Avoiding Downtime with Proper Infrared Scanning Techniques

Posted by Instor on Jun 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM
The electrical infrastructure of a data center facility is one of the most critical elements among the systems necessary to maintaining maximum uptime. Performing comprehensive preventative maintenance to these systems is critical to detecting and repairing potential problems before they cause an outage. A recurring maintenance program that includes infrared scanning is the vehicle that can provide visibility to potential problems before they occur.



Engaging an Experienced Team 

Although today’s modern electrical equipment has dramatically improved reliability compared with that of years past, components and connections can and will degrade over time - due to oxidation, poor installation or fatigue.

IR scanning is a method for proactively detecting potential problems in electrical systems and wiring via an infrared (IR) scanning device. An IR scanner measures invisible infrared heat and converts it into a visible format that represents various levels of temperature as distinct colors, visually highlighting hot spots. The temperatures indicated by the thermography scan are relative to their surrounding components. This method has proven to be highly effective in identifying and communicating an otherwise hidden problem.

Performing successful IR scanning requires a mix of the right hardware and diagnostic software training, in-depth knowledge of electrical systems and familiarity with the specific environment and equipment to be inspected. An experienced and well-equipped thermographer is a must. An industry standard certification program exists
to provide consistency and recommended best practices.

In our latest white paper, hosted on Data Center Frontier, Instor's team of experts guides you through the process of infrared scanning in the data center. Download it today to learn more.


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