From the Desk of Chris Steinke...
What is Thermography?
Thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and
measurement camera to "see" and "measure"
thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared
energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength
is too long to be detected by the human eye; it's the
part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive
as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world,
everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits
heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared.
The higher the object's temperature, the greater the
infrared radiation emitted. Infrared allows us to see
what our eyes cannot.
Infrared thermography cameras produce images of invisible
infrared or "heat" radiation and provide precise
non-contact temperature measurement capabilities. Nearly
everything gets hot before it fails, making infrared
cameras extremely cost-effective, valuable diagnostic
tools in many diverse applications. And as industry
strives to improve manufacturing efficiencies, manage
energy, improve product quality, and enhance worker
safety, new applications for infrared cameras continually
The most powerful and cost effective preventative maintenance
tool available! Infrared electrical systems inspections
are typically conducted on an annual basis as part of
a regular preventative maintenance program. A large
amount of equipment can be inspected in a short time
as opposed to the other method of physically inspecting
and tightening components. The infrared inspection locates
faulty items not generally found during a physical inspection,
such as failing componenets, poor electrical connections
and load imbalances. When hot spots and problem areas
are located with thermal inspections, these areas can
be repaired with planned shutdowns on your schedule,
not as emergency repairs that can't be controlled.
Return for Your Investment
Infrared surveys performed by our experienced thermographers
provide a significant advantage to your preventative
maintenance programs. It is inevitable that equipment
failures and breakdowns will occur and there is no way
to predict the extent of damage. Equipment failures
often have financial consequences that go well beyond
fixing the damaged component. In many cases, production
downtime can far outweigh the cost of the repair.
Infrared inspection programs have proven that on the
average for every $1 spent on infrared electrical inspections,
there is a $4 return on investment for materials and
labor from fixing the problem before it fails. In these
days of just-in-time supplied parts, the inability to
make good on a commitment can result in the loss of
By choosing to use Buschur Electric as part of your
preventative maintenance program, you can get the upper
hand on problems before they become emergency shutdowns
and cause major expense. Call today... in most cases
you'll save more than the cost of the service. We currently
have two Level I thermographers on staff and all electricians
are safety trained in OSHA and NFPA 70E.
Contact us to schedule an infrared
inspection as a part of your preventative maintenance
Most equipment failure mechanisms endure a significant
rise in operating temperature long
images are best taken while equipment is operation.
No shutdowns needed.
images are taken at a safe distance. There is minimal
safety risk, except for live voltage, which
still required full electrical safety precautions.
images can access components and units not otherwise
measurable, such as ceiling runs.
measurement helps detect imminent failures in nearly
all types of equipment, from
to mechanical, process, electronic and so on.
outstanding reputation for quality service lies in the
strength and capabilities of our highly trained and
certified staff of design and installation experts.
We work closely with our customers to establish customized
solutions for your specific needs and are available
24-hours a day, 7 days a week for over 32 years. Give
us a call to set up an appointment today! We look forward
to working with you!