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THERMAL IMAGING AND AIRBORNE ULTRASOUND AS A KEY COMPONENT TO PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE

Today’s maintenance departments are continually being asked to do more. Unfortunately, in most cases, they are being asked to do more with less. That is why it is critical for those in the maintenance and reliability fields to have access to professional technicians to aid in making better decisions about the health of the facility’s assets.

After all, maintenance is all about getting the most life out of an asset as efficiently as possible. It is also imperative that we begin to move away from reactive maintenance to performing more predictive or condition based maintenance tasks. Thermal imaging and Airborne ultrasound is a great place to start. This technology continues to enhance predictive maintenance, equipment reliability, and energy conservation applications.

SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS AND RESPONSIBILITES

A photovoltaic system ranges from small, rooftop-mounted or building-integrated systems with capacities from a few to several tens of kilowatts, to large utility-scale power stations of hundreds of megawatts. Nowadays, most PV systems are grid-connected, while off-grid or stand-alone systems only account for a small portion of the market. Operating silently and without any moving parts or environmental emissions, PV systems have developed from being niche market applications into a mature technology used for mainstream electricity generation.

As an owner of a Solar PV System there are inherited responsibilities, operational and maintenance requirements of your solar PV system for your safety, as well as the safety of other customers. You are required to maintain the solar PV installation and any associated equipment in a safe working order at all times. Some of the key requirements are:

  • Ensuring the solar PV system remains compliant with the Technical and Operations requirements detailed in the Australian Standards.
  • Ensuring the solar PV system is inspected and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Where there are no manufacturer’s recommendations, inspection and condition-based maintenance shall be performed by a qualified person.
  • If requested by Electricity suppliers, provide results of any inspections carried out in accordance with the maintenance requirements.
  • Ensuring the system remains compliant to Australian Standards, including labelling of the switchboard.
  • Displaying the inverter isolation procedure at the main switchboard.
WHAT IS THERMAL IMAGING?
WHAT IS AIRBORNE ULTRASONICS?
WHAT IS A SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM?

ADVANTAGES OF USING THERMOGRAPHY AND AIRBORNE ULTRASONIC

  • Quick problem detection without interrupting service
  • Prevention of premature failure and extension of equipment life
  • Identification of potentially dangerous or hazardous equipment
  • Reduction in Insurance Premiums
  • Effective infrared scanning in order to save revenue and prevent down-time

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