Hidden Danger

Heat is an early symptom of damaged and malfunctioning electrical equipment. Is your facility at risk from potential electrical failures and fire hazards?

Performing regular infrared inspections on critical building equipment is an important routine for the safety and performance of building operations. Facilities currently utilizing this service are saving millions of dollars a year by avoiding downtime, equipment failure, and building fires.

Infrared inspections quickly locate potential component failures, so they can be safely repaired before major damage occurs. Proactive beats reactive.

Use Infrared Electrical Inspections to:

  • Reduce Equipment Damage and Fire Risk – Locate problems before they fail and potentially explode or burn. Locating and repairing faulty connections through an Infrared Inspection program prevents the major costs associated with building fires and repairing equipment damage after a catastrophic failure.
  • Increase Effectiveness of Maintenance Personnel – Stop wasting manhours searching for problems or accidentally creating new ones through physical interference. Infrared Inspections locate exact locations without any physical interference, so repairs can be made quickly and efficiently.
  • Power Your PM & Reliability Programs – Spot mechanical and electrical failures before they bring operations to a halt. Lower maintenance costs by instituting preventative maintenance programs in place of expensive break/fix responses. Move repairs to normal work days and hours instead of nights, weekends, and overtime hours.
  • Improve Quality Control – Increase the quality and reliability of new components. Inspecting new installations helps to ensure proper functionality. Inspecting new repairs often finds components that are still producing excess heat and need to be redone because of improper installation.

How it Works:

  • Electrical equipment normally gives off heat. Malfunctioning or overloaded electrical equipment will give off excessive heat due to increased electrical resistance.
  • This heat can be detected and documented with the use of certified infrared imaging radiometers.
  • Temperature of the problem area is recorded along with the thermal image. The thermogram, control photograph, and problem information are compiled into a comprehensive report.
  • Detecting electrical hot spots allows for repair or replacement of the affected equipment before failure occurs.
  • Atlantic Testing Services uses only certified thermographers and state-of-the-art equipment to provide professional surveys in compliance with industry standards.

If you would like more information about how an Infrared Electrical Inspection can help you, call Atlantic Testing Services at 888-696-6429.

Recommended Equipment to be Inspected:

  • Automatic Transfer Switches
  • Bus Ducts
  • Capacitors
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Control Cabinets
  • Disconnects
  • Distribution Panels
  • Emergency Power Panels
  • Fire Pump Panels
  • Fuses
  • Generators
  • Incoming Lines
  • Junction Boxes
  • Lightning Arrestors
  • Lighting Contactors
  • Metering Cabinets
  • Transformers

“Routine infrared inspections of energized electrical systems should be performed annually prior to shutdown. More frequent infrared inspections, for example, quarterly or semi-annually, should be performed where warranted by loss experience, installation of new electrical equipment, or changes in environmental, operational or load conditions.” – National Fire Protection Association