What is Thermal Imaging?
The term ‘Thermal Imaging’ refers to images of objects in which different amounts of heat in different areas are shown in different colours, which helps to identify areas which are warmer than others. The areas of concern are always warmer, which is then identified through thermal imaging. The electrical defect is therefore identified easily without needing to touch the device or the wiring. There are several cameras which use thermography imaging to help diagnose electrical problems.
How do I use it?
Although the concept is fairly simple, it is not recommended that you use this by yourself. It is always important to have a qualified technician with you when assessing the maintenance of electrical installations.
Some more details
Any equipment that uses heavy volumes of electricity needs to have power of good quality for efficient operation. Power Factor is one of the important elements that determine power quality. It is a measure of how effectively incoming power is used in an electrical system and is defined as the ratio of Real to Apparent power. This is why timely and regular testing of power factor correction is so important. These are some of the important elements that should be tested:
- Electricity load reduction
- Voltage levels
- Harmonic content
- Detailed equipment condition
- Full functional operation
There is no substitute for testing electrical equipment and installations. It not only prevents costly and fatal accidents, but also ensures better efficiency of overall use. As we just discussed, that is not as difficult as it might seem. Thermal imagery or power factor correction unit testing is your answer. You need to employ the right experts who have adequate experience and capability. Industrial and commercial safety is imperative. The sooner you take steps to secure your installations and safety, the better you’ll be.