Hot trends: 6 top benefits of infrared monitoring

Thermal imaging sensors, such as the Fluke 3550 FC, combined with infrared camera software can positively impact your preventive maintenance (PM) program. Fluke 3550 FC Thermal Imaging Sensors are designed to integrate with Fluke Connect, which links wireless tests tools to smartphones and their data to the cloud.

Comparing captured images over time is simple because they are taken at regular intervals at a specific location.

What makes these thermal imaging sensors helpful? They can record abnormal thermal patterns—high-resistance contact surface, load imbalances, and failed components—at any time of day. They can autocapture, then save infrared and visible light images for comparison in real time, while your maintenance team works on other tasks.

Comparing captured images over time is simple because they are taken at regular intervals at a specific location. Incorporating thermal imaging sensors into your facility’s routine allows for increased proactive maintenance, less downtime, safe and more productive employees, the ability to scan hard-to-reach or enclosed spaces, and improving ROI (return on investment).

The following are six reasons for adopting a thermal imaging sensor into your monitoring system:

1 Proactive maintenance: Most equipment’s failure mechanisms involve a significant rise or drop in operating temperature before catastrophic failure occurs. Issues that seem insignificant at first can lead to downtime if they go unchecked, which can impact your bottom line. Thermal imaging sensors let you catch measurement variations, and prioritize situations that demand an urgent response.

2 No shutdowns, less downtime: The thermal imaging sensor is non-invasive and can be installed on some equipment while it is operational. Your team develops a better idea of the overall health of your facility’s equipment and faces less unexpected downtime.

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