Infrared thermography is the science of using electronic optical device (infrared imager) to detect and measure radiation and correlating that to surface temperature, and produce images of that radiation, called thermograms. The amount of radiation emitted by an object increases with temperature, therefore, thermography allows one to see variations in temperature. As a result, thermography is particularly useful to military and security personnel. Firefighters use it to see through smoke to find persons, and to localize the base of a fire. Thermographers use it to locate overheating electrical connections and defective bearings, poor insulation, wet sheetrock walls, moisture laden roof material, and more. Even physiological changes in human beings and warm-blooded animals can be detected in pre-clinical and clinical diagnostics.
Infrared thermography has an important function when troubleshooting problems in commercial and industrial operations. Questions about equipment condition come up when obvious signs of change occur, such as noticeable vibration, tripping of circuit breakers, and audible noise. These questions can often be answered by the use of obtaining thermograms for troubleshooting. The primary benefits of infrared thermography are that tests can be performed quickly and without destruction to equipment. Also, since thermal imagers do not require contact, they can be used while the equipment or device is in operation.
The key to success in any business or ownership, is to find potential issues in early stages of failure so to be able to plan maintenance instead of constantly being in “fire-fighting” mode.
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