Processing plants and manufacturing facilities are realizing the failure of a critical electrical asset in a production line can add thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost productivity and wasted materials, even if the disturbance results in just a few minutes of downtime. Predictive and preventive maintenance tools are essential to monitor the condition of assets in real time to prevent such loss. Electrical safety compliance is equally critical. Many industry sub-segments are also characterized by temperature extremes, high humidity, continuous vibration and high duty cycles. The IRISS family of Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices (EMSDs) includes the industrial-grade infrared (IR) windows that are capable of meeting OSHA’s and NFPA’s standards for arc flash safety. All IRISS IR windows are compatible with all brands of thermal imaging cameras commonly used in processing plants and manufacturing facilities to identify electrical and mechanical faults.
With forging, stamping, forming and machining operations, the Metals manufacturing sector is characterized by harsh environmental conditions that IRISS EMSD product were specifically developed to withstand.
Electrical equipment outages in plastics manufacturing can be both costly in terms of production loss but also to clean up. It can take hours to restart a plastics line after a power glitch.
Even a brief power outage in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment could result in huge amounts of product and raw material, for safety reasons, having to be discarded. Reliability of the electrical infrastructure in pharmaceutical manufacturing is critical.
Food and Beverage
IRISS EMSD products have been extensively deployed in food and beverage manufacturing environments. End users in this segment have been able to overhaul their thinking in how to perform condition based maintenance by using EMSD and Critical Asset Surveillance Technologies.
The IRISS Difference
Unparalleled Field of View
The large format IRISS CAP series windows and custom infrared windows have a far superior field of view. The CAP-ENV 24 series has over 12 times the FOV of a 4-inch diameter round window which gives the thermographer infinite viewing angels inside the switchgear through one IR window. Reducing the number of infrared windows needed typically reduces procurement and installation cost by over 50%.
Fixed & Stable Transmission
Our polymer IR window systems maintain fixed and stable transmission (FAST) for the life of the installation ensuring that the temperature data collected through the IR window is accurate and reliable for the whole life of the installation. The lifetime warranty of IRISS EMSD products are ideal for any manufacturing environment.
Paper Mill Grows RCM Program with Savings Developed from IR Window Program
A paper mill in Georgia had run a very successful infrared inspection program for a number of years via a local contract thermographers working with the mill's in-house electricians. Although the program had a good track record, senior management was concerned about the potential impact that NFPA 70E requirements, and how best to comply with them. The plant commissioned IRISS, Inc. to complete a cost benefit analysis and present its recommendations.