Electrical Distribution Systems

  • Power generation generator inspections.
  • Electrical substation inspections. Transformer and capacitor evaluation.
  • Overhead urban and rural electrical distribution inspections.
  • Electrical motor inspections
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Injection Molding Processes

  • Troubleshooting for cooling systems on molds.
  • Improvement on cooling times by the analysis on molding parts.
  • Improvement on design molds.
  • Troubleshooting for Electric Panels for Injection Machines.
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Building Envelopes and Structures

  • Thermal heat loss inspections for buildings, plants, facilities, refineries.
  • Moisture contamination evaluations in buildings, condominiums, plants facilities.
  • Concrete water heated floor inspections for leaks and temperature distribution.
  • Delamination detection in concrete bridge deck.
  • Locate missing or damaged insulation.
  • Identify air leakage energy losses.
  • Evaluate the thermal performance of retrofits.
  • Locate radiant heating wires or pipes.
  • Concrete integrity inspections.
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Roofing Systems

  • Flat roof leak detection for buildings, plants, facilities.
  • Identify water damaged portions of a roof quickly and accurately.
  • Eliminate unnecessary replacement of good roofing.
  • Plan accurate budgets based on facts.
  • Document problems before the warranty/bond expires.
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Mechanical Systems

  • Boiler inspections.
  • Inspect burners for flame impingement and burner management.
  • Look at combustion patterns of fuel.
  • Detect thermal patterns on boiler tubes and measure tube skin temperature during normal operation or when boiler is on standby.
  • Scan and record temperatures in areas of boiler not monitored.
  • Scan the exterior of boiler for refectory damage or locate warmer areas where potential refectory damage may occur.
  • Detect coke buildup in crude furnaces.
  • Power plant boiler flue gas leak detection.
  • Mechanical bearing inspections.
  • Heat ventilation air conditioning equipment evaluation.
  • Cold storage cooling losses.
  • Detect insulation leaks in refrigeration equipment
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Petro/chemical Applications

  • Refinery process line insulation loss or leak detection.
  • Refinery process evaluation.
  • Heat exchanger quality and efficiency evaluation.
  • Furnace refractory (insulation) inspections.
  • Furnace internal flame evaluation and tube inspections.
  • Flame propagation explosion analysis.
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Electronic Equipment

  • Printed circuit board evaluation and troubleshooting.
  • Thermal mapping of semiconductor device services.
  • Circuit board component evaluation.
  • Production-type inspection of bonded structures.
  • Inspection of hybrid microcircuits.
  • Inspections of solder joints.
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Environmental Applications

  • Locate old waste disposal sites.
  • Locate old buried tanks on industrial sites.
  • Locate and monitor oil spills.
  • Locate leaks or damage regions for architectural monuments.
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Research and Development Applications

Automotive Applications

  • Motor racing suspension and tire contact diagnostics.
  • Brake and engine systems evaluation for performance and cooling efficiencies.
  • Finding faulty fuel injection nozzles.
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Aerospace Applications

  • Water ingress in airplane control surfaces and radomes.
  • Tire and brake system diagnosis.
  • Windshield and wing surface deicing system diagnosis.
  • Stress crack and corrosion identification and location.
  • Jet and rocket engine analysis.
  • Composite materials delaminations and disbanding location.
  • Target signature analysis.
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Medical/Veterinary Applications

  • Medical injury examinations for whiplash, back injuries, Carpal Tunnel syndrome.
  • Disease evaluation –breast cancer, arthritis and many more.
  • Dentistry, tempomandibular jaw dysfunction and more.
  • Sports injuries evaluation, and therapy progress.
  • Equine (horse) injury examination, stress fractures, lameness.
  • Laser dissymmetry determination.
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Airborne Applications

  • Pipeline inspection, leak detection, stress corrosion cracking areas.
  • Environmental inspections, pollution dumping, thermal dumping of waste water.
  • Fire Mapping, hold over fires, fire line and mop-up inspections.
  • High voltage aerial electrical inspections for transmission lines.
  • Search and rescue.
  • Convert surveillance.
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Pulp and Paper

  • Detect uneven heat distribution in Four drinier steam boxes.
  • Identify wet streaks, non-uniformity, that can have adverse effects on paper quality.
  • Identify basis weight variations.
  • Monitor size press performance.
  • Analyze dryer temperatures to look for non-uniformity in dryers.
  • Monitor coating to see that it is being applied uniformly to surface of the paper.
  • Analyze reel to find anomalies that may be induced by pieces of process equipment connected to the paper machine.
  • Inspect chip piles for hot spots.
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Steam Turbine and Hydroelectric Generators

  • Locate inter-laminar faults in stator core.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of repairs to the damaged areas.
  • Help maintain quality control during a stator core repair.
  • Obtain a thermal image of the stator core that serves as a permanent record of the condition of the stator core following repairs.
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Miscellaneous Applications

  • Detect RF heating in antennas, wave guides, guy wires and frame structure.s
  • Locate low-intensity sleeper fires on forest lands.
  • Locate lost people.
  • Remote sensing applications.
  • Firefighting-locate people in burning buildings and navigate through smoke.
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The following images represent the infrared analysis component of the thermographic inspection conducted in different facilities. Mouse-over the images to view a normal photograph of the area.

Thermographic analysis of the state of the burner on a gas boiler.

Thermographic analysis of the state of a transformer.

Analysis showing serious overheating along a panel in the electrical connection board.

Overheating on the journal bearing caused by a failure in the bronze bushing.

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Please click the following thumbnails to view samples of the typical reports we produce after an inspection is conducted.

Report detailing a failure in a dry transformer. A hot spot was found in the connection.

Cardinal Health Report. A hot spot was found in the coil connection of the transformer.

Cyroinfra Report. Several hot spots with varying amounts of potential danger were found.

Invensys Report. A hot spot was discovered on the connection phase L2 of the main contactor in the air compressor.

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Vibration Analysis Programs

  • Dramatic reductions in the high cost of unplanned downtime.
  • Major reductions in spare parts inventory due to better data on machine health.
  • Reductions in emergency work orders and overtime.
  • More efficient repairs because new and reworked equipment can be thoroughly tested.
  • Greater production capacity (more saleable product, fewer rejects).
  • Better plant safety records because machines aren’t allowed to “run to failure."

Each of these advantages augment the universal corporate goal of reliable production for scheduled delivery.

Principles of Vibration Analysis

Every machine fault whether it’s mechanical or electrical in nature generates vibration at a frequency equal to shaft rotation speed. This is because the heavy spot of the unbalanced rotor passes the vibration sensor once per shaft revolution. Similarly, frequencies can be calculated corresponding to many other common machine faults:

  • Misalignment.
  • Cavitation.
  • Belt Defects and Looseness.
  • Soft Foot.
  • Bearing Deterioration.
  • and much more...

(A spectrum is a calculated data display of frequency versus amplitude. The frequency helps diagnose the source of the vibration, while the amplitude helps determine the severity of the problem.)

Vibration Troubleshooting

Vibration troubleshooting is routinely applied to rotating and reciprocating equipment to assess general mechanical health. Bearing, motor, gearbox, driveline and foundation problems can be easily identified prior to becoming an operational problem.

Vibration sensors are mounted to the structure. Dynamic data are acquired to determine the machine's operational characteristics. This also identifies if resonances are affecting any of the vibration components. If resonances exist, frequency response testing and modal analysis are conducted. If resonances are not contributory, operational deflection shape analysis is performed to reveal the structure's pattern of deformation.

Rotating equipment analysis is another vibration monitoring tool used to assess the general mechanical health of rotating and reciprocating machinery.

Rotating equipment diagnostics identifies rotor imbalance, mechanical looseness, bearing defects, motor mechanical and electrical problems, shaft misalignment, gearing faults, and foundation problems. Operational deflection shape analysis is used to determine the structure's forced vibration shape. Employed techniques also identify if detrimental resonances exist in the equipment, support structure, or foundation. Modal analysis can then be used to visualize the associated patterns of structural deformation.

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TRAINING IN YOUR PLANT USING YOUR EQUIPMENT

Directed Towards : Process Engineers, Maintenance Engineers, Maintenance Technicians

Course: Thermography Fundamentals and Practical Applications

Objectives:

1.- Accurately Understand and Diagnose Thermal information.

2.- Safely implement an infrared inspection in your plant.

3.- Produce thermographic reports.

Duration:

1st Day- Theory Session 6 hours

Agenda:

a) Heat Transfer

b) Electromagnetic Infrared Radiation.

c) Taking Infrared Images and temperature measurements.

d) Using the company's acquired equipment.

e) Safety Standards while conducting a thermographic inspection of the electrical system. NFPA 70E

f) Review priority table for repairing failures.

2nd Day - Practical Session 6 Hours

Perform a themographic inspection of the electrical system of the plant and generate a report.

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Calibration Services

Option 1) Laboratory Calibration in San Diego, CA.

Includes:

1.- Calibration Certificate: Traceable by NIST (National Institute of Standars and Technology) Meets with Standard: Norma MIL-STD-45662A y ANSI/NCSL-Z-540-1-1994 (R2002)

2.- Calibration tag adhered to the equipment.

Option 2) Calibration with the Equipment Manufacturer (Flir , Mikron, Fluke)

Includes:

1.- Calibration Certificate

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