Are Electrical Switchgear Surveys still the “Low-Hanging Fruit” of Infrared Thermography?

Are Electrical Switchgear Surveys still the “Low-Hanging Fruit” of
Infrared Thermography?

By: Gregory R. Stockton
ElectricIR.com

ABSTRACT

Eleven years ago, the author published “NOT the low hanging fruit of Infrared Thermography”, a paper discussing why thermographers should explore the many upcoming applications for infrared thermography (IRt) – other than the electrical application. Since then, many changes have occurred in the world of infrared (IR) and in electrical infrared, most of them good for thermography. Even though every application is on the rise, switchgear IR testing remains the most popular infrared application and its use is growing faster than all others.

This paper discusses the development of the technology, market forces, safety and risk management considerations, insurance industry forces, government regulations and the future of electrical infrared.

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