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November 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 175

What is Thermal Imaging Used For?

As most will be aware, thermal imaging cameras and devices are able to see beyond visible walls by use of infra-red lighting, in order to take accurate temperature readings. In the world of electronic circuits and installations, a build-up or surge of heat in any area is often indicative of a fault or perhaps an area compromised by wear – both of which have the potential to lead to series incident or injury. Alongside use of an industry standard kit like the Megger 1710, using a thermal imaging camera along to highlight these areas of excessive or unusual heat gives an engineer the potential to investigate the cause more deeply and thus rule out a myriad of potentially negative consequences.

Full Megger product specs can be found at www.pat-services.co.uk/megger-mft1710-multifunction-installation-tester-1785.htm.

Is Thermal Imaging a Legal Requirement?

Technically no, as just as is the case with PAT testing as a whole, it is simply a case of ensuring that all electrical appliances and installations are safe for use as demanded by law, though how they are made safe has no set framework. Nevertheless, and again just as is the case with PAT testing in general, the UK has come to rely on thermal imaging as one of the key tools required to ensure the necessary level of safety, therefore most look as such tools and testing as compulsory

Does Thermal Imaging Have to be Carried Out by Professionals?

Again technically no, as just like the MFT 1710 found at http://www.pat-services.co.uk/megger-mft1710-multifunction-installation-tester-1785.htm, devices like these are becoming more user-friendly, affordable and readily by the day. However, the task of deciphering the images themselves and knowing how to recognize a potential problem demands specialist knowledge – knowledge that can certainly be gained through private study, though is essential in order to make these kinds of surveys in any way useful.

 

Who is Responsible for Organizing Thermal Imaging?

In theory, any person or business-owner with at least one person or member of the public who may be exposed to their electrical appliances, products or circuits is responsible for ensuring their safety. As such, managers, supervisors, company owners, landlords and countless others should all consider thermal imaging as a part of their own safety efforts.

Is Thermal Imaging Expensive to Undertake?

Absolutely not. Over recent years, the costs of even the most elite thermal imaging cameras on the market have come down quite extraordinarily, while ease of use has never been higher. This not only means that those going about the DIY approach will find the investment a less taxing one, but also that third-party professional electrical services are also offering the cheapest overall service packages the industry has ever known.

 

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