The purpose of a thermal scan is to determine whether there are apparent electrical problems in the service as well as to assess the condition of the equipment as it relates to efficient and safe thermal performance.
Findings of a thermal scan can reveal thermal anomalies (electrical faults) in the electrical service to the building. This information can help determine appropriate recommendations for repairs which can prevent premature failure of equipment leading to costly repairs in the long term. Additionally, the potential for sudden failure and fire hazards can be minimized by identifying and correcting potential problems.
Description Of Thermal Imaging System
Thermal images are revealed by way of an infrared thermal imaging system camera. The infrared camera and display system shows differences in the temperature of various objects via an LCD screen (similar to a standard digital camera).
In general, when an anomaly in the electrical service is discovered, it appears brighter than its immediate surroundings i.e. a "hot spot" as compared to ambient temperatures. These "hot spots" are measured for temperature (with an infrared thermometer) and current flow (load) (with a conventional amp meter) to confirm compliance with performance ratings and operating temperatures. Based on this information, the anomalies are then assigned a Priority rating indicative of their degree of severity
Scope Of Work
The scope of work involved in performing a thermal scan includes performing a general review of the existing conditions of various electrical main and sub panels located throughout the building as well as their associated components. As part of this review we will be looking for evidence of wear, hot spots and burn spots. Additionally we will tighten all wire/cable contact points within the electrical panels - contactors, splices and at breaker contact points were necessary, as well as cleaning the inside of all equipment with compressed air prior to performing the thermal scan. This procedure helps provide a more accurate indication of problem areas which may exist.
Our thermal scan involves taking thermal pictures of all components noted above. The scan will be performed by a licensed, certified Thermographer. Where a concern is detected, anomalies are recorded on digital disk and captured on hard copy prints. Corresponding conventional photographs of the anomalies are taken with a digital automatic camera.
Colour photographs and thermal images are included in the report which will depict any thermal anomalies revealed during our infrared scan. Each item of concern is discussed including the items prioritization and recommended repairs, if any.
During the thermal scan operations, intermittent power outages may be required which we will schedule to your convenience. Additionally, upon undertaking repairs as may be required, shut-down of the various equipment will likely be required in order to undertake the recommended repairs. If there are any questions or concerns regarding this or any other matter please feel free to contact the undersigned at your earliest convenience.
If there are any questions or concerns regarding this or any other matter please feel free to contact us at (905) 814-1881 your earliest convenience.