Using IR windows to inspect electrical equipment means not having to shut down production lines to perform routine inspections. It allows you to implement a faster procedure without pre- and post-inspection operations. This takes away major inconveniences in inspections and will allow companies inspect equipment more regularly, thus reducing the risk of breakdowns or even fires.
Of the factors contributing to the cost of an IR window, size is the most obvious with larger windows costing more than their smaller counterparts. Large windows though give a wider view and can allow the inspection of several points. Small windows are usually used to inspect individual connectors so you may need more than one on each electrical enclosure.
Quality is next factor affecting cost. It is a mistake to think that all IR windows are created equal. In reality, this is far from true. A cheap IR window might appear to be a money saver at the time of purchase but may well create costly problems at a later stage.
It is important to note that an infrared window needs to be truly transparent to infrared radiation. A low-quality, inexpensive window may not be truly transparent, or its transparency may vary according to the wavelength of the radiation, which relates to temperature. Both of these factors can lead to the IR camera giving inaccurate and potentially misleading results that make it difficult or even impossible to detect equipment faults. This would be a dangerous mistake.
Taking all of these factors into account, it is clear that it is important to invest in good quality IR windows from a reliable manufacturer that is willing and able to guarantee both performance and durability. IR windows from Wintech Groupe meet all these requirements.
While considering costs, it is essential to remember that to make effective use of the windows, a thermal camera will also be needed. It is important to check the transmission curve of the IR window to make sure that it works on the wavelength as the camera. The H.VIR® IR window – manufactured by Wintech Groupe’s subsidiary SOREM – is the only optical window in the world to be equipped with a Wideband crystal (Bands I, II and III) covering the field of use of all IR cameras on the market (0,3 µm to 13 µm).
Wintech Groupe invites you to continue your research on the reduction of industrial fire risks by reading our other articles about the advantages of infrared windows.