As the operator or owner of a small-industrial company, you know that unplanned stoppages in operations due to equipment failure can be costly to your business – especially if you’re operating on a tight budget to begin with.

The good news is that with proper maintenance checks and repairs, equipment problems can be contained before disturbing the flow of production and affecting your bottom line. A great way to identify damaged, malfunctioning or inefficient equipment is through the use of infrared imagery. Read on!

Measure and monitor heat distribution

Infrared imagery is a non-destructive and non-invasive means of monitoring machines and processes, which allow you to make informed, data based maintenance decisions. Thermal infrared cameras measure the heat radiated by an object and, when applied to various systems, allow you to monitor changes in equipment, check for weak spots and identify areas where energy-saving improvements can be made.

Industrial energy savings

The benefits of conducting an infrared inspection include reducing cooling and heating costs; improving safety in the workplace; and maintaining profitability by preventing unplanned stoppages in operations because of equipment failure.

Since machinery has a tendency to overheat before failing, when used as a diagnostic tool in a manufacturing environment, infrared cameras can reveal equipment performance problems before units cease to operate. This means that your company won’t lose production time and can plan ahead for any required maintenance and repairs. Your company will also enjoy reduced energy costs once all equipment is up and running at optimal performance, maintaining efficient operating levels all year round.

The industrial applications of infrared imagery

While infrared technology is used primary to detect heat distribution, it can also be used to detect moisture and water penetration throughout your facility. Within an industrial setting, there are a number of applications for infrared imagery including the detection of:

  • Overheating in rotating equipment such as bearings, belts, motors, gear boxes, electrical connections and breakers
  • Blocks or leaks in heating/cooling pipes, water/stream leaks, tank levels, flat roofs, radiant floor heating, and windows
  • Missing, damaged or wet insulation
  • Weak spots in kilns, boilers and ovens
  • Loose/corroded connections, overloaded circuits and faulty equipment in electrical systems

Today, many insurance companies demand infrared inspections prior to renewing existing policies, and will offer lower premium for those who have undergone periodic inspections by companies like Enbridge Gas Distribution. Consider hiring an industrial contractor to conduct a full assessment and see how your company can start saving for the future, today.

Interested in increased energy savings? Read more about great energy rebates and incentives for your small-industrial business.

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