Thermal imaging is the fastest growing predictive maintenance technology on the market today. Thermal imaging cameras are great tools for predictive maintenance inspections, and are increasingly being used in industrial environments. Thermal imaging is simply the only technology that allows you to immediately ‘see’ what’s wrong.
Why Thermal Imaging When It Comes to Predictive Maintenance?
In short- predictive maintenance inspections, using thermal imaging technology, save you money.
Facility Managers regularly perform inspections, so as to detect faults as they develop. This way repairs can be planned accordingly, allowing companies to fix issues before they disrupt the production process. Without predictive maintenance inspections, companies are forced to use a method called preventive maintenance. Preventative maintenance requires that every piece of equipment is replaced in regular intervals to prevent breakdowns. In many cases pieces of equipment are replaced long before they should be, to be on the safe side.
By performing predictive maintenance inspections using thermal imaging technology, facilities managers can accurately determine whether a piece of equipment needs to be replaced or not. This is highly beneficial, as the continuity of production is guaranteed without unnecessary equipment replacement and also leads to substantial savings.
Advantages of Predictive Maintenance using Thermal Imaging
The main advantage of thermal imaging is that you can locate mechanical and electrical problems quickly and accurately. With thermal imaging you will be able to immediately see which component is causing the problem.
Thermal imaging cameras also allow swift inspections. For example: When inspecting an electrical cabinet with thirty fuses, you do not have to check each individual fuse to find out which one is going to fail first. By simply viewing the detailed thermal image, the faulty fuses are immediately detectable.
The Importance of Thermal Imaging Training
Because thermal imaging technology is visible and intuitive, it has a gentle learning for new employees. However, it is of great importance that you know what you’re doing. There are many factors to take into consideration, such as accurately correcting for emissivity and reflection. Receiving thermal imaging training equips you with the knowledge on all variables and technical information, which in turn enables you to interpret the thermal images and draw the right conclusions when performing predictive maintenance.
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