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Volume 1, Issue 2
March, 2000


ing and poorly maintained electrical Inside this issue:
By Robert Rogers, itc Level II,
itc Infrared Course Instructor equipment that is important. This is the
reason why annual infrared inspection

Focus on Applications: 2
is so important to detect thermal New Starter Problems
here are a number of anomalies before they become major
factors and consid- problems. Meet the Staff 2
erations to determine what
temperatures measured on The following is a thermogram of a
About the itc 3
electrical circuits constitute a problem. 1200 Amp 3Ø main circuit breaker with
The initial design of electrical equip- a measured temperature rise of 25 Cº
ment is the foundation, good or bad, Contact Information 3
that determines the types of thermal
“Traveling only 15 feet from the building
anomalies encountered at each site. Upcoming Classes 3
One factor is wire size. Wiring of an to my vehicle, I heard a loud explosion
electrical circuit is based on the load and the building lost power. The breaker
current / demand and whether a motor had exploded!” Continuing Education for
is connected to the circuit which would Thermographers
require large start-up currents. Other
considerations are the wire type, insu- over ambient on the “B” phase. This
lation type (THHN etc.), and the cur- temperature had been reported every
rent load on the circuit. year to management as a problem,
that due to its “indirect” temperature
Electrical problems become worse when implications, should be corrected as- September 24-27
electrical circuits, due to increased cir- soon-as possible. The first year of the Orlando
cuit demands, are expanded to include annual infrared scan, the temperature
additional loads. It is when these loads/ measured on the “B” phase was 10 Cº
circuits are added that
overloaded conditions de-
velop and are com-
pounded every time a cir-
cuit is added. Often the
total load current at the
circuit breaker or fuse
disconnect switch which
feeds the circuit/load is
never measured by the
installing electrician. This
condition is just as im-
portant in a residential or The last visual and thermal images of the 1200 Amp breaker ever taken!
an industrial setting. It is
the increase in heat due to circuit load- (Continued on page 2)


(Continued from page 1) was a VERY SERIOUS problem, indirect temperature rise on elec-
over ambient. The second year, and the electrical circuit should be trical switchgear!!
the temperature rise was 15 Cº shut down, I finished the report far
over ambient. Last year, the tem- away from the electrical switch-
perature rise was 25 Cº over am- gear and left the building. Travel-
bient! Indirect temperatures must ing only 15 feet from the building “Indirect temperatures must be taken
be taken seriously as they repre- to my vehicle, I heard a loud ex- seriously as they represent
sent temperatures that are only a plosion and the building lost temperatures that are only a fraction of
fraction of the actual temperature power. The breaker had exploded! the actual temperature inside an
inside an electrical device. After electrical device.”
stating to management that this Give serious consideration to any

By Richard Harrison, itc Level I, a hot spot on one of the motor
Cummins Engine Company starters. Not only could this have “… just because you have new equipment,

caused unscheduled downtime, doesn't mean it's right.”
but also was a potential fire haz-
attended the itc ard.
IR School in Bos-
ton during the Decem- It was replaced and then re-
ber 1999 session and scanned to make sure the problem
subsequently received was corrected. This case not only
my Level I Thermogra- proves the value of having an IR
pher Certification. I program, but shows how, just be-
was very impressed cause you have new equipment,
with the classes. doesn't mean it's right.!

Richard receives an “IR Thinking” T

I do all the predictive maintenance
shirt for his contribution. Thank you
including vibration analysis, infra- Richard! - Editor Note damaged terminalon old starter
red, & oil analysis at the Cummins
Engine Company Consolidated Die-
sel Plant here in North Carolina. I
monitor the machine line drilling,
milling & grinding machinery.

Here is a case I worked on a few

weeks ago. I was starting to check
all electrical panels on a newly
(within 2 years) installed machine
line, when I discovered a potential
problem. While I was scanning a
machine control panel, I detected
IR Images of Starter Before and After Replacement

M E E T T H E S TA F F - L I S A W E S T

and traveled extensively in sup-
s. West is the itc Inter- port of customers.
national Manager and
holds a B.Sc. degree in electrical She leads the ITC International
engineering and computer sci- with real world experience in
ence. technology, products and applica-
tions. She has published numer-
She worked for Pacific Telesis and ous articles and is an active mem-
Intel before joining FLIR Systems ber of the infrared community,
in 1992. Lisa spent her first 6 both as a speaker and committee
years as an applications engineer, member.! Lisa West
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