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Industrial Infrared Thermal Services

In industry, excessive amounts of heat emitted by machinery or electrical components can be a sign of something more serious. Most plants, factories, and businesses have processes in place to protect workers from the potential failure of deteriorating machinery. However, these procedures often are very limited in their effectiveness, because certain anomalies cannot be detected by a visual view alone.

In industrial plants, our Thermographers use cutting-edge thermal imagers to spot a host of potential problems, such as overheating electrical circuits, ducting failure, hot bearings, or dangerous heat levels for chemicals, before they develop into major problems that can cause extensive damage and lead to expensive repairs. For manufacturing companies we use these images to monitor infrastructure for hot spots, air leaks, or water intrusion. Even utility companies can utilize our services to monitor their lines and transformers for preventive maintenance. Because thermography is non-contact and nondestructive, there is no need to interrupt production or plan for costly shutdowns. Our Certified 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 as they are happening, not after it’s too late.

thermal image shows sediment in piping

This thermal image shows sediment in some piping that could eventually lead to damage to the connected equipment.

Thousands of points 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. How valuable would it be to know that a component had a high potential for failure BEFORE it actually failed? At ACE Thermal Imaging we will develop an individual trending program for your facility that will show trend profiles and a “histogram” of specific components. Over time you will be able to see the changes in certain parameters and operating temperatures of machines and circuits. You will even be able to see the changes in specific parts within those machines and circuits. Through multiple scans, this information will help prevent total shutdowns because of undetected premature mechanical deterioration. Typical mechanical systems monitored in a predictive maintenance infrared program include: bearings, motors, pumps, compressors and conveyor idlers.

These are typical equipment target areas for Thermal Imaging:

  • Pinpoint Hot Spots in Mechanical and Electrical Systems
  • Motor Windings, Roll Bearings, Couplings and Gear Boxes
  • Belt Drives and Power Chain Drives
  • Boiler Operations and Steam Systems
  • Utility substations, transformers and feed poles
  • Main Switchboards, Disconnects and Motor control panels
  • Main incoming services, plant main knives, capacitor banks, etc
  • Main distribution panels and main disconnects
  • Generator controls and transfer switches
  • Lighting and receptacle panels
  • Drying Stages in Paper Manufacturing

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Our Certified Thermographers use advanced infrared technology to rapidly and accurately identify hidden problems that waste your energy dollars and threaten the integrity of your facility, as well as the safety of the workplace. 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 color, detailed report of your building’s target areas. This report will show any noted deficiencies and our recommendations for each individual anomaly.

Here are some typical benefits from a Thermal Scan of your facility:

  • Prioritize and document heat loss problems
  • Pinpoint damaged, wet or missing 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 boost profits.

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