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Commercial Infrared Thermal Scans

A visual audit by ACE Thermal Imaging is a valuable tool in the preventive maintenance of electrical, mechanical and structural systems. Thermal Imaging can detect problems, prevent unscheduled downtime, guide needed corrective action and increase the safety of these systems.

Thermography, also called thermal imaging, is the production of non-contact infrared or “heat” pictures from which temperature measurements can be made. Handheld or fix-mounted infrared cameras scan equipment or structures, then instantly convert the thermal images to pictures for monitoring or quantitative temperature analysis. By detecting anomalies mostly invisible to the naked eye, thermal imaging gives you the information you need to take corrective action before a costly system failure occurs.

Our Certified Thermographers use cutting-edge infrared technology to rapidly and accurately identify hidden problems that waste your energy dollars and threaten the integrity of your facility. Typically, data collection can be completed in just one or two days without disrupting your operations. After our on-site audit has been completed we will provide you with a full color comprehensive report of your building’s target areas. This report will show any deficiencies and provide our recommendations for each individual anomaly.

thermal image shows sediment in piping

In this example, we scanned an HVAC unit and the color banding indicates that the compressor is not functioning properly and needs repair.

For example, for mechanical, electrical and structural systems, ACE Thermal Imaging can:

  • pinpoint hot spots in electrical and mechanical systems
  • detect wall or roof air leaks or moisture intrusion
  • reduce production downtime (which may increase profits)
  • substantially reduce unscheduled outages and losses
  • uncover areas of missing or insufficient insulation
  • reduce electrical energy costs by increasing energy efficiency
  • create a proactive, predictive approach for equipment maintenance
  • increase efficiency in electrical maintenance programs

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Electrical Systems

Infrared thermography is very commonly used to perform predictive maintenance inspections on electrical equipment. Visual inspection alone will not show excess resistance on an electrical apparatus. However, our technology can indicate electrical faults such as loose connections, overloaded or imbalanced circuits, faulty breakers, damaged switches, flawed fuses and a wide range of other unwanted electrical conditions. Below is a list of electrical distribution equipment that can be scanned by ACE Thermal Imaging:

  • Utility substations, transformers and feed poles
  • Main incoming services, plant main knives, capacitor banks, etc...
  • Main switchboards and disconnects
  • Main distribution panels and main disconnects
  • Uninterruptible power supplies
  • Generator controls and transfer switches
  • Main I-Line panels
  • Lighting and receptacle panels
  • Disconnects and combination starters
  • Service disconnects for motors
  • Machine control panels

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Mechanical Systems

Excessive heat in mechanical systems is a sign of impending trouble. High temperatures can indicate intense electrical resistance, worn components, lubrication failure, or other common problems that can lead to expensive or even catastrophic failures. Trying to find these initial signs of failures with visual and manual inspections is a costly, time-consuming process that may not locate the underlying problems.

Using cutting-edge infrared detection technology, our Certified Thermographers rapidly and accurately pinpoint the thermal anomalies that threaten the safety and reliability of your mechanical equipment and building systems.

Thousands of areas of interest can be inspected in a single day. In a matter of hours our infrared tests can develop a complete catalog of the hidden thermal stresses in your operating equipment. Our technology can create a baseline image as well as periodic images to create a historical document of individual mechanical items over a given time span. [As well as the ability to historically document individual mechanical items over a given time span.] Through multiple scans this information can assist in preventing total shutdowns because of undetected premature mechanical deterioration.

Because thermography is non-contact and nondestructive, there is no need to interrupt production or plan for costly shutdowns. Our thermographers inspect your equipment under normal loads and operating conditions, so you don’t have to disrupt your service and production schedules. By testing the operation of your systems in ‘real time’ our inspections can help you understand the practical impacts of emerging component problems.

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Structural Systems

ACE Thermal Imaging uses thermal scanning to “see” inside walls and roof panels to detect the presence of moisture and energy loss -- two major implications for structural damage in commercial properties. We also can image masonry walls to verify proper reinforcement and grouting as well as other similar checks for properly completed construction.

Moisture Detection
Moisture trapped in walls, floors, and roofs of buildings can destroy structural integrity and nurture mold. The first step in moisture intrusion remediation is to quickly and accurately locate and remove all sources of moisture. Water leaks are the leading cause of roof damage. It ruins insulation, causes corrosion, weakens metal decks and other building components, encourages mold growth, and can even lead to structural failure. But thanks to infrared Thermal Scans, there is now a fast, effective way to locate water accumulation and damage on any roof - even when that damage is not visible to the eye. Infrared Thermography instantly shows what is wet and what is dry. Using this technology, ACE Thermal Imaging can help find the original source with little or no physical disassembly of the premises and minimal disturbance of inhabitants.

Energy Loss
Thermal Imaging is one method to determine structural problems in a commercial building. Heating and cooling losses from buildings are accelerated by structural problems, poor construction practices, missing or inadequate insulation, moisture infiltration and air leakage. Escaping heat creates a thermal signature that can be detected with infrared thermography. Building envelope analysis pinpoints underlying problems in the overall structure. We use this data to produce a comprehensive report to provide the building owner with detailed information about the locations, causes and extent of problems in the building envelope. An ACE Thermal Scan analysis is the only proven, nondestructive and complete method for troubleshooting building heat loss and moisture problems. Building owners use Thermal Scan testing to save millions of dollars every year by reducing energy costs, minimizing structural damage, and enhancing occupant comfort and health. An Infrared heat loss survey can help you:

  • Prioritize and document heating or cooling loss problems
  • Pinpoint damaged or wet insulation
  • Reduce heating and cooling costs
  • Identify sources of air and water infiltration
  • Detect conditions likely to support growth of mold and mildew
  • Increase energy efficiency and profits

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