Maintaining electrical systems and machinery
From Nationwide Insurance
The following information is provided by Nationwide, the #1 farm and ranch insurer in the U.S.
If not detected and corrected early, excessive heat due to problems with electrical or mechanical systems can lead to equipment failures, lengthy production shut-downs and catastrophic fires.
More than two-thirds of electrical system failures can be prevented by having a routine preventive maintenance program. In fact, the failure rate of electrical equipment is three times higher for components that aren’t part of a scheduled preventive maintenance program.
Infrared thermography is the practice of using specialized electronic cameras to identify heat patterns and, in special situations, to measure temperatures. The most typical type of thermography cameras produce live and still images of heat radiation, called thermograms or thermographs. Thermal imaging cameras can detect very minor temperature differentials that can be useful in analyzing potential problem areas in your electrical production equipment.
Benefits of thermographic surveys
- Early detection of problem areas, allowing sufficient time to acquire replacement parts or perform necessary maintenance
- More accurate estimates of equipment life span
- Reduction or prevention of emergency maintenance
- Improved overall productivity and profitability
Who should consider thermographic surveys?
- Businesses with very limited operational seasons that cannot tolerate even minimal downtime
- Businesses with continuous multiple shifts, which do not permit extended maintenance periods
- Operations with critical equipment that could pose a severe bottleneck to production, or which have a substantial replacement lead time
- Businesses with budgets that want to reduce maintenance costs
Nationwide maintains a staff of trained Level 1 certified thermographers available to conduct site surveys of your facility. Associates are located in Alabama, California, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio and Oklahoma, but surveys outside of these states can be arranged.
Upon completion of the site survey, a report is provided that includes thermal images of any potential problem areas and recommendations for corrective actions
To learn more or to request a thermal imaging survey, contact your agribusiness risk management consultant at Nationwide by calling 1-800-228-6700 or visit nationwide.com/cfbf.
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