Electrical Thermal Imaging: Frequently Asked Questions

Electrical thermal imaging is a powerful tool for identifying potential issues with electrical systems and equipment. However, many potential customers who are not familiar with the technology may have some questions and concerns. We’ll address some of the most frequently asked questions about electrical thermal imaging to help you make an informed decision about whether it’s the right choice for your needs.

How Accurate Is Electrical Thermal Imaging?

If the material’s emissivity is reasonably high or the imager’s emissivity level is adjusted close to the material’s emissivity, thermal imaging can very accurately determine the surface temperature. With the aid of infrared thermography, even the smallest temperature variations can be detected. However, it’s important to consider that accuracy can be affected by factors like:

  • Distance
  • Surrounding environment
  • Skill of the operator

Is Thermal Imaging Safe For My Equipment?

Yes, thermal imaging is a non-invasive and non-destructive technology that can detect and show the heat emitted by objects and surfaces. It uses special sensors to convert the heat energy into electrical signals, creating images that represent temperature distribution. By detecting heat signatures, infrared thermography helps identify potential issues and hidden problems, making it an important tool in various industries.

How Often Should I Schedule Thermal Imaging Inspections?

The frequency of thermal imaging inspections will depend on the specific needs of your facility and equipment. It’s generally recommended to schedule inspections at least once a year, but more frequent inspections may be necessary for high-risk equipment or facilities.

What Types Of Issues Can Thermal Imaging Detect?

An infrared thermography inspection can detect a wide range of potential issues, including:

  • Faulty connections
  • Overloaded circuits
  • Damaged components
  • Hotspots on electrical equipment.

Does Thermal Imaging Require Special Training?

Yes, operators of thermal imaging equipment require specialized training to ensure accurate and safe use of the technology. It’s important to choose a service provider with trained and certified operators to ensure the best results.

The Power Of Infrared Thermography

Infrared thermography is a powerful tool for identifying potential issues with electrical systems and equipment. While it may require an investment in terms of cost and training, the potential benefits in terms of safety, cost savings, and equipment lifespan can be significant. 

By choosing a reputable and experienced service provider, like Moore’s Electrical & Mechanical, you can ensure the best results and peace of mind. 

Thermal imaging can see the unseen and prevent the unexpected. Contact us today!