Many children are amazed when pieces of wire get hot after they have bent the metal back and forth in an effort to break the wire for a project they are working on for school or a club they have joined. In your business, equipment stations experience similar breakage within their complicated structures. However, this breaking down happens very slowly, allowing visual inspections to miss essential developments that can seem to occur suddenly and without warning.
Science is not only continually developing new technologies but also discovering new ways to apply current existing knowledge to make our lives simpler and more productive. While we still must use basic metals and tools in our machinery, knowing that as soon as we begin using them, these pieces start breaking down at their weakest points helps keep maintenance of these machines going on a regular basis. With infrared inspections, we can see where our machines are wearing down faster because of the higher amounts of heat produced when metal gets closer to breaking. Knowing when parts are closer to failing, we can prepare for such events by having the parts ready to install.
Equally applicable to electrical wiring, breakage occurs when metal wiring rises in temperature. Using infrared technology to inspect the electrical supply in your plant can keep things running more smoothly, longer, with fewer outages. Having such inspections increases overall safety for all of your employees. This includes reduced risk of electrical fires and any injuries that your employees might sustain during a black-out. Reliance on emergency generators during such times should be kept to a minimum.
Better inspections help keep your production quotas where they should be and adds protections that make your employees’ workspace safer. Taking advantage of new developments may seem like just an added expense until you need them. However, many such technologies are often finding attention brought to them by legislation and industry regulations that require their use. While this might seem intrusive, such requirements often are meant to provide additional protections to workers, the environment, and the future of the industry itself.