Thermographic Testing Services
What is a Thermographic Survey:
A Thermographic Survey is when an Infrared Camera is used to scan over an electrical switchboard or equipment to identify any hot spots or components with an unbalanced load or abnormal surface temperature. These thermographic testing services, also known as infrared thermography or thermal imaging, rely on the principle that all objects emit infrared radiation, which is not visible to the human eye but can be detected and translated into images using specialised thermal cameras
Why are thermographic testing services necessary?
Carrying out a Thermographic Survey of your sites electrical switchboards is essential maintenance that will reduce the risk of catastrophic equipment failure, damage to infrastructure or loss of life before a major fault arises.
Further benefits of thermographic testing are as follows:
➢ Early Detection of Faults: Building thermographic testing can identify potential faults and abnormalities in electrical systems and mechanical equipment. This early detection helps prevent costly downtime, equipment damage, and potential safety hazards.
➢ Enhanced Safety: Electrical thermographic testing can identify hotspots and overloaded circuits in electrical systems, reducing the risk of electrical fires and accidents. Improved safety measures lead to reduced workplace injuries, potential insurance savings, and increased peace of mind for businesses and homeowners.
➢ Improved Energy Efficiency: Thermographic testing can detect insulation gaps and air leaks in buildings, leading to reduced energy wastage and lower utility bills. By identifying energy inefficiencies, businesses and homeowners can make targeted improvements, resulting in long-term energy and cost savings.
➢ Cost-Effectiveness: A regular thermographic inspection can help detect minor issues early on, avoiding expensive repairs or replacements in the future. Proactive maintenance based on thermographic findings can extend the lifespan of equipment and reduce overall maintenance costs.
➢ Environmentally Friendly: Thermographic testing promotes energy efficiency by identifying areas of heat loss, which contributes to a reduced carbon footprint. In Perth, with a growing emphasis on sustainability, thermographic testing supports eco-friendly practices and aligns with the city’s environmental goals.
➢ Optimal Solar Panel Performance: Infrared thermography can detect defective solar cells in photovoltaic systems, ensuring maximum energy production. By identifying and repairing faulty panels, solar system owners can maximise their return on investment and contribute to a cleaner energy future.
➢ Effective Pest Control: Thermographic testing services can also help detect areas of potential pest activity by identifying temperature variations. Targeted pest control based on thermographic findings can reduce the use of harmful chemicals, minimising environmental impacts while efficiently managing pests in agricultural regions.
➢ Compliance and Insurance Requirements: In some industries, thermographic inspections may be required to meet safety and insurance standards. By conducting regular thermographic inspections, businesses can demonstrate compliance, potentially leading to lower insurance premiums and reduced liability risks.
These advantages are supported by real-world applications and have a positive impact on various sectors, making Wacomm’s thermographic testing an essential service for businesses.
Thermographic Surveys are carried out under normal operating conditions to ensure that your electrical systems are tested when your system is under load. This means that Thermographic Testing of electrical equipment is non-intrusive work that will have no disruptions to your business operations.
Within a commercial or industrial environment, many insurance companies now insist on carrying out Thermographic Surveys to ensure that your electrical infrastructure poses no major risks.
If an incident was to occur, and you had not carried out Thermographic Testing on your site, your insurance company may not accept your claim and may also be investigated by WorkSafe WA for not providing a Safe System of work.
Thermography used to be expensive, difficult and primarily used by the military and large industrial facilities. These days, it has become much more affordable and more broadly applied, especially to the electrical infrastructures of commercial properties.
Thermographic Testing Process:
The process of delivering thermographic testing services can be typically broken down into the following key steps:
1. Initial consultation and assessment
2. Planning and scheduling
3. On-site inspection
4. Data collection
5. Image analysis and interpretation
6. Report generation
7. Client communication
8. Follow-up and maintenance planning
9. Compliance and certification (if applicable)
10. Post-service support
Wacomm recommend carrying out a Thermographic Survey of your site on an annual basis as a minimum.
Obiviously the electrical infrastructure of one site may vary quite extensively from the next, therefore sites with a much larger electrical infrastructure, running at higher loads may require more regular testing.
Why choose Wacomm for thermographic testing?
Wacomm employs a team of highly trained and certified thermographers with extensive experience in various industries. By offering a comprehensive range of thermographic testing services clients can rely on a single provider for all their thermographic inspection needs.
Our quick and flexible response ensures minimal disruption to the client’s operations and allows us to address critical issues promptly. Wacomm understands that each client has unique requirements and challenges. We provide personalised solutions, addressing specific concerns and tailoring inspection plans to suit the client’s industry, facility, or property.
By choosing Wacomm’s thermographic testing services, you will benefit from unparalleled expertise, cutting-edge technology, and a client-centric approach, ensuring that your facilities, equipment, and properties are in optimal condition, safe, and energy-efficient. So contact us today!