In general, electrical and mechanical connections will heat up before they fail. With electrical connections, a load on the circuit combined with a poor connection will cause arcing, creating a hot spot. Mechanical components such as bearings will heat up with increased friction, or misalignment. While undetectable to the naked eye, these issues are clearly visible with thermal imaging.
Viper’s Critical Asset Monitoring system utilizes FLIR thermal imaging cameras to monitor for temperature increases. The system will alarm, notifying plant engineering teams of a problem before it shuts down the line or a machine.