Electrical Preventative / Predictive Maintenance
is easily the largest application for thermal infrared cameras.
The Palm IR 500d
will revolutionize the world of preventative predictive
maintenance on electrical systems by cutting the cost of
purchasing equipment up to 50%. Virtually any electrical
component can be surveyed with the camera. You can inspect
common breaker panels, switchgear, motor control centers,
and bus bar connections. The 500D can easily survey electrical
generation and distribution facilities. You can quickly
scan all types of transmission lines, pole mounted transformers,
large substation transformers, knife disconnect switches,
and any other electrical connection. An infrared camera
can reveal loose/dirty connections, unbalanced loads / phase
problems, overloaded circuits, and even non-electrical problems
like oil level in oil filled transformers. The value of
infrared inspections of electrical systems has been proven
time and again. The ROI for this type of equipment has been
accelerated dramatically with the introduction of this low
cost capable tool. For more information regarding infrared
inspection programs including detailed Return On Investment
out this article. For a walkthrough of a typical electrical
inspection including reporting examples and proper procedures
out this page.
Mechanical Predictive / Preventative Maintenance
This application goes hand in hand with electrical maintenance
in keeping facilities up and running nonstop. The IR 500
D will give you the edge in mechanical PDM by providing
you not only with a crisp vivid thermal image, you also
get accurate temperature measurement onboard. You can inspect
motors, shafts, bearings, ovens, boilers, and any moving
part. Almost all mechanical failures are a result of friction.
Friction is indicates by in increase in temperature that
thermal cameras can easily spot far before failure occurs.
For a less expensive solution that provides all the necessary
features for mechanical predictive maintenance inspections
try the IR PRO. This is the premiere qualitative infrared
camera with color imaging and digital image storage. For
more information check
out this page on another site.