There are more thermography considerations related to electrical applications than taught today and another difference between our thermography applications versus others. If you are here to see how electrical is wasted, GHG emissions are created and how to address electrical waste as well as achieve Kyoto’s important objectives, go to ELECTRICAL WASTE, EXCESSIVE EMISSIONS and HEAT LOSS IMAGES

I have been imaging electrical distribution since 1979 and electrical is one of the most recognized applications for thermography today. Roughly 95% of thermography taught today is electrical/mechanical. Power Generation, Gas Plants, oilfield, lumbermills, etc are insured for production losses, using thermography responsibly is invaluable in avoiding losses from electrical failure.

If you are an insurer and not using thermography, you are paying out losses that otherwise would be saved. Insurers should be making sure industrial processes have the best power factor they can. Electrical Providers bring a power factor of .9 into your facility and equipment will last longer with a good power factor, energy savings can be realized.

I have had industrial processes schedule their electrical shutdowns based on the information we provided because responsible infrared can locate sources of electrical problems which otherwise may not be seen until failure. Early detection of electrical problems can save lives and/or significant expense later.  Thermography is not an intrusive electrical inspection, you inspect electrical while it is under load so there isn’t a disruption in services with infrared inspections.

Below you will see list of electrical equipment inspected.

Some of you may be here to hear about electrical load because of shortages during heat waves. Others are here to hear about Kyoto, greenhouse gas emissions and reductions of emissions. Reducing emissions means less consumption and people don’t like to go without electricity. Buildings use energy for heating and cooling, lots of it is wasted emissions that couldn’t be seen before. Here is an example of big electrical waste with one function of buildings called HEAT GAIN IMAGES

Kyoto is missing critical data and the emissions are related to electrical load or consumption of non renewable resources. After you have looked at the heat gain images above, heat loss is anther building function requiring electrical and here are HEAT LOSS IMAGES


  • Power distribution and high tension lines


  • Transformers
  • Transformer bushings
  • Capacitor Buss Connections
  • Disconnects
  • Fuse Clips
  • Buss Connections
  • Relays and Breakers
  • All control connections


  • Breakers and contacts
  • Buss and fuse connections
  • Fuse clips & stub connectors


  • Connectors and contacts
  • Molded case and armbreakers
  • Buss stubs and fuse clips
  • Thermal overloads


  • Bolted connections
  • Conductor fatigue


  • Generator windings
  • Generator brush riggings
  • Generator feeders to primary
  • Breakers and transformers
  • Exciters
  • Voltage regulators
  • Relays and metering devices
  • Boilers
  • Associated stem piping
  • Heat exchangers
  • Radiators
  • Cooling towers
  • Motor control centers
  • Diesel engines & exhaust manifolds
  • Compressors

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