Thermal Imaging & Electrical Surveying
With the release of the SATIR D500, which is an ideal thermal imaging camera for carrying out large scale electrical surveying, we thought we would discuss some of our FAQ’s on thermal imaging and electrical surveying.
What is the benefit of electrical surveying with a thermal camera?
The main benefit of carrying out electrical surveying with a thermal camera is that the camera can see potential problems which are not visible to the human eye that it acts a as preventative measure from large scale power outages and costly repairs. Regular electrical surveying can also measure the effectiveness of the electrical equipment and this can sometimes result in energy savings. The reason why electrical pylons would be surveyed using a thermal infrared camera is that it is non-invasive that the electrical current doesn’t need to be powered off to facilitate the survey. Any issues or repairs can be identified easily and be planned around business hours with regular thermography surveying.
What type of faults will show up on the thermal imaging camera?
- Loose Connections
- Defective equipment
- Faulty Connections
- Systems overheating
And Many More!
Example of Bad/Loose Connection Thermal image of Faulty Electrical Connection
Thermal Image of an Electrical Cable Break Thermal Image of Faulty Disconnection
Why is the D500 a suitable thermal camera for electrical surveying?
The D500 is an effective thermal imager for electrical surveying particularly for surveying electrical pylons due to a number of reasons. Firstly, it has a 640x480 infrared detector which contributes to the D500 delivering excellent imaging quality and it also has the latest image processing technology to reduce interference. It comes equipped with a 5MP CCD camera which delivers a clear visual to allow users to compare the infrared image with a digital image. The D500 has been ergonomically designed similar to the D300 as it fits easily and comfortably in the user’s hand with its lightweight design. It is a compact, lightweight tool that allows users to store up to 32GB of data which can be still or video recordings. The D500 has a 3.5” LCD screen which will allow the users to see the infrared image with clear and defined details. The D500 has a long battery life makes it ideal for large scale pylon or solar panel surveying as battery life lasts up to 5 hours which means when out on a survey the user does not need to be carrying extra batteries or charger with them. The D500 also have a range of interchangeable lenses available on request which let users to tailor the D500 to the sights or application.
It has been proven thermal imaging of electrical pylons helps to prevent the costly downtime & emergency repairs. The users are looking for more details on the camera to assist in detecting the problems sooner so hence the increase in the detector & also the sensitivity is required. At SATIR, we understand this and have designed the D500 which we believe will meet the customers’ needs are affordable prices.