At AEI our goal is to maintain electrical safety and efficiency for our clients via the implementation of a proactive and preventive approach to maintenance.

One of the main components of sustaining an effective preventative maintenance schedule is completing regular thermal imaging tests.

These tests, whilst known to many Maintenance and Property Managers, are rarely understood in full. That’s why we’re focusing on educating our clients and the Australian Electrical Industry on;

  • How thermal imaging works
  • When it should take place
  • The benefits of building it into a preventative maintenance schedule

 

What is Thermal Imaging and How Does it Work?

Thermal imaging or ‘thermography’ uses an infrared camera to detect heat.  We point these infrared cameras over electrical switchboards to show any hot components. These hot components can indicate loose connections, which can cause overloaded circuits, potential fire hazards or unbalanced loads.

 

What are the Benefits of Thermal Imaging Testing?

Detect electrical faults and defects before they occur

By monitoring temperatures and thermal patterns in a preventative maintenance check, we allow for early detection of any possible faults. At AEI we really focus on having a preventative maintenance schedule in place for our clients. Thermal imaging is an integral part of these schedules, as the tests actively reduce risk and ultimately save our clients time and money in the long run by detecting faults before they occur.

Help to lower insurance premiums

It’s undeniable how important these regular checks really are, but did you know that some businesses are required to have thermography tests in order to meet the needs of their insurance company? We recommend you speak with your insurance broker to gain insight on how your premium may be affected or lowered if thermal imaging tests are scheduled.

Test without impacting business downtime

One of the great things about thermography is that it is a non-destructive defect testing technique. This means that the tests do not interfere with power supply and that they can be completed whilst equipment is running at normal capacity. As a result you will not experience any business downtime whilst preventative maintenance checks take place.

Heavily reduce the risk of fire

During thermal imaging tests our team can identify any hot components, which could mean a loose connection. The early identification of these components means that we can prevent circuits from becoming unbalanced or overloaded. We can also prevent the risk of cables melting and arcing and sparking, which can become a fire hazard.

 

How Often Should Thermal Imaging Take Place?

Thermal imaging should be carried out every 12 months at a minimum; however testing should occur more frequently where environmental factors are prevalent.

Want to book a thermal imaging test or find out more? CONTACT US today on 1800 830 550.

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