Infrared Inspection Services
Temperature is one of the first observable parameters to indicate the health of a component, building, system, or process. Our state-of-the-art, fully-radiometric, infrared camera technology provides superior imaging quality in displaying temperature variations and in accurately evaluating non-optimal conditions before failure occurs. Because thermal imaging (infrared thermography) is a highly-effective, non-contact, non-destructive testing method, it is used for a wide range of applications.
What role does infrared play in the inspection process?
All objects above absolute zero (0 Kelvin, -273.15°C, -459.7°F), emit thermal energy. This thermal energy is often referred to as “heat”.
Although infrared is not detectable by the human eye, an infrared camera can convert this infrared radiation to a visible image that allows us to evaluate thermal variations across an object or scene. This non-invasive, non-destructive testing method is known as Infrared Thermography.
During an infrared inspection, components are analyzed and equipment performance is evaluated in a real operating environment. This allows us to see distinctive heat patterns and provides us with a powerful, versatile, and highly accurate diagnostic method for uncovering a wide range of problems before damage or failure occurs.
What kinds of inspections are performed using infrared thermography?
Because thermal imaging (infrared thermography) is a highly-effective, non-contact, non-destructive testing method, we use it in a wide number of applications, including but not limited to:
- Electrical high-voltage and low-voltage inspections
- HVAC quality and efficiency evaluations
- Electrical motor inspections, mechanical bearing inspections
- Thermal heat loss inspections
- Moisture contamination evaluations of building envelopes
- Flat roof leak detection
- Kiln shell, refractory insulation, bridge delamination inspections
- Process monitoring and control
- Pipeline inspection, leak detection, etc.
What are the benefits of performing infrared inspection?
The primary benefits of using infrared for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance include:
- Increase safety
- Increase system reliability
- Reduce costly unscheduled downtime or outages
- Reduce repair costs, particularly prior to failure
- Reduce maintenance costs
- Improve production rates and quality
What equipment is used in performing an infrared inspection?
Our infrared inspections are performed using state-of-the-art, fully-radiometric, thermal imaging cameras with minimum of 320×240 resolution, which provides superior imaging quality and accurate evaluation of your thermal situations.
Depending upon the particular application or situation, we often employ the use of additional equipment, tools, or complimentary technologies such as:
- Close focus or wide angle lenses
- IR Windows/Viewing Panes
- Pocket PC with on-board infrared data management capabilities
- Bar codes & bar code readers
- Moisture Meters
- Radioactive Isotope
- UV/Solar Blind Bi-Spectral Imaging Systems
- and more …