Take advantage of electrical infrared thermographic surveys to increase uptime productivity and help prevent catastrophic failures.
If you are a facility manager, maintenance manager, or building owner who is responsible for safety, production and or repair of your facility we can help. You cannot afford to do without regular infrared thermographic surveys of your electrical switchers, distribution system and mechanical equipment.
For a consultation call: (743) 368-0170. Serving residential, commercial, industrial and institutional structures.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70B 11.17.5 suggests that every commercial and industrial building in the United States should have an IR survey at least once a year.
Increasingly insurance companies are requiring IR surveys of electrical and mechanical systems for their insured and some companies may even offer discounts if you have the surveys performed.
Electrical IR surveys are fast and cost effective. This is a non-destructive technology, which causes no disruption of service. The data obtained is more precise when the analysis is performed under load. Therefore, no shut down is required.
Knob and Tube wiring was first introduced into residential structures in the 1920’s. It continued to be installed as a wiring system into the mid 1950’s. In 1987 the National Electrical Code addressed the fire hazards associated with insulation coming into contact with Knob and Tube wiring. Additional concerns regarding junctions, splices and unsafe alterations performed by unqualified people prompted further studies and recommendations for safe and cost effective retrofits. Research has demonstrated that as the dwelling ages, the electrically related fire rates increase. For example a home that is 11 – 20 years old, is 3 times less likely to have an electrically related fire compared to problems associated with Knob and Tube wiring. Infrared Thermography can identify hazards due to high resistance and heat generation caused by poor splices and corroded connections.
According to the Franklin Research Institute, “homes built before 1972, and wired with aluminum, are 55 times more likely to have one or more wire connections at outlets reach fire hazard conditions than homes wired in copper.” In the 1960’s, Builders installed aluminum wiring due to a nationwide copper shortage. These aluminum wire circuits included Ranges, Dryers and smaller 15 and 20 ampere branch circuits. Infrared Thermography can identify unseen hazards that exist and target those potentially fatal problems before an fire occurs.