What is Thermography? Infrared thermography is the collection & analysis of radiated electromagnetic energy in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum (2 – 14 micron range) using a thermal imaging camera. An infrared inspection (thermographic) uses this equipment to provide specific thermal information & related documentation about a structure, system, object or process. Benefits • Problems that do exist will be identified quickly, giving time to assess and repair the problem before a failure. In most cases the problem is identified well before a problem becomes critical. • Failure of electrical components could be catastrophic, injuring or killing employees or the public. This is a safety issue and possible litigation could be filed against a company if negligence is proven. • The cost of and emergency outage is ten times greater than scheduled maintenance. Visual Digital Image Does this equipment & the connections look normal? Yes to the human eye…….. but the thermal imaging camera has identified a critical fault on the lower red phase connection. An infrared inspection conducted in December 2010 identified a thermal abnormality on the connection. This should have been checked & rectified by an electrician immediately…….. A subsequent infrared inspection was conducted in August 2012 & the thermal abnormality has progressed to a critical point where failure is imminent. This is what happens when a regular thermographic inspection program is not introduced. $150,000.00 later and a lot of heartache!!!!!