Infrared Inspections – Insurance required but are you getting the right kind of infrared?

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Infrared Inspections – Insurance required but are you getting the right kind of infrared?

While we at Amerisk have already known this for a very long time, infrared inspection simply makes economical sense.  CNA and other insurance companies not only recommend it but mandate it for many of their at risk clients. The unfortunate thing is that how does one separate the competent form the highly competent. The similarity to a camera makes one an instant expert. And that is where trouble starts.

Why is it that I tested a new employee – who had 5 years of prior experience at Kansas City Electric Co as both an electrician and a certified infrared thermographer – for her 30 day employment test by walking with me in the same main electric room with all covers off using each identical high-grade cameras and she came up with zero faults and I found seven(7). Yes why?

SO NOT ALL INFRARED INSPECTORS ARE THE SAME NOR ARE THEY USING THE SAME INFRARED CAMERAS NOR USING THE SAME SEARCH METHODOLOGY NOR HAVE THE SAME ANALYTICS REPORT SOFTWARE NOR EVEN KNOW THE EXISTENCE OF THERMAL PROFILES TABLES FOR MOST ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION DEVICES. THATS A LOT OF “NORS.”

It is cost effective to do infrared inspection BUT ONLY WITH THE RIGHT INSPECTOR AND THE RIGHT METHODOLOGIES AND THE RIGHT CAMERA. It provides a business with increased longevity for equipment, reduces fire risk, prevents property loss, and can literally save lives.  We hope you find these quotes helpful in assessing your business’ need to have your annual infrared inspection completed along with an OSHA-mandated arc flash risk assessment.  Simply stated, it is so incredibly important to the risk controls engineering of your business that you comply with all OSHA requirements and industry best practices as indicated by the National Fire Protection Association.


Electrical systems present some of the most critical property damage and business interruption exposures to any facility. The loss of a main electrical component or system can shut down an entire facility for long periods of time. Electrical deficiencies caused by loose connections, load imbalances, and/or overloaded circuits can lead to arcing and ensuing fires. These deficiencies—commonly referred to as hot spots—are rarely visible to the naked eye and can occur with little or no warning. – Chubb Insurance Group


Risk Control at The Economical Insurance Group (TEIG®) has expanded their Infrared Thermography program. Historically used on farm business, infrared thermography is now being used for inspections on general commercial risks where the technology provides customers with a predictive inspection on electrical and mechanical components of their operation.

The infrared camera measures the level of heat radiation emitted by a target surface, which is not visible to the naked eye, and presents a two-dimensional image. “The nature of this inspection affords risk consultants the opportunity to identify hazards that may have previously gone undetected“ says David Crozier, Vice President of Commercial Insurance, “It provides the customer with the opportunity to intervene early and fix issues which, without the inspection, could lead to costly repairs, business interruption and physical damage losses. “ The Economical Insurance Group


One of the first steps when implementing an EPM program is to perform a complete infrared thermographic survey of all electrical equipment. This type of survey should also be performed on a periodic basis – usually once a year. Infrared thermography works on the principle that electrical equipment normally gives off heat, but malfunctioning or overloaded electrical equipment will give off excessive heat due to increased electrical resistance. This heat can be detected with the use of infrared imaging equipment. Detecting electrical hot spots allows for repair or replacement of the affected equipment before failure occurs, which can help save the much greater costs associated with manufacturing downtime, production losses, power outages, fires and catastrophic failures. Traveler’s Insurance Co.


No electrical system is 100% efficient. Current flowing through an electrical system will generate a small amount of heat because of electrical resistance. With time the components and contact surfaces of the electrical system will begin to deteriorate. With the deterioration comes increased resistance and with resistance, increased heat. This course will continue until eventual failure.

Infrared thermography is an effective predictive maintenance technology to quickly, accurately and safely locate problems prior to failure. Inspections can be safely performed while electrical systems are under load. Common electrical inspection targets are switchgear, breakers, fuses, electrical panels, and bolted connections. – Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Co.


YES INFRARED IS VALUABLE BUT ONLY IN THE RIGHT HANDS WITH THE RIGHT METHODOLOGY AND ANALYTICS SOFTWARE.

 

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