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Condition MonitoringJack Bloomfield2018-06-12T16:23:52+01:00

Condition Monitoring

Thermographic Inspection

Our non-destructive and extensive condition monitoring methods provide a long-term preventative maintenance for data centres.

At iRed we couple ultrasonic techniques with the latest thermal imaging technology in order to conduct maintenance surveys that require no down-time. This allows us to collect more accurate, real-time data whilst removing the need for costly disconnection. Thermal imaging also facilitates the detection of minute differences within CRAC units and individual aisles, which allows us to warn our clients of any anomalies before any potential corruption or damage occurs.

  • Annual Inspections – A cost effective maintenance solution.
  • Asset Registration – Predict the onset of component breakdown.
  • Ultrasonic Techniques – Allows for more comprehensive surveys.

This form of reliability engineering can be effortlessly integrated into any maintenance review schedules and can be tailored to satisfy any insurance requirements. More over, iRed’s unique reporting style not only evaluates each survey, but consistently compares them to previous reports in order to build a timeline of comparative images. In short, it means we provide our clients with a rate of change, showing them predictive results and preventative solutions.

Asset registration can also be provided for the individual reporting and tagging of various items of equipment, which can help predict the onset of component breakdown and equipment failure. Annual inspections are also available as a cost-effective solution to regular condition monitoring, allowing you to check the condition of your electrical equipment with less frequency. For a one-off, comprehensive inspection of electrical units we’d suggest an electrical inspection.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone do a thermal imaging survey?Jack Bloomfield2018-09-26T13:47:53+01:00

No – whilst anyone can pick up a thermal imaging camera, only a qualified engineer will be able to process and interpret the data to a standard in which reliable information can be determined. We’ve had clients that have replaced entire walls and structures based on the misinterpretation of imagery from an unqualified engineer, unnecessarily costing the customer thousands of pounds.

What is thermography?Jack Bloomfield2018-09-26T13:47:46+01:00

Thermography (otherwise known as “Thermal Imaging”) is a specialist technique which uses infrared-sensitive cameras to inspect buildings, electrical equipment, rotating machinery and devices to detect faults or problematic areas, as part of routine maintenance or fault-finding. This non-invasive method allows the identification – both in terms of location and severity – of problems associated with heat loss.

How does thermal imaging work?Jack Bloomfield2018-09-26T13:47:50+01:00

Rather than using a CMOS or CCD detector which records different levels of a range of visible light colours, a thermal imaging camera uses a microbolometer array to accurately measure levels of infrared radiation across a scene. This temperature data is then processed to produce a thermal image (known as “thermogram”), which can then be very precisely quantified or measured.

Are there any requirements for a thermal imaging survey?Jack Bloomfield2018-09-25T11:06:46+01:00

It is recommended that certain conditions are met to ensure any outcomes within our reports are fully accurate and actionable. To ‘see’ heat loss (or gain) at least a 10°C temperature difference between the inside and outside must be achieved for a minimum of 24 hours prior to the survey if occupied, or 72 hours for a ‘dead’ building. If the building has no operational heating system, temporary direct heaters (such as space heaters) may be required. It’s because of this that surveys can often take place very early in the morning or late in the evening.

For a full list of thermographic survey requirements, please click here.

What can I expect from a thermographic survey?Jack Bloomfield2017-01-27T14:37:52+00:00

Upon completetion of a thermographic survey, clients will recieve a precise and detailed report featuring comments and advice from experienced and highly qualified thermographers. We only allow level 2 or above thermographers to produce our reports, ensuring your report is as comprehensive as possible. We’re then available to help, explain and troubleshoot your new thermal data with you as much as you need.

Are you certified/accredited?Jack Bloomfield2017-01-27T14:29:08+00:00

Absolutely! All of our thermographers are level 1/2/3 certified. We are also a CHAS accredited contractor, registered Constructionline supplier, UKTA approved to conduct BREEAM thermographic surveys, BINDT approved training centre and ISO 9001:2008 registered. To see a full list of our accreditations, please click here.

Is thermal imaging dangerous?Jack Bloomfield2017-09-07T15:03:18+01:00

No, it’s totally harmless! Everything gives off infrared radiation, and thermal imaging cameras merely detect this existing radiation (rather than emit anything).

Can thermal imaging cameras see through walls?Jack Bloomfield2017-09-07T15:03:27+01:00

Unfortunately not! Thermal imaging cameras can only detect heat as it radiates off of an object, and as such cannot “see” through solid objects such as brick walls.