An inspection using thermography makes so-called 'hotspots' in the components and connections of electrical equipment visible. They can be an indication of (impending) problems, caused by faulty wiring, connections or conductors, jeopardising your operational continuity.
If we form an image of the objects around us and look solely at their temperature, we obtain a so-called thermal image. And we call this thermography. The graphic representation of such a thermal image is called a thermogram.
All objects emit infrared radiation. This radiation can be measured using an infrared camera. Infrared light is light that is not visible to the human eye but is felt as heat. Since an inspection using thermography actually looks at light, it can be carried out without contact and therefore often during operation, so without any unnecessary loss of production.
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The role of electrical inspections
If you want to detect failure of your existing electrical installation as early as possible, then you should have an inspection using thermography carried out.
In addition, an inspection using thermography is part of the SCIOS Scope 10 and Scope 12 inspections.
An inspection using thermography is used for the early detection of unexpected high temperatures, called hot spots. By finding their origin, they can be resolved often even before they lead to disasters in your installations. So an inspection using thermography is a preventive way of detecting (impending) fire risks. Having this inspection carried out by an employee of SOCOTEC means you are certain that it will be done professionally and expertly. Our inspectors are certified Level 1 Thermographers.
The inspection is carried out by making photos with a thermal imaging camera.
There are no provisions determining what has to be inspected, unless the thermography is carried out as part of a SCIOS Scope 10 or Scope 12 inspection.
If you opt for thermography as a supplement to an inspection of your electrical installations, then in principle all the electrical distribution devices covered by that inspection will also be inspected using thermography.
There are no provisions either that stipulate how often the inspection has to be carried out. Here too, it is advisable to have the inspection carried out at the same frequency that you have your electrical installations inspected in accordance with NEN 1010 or NEN 3140.