Purpose of Condition Monitoring
Infrared Thermal Image Scanning is a preventative maintenance process which assists in the reduction of emergency maintenance costs on electrical and mechanical equipment and is an excellent condition monitoring tool used to carry out non destructive testing.
While the equipment is online and running under full load, you are able to monitor temperatures and thermal patterns. It allows for early detection of faults indicated by a rise in temperature.
Your guideline would be the operating temperature limits that most mechanical and electrical equipment allows. Infrared Thermal Imaging can be used on a wide variety of electrical and mechanical equipment unlike most other test methods.
Faults detected at an early stage can be investigated or repaired as part of a routine maintenance. Program or planned outage basis, thus reducing the need for unnecessary shutdowns.
Infrared Thermal Imaging is an electronic technique which quite literally allows us to see thermal energy. Insurance companies and plant maintenance personnel have recognised Infrared Thermal Imaging as one of the most versatile and effective condition monitoring tools available today.
Equipment failure and planning corrective action before costly shutdowns, equipment damage, or personal injury occurs can be predicted by using A1 Infrared Thermal Imaging services.
The Result If You Don't Test or Scan
Occupational Health & Safety
As an employer you have a duty of care to provide a safe workplace for all employees as part of the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Standards. Testing & Tagging your appliances reduces your duty of care as you are minimising the harm of electricity in your environment.
OH&S Chapter 4, Division 8, Clause 64 (1)
- As an employer must ensure that any risk of injury from electricity at a place of work is eliminated or, if elimination is not reasonably practicable, the risk is controlled.
- An employer must ensure that all electrical installations, electrical articles and associated equipment at a place of work are safe to use and are regularly inspected, tested and maintained to ensure they remain safe for use and are repaired or replaced if unsafe.
OH&S Chapter 4, Division 8, Clause 65
Maintenance of Records
Maintenance of Records
- An employer must ensure that a record is made and kept of all inspections and tests made and maintenance carried out on electrical articles and electrical installations required by this Part.
- In particular, the following information is to be recorded:
- The name of the person who made the inspection or carried out the test or maintenance,
- The date on which, or dates over which, the inspection was made or the test or maintenance was carried out,
- The result or outcome of the inspection, test or maintenance,
- The date by which the next inspection and test must be carried out.
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What Are The Benefits of Testing?
There are so many benefits associated with scanning and testing your electrical equipment against faults. Some of these benefits are:
- Increased safety for you, your staff, your customers and your assets
- Reduced Insurance Premiums
- Reduced liability
- Asset data management and tracking systems
- Minor repairs of equipment can be made onsite to minimise downtime
How Often Should You Test?
Where State Risk Assessments and Regulations are not in place, Table 4 of AS3760:2003 should be used as a guide. In NSW, the recently released WorkCover Checklist can be used as an alternative to AS3760.
Click HERE to download the checklist to know how often you should scan.