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Low and Medium Voltage Infrared Surveys

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Infrared Predictive Maintenance (P/PM) Explained

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. By far, the most popular and widely used application of infrared thermography is electrical testing. Our thermographers inspect electrical switchgear in buildings all over the country. Electrical Infrared is now an integral part of any facility manager's maintenance program. Electrical and mechanical inspections assist with avoiding costly and unnecessary downtime, lost production, unnecessary repairs, and dangerous catastrophic failures.

If you are involved in managing safety, maintenance, or production at your facility, you should be aware that regular infrared (IR) thermographic surveys of your electrical switchgear, distribution system and mechanical equipment are suggested by (NFPA) 70B §11.17.5 for industrial and commercial buildings on a routine basis. Increasingly, insurance companies are requiring IR surveys of electrical and mechanical systems before writing or renewing policies.

Advantages of using ElectricSCAN:none

  • Reduce Downtime
  • Comply with Electric Codes
  • Increase Equipment Life
  • Lower Risks
  • Lower Repair Costs
  • Increase profits
  • Save on Insurance
  • Prevent Catastrophic Failures
  • Save Lives!

What Low and Medium Voltage Equipment Should Be Checked?

  •  Utility substations, transformers and feed poles
  •  Main incoming services, plant main knives
  •  Main switchboards and disconnects
  •  Main distribution panels and main disconnects
  •  Uninterruptible power supplies
  •  Generator controls and transfer switches
  •  Main I-Line panels
  •  Lighting and receptacle panels
  •  Disconnects and combination starters
  •  Service disconnects for motors
  •  Machine control panels


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