Thermal imaging Melbourne? OTA Electrical has a long history of professional, ethical and pro-active electrical switchboard thermal imaging & scanning service, has filtered through both the private and corporate sectors generating a reputation of excellence in the community. Our philosophy is to build long-term relationships with our clients and focus on referral and ongoing repeat business.
What we do the other don’t!
When we thermal image equipment we take the image of that piece of equipment.
Not just scan the switchboard and move to the next as some our competitors do.
So your comprehensive report demonstrates all the equipment we image during that visit.
With our system there is no question of what you are spending your budget on.
It amazes me that some of our competitors that I have spoken to do not provide A grade electrocutions to thermal image switchboards.
We provide fully licence A grade electricians that have a minimum of level1 thermographic certificate to thermal your switchboards.
Not only is working within the Australian electrical standards it is the safest procedure.
Also the knowledge of electricians when imaging electrical components is paramount to accurate collating of data.
What is thermal imaging?
Electrical Switchboard Thermoscanning, Thermography, Thermal surveying, Thermal Imagine testing, Infrared Thermography & Inspection scanning are terms that refer to heat detection of (but not limited to) electrical and mechanical equipment .
In electrical switchboards and machinery Thermal Imaging measures the heat of components.
Thermal Imaging uses a non-invasive, non-contact infra-red camera to measure temperatures while your system is running. Our thermographically trained, A-grade electricians analyse the thermal images of your equipment and compare them to temperatures in normal running conditions. Hotspots and faults can be identified immediately, allowing you to make informed decisions about maintenance and repair priorities.
Thermal Imaging is a preventative maintenance process that assists in the reduction of emergency maintenance costs, providing asset protection and life preservation.
Thermal Imaging is an excellent condition monitoring tool used to carry out Non Destructive and non Invasive Testing.
Thermal imaging is undertaken while the equipment is online and running at normal load, you are able to monitor temperatures and thermal patterns allowing for early detection and inspection of possible faults indicated by a rise in temperature.
Thermal Imaging can be used on a wide variety of electrical and mechanical equipment. Thermal faults detected at an early stage can be investigated or repaired as part of your routine maintenance program or as a planned shutdown, thus reducing the risk of unnecessary and costly breakdowns.
Switchboard Thermal Imaging Inspection is an electronic inspection technique which quite literally allows us to see thermal image energy and temperature.
What are the benefits to you?
The major cost benefits of this technology is that there’s no need to shut down for testing, thereby preserving your valuable operating time.
Other benefits are
- Preventing unexpected downtime repairing equipment that can be avoided.
- Reducing the loss of revenue if machinery or electrical equipment fails.
- Reduce risk of personal harm to you, your staff and your customers.
- Reduction in expensive repair costs of faulted and connected equipment.
Why should you Thermal Imaging?
All systems deteriorate with time and use, heat reduces the life of components and unexpected failures can have devastating consequences.
The idea that with this technology you mitigate your risk is reassuring. You’re monitoring of the equipment means you are complying with the OH&S act by providing a safe working environment for your staff and visitors at your workplace.
Who should Thermal Image?
Any business that relies on electrical or motorised systems should have them regularly imaged for faults. Switchboards, electric motors, distribution systems, terminal stations, UPS, data storage and transformers can all be effectively tested with thermal-imaging technology that the equipment is working within operation tolerance.
What happens if you don’t test your electrical equipment?
All electrical equipment is subject to faults and failures, so testing is required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, specifically Section 21:
Duties of employers to employees
(1) An employer must, so far as is reasonably practicable, provide and
maintain for employees of the employer a working environment that is safe and without risks to health.
The only way to ensure your equipment is working safely is to have it tested.
Did you know?
Preventative maintenance, such as thermal imaging, can give you an advantage when negotiating building insurance premiums. Preventative maintenance can actually save you money!
What is the process?
From you prospective it is a very simple system,
1) We notify you via email of a time and date that suits you for the imaging to take place.
2) Our staff arrives at that time and thermal images the equipment
3) Once the images are back at the office we analyse the images and present comprehensive report which we will email in PDF format.
From our prospective behind the scenes,
1) Schedule your site in our web based system with your specific details
- Contact details, management, billing and site
- Location, parking, passes or keys to collect, security requirements
- Prepare JSA job safety analysis and SWMS safe work method statement as required
- Involve our clients in discussion of any hazards and relay these to our staff
- Arrange any induction to be undertaken by our staff before beginning the job
- Assign the appropriate staff for the job
2) Our staff checks they are prepared for your job
- Briefed by management of the site and site specific requirements
- Have the correct equipment that is fully operational
- Have any paperwork required for the site
- Have all PPE required for the site
- Have all the security clearance for the site
- Allow for travel conditions to arrive on time
- Know the site contact details
- Uniform is presentable
- Our staff follows any site protocols require – parking allocation and signing in
- Once at the equipment to be thermographer the equipment is surveyed for any visual issue
- The visual inspection of each switchboard will help determine its condition: ie broken door hinges, excessive heat, build up of dust/dirt, vermin proof, unsafe condition or discoloration of components, condition of legend, clear local access area, etc.
- Identify potential equipment/component failure or irregularities in loading
- Check component integrity
- Determine loading condition of equipment
- The thermal image and a colour photograph is recorded along with notes of location and comments.
- If there are any meditate threat of danger you will be notified by our staff onsite
4) Back at the office
- All data collected and analysed pinpointing the hot spots imaged
- Formatting all data into a concise report for easy understanding and interpreting
- The report and invoice is sent via email with a retest date for the next image
5) Faults – As registered electrical contractors any components that need to be replaced can be complete on the day of the imaging if required or scheduled for a suitable time
Equipment we use
TESTO 885 - Professional IR Camera With Full VideoMetric
- Image quality: IR resolution 320 x 240 pixels
- SuperResolution technology to 640 x 480
- Thermal sensitivty <30mK
- Site recognition | Panorama Image
Voltage installation inspections, high temperature measurements and circuit board analysis on the one hand. Solar panel system inspections, complete building envelope thermography and construction thermography for energy saving advice on the other. The testo 885 thermal imaging camera is excellently equipped for both professional industrial and building thermography.
In designing and developing the testo 885, Testo has succeeded in providing a professional thermal imaging camera that combines an extensive range of functions for industrial and building thermography in just a single ergonomic housing.
IRSoft thermography software enables easy processing and precise analysis of infrared images on a PC. Extensive investigative functions are available for professional thermal image processing. For example, the different emission levels of various materials can be corrected afterwards for image areas, right up to individual pixels. In order to visualise critical temperatures in the image, overshooting and undershooting of limit values along with pixels in a specific temperature range can be highlighted using thermography analysis software. In addition, many measuring points can be set without any limitations, hot and cold spots can be determined and comments can be made on the thermographic applications.
Thermal Imaging Applications
Using infrared Thermography as a diagnostic tool is a condition monitoring technique that measures the radiant heat pattern emitted from a body, such as building structures or plant & equipment. This technique will generally determine the regions or points of increased or reduced heat emissions, which can indicate the presence of a fault.
How often should my equipment be thermal imaged
Infrared Thermography test reports, thermal surveying & Infrared thermal image scanning inspections are usually recommended every 12 months, although more frequent inspections may be required depending on environmental conditions and if a specific component requires monitoring.
What qualifications do you need to thermal image equipment?
All of our thermographers have at least the Level 1 Certified Infrared Thermography Training through
Level 1 Certified Infrared Thermography Training Course is designed for the application of qualitative thermal imaging for Predictive Maintenance, Condition Assessment, Condition Monitoring, Quality Assurance, Forensic Investigations, and Building Sciences.
This certified infrared training covers infrared theory, heat transfer concepts, equipment operation and selection, standards compliance, image analysis and report generation. Students are trained to identify and document thermal patterns caused by improper design, workmanship or material failure. Specific applications include: electrical distribution systems, mechanical systems, steam systems, refractory systems, underground piping, active thermography, building envelopes and flat roofs.
Thermal imaging Melbourne by OTA electrical
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