Infrared Load Testing

When it comes to electrical equipment, most emerging or existing electrical component problems aren’t visible to the human eye. And though some problems manifest themselves in big and obvious ways, others remain hidden—even during routine inspections—until it’s too late and massive damage has been done to electrical and mechanical equipment. By massive damage, we mean things like equipment failure, interruption of business, even fire.

If you own or run a business or facility where there’s a lot at stake should your electronics fail, we recommend infrared load testing—also known as an electrical systems survey—to ensure that everything is and stays in perfect working order. By identifying and addressing potential problems before they wreak havoc on your company’s profitability, you can save untold dollars.

How Does Infrared Load Testing Work?

The best way to test for problems like faulty fuses, loose connections, and overloaded circuits—thereby preventing and controlling property loss—is to have infrared load testing done annually. This is a crucial preventative maintenance measure for any business owner to take against threats to profitability like power outage, equipment damage, or fire.

At Schaffhouser Electric, our use of high-tech infrared imaging, also known as “thermography,” has discovered potential breakdowns of electrical and mechanical equipment. If not detected in time, these were issues that could have led to serious consequences. Speaking of time, one of the best things about infrared testing is that it allows us to test a huge amount of electrical equipment in minimal time. In addition, this type of electrical testing is non-contact and nondestructive, so you won’t experience any interruptions in system production.

During an electrical survey, Schaffhouser Electric will test (under normal loads and operating conditions) any and all of the following equipment:

  • Substations, transformers, and feeder poles
  • Distribution panels and disconnects
  • Electrical power supplies
  • Main electrical incoming services, transformers, and capacitor banks
  • Switchboards and disconnects
  • Motor Control Centers
  • Service electrical disconnects for motors
  • Generator controls and transfer switches
  • Main I-Line electrical panels
  • Lighting and receptacle electrical panels

What Kind Of Problems Might Infrared Load Testing Detect Or Help Me Prevent?

Prior to the introduction of infrared load testing, an electrician would have to physically inspect and tighten all electronic components. Not only does infrared testing speed up this process, but it also finds problems that wouldn’t ordinarily turn up during a physical inspection. A survey scan of your electrical systems may serve some of the following purposes:

  • Locate electrical systems problems
  • Reduce downtime and electrical equipment damage
  • Prevent catastrophic system failures
  • Allow engineers and facility managers to prioritize repairs
  • Avoid costly system shutdowns

Following infrared testing of your electrical equipment, Schaffhouser Electric will provide you with a comprehensive report and explanation of the condition of your equipment. To schedule an appointment to have your system tested, please call 615-325-8082 or request an estimate or make an inquiry!