San Jose, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) May 19, 2011
BASS Electric, a San Francisco commerical electrical contractor, is now helping companies predict and prevent electrical distribution system failures through ExerTherm infrared thermal monitoring equipment made by QHi Group. This type of predictive maintenance involves the installation of small non-contact infrared sensors inside switchgear enclosures to provide continuous monitoring of key components.
The ExerTherm product offers 24 X 7 infrared thermal monitoring of critical facilities so potential issues are found and addressed proactively,” said Jennifer Trevino, COO at BASS Electric. Using this product can mitigate arc faults and costly damage to equipment.
Virtually all key plant can be monitored on the same system, using contact, air, or infrared sensors. Typical key plant include pumps, motors, bearings, gearboxes steam traps, and air / refrigeration systems. Any critical equipment or components that increases or decreases in heat as a symptom of fault or malfunction should be thermally monitored.
Non-contact infrared thermal monitoring systems represent a unique technological approach for monitoring and controlling process temperatures. These systems combine fiber optics or line-of-sight optics with advanced electronic technology to enable continuous monitoring infrared radiation / temperature in real time and without physically contacting the target material. The result is a highly reliable system that offers outstanding accuracy and repeatability with high response speed.
Infrared thermography involves radiation being is detected and measured with infrared imagers (radiometers). The imagers contain an infrared detector that converts the emitting radiation into electrical signals that are displayed on a color or black and white computer display monitor.
IR thermographic equipment looks for hot spots in electrical equipment, which points to high resistance areas in electrical circuits. These hot spots are usually measured in the range of 40