Thermal FLIR Cameras for Generator Inspections
A thermal imaging camera is a helpful handheld tool for generator maintenance. The FLIR thermal cameras that the Cooper team keep on board are sophisticated thermographs used to analyze fluctuations in temperature. While our HVAC team at CMS uses them in energy audits and inefficiencies in heating and cooling, the CES generator team finds them helpful for “seeing” electrical issues that may not be visible to the naked eye.
How Thermal Imaging Improves Generator Inspections
Regular load bank testing, fuel testing, and generator maintenance is essential, especially for commercial clients whose livelihoods depend on uninterrupted power.
One part of generator inspection is a thorough electrical inspection. Poor wiring, loose connections, and other electrical issues will often cause a higher than normal heat signature. A thermal imaging device helps technicians identify areas that may be hotter than normal and prompt inspection that could save owners from costlier repairs in the future if left unchecked.
In addition, thermal imaging can also aid in finding exhaust leaks, especially in larger diesel generators. In commercial applications, healthy diesel generators supply emergency power to hospitals, data centers, power plants, and other critical sectors.
Generator technicians use handheld “point and shoot” thermal imaging devices for inspection of the following elements:
- Automatic Transfer Switches
- Electrical Switches
- Power Distribution Units
- Power Distribution Systems
Overall, heat imaging is a helpful tool to identify unusually hot areas for inspection.
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