Thermal Imaging For Electrical Systems

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Whether your electrical load centers involve inside motor control centers, outside substations, or individual equipment panels, a thermal inspection or program by Top to Bottom Inspections will identify problem areas by inspecting hundreds of connections per day.  On average, about a third of them will be severe enough tot ake corrective action within thirty days or less.  Compare those figures with the costs of equipment failure, down time, emergency repair service, and "product in process" losses and judge for yourself.  Also electrical distribution and connections will cause premature deterioration in the life of electrical equipment.

Cost Effective?

The list below shows the estimated replacement costs of equipment that can be damaged by faulty connections or components.  These costs are for the replacement equipment and straight time labor costs only, and do not include replacing conductors and cables, repairing other damage caused by fire or smoke, overtime repair costs, and/or production losses.

Component Estimated Replacement Cost
400 Amp 480V 3Ø Fused Disconnect $800 to $1,000
400 Amp 480V 3Ø Distribution Panel $1,200 to $1,500
600 Amp 480V 3Ø Fused Disconnect $1,500 to $1,800
600 Amp 480V 3Ø Molded Case Breaker $1,600 to $2,000
1200 Amp 480V 3Ø Molded Case Breaker $2,400 to $3,000
NEMA Size 5 Starter $5,000 to $6,000
600 Amp 15KV 3Ø Fused Disconnect $7,000 to $9,000
10 ft. of 2,000 Amp 480V 3Ø Bus Duct $8,000 to $10,000
2,000 KVA 13,200/480V Oil Filled Transformer $25,000 to $30,000

All Work is Performed in Compliance with NFPA 70E Arc Flash PPE

NFPA 70E recommends that only "qualified" personnel be allowed to perform work inside the flash protection boundary.  Thermographers must be accompanied by "qualified" individuals if they intend to have panel covers removed.  Both the thermographer and the additional person should be in full PPE.