Too much heat can cause serious problems in your equipment. As a general rule of thumb, if a part is too hot to touch then it’s probably going to break at some point. Clearly maintenance personnel cannot check temperatures by touch and even then the faulty part generating excess heat could be hidden from view or inaccessible without shutting down equipment.
Heat is an excellent way of determining the health of your equipment. Heat fluctuations not visible to the naked eye could be a sign of component fatigue or electrical problems that could in turn lead into a catastrophic failure. The detection of excess heat is almost impossible during regular sight maintenance tests even when equipment has been taken out for service, defective parts will cool and may not show any issue until it breaks leading to unplanned equipment outage and loss of output.
With the latest heat detection techniques, abnormal heat variations are now easier to spot than ever before with the use of non-invasive, non-destructible testing techniques. Thermal testing is conducted during operation meaning that your regular maintenance check can be done without even taking equipment offline, allowing for checks to be done more regularly if required.
Thermal imaging provides an instant real-time solution to your regular maintenance check ups, helping to diagnose potential issues before it’s too late. With testing conducted whilst in operation, there is no downtime until an issue presents itself either when using thermal imaging or one of your other condition monitoring techniques.