Thermal imaging cameras have long been utilized for Preventative / Predicative maintenance inspections. The price point of these excellent tools has made the usage very prevalent for many applications. Electrical and Mechanical systems exhibit quality and performance problems during long periods of use. Regardless of the components involved, infrared imaging has been shown to provide remarkable, nondestructive information about current performance and when coupled with sister technologies the picture literally of component health becomes clearer.
This session will discuss the numerous applications for thermal imaging technology currently being used to inspect rotating and static type mechanical systems components. These include validation of belts, bearing housings, filters, gear boxes, insulation or refractories. The electrical application will also be presented from utility substation level inspections to lower voltage components. Examples will be given for each application and the basic conditions required will be described.
Applying infrared cameras brings opportunities and advantages to the diagnostics of related applications. Beyond the basic operation of the camera, applying this science results in many avenues for investigative techniques. We will review the understanding of electrical / mechanical inspection standards and the implications. We will answer your questions about infrared cameras, infrared science, and the presented applications.