Mercury Climatic – Guide to Thermal Imaging
Electrical and Mechanical equipment are the backbone of every business and regular maintenance programme are crucial to the efficient, economic and safe operation of these systems. Any unplanned downtime can have serious consequences.
One of the major indicators of impending failure of both electrical and mechanical equipment is heat. Being able to measure the heat of components allows the equipment to be surveyed while fully operational.
Thermal imaging (thermography) achieves this by measuring the radiation emitted by an object and converting this measurement into a radiometric image. It is from this image that the temperature of the object can be calculated and analysed. By comparing the measured temperature (and taking into account other factors such as ambient temperature and emissivity) to the manufacturers recommended operational temperature an assessment of the equipment condition can be made.
By conducting regular thermal imaging surveys of critical electrical and mechanical systems while they are at normal working capacity a full overview of the equipment condition can be taken without any disruption to business processes. More importantly as thermal imaging is a non-intrusive procedure, these surveys can be carried out SAFELY.
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