Spot Electrical and Mechanical Issues with Infrared Thermal Imaging (ITI)

ITI Electrical-Mechanical surveys are saving millions of dollars for property owners and facility engineers. Capital Infrared specializes in conducting infrared surveys that can substantially reduce your operating, testing and maintenance costs and improve your overall profitability by:

  • Quickly pinpointing problems
  • Reducing downtime and equipment damage
  • Establishing repair costs
  • Improving maintenance efficiency
  • Preventing catastrophic failures

Excess Heat = Trouble Ahead

Excess heat means trouble for electrical systems. High temperatures can indicate several major problems with electrical equipment, including excessive electrical resistance, failing components, ground faults, or short circuits. Finding these problems and failures may prevent costly repairs or even catastrophic failures. Visual and manual inspections are not sufficient for detecting these problems, but infrared technology is an accurate and cost-effective way to quickly locate the underlying problems.

Professional Thermography: Fast, Accurate Detection

Capital Infrared uses cutting-edge infrared technology to detect problems that can compromise the safety and reliability or your electrical systems. Our Certified Thermographers can quickly pinpoint any issues and develop a comprehensive report of any thermal stresses in your operating equipment.

Any inspection using Infrared Thermography can be conducted during your normal operations; there is no interruption necessary. The inspection is best conducted during normal workloads and operating conditions, so production can carry on normally while any problems are detected. Our survey can identify in “real time” any emerging problems that may exist.

Pinpoint Hot Spots in Electrical Systems

  • Reduce down time and increase profits
  • Substantially reduce unscheduled outages and losses
  • Reduce electrical energy costs by increasing energy efficiency
  • Proactive, predictive approach avoids unscheduled maintenance
  • Reduce labor costs by targeting problems

Pinpoint Hot Spots in Rotating Equipment

  • Identify overheating motors, bearings, couplings, shafts, belts, U-joints, etc.
  • Target problems due to misalignment, overloaded, poor lubrication
  • Substantially reduce risk of catastrophic equipment failure
  • Proactive, predictive approach avoids unscheduled maintenance
  • Cut costs and improve profits by reducing down time

Identify Problems Before They Become Disasters

Recommended by ANSI/NFPA 70B Electrical Equipment Maintenance Standard and most insurance companies, annual infrared surveys can identify potential problems before an accident or failure occurs, avoiding costly unscheduled downtime and business interruption.

When included as part of a planned maintenance program from Capital Infrared, it allows you to identify and deal with emerging problems early enough for maintenance to be preformed, reducing emergency repair and maintenance costs, improving overall system reliability and extending the life of equipment.

Recent technical manuals published by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) prominently recommend the use of infrared inspection in the testing and maintenance of electrical systems and components.

Every year in the United States, faulty electrical/lighting equipment causes more than 45,000 structural fires. On average, these fires kill 240 people, injure 1,200, and inflict more than $1 billion in direct property damage. Infrared testing has become the most widely recommended method for detecting these critical electrical faults before they cause catastrophic fires.

What the experts have to say…

National Fire Protection Association: NFPA 70B – Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance, 2002 Edition

“Routine infrared inspections of energized electrical systems should be performed annually…” – 20.17.5

“Infrared inspections of electrical systems are beneficial to reduce the number of costly and catastrophic equipment failures and unscheduled plant shutdowns.” – 20.17.1

“Infrared inspections have uncovered a multitude of potentially dangerous situations. Proper diagnosis and remedial action of these situations have also helped to prevent numerous major losses.” –

“Infrared detection can be accurate, reliable, and expedient to use in a variety of electrical installations. More important, it can be relatively inexpensive to use considering the savings often realized by preventing equipment damage and business interruptions.” –

“Many organizations are finding it preferable to obtain these surveys from qualified outside contractors. Because of their more extensive experience, their findings and recommendations are likely to be more accurate, practical, and economical than those of a part-time in-house team.” – 20.17.3