It is difficult to quantify this saving and come up with a figure that can be included in a proposal or report. What is the price of peace of mind? When considering this, it is worth remembering that the French APSAD certification organisation has reported that 48% of companies go out of business after a fire. In residential properties, the consequences are somewhat different but equally costly, with occupants seeing their treasured possessions and their way of life destroyed.
Advantages of preventive maintenance
IR windows help to reduce the risk of fire by making it easier to inspect electrical equipment. This reduces the cost of inspection and because the equipment can remain energised, causes minimal disruption. Since it’s not necessary to open the enclosure to carry out the thermographic inspection, electrical equipment can remain energised throughout, which has the added benefit that the IR camera will measure the equipment’s true working temperature. Inspections typically take no more than a few minutes and they reveal anomalous heating quickly and reliably.
This is the most important benefit of thermographic inspection in equipment fitted with IR windows, but it is far from being the only one.
Ensure that the production-line keeps running
Regular inspection of electrical equipment helps to ensure that it is kept in tip-top condition. This reduces the risk of unexpected breakdowns, which can lead to costly repairs, but also costly downtime in production. When thermographic inspection detects minor faults, these can be carefully assessed and, in many cases, they can be dealt with during planned shutdowns or at least at a time when minimum disruption will be caused by taking the equipment out of service to carry out repairs.
Reduce the cost of maintenance
Additionally, IR windows can actually reduce maintenance costs. While it is not a substitute for routine maintenance, regular thermographic inspection generally prolongs the lifetime of electrical equipment. Inspection with thermal cameras through IR windows provides fast and reliable confirmation that equipment is working well and that no unexpected heating is occurring.
Finally, long-term cost benefits can, in some cases, be gained as a result of lower insurance premiums. Building and business insurers respond favourably to seeing that a company has taken measures to reduce fire risks. Installing IR windows like H.VIR® in electrical equipment complemented by routine thermographic inspections.
As we’ve seen, this combination of measures not only significantly reduces the risk of fires, it also reduces the risk of disruption caused by equipment failures. The presence of infrared windows in electrical equipment is likely to be particularly well regarded by insurers.
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.