attention.   Not all problems are found with the infrared heat camera.   Sometimes items are not on or heated at the time of the inspection, yet that visual inspection reveals a festering problem.   It's worth the extra time.   All documented in report books for your attention.  
It's Infrared Technology and more.


Infrared Inspections
is not new, it has been around since 1960's, and the advanced technology of it will perform its monies worth.

It's the way for Building Management to keep control of building services by not upsetting your tenants with power outages.   Plant Operation productivity will be better maintained and delivery schedules met as it should be with a preventative maintenance plan that includes Infrared Inspections.    Insurance Companies promote Infrared Inspections and sometimes reimburse all or some of the cost to their customers.

Infrared Inspections is the way to capture problems before they get out of hand, survey equipment before taking it out of service, fix only what needs fixing, reduce the loss of expensive equipment by finding problems in their beginning stages,
and oh yes...check-out any new system installations.    

Infrared Inspections is a worthy and justifiable preventative maintenance service when you consider.... What would be the cost in downtime, safety issues, lost production, verses the cost of an inspection.

Predict and prevent one failure and you'll justify the investment of an infrared inspection.  
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Infrared Camera Therm #1 on left, of a electrical disconnect switch that reveals a center phase
problem needing repair attention or replacement not visually observed looking at visual picture
on right.... although it looks ok, doesn't it ?


WHY USE THERMO-OPTICS for ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS....

What sets Thermo-optics above other Infrared Inspection Service Companies serving Chicago and the Greater Chicagoland  Area.   Many customers just compare cost among proposals, and fail to see what should be included.

1.   Performing Infrared Thermography Services since 1991.    Certified by Quality Infrared Instructional Companies.   
      See our other Infrared Inspection uses.

2.   An Electrical Engineer for 30 plus years knowledgeable in electrical systems, the equipment, installation, and electrical
      code.     
      Your not given someone employed by the company who just knows how to manipulate an infrared camera to present 
      pictures.

3.   Detailed printed reports that describe the problem component anomaly and repair recommendation.    It really helps in the  
      judgment and direction to guide an experienced electrician in his repair of the problem.   
  
      Not just a report temperature severity number and a general repair assumption or check off repair list.    

      And in addition, descriptive comments noting physical, mechanical, or safety problem conditions needing
      attention.
   Provides to the customer the equipment conditions observed, those recurring problems or unexpected
      shutdowns, and maintenance issues to be looked at closer and more often when preventative maintenance time always 
      seems to be a limited premium.
       
      With electrical panel covers off, doors open, there is more to observe/discover than just finding a hot spot.    It takes alittle 
      more time and cost, but that's what should be included in an inspection.

4.   Creating a Data Log of areas and items inspected and listing in the Data Log whether equipment is viewed under a HEAT
      LOAD or NO LOAD.
    Most companies say they do, then list all under a electrical heat load to save time in making up their 
      report, or leave it out, but...

      It may not seem important at first, but not every electrical item is under a heat load when inspected.     If not, and its cold, not 
      operating at the time, or seasonal operation, chances are a potential problem may not have been discovered at this 
      inspection time.     Many customers assume an inspection finds all.    If it was noted cold in the Equipment Log, not under 
      a heat load, and it was important, you should actually know.   

      That's why periodic inspections are scheduled on a yearly if not sooner basis to find all those infrequent at certain times 
      revealing problems.   Again, it takes time and cost to review inspected items and actually note how it is revealing itself.   
      It's worth the extra time.
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THERMO-OPTICS LTD. serving Chicago and the Greater Chicagoland Area Since 1991
Office Located Northwest of Chicago, Illinois     Phone: 815-444-1340               e-mail: thermoservices@thermooptics.com