Thermography, Ultrasound, Corona Detection, and Vibration
IPI Infrared are proud to offer one of the most comprehensive predictive maintenance services in Australia. Our Services are conducted by highly trained and experienced practitioners, utilizing the best equipment and practices in the industry.
Our reports are prepared to the latest international standards, and we customize our data presentation to suit your specific analysis requirements. Most importantly, our imaging and data collection techniques and expertise allow us to find what many are unable to.Our expertise includes:
Thermal ImagingOur thermographers have decades of real world experience across a variety of industries. Most notably the most common application for thermal imaging is for preventative and predictive maintenance, which typically includes scanning of electrical distributions systems and mechanical and rotating plant equipment.Our expertise also extends to applications such as structural integrity and energy loss for building envelopes. We also undertake a wide variety of Research and Design applications which include material testing, quality assurance, and forensics.
This extraordinary useful and often misunderstood technology is extremely effective in detecting the effects of Corona, Arcing/Tracking, Partial Discharge, Gas/Air Leaks, and other types of mechanical failure.
This innovative NDT (NonDestructive Testing) technology enables us to pinpoint and documents UV Corona and partial discharge arcing. Our technicians can detect UV emission in full daylight making this ideal for safe and quick inspections of overhead transmission lines and high voltage substations.
As an additional diagnostic parameter, we can provide contact vibration measurement data where necessary or on request.See FAQs for more information.
EXPERIENCE PAYS… find more faults more often
Anyone who regularly undertakes preventative maintenance surveys will tell you just how much they have saved. Whether it’s avoiding plant downtime, injury to personnel, or damage to equipment, the savings are generally in the tens of thousands (and often much more).
Combined with timely, effective repairs, preventative maintenance inspections can have a significant impact on facility reliability and profitability. Conducting a safe and effective inspection; however, is more than simply pointing and shooting an infrared camera or ultrasound monitor.
Nearly anyone can find a few obvious exceptions; however, it takes an expert to spot the not–so-obvious exceptions that can create major problems.
Trusting your survey to inexperienced or under skilled operators puts you at risk of simply not discovering faults in time, and reverting to a costly reactive maintenance scenario.
For almost 20 years, IPI infrared has been fine tuning our craft to deliver you one of the best quality services in the industry. Basically, we find more faults more often and can save you more money.
You Only Get What You Pay For…
The old adage couldn’t be truer than with preventative maintenance services. The hourly rate is usually a good indicator of their experience, equipment capabilities, equipment investment, and the overall quality of service they are likely to deliver. IPI infrared has built our success on
1. Highly experienced thermographers and technicians
2. Continuous training of staff
3. World Best Practices in measurement and reporting
4. Reliable and Capable Measurement Equipment
5. Reliable IT backbone and Strict Data Management Policies.
It is important to remember that a program differs from a one-time inspection. The hallmarks of our programs are dedicated, trained personnel, and periodic inspections and follow up. Perhaps the greatest benefit to a company is that our properly designed preventative maintenance inspection programs will provide long-term value and serve as a valuable resource to a company.
IR Equipment – Our Measurement Capabilities
As one of Australia’s largest suppliers of thermal imaging cameras, we pride ourselves on having ALL the latest equipment. We have one of Australia’s largest facilities for Infrared Camera maintenance, service and calibration of equipment. Our wide range of suppliers ensures we have the best products to suit our thermographic requirements.
Super High Resolution, High Sensitivity, and Fast Frame Rates
Our professional cameras are equipped at the highest levels. With resolutions up to 1.2 MP (1280×960), 60 Hz frame rates and very high sensitivity down to 0.03°C. This is very important for detail on fast moving or rotating objects. You will get VERY HIGH-quality images that will clearly and easily document the thermal condition.
Double Redundancy – No Downtime
In this business UPTIME is everything. Most infrared surveys are critically timed to coincide with planned shutdowns, special access opportunities, or optimal process conditions. Added to this we often work in remote locations where, if something were to go wrong with our equipment, it would cause costly delays to the survey process. To ensure no downtime on our equipment (or delays to your imaging) IPI Infrared have a double redundancy policy. That means having 2 SETS of everything so there is ZERO downtime or interruption to our services. An equipment failure will NOT prevent us from completing our scheduled workload. We always attend sites with a spare thermal camera, batteries and chargers, data cards, cables and visual cameras.
Real-Time Continuous Monitoring
Our cameras have real-time video capture capabilities, as well as remote monitoring capabilities. This means we can set the camera up to watch a process and record several minutes or hours of footage to be reviewed later or broken down second by second. This can provide excellent troubleshooting data for applications where an “incident or excursion” occurs in split seconds, or where an incident or excursion may occur periodically, say every couple of hours.
Multiple Lenses – Long Distance or Wide Angle
IPI Infrared have both telephoto lenses for distance work and wide angle lenses for large or close-up targets. With telephoto lenses, the camera can produce some of the highest spatial resolutions in the industry which give us enormous distance capabilities. The wide angle lenses allow us to capture large pieces of machinery or equipment in fewer frames, thus enabling better perspective and comparison of data within the same image.
We can easily customize the output of our cameras and software to suit your own software requirements. All the standard outputs are available, such as raw data, JPG or BMP images. Reports can be produced in protected Word Documents or PDFs.Howeverwealsohave the ability to further customize on request
Original Images – Auditing of Data
You will have access to the ORIGINAL fully radiometric JPG images, and we encourage you to keep them on file for future reference and auditing purposes. FREE software can be provided so that you can review the original data to independently verify measurements. The original image contains all the camera settings and information that determines how the measurements were calculated by the camera.
If any settings in the camera are accidentally wrong, or the operator doesn’t have a sound understanding of the measurement correction, the temperatures measured will be meaningless and could dangerously understate a situation.
Common mistakes for inputs and parameter settings include: emissivity, distance, reflected radiation (Tref), Ambient (Tamb), selected temperature range, the range of the image (which is independent of the temperature scale) and any filter settings for different lenses or optics (such as infrared windows). These key parameters need to be independently assessed alongside the image to ensure the validity of any claimed measurement.
For example, a thermographer may discover a hotspot on a low emissivity surface and simply report the quoted temperature. If he/she has not taken the emissivity into account, the reported temperature will be significantly lower than the actual temperature, and therefore be understated. If the emissivity has been changed to account for the surface material, anyone relying on the data needs to be able to qualify what correction was used, and is it likely to introduce a significant error?”
IPI infrared is often asked to independently audit thermography surveys. Through the above process, we discover many situations where measurements are seriously overstated or understated because of a parameter input error.
Our Facilities and Support Capabilities
IPI Infrared is located at 15/634-644 Mitcham Road, Mitcham Victoria. Approx. 23 km east from the City Center and approx. 45km from the Melbourne Airport.For 20 years, the family owned and run business has provided a wide range of measurement solutions, expert training, consultancy advice and thermal imaging services. Visit www.ipi-inst.com.auto learn more about our experience.
Our IT Capability – Secure and Reliable
When data is lost, corrupted or stolen it can cause huge delays to a survey and in some cases compromise the entire project. The collection of data can be very expensive. It needs to be done in a timely manner, and we only want to do it once.
The IT function is the backbone of any reliable service. The real product from a camera is the information it has captured, and this must be managed by the IT system. As such a Thermography Survey is completely dependent on the IT function.
Poor IT knowledge and inadequate systems will inevitably compromise the quality of a thermal imaging service.
When it comes to IT Systems we pride ourselves on a VERY reliable system that can support a wide range of IT functions. Due to the large volume of critical data in our business, we have our own team of in-house IT technicians that constantly maintain our systems.
You can be sure that the data we have collected and transmit is secure, and will never go missing or be compromised. Once collected, data is always uploaded to more than one location, so that if a camera or PC is ever stolen, lost, or destroyed by fire or water, there is always another backup.
Our Customers – Our Experience
IPI infrared has performed surveys for hundreds of organizations. From the Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research (i.e., NuclearReactor)inIndia,to Mine Sites in Central WA, to Overhead Networks and substations in Fiji,our work is far traveled and varied.
The following is an overview of the type of industries we operate in and a typical customer selection from each:
- Mining; Newmont, BHP Mining Sites
- Smelting; BlueScope, Alcoa,
- Automotive; Toyota, Ford
- Food Manufacturing; Patties Pies, Parmalat
- Manufacturing; Scania, Nylex
- Hotels & Resorts; Hilton, Holiday Inn
- Power Generation; Coogee Energy, AGL, Loy Yang
- Veterinary: Various vets and horse trainers
- R&D: CSIRO, Various Universities.
- Pest Management: Various Pest Control Companies
We have operated in a wide variety of industries, including chemical, petrochemical, mining, nuclear, manufacturing, power transmission and distribution, smelting, veterinary, R&D, Building Sciences, Pest Management. This scope of applications has prepared us for a wide variety of measurement scenarios. High temperature, high speed, large targets, small targets, dangerous & explosive environments, confined spaces, moving and rotating targets, variable emissivity, using filters and optics for specialized measurement.
Measurement and Reporting Standards
IPI Infrared prides ourselves on our measurement capabilities and our ability to prepare, survey and document asset condition in a thorough and effective manner. All surveys are performed in accordance with the International Standards set forth by organizations such as the Infraspection Institute. See guideline attached.
This ensures the integrity of the survey at all times, with respect to measurement certainty and repeatability in future surveys. The application of quantitative measurement (measuring temperatures) is fundamental to this outcome, and our policy on our measurement practice is outlined below.
Emissivity, Reflected Temperature and Transmittance
- IPI Infrared employ the “GUIDELINE FOR MEASURING AND COMPENSATING FOR REFLECTED TEMPERATURE, EMITTANCE & TRANSMITTANCE” See attached.
- With respect to emissivity, IPI Infrared will ONLY use surface modification methods to measure a low emissivity target. We will NEVER guess or estimate a low emissivity target, based on the arbitrary value listed in an emissivity table. This practice leads to considerable measurement errors.
- We use the reflector method for reflection correction.
- When using Infrared Windows (filters), the transmission loss will be calculated using the documented method.
Corrected Maximum Allowable Temperatures – The Importance of Load Correction
A fundamental part of any “Quantitative” infrared survey is being able to measure loads and account for them. IPI Infrared uses a corrected maximum allowable temperature rating for the reduced operating load and actual ambient temperature of the exception. Using a fixed threshold or criteria set without accounting for the load can be very misleading if a component is under reduced load.
Complimentary Technologies – Other Measurements
Infrared measurement by itself is not a complete measurement tool. To give meaning to temperature measurement we often need to provide other crucial information (i.e. such as loads). For example knowing the temperature of a circuit breaker can be meaningless without a measured load reading taken with an amp meter (see corrected maximum allowable temperature).
IPI Infrared also uses VIBRATION & ULTRASOUND technologies to provide additional measurement data on electrical and mechanical systems. This is an invaluable tool to provide further evidence of a specific condition, or perhaps even identify the root cause.