Thermography provides a sixth sense for assessing the condition of mechanical and electrical devices. Thermodynamics tells us that energy that is not used to perform work will be dissipated as heat (and noise as well as vibration to a lesser extent). A thermal imaging camera applies this scientific principle to use by visually representing the effective radiated temperature of an object. By analyzing the resulting media, we gain a deep understanding of the condition of machines.
Thermographic inspections are a common practice in the maintenance of buildings, engines, boilers, pumps, generators, power distribution equipment and much more.
Aerial thermography uses these same capabilities but adds a third vertical dimension: it allows operators to inspect areas that would otherwise be inaccessible or to understand the big picture when inspecting machines spread over large areas. Some common uses include research:
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power line termination and insulation anomalies
Electrical faults in solar panels
Wind turbine blade tension points
Electrical faults in communication towers
Building envelope insulation issues
Electrical faults in substations
Thermal losses of refrigerated buildings
Refractory integrity of the exhaust stack
Refractory integrity of furnaces