The Use of Thermography in Industrial Predictive Maintenance

  • Colin Nicholls


Potential problems in industrial equipment associated with overheated bearings, overloaded couplings and overheated motors are often located using sensitive infrared thermography. Thermographic inspection-based predictive maintenance programmes can therefore be extremely beneficial in terms of increased production and profit and by carrying out inspections at least every 3–6 months can ensure these benefits are achieved. Predictive Maintenance has been defined as determining, when plant is going to fail in time to take corrective action. Two approaches are used at present. One is statistical analysis based on past history to predict future failure. The other is real time instrumental analysis to diagnose current conditions of equipment and if potential problems exist.


Infrared Thermography Energy Leakage Predictive Maintenance Overhead Transmission Line Electrical Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin Nicholls
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  1. 1.NIKAT AssociatesChesterUK

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