Thermal Imaging / Scanning

Infrared Thermography

Infrared thermography is a non-destructive technique for detecting temperature differentials that may indicate problems such as loose electrical connections or excessive friction in machinery and mechanical systems. Thermal imaging inspections detect anomalies often invisible to the naked eye and allow corrective action to be taken before costly system failures occur. With a camera-like device, we can investigate a large area at a time. This thermal technology senses infrared emissions and converts the emissions into a visual display.

Infrared thermography can detect potentially serious faults before they have a chance to develop. A survey of 

an electrical installation will reveal in seconds any abnormal component temperatures preceding equipment failure. By evaluating the thermal condition of electrical and mechanical rotating equipment we provide cost effective surveys to comply with annual safety, insurance, and underwriters requirements. Our associated thermography condition monitoring reports will also assist to dramatically improve upon your safety management, uptime and energy requirements.
Another large benefit of thermal imaging is that your equipment can remain in operation, meaning that no production is interrupted. The inspection can be carried out when a system is live, with no inconvenience or downtime costs during the survey. When faults are found, corrective maintenance strategies can be planned and implemented before a system failure occurs.

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At Thermographic Solutions, we are proud to be an independent provider of these services as this means that we have no hidden agenda when it comes to identifying any issues. We have no intentions of finding faults that we then have to fix at your cost. Instead, we provide independent recommendations and advice. Working together with your qualified personnel, we provide baseline and real-time thermal imaging reports.
If you think you are in need of a thermal inspection, don’t put it off any longer. Contact our friendly team to assess whether our services are appropriate for you and how we can help you.

Industries We Serve

Thermal imaging for all properties and property managers

Thermographic inspections for facility managers

Thermographic imaging for medical and health industries

Thermal inspections for insurance companies and providers


If you are thinking about getting a thermography inspection for your property, you are bound to have some questions. We have tried to answer some of our clients’ most commonly asked questions in order to give you as much information as possible.
Please browse through our FAQs below or feel free to contact us if you have a question that’s not addressed. Our friendly team is here to help you find answers to all your questions.
Thermal imaging is a method of improving visibility of certain objects in dark environments by detecting the objects’ infrared radiation and creating an image based on that information. Human vision can only detect a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum; a thermal camera can provide extra vision within this infrared spectrum. This can broaden the vision of objects viewed and will visualise the variations in thermal temperature of objects observed. Every object emits an infrared energy (heat) as a function of their temperature. This infrared energy that’s emitted is know as its heat signature. Generally, the hotter an object is, the more radiation it emits. A thermal imager (thermal camera) is essentially a heat sensor that is capable of detecting small differences in an object’s temperature. The device gathers the infrared radiation from objects in the scene and creates an electronic image based on information about the temperature differences.
Infrared technology works by detecting thermal energy or heat being emitted from objects and materials. Electrical problems in a system generate heat due to increased resistance and energy loss, which can be detected using infrared cameras. These cameras capture images of the system and provide a visual representation of the thermal patterns, allowing technicians to identify hot spots, overheating components and other potential electrical issues. By locating areas that are emitting more heat than usual, they can diagnose and repair electrical problems before they lead to more significant failures or hazards.
A thermal inspection involves using infrared imaging to detect temperature differences in a building or object, which can indicate issues such as air leaks, insulation problems, moisture intrusion, and electrical malfunctions. The results of a thermal inspection can provide valuable information for energy efficiency, building performance, and maintenance purposes.
Thermographic inspections typically use infrared cameras. These cameras use thermal imaging technology to detect and display temperature variations on a surface, allowing the inspector to identify areas with elevated temperatures, which may indicate issues such as insulation defects, electrical issues, and equipment malfunctions. Other equipment commonly used in thermographic inspections includes thermometers for verification purposes, as well as tools for data analysis and report generation.
There are several tests that can be performed on electrical equipment to ensure its proper functioning, including:

Continuity test: checks if there is an unbroken path for electricity to flow.
  • Insulation resistance test: measures the resistance of the insulation material used in the equipment.
  • Ground fault test: checks for any current leakage to ground.
  • Voltage test: measures the voltage levels to ensure they are within safe limits.
  • Current test: measures the amount of current flowing through the equipment.
  • Load test: checks the equipment’s performance under normal operating conditions.
  • Dielectric strength test: measures the ability of the insulation material to withstand high voltage without breaking down.
  • Short circuit test: measures the equipment’s ability to handle short-circuit current.

These tests are typically performed by qualified electrical technicians using specialized testing equipment.
The value of thermal imaging technology depends on the specific application and the user’s needs. For some industries, such as electrical maintenance and building inspections, thermal imaging cameras can save time, identify problems more efficiently, and provide valuable information that would be difficult to obtain through other means. However, the cost of thermal imaging cameras and the necessary training to use them effectively can be significant. Ultimately, whether thermal imaging is worth the cost will depend on the benefits it provides to the user and the cost-effectiveness of alternative solutions.
Yes, there are recognized guidelines for thermal imaging. These include industry standards set by organizations such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). These standards establish the requirements for thermal imaging cameras, including specifications for image quality, temperature measurement accuracy, and other performance characteristics. Additionally, organizations such as the American Infrared Solutions Institute (ASIS) provide guidelines and best practices for using thermal imaging technology in various applications.
Interpreting thermal images involves understanding how temperature is depicted in an image and how to identify anomalies or patterns in the thermal data. Here are some key steps to help interpret thermal images:

  • Familiarize yourself with the color scale: Thermal images use a color scale to represent temperature, with warm colors representing high temperatures and cool colors representing low temperatures.
  • Identify sources of heat: Common sources of heat in thermal images include electrical equipment, machinery, and people.
  • Look for temperature differences: Temperature differences can indicate problems with insulation or equipment functioning, or the presence of hot spots or cold spots.
  • Evaluate thermal patterns: Thermal patterns can reveal the flow of air or heat, the presence of leaks, or other important information about the environment being imaged.
  • Interpret with context: The interpretation of thermal images can be aided by understanding the context in which they were taken, such as the environment, the time of day, and any other relevant factors.

By following these steps, you can begin to interpret thermal images and extract valuable information from the data they contain.
Infrared inspections can detect a variety of conditions, including:

  • Electrical issues: Overheating components, loose connections, and circuit overloads can be detected through infrared inspections.
  • Mechanical problems: Unusual temperature changes in bearings, gears, and other mechanical components can indicate issues.
  • Energy inefficiencies: Leaks in insulation, air infiltration, and other sources of energy loss can be identified through infrared inspections.
  • Moisture intrusion: Moisture in walls, ceilings, and roofs can lead to mold growth and structural damage. Infrared inspections can detect moisture intrusion.
  • Building envelope issues: Infrared inspections can identify thermal bridging and air infiltration in walls, roofs, and other building components.
  • Fire hazards: Infrared inspections can detect hot spots and potential fire hazards in electrical panels and equipment.

Note that infrared inspections are only a diagnostic tool, and further evaluation and testing may be required to fully diagnose and solve any issues detected.
Yes, a thermal inspection of both the inside and outside of a building can be performed using thermal imaging cameras that can detect and display temperature variations across surfaces. Thermal inspections can help identify areas of heat loss or gain, air leaks, insulation deficiencies, and other issues that can affect the energy efficiency and comfort of a building.
Law enforcement agencies have been using artificial intelligence and machine learning in various ways, including:
  • Facial recognition technology for identifying suspects and victims in a criminal investigation.
  • Predictive policing to determine areas that are likely to experience crime and allocate resources accordingly.
  • Crime scene analysis to reconstruct events and identify evidence.
  • Automated license plate recognition to track the movement of vehicles and help locate suspects.
  • Drone technology for surveillance and gathering evidence.

However, the use of AI in law enforcement has raised concerns over privacy and bias, and some jurisdictions have implemented regulations or moratoriums on its use.