Over Temperature Alarm System for Electrical Connections
improving safety, reliability and efficiency
What is PyrOptic?
PyrOptic can play a key role in reducing the frequency and scope of routine maintenance and inspection tasks while at the same time delivering superior risk mitigation outcomes at a lower cost. This end result is increased workplace safety, equipment reliability and higher business efficiency.
The key features of PyrOptic open the technology to the majority of electrical connections and contacts, even those found in oil filled equipment. PyrOptic is as effective in low voltage installations as on the main bus systems in a gigawatt generation plant. No other technology currently exists that can offer such real world versatility at such an economical price.
PyrOnodes are a self contained over temperature alarm that operate on a simple thermal expansion principle
Why is PyrOptic so well optimised for electrical connection monitoring?
Number of connections
Probability of failure
What you really need to know
Unlimited voltage application range
Guarding your systems against thermal runaway and improving electrical safety, reliability and efficiency
Have you just had a major failure and realised your maintenance and inspection plans are not effective? Don't worry, you're not alone!
Hot joints, as known as glowing connections have been historically managed by routine maintenance. This method requires outages, skilled resources, is highly labour intensive and often results in maintenance induced failures.
Due to increasing pressure to do more with less its now common to push routine electrical maintenance further out in the schedule, sometimes indefinitely and without any supplementary risk management activity. Unfortunately a single catastrophic failure can totally negate any perceived savings causing extended production outages, fire damage and risking the safety of personnel. Neglecting electrical installations also disregards regulatory obligations in most countries to ensure electrical installations are safe and protect property against fire and heat arising from installation defects.
The first infrared sensitive camera was invented in 1929, today thermal imaging has become a common technology with inspections of electrical installations recommended by associations like the NFPA on at least an annual basis. This practise has also been used to facilitate on-condition maintenance strategies to reduce the downtime and labour associated with broad blanket routine maintenance.
While a positive move forward, thermography has been plagued with issues because its:
Given the obvious gaps, various technologies have been developed to address these shortcomings. Yet another positive move forward, however these systems present their own unique problems such as:
The reality is electrical connections are very simple, numerous, distributed and most will never fail. No wonder considering they have well established standards covering their design and are often part of type tested assemblies. Even so some do fail, probability takes care of that and this is why inspection of electrical apparatus is still common throughout industry all over the world. Forced outages result in lost production, things burn and safety gets compromised, it only takes one failure.
PyrOptic has clear advantages over all other systems in the world today, it is by far the most simple, economical and distributable system available. We are so confident a listing of the alternatives known to us is at the bottom of this page, take a look for yourself!
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