Here at Equiptest we don’t only provide PAT testing for our clients. We utilise the latest thermal imaging technology to identify electrical faults before they happen and provide detailed surveys of buildings to highlight any insulation issues. By detecting problems and scheduling repairs before a major failure occurs, productivity, profitability and workplace safety can all be increased. So, what are thermal imaging surveys and how can they help you?
WHAT IS A THERMAL IMAGING SURVEY?
Thermal imaging surveys involves using an infra-red camera to survey electrical components or buildings. Cameras can quickly scan and measure the temperature distribution of entire surfaces. The images the camera produces clearly identifies where heat is being lost from a building, or in the case of electrical components, if a piece of equipment is generating more heat than it should. Electrical parts that are damaged or about to fail produce a higher level of heat than normal.
HOW COULD A THERMAL IMAGING SURVEY HELP ME?
Thermal imaging can help you prevent certain problems with your buildings and equipment.
Electrical surveys – Faults to fuse boards are often found only when they burn out. If this happens you run the risk of fire and disruption to your business processes. A survey will identify problem areas before they fail completely. Prevention is better than cure. We can discover any potential fire risks without you having to power down your equipment.
Building surveys – If you are a managing agent or property developer and have found your heating costs soaring, or you have insulation concerns about your own home, a thermal imaging building survey could help. Our surveys clearly show where a property is losing heat and identifies any energy wastage that can be rectified.
Roof leak surveys – Flat roofs often experience leaks during their life span. We can locate leaks in flat roofs, often allowing you to undertake minor repairs to prevent further damage. This can prevent you from the expense of replacing your whole roof later.
Aerial surveys – Our very high-resolution camera can capture images from the air to allow clients to identify large areas that may require repair. This survey is helpful for clients such as councils, who have large areas of land and buildings to support.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF UNDERTAKING A THERMAL IMAGING SURVEY?
Thermal imaging surveys are a great preventive tool to help you manage any issues before they become critical. For your business a big advantage is that thermal imaging surveys are 100% noninvasive. As the infra-red cameras detect energy on the surface of the subject, the thermographer can maintain a safe distance from the equipment and it can be surveyed whilst still operational. This also means there is no potential damage to equipment as a result of the thermal survey and zero or minimal downtime for your business.
Having regular imaging surveys can save you money in the long run. Thermal imaging can detect faulty components at an early stage. This means you can plan and complete remedial work within your scheduled maintenance. Early detection of issues can stop your systems failing which would result in unexpected downtime for your business.
Early detection of problems also significantly reduces the risk of Occupational Health and Safety issues in the workplace and supports your compliance with Health and Safety Legislation. Resolving problems before they become critical can prevent equipment failure that could lead to personal harm or fire. Using thermal imaging surveys could reduce your insurance premiums, depending on your supplier.
WHY USE EQUIPTEST’S THERMAL IMAGING SERVICE?
We use the latest industry leading cameras and software. All our thermographers are ECA approved to ensure that images are interpreted correctly and thoroughly. Rather than simply providing you with images of “hot spots” we will give you detailed reports and conclusions based on our findings. Our high precision reports clearly identify any problems, allowing you to take immediate action without the need for more invasive explorations that could disrupt your business.
If we undertake your Fixed Installation Testing, thermal imaging surveys are part of our service. If you would like to find out more about our thermal imaging surveys and how we can help you, Contact us.