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Are There Marine Applications for Using Infrared (IR) Inspection Windows?

Imagine what would happen if power generation failed on an offshore platform, or on a cruise ship or on a commercial marine or naval vessel. Potential risks that come to mind should this occur are safety concerns, loss of sanitation resources, loss of refrigeration of perishable food, loss of lighting at night, etc. Electrical systems are among the most critical systems on ships and offshore platforms. Is it possible to monitor the electrical assets to determine their health status? Can the reliability team predict when an electrical system is deteriorating and fix it before it fails? The answer is YES!

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Why Is Emissivity Important When Using IR Inspection Windows?

A local technical college contacted your company’s Human Resources office to inquire if a group of students could visit the site and learn about electrical thermography inspections.  You were asked to host this visit and speak to them about critical applications of thermography.  You decided to teach them about emissivity and why it’s important when performing electrical thermography inspections.  Your lesson planning begins...

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Why Perform Inspections of Electrical Assets in Data Centers?

Imagine a data center that supports a bank or credit card company experiencing an unplanned power outage due to a failure of their internal electrical assets! How about the same scenario at a major airport hub, airline or water treatment plant? Life gets complicated very quickly for those responsible for the facility when this scenario occurs. Is it possible to monitor electrical assets in data centers to determine the health of their electrical assets? Can the reliability team predict when an electrical asset is deteriorating? Absolutely!...

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What Are The Business Benefits of Using Infrared (IR) Windows?

Your company’s management team is challenging the reliability maintenance team to “do more with less” to minimize electrical equipment errors and unscheduled downtime. Organizations that are focused on safety, operational efficiency and risk reduction are adopting Maintenance Inspection Windows with Infrared (IR), Visual and Ultrasound capability to perform condition-based maintenance inspections on critical electrical assets under full load conditions. Let’s learn about the benefits in more detail...

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Why Are Crystal IR Lenses Not Suitable For Industrial Applications?

Electrical equipment has evolved over time and their complexity continues to increase as the world’s demands for power increase. Companies strive to improve their processes of monitoring and maintaining their electrical assets to improve safety and protect their bottom line. Inspection and Maintenance Teams need durable tools to use in their inspection procedures. One of these tools is the Infrared Inspection Window; however, not all IR Inspection Windows are created equal. Let’s investigate.

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What Industrial Applications Use Reinforced Polymer Infrared (IR) Inspection Windows?

Infrared (IR) Inspection Windows are one example of Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices (EMSDs) used by companies to enhance employee safety, reduce risk and maximize the bottom line. The adoption of Reinforced Polymer IR Inspection Windows for industrial applications continues to increase annually as companies comply with national and local safety regulations. You may ask, “What are some of the industrial applications using IR Windows today?” You may not realize how broad the applications are!

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How Have Infrared Windows Evolved Over Time?

It’s January 2019 and your company has initiated a Condition-Based Maintenance Program of the company’s critical electrical assets to maximize efficiency, increase safety and save money. New Polymer IR Windows have been installed and the maintenance team has attended several training classes on how to perform maintenance inspections and collect data using the polymer IR windows. Many of your colleagues have many years of experience working with crystal IR windows. During one of the final 2018 training sessions, information was provided as to why polymer IR windows were better suited to industrial environments than crystal IR windows.

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What Are The Advantages of Polymer IR Inspection Windows?

Your company’s reliability officer stated that the company is replacing calendar-based maintenance procedures with a Condition-Based Maintenance Program in 2019 to maximize efficiency, increase safety and save money.  Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices, such as Infrared Inspection (IR) Windows, allow for real time, infrared data to be collected on energized electrical assets in a closed and guarded condition. Your company has purchased and completed installation of polymer IR Inspection Windows on critical electrical assets.  At the next maintenance team meeting, training will be provided on how to conduct inspections using the new polymer IR Windows.  The last company you worked for utilized crystal IR windows.  Your curiosity prompted research into the polymer IR windows and why they are preferred over crystal IR windows.  Let’s see what you uncovered in your research...

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What Can I See Through An Infrared (IR) Inspection Window?

Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices, such as Infrared Inspection (IR) Windows, allow for real time, infrared data to be collected on energized electrical assets in a closed and guarded condition. Your company has spent considerable time investigating inspection windows and is considering purchasing and installing them on critical electrical assets. The safety team is researching how to perform an inspection and what data can be obtained from using an Infrared Inspection Window. Let’s investigate!

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What Type of Lens Materials Are Used in Infrared Inspection Windows?

Following a recent Arc Flash incident at your workplace, you joined the company’s safety team to search for solutions that would minimize or reduce the risk of another accident occurring during an energized electrical inspection of the company’s equipment. Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices, such as Infrared Inspection (IR) Windows, allow for real time, infrared data to be collected on energized electrical assets in a closed and guarded condition.

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Can The Risk of Arc Flash Be Mitigated By Using Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices [EMSDs]?

Since an Arc Flash accident occurred at your workplace recently during an open panel electrical inspection, the safety officer has been conducting safety trainings for the employees. You read a previous article titled “What Is An Arc Flash?” to educate yourself on Arc Flashes and the hazards associated with them when they occur. The safety officer recently formed a team to search for solutions that could minimize or reduce the risk of an Arc Flash from occurring again during an inspection. You joined the team and are ready to work on the project.

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What Is an Arc Flash and an Arc Blast?

Unfortunately, there was an accident at your workplace a few days ago and several team members were injured. You heard the safety office declare that the accident was an Arc Flash. After viewing the remnants of this accident, you wanted to learn more about an Arc Flash. Let’s research the anatomy of an Arc Flash.

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