Thermographic Audits of buildings, industrial processes and machinery
Ecopare’s thermographic surveys are used to identify defects or heat losses that appear when viewed using an Infra-Red camera. We routinely use these cameras in our energy auditing to rapidly identify energy losses.
As part of our solution set, we can provide standalone thermographic surveys for the following areas:
The majority of electrical system defects generate heat at the point of defect. With the use of a thermal camera these defects can be quickly identified. Examples of these include identification of loose terminals on breakers, overloaded cables, incorrect wiring and other technical issues such as harmonics, sags and lags.
Combining our electrical knowledge, auditing ability and thermographic surveying techniques we produce detailed reports that identify electrical problems before they become major issues.
The surveys can be either done as a once off, manual report or, using our IoT based conditioning reporting system, on a real-time and event driven basis.
Ecopare can provide a building envelope inspection that includes all internal and external areas. This allows for assessment and identification of areas of energy loss and possible building defects such as missing insulation, heat bridges, construction defects and age-related wear and tear.
All reports provide detailed information on category of defect, possible remedial actions and, using our energy auditing experience, energy waste costs. This is useful in determining a payback model for fixing the defect.
We also provide thermal-activity reporting where, over a period of time we capture the thermal dynamics of the building to identify real occupancy vs perceived usage, building heating management system schedules and “human” energy loss indicators. These indicators include opening windows, leaving heating/cooling running and other overriding factors.
Plant and Machinery Condition Reporting
The condition of a machine, pump or motor can be quickly seen with the use of a thermal survey. This is because overheating is usually a symptom before catastrophic failure of a component.
Ecopare has developed a standard plant and machinery thermography survey that will identify possible defects and provide recommended remedial action.
We recommend this survey is undertaken at least once a year but our larger clients, with many electrical assets, undertake this once a month.
Typical areas to be surveyed:
- Motors and Pumps on Industrial process lines
- Water reticulation and steam systems
- CNC machines, Manufacturing Robots and additive manufacturing cells
- Air Handling Unit’s motors, fans and drive belts
- Production material conveyor systems
Ecopare also offers a real time IoT based thermograhic solution that continuously monitors the temperature of an asset or group of assets. With a configurable alarm based threshold system, multiple alerts can be sent when certain criteria, such as a spike in temperature, are met.
Thermographic Survey Case Study
Ecopare undertook a survey of two identical CNC machines to assist in identifying why one machine was continually breaking down. Using a combination of Thermal imaging and Power Quality Analysis, Ecopare was able to identify the root cause of the overheating.Outcome
Ecopare identified that excessive harmonics on the electrical supply was causing the problematic CNC machine's transformer to overheat. The excessive harmonics caused a heat build-up triggering the shutdown and loosing the production run. By replacing the transformer with an up-rated harmonic filter the harmonics where eliminated and the CNC machine was able to complete its production run.