Infrared

Our infrared cameras and certified operators provide infrared inspection services in the following areas:

Energy Audits - FDJ can provide "Whole Building" energy audits for Residential and Commercial Structures. We have ASNT Level II Certified Infrared Inspectors with FLIR BCAM and P660 infrared cameras and can quickly identify and provide suggested repairs for your buildings high energy loss areas. In addition we can employ our Retrotec blower door using ASTM E779 testing standard to assist with finding air leakage areas that can be sealed to increase energy savings and determine building air changes. Some examples of areas of high energy loss that can be found using infrared technology and blower doors with ASTM E779 testing include the following:

Insufficient, Settled, or Improperly Installed Insulation:

Insulation at the top portion of this gable end wall in the infrared image above had settled as indicated by the dark blue colored area.

Batt insulation was not placed in contact with the dry wall on this flat roof ceiling in the infrared image above. Cool air was free to move through the cavities and increase energy loss in additional to creating condensation.

Air Leaks:

The infrared image above shows air leakage during blower door testing around a bathroom fan penetration that was not sealed.

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Water Infiltration - Water has unique properties that allow it to retain and lose heat at a different rate than common building materials. The adsorption of water into building materials changes heat transfer properties and evaporative cooling occurs. These properties allow infrared cameras to detect potential areas of water leaks in buildings, which can otherwise be difficult to find, and require significant destructive testing. In many situations, water leaks can hide behind walls, roofs, and floor cavitations causing extensive damage before they are discovered. Infrared cameras can find the areas of water damage and assist in finding the source of water.

Predictive Maintenance Inspection - Infrared cameras can be utilized in manufacturing and processing facilities to find potential equipment failure areas before failure occurs and the plant has to be shut down for repair. Maintenance on the failing equipment can be performed at scheduled times rather then in the middle of a manufacturing run. Predictive maintenance with Infrared cameras can be used for manufacturing industries, utilities, service companies, and electrical contractors.

Manufacturing

Production equipment and electrical system is the life line of a manufacturing facility. Unplanned failures can result in expensive down time and safety concerns. Examples of equipment that can be inspected with thermography are:

  • Pipelines - check for anomalies, such as scale buildup and leaks;
  • Storage Tanks - sludge levels, leaks;
  • Process Valves - position open/closed, leakage;
  • Pumps - fuse problems, overloaded electrical wiring, bearings, and overheated connections;
  • Motors - misalignment, overheated windings, overheated bearings;
  • Conveyor Belts - overheated bearings, misalignment.

The infrared image above shows sludge level in the storage tank on the left.

Utilities

Transmission line failures are not an options for utility companies. Infrared thermography has become the core of utility predictive maintenance programs around the world. To avoid costly failures in power generation, transmission and distributions infrared thermography is employed to find anomalies before trouble strikes and service is affected. Poor electrical connections have heat signatures as a result of increased resistance that can be located with infrared caners and repaired before failure occurs.

The infrared image above shows a overheated connection on a transmission line.

Electrical Systems

Inspection of electrical systems with infrared cameras allows detection of potential failure areas before they become real problems. Temperature measurements can be taken at a distance and in safe non-contact mode. Electrical cabinets and components can be scanned to get an instant picture of potential problem areas. Most electrical problems can be repaired before they become real issues, such as fuses, electrical panels, bolted connections, and switchgear.

The infrared image above shows an overheated connection inside an electrical panel.

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Equine - Using infrared thermography images taken by a certified thermographer veterinarians can identify abnormalities present in stressed tissues before damage starts to occur and action can be taken to prevent equine injuries. Infrared thermal imaging inspections are a non-contact and quick way to identify and locate problem potential problems and injuries.

FDJ can perform equine inspections for the following:

  • Pre-purchase inspections to confirm there are no hidden problems or injuries.
  • Monitor competition horses in training to prevent over stressing the horse which could result in injuries.
  • Check saddle fitting and rider balance.
  • Find damaged tendons, ligaments, laminitis, navicular, and source of lameness.
  • Locate the source of miscellaneous sprains and strains.
  • Examine the animal for tooth and jaw problems.
  • Monitor ongoing conditions of injuries during treatment to determine improvement level.