Emergency Power Services: Infrared Technology Improves Preventative Maintenance

An emergency situation calls for reliable backup equipment. Generators serve as a secondary power source for both business and residential buildings. Specific services are recommended by the National Fire Protection Association or NFPA. This organization is in charge of the installation and maintenance of emergency power services, and tests the components used for operation. Load tests protect your generator from fire ignition arising from carbon buildup. Additional evaluations determine the functionality of certain components.

Providers must have a dependable way to detect needed maintenance and upgrades. An infrared scan is one of the newer methods for detecting system component problems. This technology is used to detect equipment failures, overloads, imbalances, bad connections, or hot spots. Scanning can be performed annually to keep all system components in check.

NFPA 110: Benefits of Infrared System Imaging

NFPA 110 guidelines suggest various monthly and periodic tests for your backup power supply. Infrared scanning can detect problems with multiple system components, including main distribution panels, disconnects, generator controls, and transfer switches. This testing method is typically used as a preventative maintenance tool. You can save money, decrease down time, and experience improved safety when this tool is used. Scanning prevents major equipment failures and less expensive repair costs.

When a problem can be detected before it actually halts operations, down time is significantly reduced. Needed repairs may be scheduled more conveniently without cutting into important processes. Having this insight assists in preventing fire hazards and reduces the chance of a complete system failure.

Large facilities may take as long as a day to scan, depending on the ratio of bigger to smaller items being scanned. You can have this scan performed in house, but doing so puts the equipment costs and training expenses on your business account.

Prime Power has all the necessary equipment for performing a scan. Our technicians have thorough device training and can complete the process for your company’s facility in the shortest time possible. Since our experts are quite familiar with NFPA 110, they test with these standards in mind. Scanning may indicate a generator issue needing immediate repair or show signs of reduced efficiency. Results can be used to enhance the productivity of your backup supply.

You receive verbal result communication and survey images after the scan has been completed. Image findings include a detailed description of what is being shown. You will also be provided a final survey analysis, along with any repair recommendations. A second scanning occurs after repairs to ensure the issue has been fixed. Most problems found during infrared scanning will have to be scheduled for repairs, though in some instances, a problem may be resolved during the scan. The possession of certain on-hand tools will determine if this is possible.

Scanning is highly beneficial for performing preventative maintenance on transfer switches. A problem not found during inspection or load testing may be easily detected with a scan. This type of surveying may be performed during any time of the day. A full electrical load is required to detect possible issues. You can learn a lot about your emergency power services with an infrared scan. Schedule an appointment today to have one of our technicians perform this worthwhile evaluation on your system.

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