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What is a thermal test?

what is a thermal testWhat is a thermal test? In some cases, a thermal test can refer to a noninvasive medical examination that is conducted with a thermal probe. In the electrical industry, thermal imaging is a non-destructive means of measuring and mapping surface temperatures. This might include structural or equipment based inspection.

The best part about thermal testing is its non-destructive nature. You can find out if there is a problem with your building (or appliances) without taking them apart. Pinpoint a problem with a simple scan instead of dismantling your property.

At Kerfoot, we refer to our thermal imaging services as a thermographic survey.

Heat sensing technology can be used to diagnose an issue in the following range of equipment/structures:

  • Switchboards
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Doors
  • Electrical wiring Roofing
  • Mechanical equipment
  • Appliances
  • Engines
  • Ventilation systems
  • Transformers
  • Power factor correction units
  • Motor control centres

What is a thermal test used to determine?

When a technician uses thermographic scanning equipment to assess an area, they are measuring the heat emissions emanating from that site. A thermal map is created with this data. After you have a thermal map, a professional tester can identify any dangerous heat signatures.

If an abnormality is identified, it will be assigned a hazard level and dealt with by our team. We’ll help you fix your equipment or recommend a repair or replacement service.

Why is electrical thermography testing important?

It is normal for electrical equipment to heat up when it is being used. Problems start to occur when the temperature gets too high – this can melt electrical wiring and cause sparks and fires. High temperatures can be caused by old equipment or faulty/damaged equipment. Thermographic testing is most effective as a maintenance procedure. With regular inspection, you can identify easily identify an issue with your equipment before the damage is done. Avoid dangerous conditions and disruptions to your working environment today with this essential electrical maintenance service.

Is there an Australian standard for thermal imaging?

Currently, there is no standard for thermographic scanning in Australia. In 2012, a Code of Practice was created to help create uniformity amongst thermal imaging technicians across the nation. The Code is informed by the Electrical Safety Act and the Electrical Safety Installation Regulations Act.

As a business owner or manager, you are required to provide a safe workplace for your staff members. Switchboards must comply with the AS 61439.1:2016 and the As/NZS 3000:2007. Thermographic cameras must also meet the relevant manufacturing standards. For more information about the standards we adhere to at Kerfoot, contact us today. We’d be happy to answer any of you questions about thermal testing.

What is a thermal test technician?

Qualified technicians are recognised by the Australian Institute for Nondestructive Testing (AINDT). Thermographic scanning can be conducted by individuals who have been trained in category 1, 2, or 3 IRT (infrared thermography). This training must be awarded by an AINDT approved training body.

When you choose Kerfoot to conduct your thermal imaging requirements, all tests will be carried out by a qualified individual. We are committed to professionalism and excellent electrical maintenance services. Ask our adept team members to visit your property today.

Why should I choose Kerfoot for electrical maintenance?

We offer competitive service prices to help you keep your thermographic survey cost low. Our electricians can complete a comprehensive range of electrical maintenance services for your business. For an all-inclusive preventative maintenance package, contact our award winning team today.

Our electricians are highly trained and qualified to conduct a myriad of electrical maintenance services. We are an organisation that is committed to customer satisfaction. Our service team is unparalleled and our electrical knowledge is all-encompassing. We’re celebrating 45 years of work in our industry. Let our family run business contribute to the longevity of your company.

Through routine inspection and maintenance, your equipment will last longer. Save time and money with our preventative services. What is a thermal test going to do for your business? It will provide you with peace of mind. Continue your work knowing that your equipment and structural surroundings are safe and functioning as they should.

Want to know more about our safety testing services? Contact us now on 1300 850 869 or fill in the online form to make an enquiry.

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