If charged with keeping your facility up and running, you’re most likely aware of the cost savings and value of implementing an infrared predictive maintenance program (PdM) for your electrical distribution system and may have recently decided to set one up. If that’s the case you have two options, either learn, create, and implement the program yourself, or hire an expert outside contractor to do it for you. Creating an infrared PdM program yourself can be done but a far better solution is to find and hire an expert that can do it for you. Here are five reasons why hiring an outside contractor for your electrical infrared inspections is a great cost saving idea.
Saves You Time– When your facility is up and running, you have teams working daily on maintenance and improvements to keep it that way. A lot of times, your manpower is short and the pile of to-dos on your desk seems never ending. Because of this reason, hiring an outside contractor to implement an electrical infrared inspection can save you and your team time by allowing you to focus on the maintenance projects that keep you in operation. When an outside contractor sets up and maintains a regularly scheduled infrared PdM program for you, they work through your facility while you go about your day. When they’re finished, they report their findings to you and shortly after they leave, they email electronic PDF reports or have you log in to their client portal to download your reports. All of that was created in the same time you were working on your pile of to-dos. Great, one less thing for you to worry about.
Saves You Training Cost- In order to set up an electrical infrared inspection program, you first have to learn about infrared thermography and how to set up a program. To become a thermographer or send your employees to become thermographers takes time and money spent on training. Most certified infrared level-I classes aren’t cheap but can be taken online or in person. In either case, you’re most likely paying for the thermography class as well as the time lost that you could be working in your facility. Hiring an electrical infrared company solves this for you because they have all the training and certifications necessary to implement a PdM program.
They Are Experts- A third reason why you should hire an outside contractor for your electrical infrared inspections is because they are the experts. Most good thermographers have achieved a very high certification level and have thousands of hours of experience working in the field. With a company that specializes in electrical infrared thermography, they typically have certified thermographers who were once electricians. Their experience scanning electrical systems with infrared imagers allows them to gain an expertise that provides a greater understanding of what they come across in electrical system infrared scans. Implementing a quality infrared inspection program by hiring an expert is a very good use of budgetary dollars because of what they might find that you may miss. Cost savings can be achieved by hiring an outside electrical thermographer.
Better Equipment and Software- Let’s say you pay to have a maintenance person trained to be a certified level-I infrared thermographer. Great, you have a thermographer on staff. Now comes the cost of equipment and reporting software. Typically, a standard infrared imager with the qualities specified in the infrared standards costs upwards of $6,000. In order to create good infrared reports that have data, images, and trending, infrared software is needed. Software packages vary by manufacturer but can be upwards of $2,000. Getting basic equipment and software to implement an infrared program plus the time it takes to learn to use both can really add up. Even after getting the equipment and software for yourself, chances are good that an outside contractor has better equipment and software to collect better data, images, and produce better reporting.
They Make It Easy- Probably the most significant reason to hire an outside electrical infrared inspection company is that they simply make it easy for you. Creating a good infrared program, scanning equipment, and creating clear reports is something an outside contractor does all the time. There is a science and art to it. They have the equipment, knowledge, and experience to make setting up an infrared inspection program a breeze. A good outside contractor is focused on serving their customers and great outside contractors focus on making it easy for their customers. Making it easy for yourself is a great reason to look to an outside contractor for your infrared PdM program.
When faced with creating an infrared PdM program for the electrical distribution system in your facility, why add more to your plate when you could hire an outside contractor? With hiring the expertise of an outside infrared contractor you save time, money, and get a better program for your facility. Reduce your todo list by one task and give an electrical infrared inspection company a call today.