When you can see condensation or feel heat on a pipe, you know something may be wrong inside of it. Cutting into that pipe to discover a potential problem, though, is a serious and costly step. Infrared testing may be a better choice.
Even where no obvious signs of temperature disturbances are visible, problems may still exist under the surface. In situations like this, IR cameras and trained thermographers are invaluable. All objects radiate IR energy, which an IR camera can “see.” The thermographer reads the thermal radiation patterns to determine the condition of a pipe or other material vital to your business.
Doing this right takes a highly-trained thermographer because of thermal reflectivity. Some of the radiation being emitted from the pipe or other components won’t have anything to do with true surface temperature. Thermographers go through extensive training to learn how to identify, understand, evaluate and control this reflective energy. Thermography also requires deep knowledge of physics and environmental factors that influence surface temperatures.
Thermography has two big advantages or other NDT (nondestructive testing) tech:
- Speed – thermography is almost instantaneous
- In-situ inspection – large areas or a vast number of objects can be tested in a short period of time
Other advantages include:
- Environmentally friendly
- No destruction of what’s being examined
- Major savings in employee compensation, downtime and machinery costs
- Can be done day or night
Contact at (888) 925-4404 or via our online form to talk about inspecting your pipes – and saving you money.