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Infrared Inspection Services

An infrared inspection can tell an electric utility a lot of information about its overhead and underground systems. Infrared inspections are a safe and cost-effective way to understand the operating condition of assets and implement or compliment a predictive maintenance strategy. 

Effective Predictive Maintenance

Maintaining and managing regulatory compliance, system reliability, and overall system safety and risk are a few challenges pole owners face regarding overhead systems. Certain regions may have higher demand for these inspections due to equipment failures from age, frequency of use, and harshness of environments such as high temperature, humidity, or salt spray atmosphere. Further risks arise when poles are in high fire or fire prone areas.

Infrared inspection is a proven, proactive approach to identifying issues in overhead systems before they cause a serious or costly outage. When an electrical component gets hot, it is unseen to the naked eye. Because nearly all electrical components get hot before failure, electrical infrared inspections are a safe and cost-effective way for utilities to understand the operating condition of assets and implement or complement a predictive maintenance strategy.


What is an infrared electrical inspection?

An infrared inspection, also known as a thermal inspection, is a diagnostic tool that uses a thermographic camera to capture the infrared radiation emitted by electrical components of utility structures. Osmose infrared cameras detect and record temperature variance across the surface of equipment, connection and structure, creating a thermographic image or thermal map to identify hotspots and help prevent electrical failures, fires, or power interruptions.

A properly executed infrared inspection program can help electric utilities:

  • Identify overheating and defective equipment
  • Reduce potential outages and catastrophic failures
  • Reduce emergency and prioritize necessary repairs
  • Reduce damage to equipment
  • Avoid costly shutdowns
  • Improve power quality by identifying poor connections
  • Meet regulatory compliance
  • Improve a utility’s wildfire mitigation program

Where are Infrared Inspections Performed?

Osmose specializes in the inspection of overhead (OH) and underground (UG) distribution, transmission, and substation systems for utility customers.

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Distribution System

Arrestors, air switches, voltage regulators, capacitor banks, connectors, fused disconnects, insulators, solid disconnects, transformers, bushings, busses, regulators, reclosers, riser pole terminations, splices, padmounted equipment, switchgear, vaults, manholes

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Transmission System

Dead-end sleeves, splice sleeve connectors, concerns over line sag, and potential connection failures due to increasing load

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Transformers, breakers, switches, lightning arrestors, and exterior (transformer) cooling fins

Osmose's Infrared Inspection Program

Our nationally deployed field technicians and modular inspection system allows us to mobilize quickly for customer projects, and our advanced data collection and processing methods allow us to handle large projects efficiently. Certified Level III Thermographers perform all training, reporting, and project management to ensure the highest levels of accuracy in both data collection and delivery.

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Highly-trained Level I, II, and III Thermographers equipped with innovative technology allows quick deployment and ability to meet tight project deadlines.

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With the ability to inspect over 100,000 miles annually across the U.S., Osmose can scale to support projects of any size.

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Leading technology delivers the accuracy needed to identify and categorize equipment with the potential to fail. Osmose deploys blueline GPS trail to ensure all facilities are captured.

Features of our infrared electrical inspection program include:

  • Utilizing infrared crews with experience performing over 100,000 line miles of inspections per year across the US
  • Using best-in-class high-performance infrared field equipment from FLIR to improve issue detection
  • Utilizing high-trained Level I, II and III certified thermographers
  • Blue line audit trail to confirm all facilities have been inspected
  • Providing under-load inspection of both overhead and underground equipment
  • Creating detailed reports, online incidence maps, year over year (YOY) annual reports, and compliance audit trails

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