Infrared Predictive Maintenance
Building maintenance makes up a large part of annual operational expenses, and is necessary to assure longevity of a building’s structural integrity and performance.
Using infrared inspections as part of a scheduled maintenance program, will help you identify deficiencies in your electrical, roofing and HVAC systems so that repairs are made proactively and help assure that your building(s) is running at optimal efficiency.
Some of the uses and benefits of infrared predictive maintenance are:
- Save Energy and Increase Efficiency
- Reduce Unscheduled Downtime
- Increase the Effectiveness of Your Maintenance Personnel Efforts
- Acceptance Testing of New Equipment
- Reduced Inventory Costs Through Longer Life Expectancy
- Equipment Design Improvement
You can read an in-depth account of each of these benefits on our Infrared Thermography’s Economic Benefits page.
Infrared Predictive Maintenance And Safety
Employers and insurance companies know that injuries and deaths are extremely costly, both in terms of time, money and survivor anguish. You can avoid such hardships by using infrared to anticipate and prevent explosions, fires and unsafe working conditions.
Aside from the obvious hazards of working around and with unsafe electrical equipment, damaged insulation is a safety problem as well. Refractory in boilers, steel mills and furnaces can degrade to the point where the structure can burn through.
Wet insulation on high temperature/pressure piping can cause corrosion and catastrophic failure. Even finding a lot of wet insulation in a flat roof can be the key to preventing collapse of the roof due to overload.
Increased Public Relations Through Infrared Predictive Maintenance
Though most people do not think about it, infrared thermography is a great story for your public relations department. For example, many utility companies advertise to their clients that they use infrared services to enhance system reliability, thereby projecting a proactive stance and in return a positive public image. Likewise, infrared programs have been incorporated into company’s ISO9000 plans as part of in-house safety awareness for electrical fires and other dangers associated with equipment failures. Here again, thermography is being used as a tool to project a proactive and safety concise image to the company’s employees.
How Often Should an Infrared Inspection Be Performed?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recognizes the benefits of infrared surveys to reduce accidents, save lives, and minimize unplanned shutdowns. The publication NFPA70B recommends that inspections be performed annually, and more frequently for equipment with a failure history and equipment that is critical to operation.
Most of Brady Infrared’s clients perform annual inspections. Of those clients who are diligent with follow-up repairs, we have seen a steady decline in thermal problems in their facilities over the years and reduced downtime of equipment.
Please fell free to contact us to answer any of your infrared maintenance needs. Call us today at 772-288-9884″>772-288-9884 or feel free to use our online contact form.