Technical Articles

IRISS, Inc. has published these technical articles:

(Electrical and Electronic Maintenance and Repair)
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An electrical maintenance program is a schedule of planned maintenance testing and corrective actions with the intent of preventing failures of critical assets. An effective electrical maintenance... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Electrical equipment requires periodic maintenance to continue to operate as designed, and it is well understood that this maintenance saves money in the long run. Unfortunately, the implementation of... (View Full Article)
(Electrical and Electronic Maintenance and Repair)
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There exists a dangerous misconception regarding the "Arc Rating" of infrared (IR) windows or viewing panes. Many reliability and maintenance professionals are under the impression that an IR window... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) National Accelerator Laboratory has been helping create the future for over 50 years. The name SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory pays homage to the legacy... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Infographic: advantages of polymer IR windows.... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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At IRISS, we provide our customers unsurpassed quality at every touch point. We focus on what we do best by continuously improving infrared (IR) window technology, building reliable products,... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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This proactive client wanted to monitor the heartbeat (electrical distribution system) of his facility daily versus annually. Delta T Alert's installed on all critical enclosures located within the... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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The installation of Infrared Windows into electrical distribution equipment is an excellent way to kick-start a Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) Program. Standard round and rectangular IR windows are... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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This proactive client wanted to monitor the Distribution Panels, Power Panels and a dry-type transformer of his facility daily versus annually. Delta T Alert's installed on all critical enclosures... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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This proactive client wanted to monitor the 2nd Floor Electrical Closet of his facility daily versus annually. Delta T Alert's installed on all panels within the 2nd Floor Electrical Closet. The Delta... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Variable Frequency Drives (VFD's) are computer and power supply. Excessive heat will cause premature VFD failure.... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Variable Frequency Drives (VFD's) are computer and power supply. Excessive heat will cause premature VFD failure.... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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This proactive client wanted to monitor the electrical panels and disconnects in the facility daily versus annually. Delta T Alert's installed on panels and disconnects on multiple floors of this... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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This proactive client wanted to monitor the electrical panels and disconnects in the Main Switchgear Room of the facility daily versus annually. Delta T Alert's installed on panels and disconnects in... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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A regional Power Generation Facility had been tasked by their insurance carrier to perform regular preventive maintenance on the switchgear within their facility. Unfortunately, regular downtime was... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Every infrared camera defines its Field of View (FOV) across a horizontal/vertical axis. You have two ways to determine the Field of View (FOV) on your camera.... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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An Arc Flash is an ENERGY DISCHARGE that forms when a fault occurs in an electrical circuit. The arcing results in a tremendous amount of energy release as current flowing through ionized air.... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Electrical switchgear comes in infinite shapes and sizes and as such the surface areas and volumetric elements of the cabinets are different with each model, type and rating. Switchgear companies... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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The New Age industry claims that Crystals are thought to posses different levels of energy that produce effects that enhance our health and overall wellness. These beliefs are currently outside the... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Many facilities have embraced the safety requirements of NFPA 70E and the safetyby-design features now available from most electrical switchgear manufacturers. Many times in the past, however, failure... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Data center electrical system poster.... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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There exists a dangerous misconception regarding the "Arc Rating" of infrared (IR) windows or viewing panes. Many reliability and maintenance professionals are under the impression that an IR window... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Manufactured in 2013, the Maersk Intrepid is a drilling rig that has been designed to operate in the extremely harsh environment of the North Sea. Up to 150 people stay on the rig at any one time so,... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Someone comes in to your facility with an infrared (IR) camera to make measurements through an IR window. How do you know their camera will work with your IR window?... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Although you may be the engineer responsible for installing the IR window, you may not be the one using it. Record all required target data inside the panel, this will make sure that the same data is... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Electrical accidents happen daily; however, there are important steps that companies and individuals can take to reduce the occurrence of these accidents and protect everybody concerned from the... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Electrical maintenance surveillance technologies refers to condition based monitoring technology and equipment used every day to inspect electrical distribution assets. These surveillance and... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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A paper mill in Georgia had run a very successful infrared inspection program for a number of years via a local contract thermographers working with the mill's in-house electricians. Although the... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Fragility increases proportionally to the ratio of the diameter to thickness. If thickness stays the same as the diameter increases, so does the fragility factor. Minimum thickness of a window... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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The materials available for infrared window optics are diverse and have a wide variety of transmission rates and mechanical strengths. It is advisable that when considering the use of IR windows, you... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Once the infrared windows are installed, we will use infrared inspections to inspect the switchgear and the results from these inspections are then put into reports. Many infrared cameras do not have... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Manufacturers have used Infrared (IR) windows in motor control centers (MCC) and electric switchgear for over two decades. Here is a listing of some of the IR lens materials that are used.... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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One of our distribution partners, Iris Systems, was recently approached by one of their clients who had moved premises into a purpose built manufacturing facility. The client's engineering team were... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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One of our distribution partners, Iris Systems, was recently approached by one of their clients who had moved premises into a purpose built manufacturing facility. The client's engineering team were... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Connected Power Phosphate Services LLC of Lakeland, Florida services the maintenance needs of the mining sector in Florida and Georgia and are a preferred channel partner of IRISS Inc. One of their... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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One of our clients, a UK Automotive Manufacturer with a long and storied history, recently suffered an arc flash incident on a transformer which resulted in the cable connection door being dislodged... (View Full Article)
(Education and Training)
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The small group of electricians and other skilled trades groaned. Annual shutdown was always a hectic mad dash to make sure checklists were completed and everything was put back together again in time... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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The material emissivity (written as "e" or "e") is the relative power of its surface to emit heat by radiation. Materials are assigned an emissivity value between 0 and 1.0. Emissivity is a measure of... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Spatial Resolution is also known as the Instantaneous Field of View (IFOV) or Spot Size. The limitations of the spatial resolution are due to the size and expense of the focal plane array (FPA). The... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Recently, the chief electrician of a large offshore drilling company realized the problems his staff were having performing safe and efficient infrared inspections on their electrical equipment. In... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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A paper mill in Georgia had run a very successful infrared inspection program for a number of years via a local contract thermographers working with the mill's in-house electricians. Although the... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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OSHA states "evidence suggests that companies that implement effective safety and health programs can expect a return of $4 - $6 for every $1 invested."... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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It is important to take the opportunity of standardizing the emissivity of the components within the switchgear that you wish to inspect through the Infrared window. This can be done using... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Electrical accidents, such as arc flashes, happen daily; however, there are ways companies and individuals can reduce the occurrence of these accidents and protect everybody concerned from the... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Vandolah Power, a Power Generation Plant in Florida, struggled with inspecting their 18KV, 8000 Amp Generator Breaker through the factory installed standard viewing windows. The windows had suffered... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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A paper mill in South Carolina had a very successful infrared inspection program that management wanted to expand. However, the requirements of NFPA 70E were causing them to re-think their strategy... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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The telecommunications company, the TalkTalk Group, has appreciated the value of thermal imaging for many years. The technology is used to detect electrical faults that could disrupt its network... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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As the saying goes, "garbage in, garbage out." This truism is every bit as applicable in thermography as it is in computer data-mining. The difference is that the inaccurate data which leads a... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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As CEO and Founder of IRISS, Inc., I am often asked how and why I designed our product line the way I did. As is common with such product development processes, there was no single epiphany which... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Infrared (IR) windows save lives. Most Thermographers today are thankful to perform their scans without the danger and time of removing heavy panels. But just as the thermal imager is a tool - so is... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Infrared (IR) thermography has never been a simple thing. Emissivity, reflections, and transmission rates for IR windows can cause confusion and frustration without the proper knowledge, experience,... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) was established in 1896 and has become the world's leading advocate of fire prevention. The influence of its 300 codes and standards are evident in... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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The first rule in any health and safety situation is the elimination of risk and heavy Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) should always be the last resort. The use of infrared (IR) windows in any... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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An infrared window allows you to inspect live energized components and connections inside of an electrical cabinet without having to remove covers to do so.... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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You are correct when you state that the grill will affect your measurements. In fact, all Infrared Window lenses regardless of the manufacturer affect the transmission rate of the target temperature.... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) enforces electrical safety regulations in the United States. Although OSHA has not adopted and does not mandate NFPA 70E compliance it possible... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Infrared (IR) windows save lives. Most Thermographers today are thankful to perform their scans without the danger and time of removing heavy panels. But just as the thermal imager is a tool - so is... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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As CEO and Founder of IRISS, Inc., I am often asked how and why I designed our product line the way I did. As is common with such product development processes, there was no single epiphany which... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Electrical accidents happen daily; however, there are important steps that companies and individuals can take to reduce the occurrence of these accidents and protect everybody concerned from the... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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As the saying goes, "garbage in, garbage out." This truism is every bit as applicable in thermography as it is in computer data-mining. The difference is that the inaccurate data which leads a... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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A paper mill in South Carolina had a very successful infrared inspection program that management wanted to expand. However, the requirements of NFPA 70E were causing them to re-think their strategy... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Proper installation of the infrared window is critical for the long-term use of the window and for the longterm performance of the electrical panel and equipment enclosure. Before starting an infrared... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Certification and sizing information.... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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1997: Original IR windows were produced using Aluminum constructed housings and used Calcium Fluoride, Barium Fluoride and Sapphire crystals as the IR window lens materials. These were both round and... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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The first rule in any health and safety situation is the elimination of risk, Personal Protection equipment (PPE) should always be the last resort.... (View Full Article)
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Infographic describing a water/wastewater system.... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Currently, specific certifications for infrared window by a recognized body (UL, IEEE) do not exist. The following certifications are used by manufacturers to provide confidence that the IR Viewing... (View Full Article)
(Temperature Sensing)
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Some manufacturers of crystal infrared windows claim their products are "Arc Resistant"!! This is a very dangerous statement to make especially when we already know that crystals cannot take any form... (View Full Article)
(Electrical and Electronic Maintenance and Repair)
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To facilitate safer and more efficient condition based maintenance inspections using both Infrared and Ultrasound technology, IRISS' local partner in the region, EEIC, recently completed the pilot... (View Full Article)