In any working environment there is a constant requirement to adequately and routinely assess electrical performance.
Electrical thermography can be used as a non-invasive tool for routine maintenance, inspecting inaccessible areas or simply to fulfill insurance requirements. Consequently, this allows for the early detection of faults and issues that could otherwise present risks to health and the environment. Reduction or failure within electrical infrastructures can have far reaching consequences creating unnecessary downtime and long term financial impact. Avoiding such eventualities can be easily managed when operating a consistent approach to routine inspection.
The iRed electrical thermography approach is discreet and methodical undertaken during normal working conditions. The resulting report highlights actual rather than perceived areas where an immediate or longer term maintenance plan should be implemented. This level of detail offers the opportunity for more effective management and control of resources, scheduling and expenditure.
For those needing a more consistent and frequent inspection strategy, please view our Condition Monitoring page.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, it’s totally harmless! Everything gives off infrared radiation, and thermal imaging cameras merely detect this existing radiation (rather than emit anything).