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Evolution of IRISS Maintenance Inspection Systems

IRISS focuses on research and development to create safer and more reliable maintenance inspection products using new technologies. This presentation explains how the infrared windows from IRISS have evolved over time.

Overview

Historically, infrared viewing windows utilized fluoride based infrared lens materials. There are four disadvantages to fluoride based lens materials: 1) They are fragile, Non-Impact Resistant; 2) Not IP2X Electrical Failsafe; 3) Limited Lifetime Warranty and 4) Hygroscopic – will absorb moisture over time that will cause problems with temperature measurements.

IRISS ultimately designed and patented a new type of Infrared Window made from clear polymers that eliminated the mechanical disadvantages associated with fluoride windows. This design results in a window that is impact and load resistant, IP2X electrical failsafe, is made from insoluble materials and offers am unconditional lifetime warranty. Infrared, ultraviolet and visual inspections can now be completed using these polymer windows.

Currently, IRISS labels their products as Maintenance Inspection Windows” because they enable more than just an infrared inspection. In addition to infrared inspections, airborne ultrasound, motor current analysis, partial discharge, corona inspections using UV cameras, power quality monitoring and visual inspections can all be accomplished.

Today, IRISS is capable of manufacturing polymer maintenance inspection windows in any size, any shape and even can match to a client’s specific color requirements. We also offer tagging systems that will store inspection data for that particular electrical asset.

About the Speaker:

Martin Robinson, CEO, IRISS

For over 30 years, Martin Robinson has been a pioneer in the field of condition based maintenance (CBM) technology. He spent 18 years in the British Army and is a recognized authority in the field of Infrared (IR) Thermography. Martin is a Level III Certified Infrared Thermographer and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) through the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP). He is also a member of IEEE, NFPA and is a standing member on the technical committee CSA Z463.

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