Infrared thermography is usually used to detect failures in equipment which are signaled by a significant rise in operating temperature long before the failure occurs. Infrared thermography can detect heat patterns in the infrared wave-length spectrum that are not visible to the human eye. These heat patterns can help identify deteriorating components before they fail.
With an infrared camera one can capture thermal images without making direct contact with the equipment. This means that a camera can capture thermal information from operating equipment at a safe distance and have a better chance of seeing temperature anomalies under normal operating conditions. Most popular infrared cameras (also known as thermal imagers) capture radiometric thermal images that contain apparent temperature measurements for each pixel within the image. With this capability, anomalities can be identified and then evaluated to calculate the apparent temperatures of the points in question.
Infrared thermography makes an ideal solution for a wide range of applications such as Electrical Equipment, Boilers and Steam Systems, Mechanical Equipment, Medical and Veterinary Applications and Industry (metallurgy, glass and other).