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By far, the most popular and widely used application of infrared thermography is electrical switchgear testing. No other commercial application has achieved the level of interest than that of electrical infrared thermography. Daily, the electrical switchgear in thousands of buildings are checked by thermographers all over the country. Electrical Infrared is now an integral part of any facility manager's preventative/predictive maintenance (P/PM) program.

Electrical IR Basics

Infrared thermography is used to perform P/PM inspections on electrical equipment because excess resistance on electrical apparatus indicates electrical faults such as loose connections, overloaded or imbalanced circuits, faulty breakers, damaged switches, faulty fuses and a wide range of other unwanted electrical conditions. Before an electrical component burns up, it heats up. Thermography is used to see the excess heat (resistance) so that problems can be found and maintenance personnel can act to correct the problem before the component fails, causing damage to the component, safety hazards and/or production downtime.

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Progress Energy P640 PMH4 Typical Clients (in order)
  • Facility Engineers
  • Facility Managers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Building Owners
  • Property Managers
  • Electrical Contractors

Facilities Types (in order)

  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Institutional

Partial Reference List of SITS Clients whose names you will recognize

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Bank of America
  • BE Aerospace
  • Bechtel Nevada
  • Becton Dickenson
  • BFI Waste Systems
  • Black & Decker
  • Borden Chemical
  • Bridgestone-Firestone
  • Brown & Williams Tobacco
  • Brown University
  • Burlington Industries
  • Busch Entertainment
  • CB Richard Ellis
  • CIBA Specialty Chemicals
  • Cisco Systems
  • ConAgra
  • Continental General Tire
  • Defense Information Agency
  • Defense Logistics Agency
  • Duke University
  • ER Squibb & Sons
  • EMC Corporation
  • Eveready Battery Company
  • Fleischmann's Yeast
  • Ford Motor Company
  • GAF Materials
  • Gates Rubber Company
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Glaxo-Smith-Kline
  • Goodyear Tire Company
  • Harley-Davidson
  • Hatteras Yachts
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • International Paper
  • Kelly-Springfield Tire Company
  • K-mart Corporation
  • Kohl's
  • Konika Manufacturing, USA
  • Liebert Global Systems
  • Litton Poly-Scientific
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Louisiana-Pacific
  • Lowes Corporation
  • Lucent Technologies
  • MCI Worldcom
  • Michelin Aircraft Tires
  • Mount Olive Pickle Company
  • NASA
  • National Institute of Stdr & Tech.
  • Nortel Networks
  • Oxford Press
  • Parker Hannifin Powertrain
  • Perdue Farms
  • PYA Monarch
  • Quad Graphics
  • Sara Lee Corporation
  • SC Johnson
  • Sheraton Hotels
  • Smithfield Foods
  • Soil and Materials Engineers
  • Sumitomo Electric Corp.
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Townsend Foods
  • Trammel Crow Company
  • Trizec Properties
  • Tyson Foods
  • United States Postal Service
  • US Army
  • US Army Corp of Engineers
  • US EPA
  • US Foods
  • US Marine Corps
  • US Navy
  • Wachovia Bank
  • Walgreens
  • Wal-Mart Stores