WHY INFRARED THERMOGRAPHY AND OTHER COMMERCIAL BUILDING SERVICES MATTER
Safety is a constant concern for any business that requires its workers to interact with equipment. It makes ensuring that your machinery is in perfect working order essential, although this is tricky. While there are obvious signs that equipment may be failing such as smoke or overheating, machinery often gives no warning before it breaks. When this happens, infrared thermography – as part of a commercial building inspection – can detect problems before expensive repairs are needed or anyone is injured or, in the worst-case scenario – killed.
WHAT IS INFRARED THERMOGRAPHY?
Most objects exude infrared energy, which is invisible to the human eye but can be detected by sensors in infrared thermography cameras. These cameras will display the temperatures detected as a colour palette ranging from green (normal) to red (abnormal). A raised temperature is a common indicator that a machine is encountering difficulties caused by overheating, overloading, friction, resistance, blockages or damaged insulation.
Thermography is also used after welding to ensure that a seal is airtight or to see check that parts of a machine that should not heat up are staying cool. The solution could be a minor one (more lubrication needed) or major (a part that needs to be replaced).
HOW WILL YOUR WORKPLACE BENEFIT FROM INFRARED THERMOGRAPHY?
When you invest thousands in equipment, you can’t afford breakdowns or for your machine to burn out. To get a good idea of your equipment’s health, you can have a thermal map made of it when it's functioning correctly so that when there is a problem, the two images can be compared. This helps when planning maintenance outages so that as little disruption as possible occurs.
Infrared thermography is a useful safety tool in the workplace as you can troubleshoot problems from a distance, which is helpful when machinery is in the way, or it is too dangerous to get too close. Using proactive measures to help identify potential risks prevents hazardous situations from developing.If you think your business could benefit from infrared thermography, contact Briton Detection and Inspection today. We also offer commercial building inspections that can integrate electrical thermal imaging and can use CCTV to inspect any tanks, structures, drains, pipes and cavities. We can also detect underground leaks, cavities, voids and perform other essential underground services you might need.