Whitepaper: Best Practices for using Infrared Thermography for Condition Monitoring of Utility Substation Assets

We have all grown dependent on power being delivered reliably and continuously whenever we need or want it. Many utility system assets are both aging and being loaded past anything previously imagined. Replacement equipment, especially transformers, may be months or years in construction and delivery. The cost of a failure in the grid can, as a result, have costly, even devastating, consequences.

Utilities have long practiced preventive maintenance (PM), but economic pressure on all line items in a budget has not spared maintenance where cost reductions have been common and considerable. The use of condition monitoring technologies, such as dissolved gas-oil analysis (DGA), airborne ultrasound, and infrared thermography, have not only helped reduce unnecessary PMs, but have also offered greater assurance that assets are performing as they should.

If you are a plant manager or maintenance supervisor the information contained in this whitepaper, authored by The Snell Group, will help you understand how to get the most accurate information from infrared imaging of your electrical assets.