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The use of thermal imaging surveys within industry, to aid maintenance regimes and assurance of uptime doing peak times, thermal imaging a panacea for electrical PM's.

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  1. 1. 12 The use of thermal imaging technology is fast becoming the norm across many industries to aid preventative maintenance (PM) requirements. The technology is safe, non-invasive and surveys cost- effective. Permitting the identification of electrical and mechanical thermal deficiencies without plant intervention, to maintain uptime. A competent technician certified to operate an infrared imaging camera can precisely pinpoint components deviating from a baseline and plan PM needs to either monitor or replace to mitigate the risk of service failure. This is where Geo Therm Ltd inspection services excels, providing business owners and stakeholders with its global service experience and MO excellence developed over 20 years. Infrared energy is invisible to the human eye unless a component is incandescent. The technology does not reply on external illumination, rather it detects infrared energy emitted from warm components, such “hot spots” in wiring are Reduce the risk of equipment fires & downtime thermal imaging a worthy panacea for electrical PM’s. caused by high-resistance due to poorly connected cabling, loose terminations and overloads, which if undetected can lead to extreme overheating, system failure or fire. On average 16,000 commercial fires occur every year in the UK, approximately one third is attributed to electrical distribution system failures. Utilising thermal imaging provides real-time, non-contact temperature measurement to capture the early signs of heat generation. The technology is very effective and complements existing fire risk avoidance measures for commercial properties, factories, marine assets, and offshore platforms, (see our main advert opposite page on 13). Thermal systems can further help legal compliance requirements related to the Electricity at Work regulations. By complementing the electrical periodic tests and inspections regimes. Likewise, surveys and condition reports satisfy insurance prerequisites and technical notifications. However, before you race off to procure the latest thermal imaging device. Take in consideration initial equipment start-up costs, specialist PPE, and annual calibration OPEX. Notwithstanding the personnel training requirements and ongoing competency validation. A rather daunting and cost prohibitive exercise, when other more cost- effective options exist. All too often our thermographers see >£8-16K mid-range non- calibrated or broken imagers collecting dust on client shelving, or no on-site technician qualified or competent to use it. Often this is attributed to an initial company maintenance initiative, that did not fully understand the process controls and independent supporting documentation requirements. In contrast, the real panacea is hiring a specialised 3rd party service provider to kick-start the thermal program, thereafter, used to shepherd the program by drawing upon its expertise underpinned by an annual inspection service agreement. Utilising the services of a 3rd party provider like Geo Therm Ltd has other long-term benefits. Inspection routes become more efficient, itinerary lists are regularly updated and equipment thoroughly inspected. Moreover, services are impartial, over the inexperience, bias, and time constraints of the workplace operative. Furthermore, the duty manager knows the exact cost per visit so can forecast future maintenance finances and expenditure. In short, the use of Geo Therm Ltd’s specialist services enables stakeholders that one stop-shop to a cost effective, professionally planned inspection that asset manager’s value, and auditors and insurance companies recognise.

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The use of thermal imaging surveys within industry, to aid maintenance regimes and assurance of uptime doing peak times, thermal imaging a panacea for electrical PM's.

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  1. 1. 12 The use of thermal imaging technology is fast becoming the norm across many industries to aid preventative maintenance (PM) requirements. The technology is safe, non-invasive and surveys cost- effective. Permitting the identification of electrical and mechanical thermal deficiencies without plant intervention, to maintain uptime. A competent technician certified to operate an infrared imaging camera can precisely pinpoint components deviating from a baseline and plan PM needs to either monitor or replace to mitigate the risk of service failure. This is where Geo Therm Ltd inspection services excels, providing business owners and stakeholders with its global service experience and MO excellence developed over 20 years. Infrared energy is invisible to the human eye unless a component is incandescent. The technology does not reply on external illumination, rather it detects infrared energy emitted from warm components, such “hot spots” in wiring are Reduce the risk of equipment fires & downtime thermal imaging a worthy panacea for electrical PM’s. caused by high-resistance due to poorly connected cabling, loose terminations and overloads, which if undetected can lead to extreme overheating, system failure or fire. On average 16,000 commercial fires occur every year in the UK, approximately one third is attributed to electrical distribution system failures. Utilising thermal imaging provides real-time, non-contact temperature measurement to capture the early signs of heat generation. The technology is very effective and complements existing fire risk avoidance measures for commercial properties, factories, marine assets, and offshore platforms, (see our main advert opposite page on 13). Thermal systems can further help legal compliance requirements related to the Electricity at Work regulations. By complementing the electrical periodic tests and inspections regimes. Likewise, surveys and condition reports satisfy insurance prerequisites and technical notifications. However, before you race off to procure the latest thermal imaging device. Take in consideration initial equipment start-up costs, specialist PPE, and annual calibration OPEX. Notwithstanding the personnel training requirements and ongoing competency validation. A rather daunting and cost prohibitive exercise, when other more cost- effective options exist. All too often our thermographers see >£8-16K mid-range non- calibrated or broken imagers collecting dust on client shelving, or no on-site technician qualified or competent to use it. Often this is attributed to an initial company maintenance initiative, that did not fully understand the process controls and independent supporting documentation requirements. In contrast, the real panacea is hiring a specialised 3rd party service provider to kick-start the thermal program, thereafter, used to shepherd the program by drawing upon its expertise underpinned by an annual inspection service agreement. Utilising the services of a 3rd party provider like Geo Therm Ltd has other long-term benefits. Inspection routes become more efficient, itinerary lists are regularly updated and equipment thoroughly inspected. Moreover, services are impartial, over the inexperience, bias, and time constraints of the workplace operative. Furthermore, the duty manager knows the exact cost per visit so can forecast future maintenance finances and expenditure. In short, the use of Geo Therm Ltd’s specialist services enables stakeholders that one stop-shop to a cost effective, professionally planned inspection that asset manager’s value, and auditors and insurance companies recognise.

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