Newsletter of the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries
Volume 4, No. 8, August 2012
Fire Prevention and Loss Control through the use of Infrared Cameras
Thermography is an infrared inspection to monitor thermal changes in an area or material. It can be a valuable tool in risk reduction and can your save your business time and money.
The thermographic camera measures infrared radiation emitted by the target surface and converts it into a two-dimensional image with a unique colour gradient that is related to temperature.
The insurance industry uses infrared thermography for predictive electrical inspections, predictive mechanical inspections, and building envelope assessments.
Thermography is a non-destructive test method that accurately detects hot spots generated from the following causes:
- Loose electrical connections
- Unbalanced loads
- Overloading of electrical circuits
- Deteriorated electrical insulation
These and other problems associated with energized components can lead to a variety of issues:
- Increased maintenance costs
- Equipment failures
- Equipment damage
- Scheduled service
- Service interruptions
- Possible fire hazards
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that 10% of manufacturing fires are related to electrical system failures. Furthermore, industry research shows that 25–30% of all large fire losses are caused by electrical faults. Exposed electrical failures can also lead to serious injury or death from electrocution.
The infrared camera can also detect such issues as motor bearing problems or motor shaft misalignment. This helps avoid major breakdowns leading to costly repairs, and provides an opportunity for corrective action.
Infrared inspections detect problem areas on roof membranes without having to remove any of the roofing material apart, which saves money, time and effort.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 95% of the material in a flat roof leak does not need to be replaced. This gives the building owners the option to fix the damaged portion of the roof rather than replace the entire surface.
Mould is also a growing concern in areas where there is potential water damage. According to Canadian Underwriter, testing for mould costs about $2,500, and the threat of mould alone is enough to push up the cost of settling water damage claims.
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FALL CHAPTER MEETINGS
CARI’s fall chapter meetings have been confirmed for the following dates:
PRAIRIES CHAPTER: Hy’s Restaurant, Winnipeg, Manitoba—September 10, 6:00 p.m.
ALBERTA CHAPTER: Calgary, Alberta—September 11 (location and time to be determined)
B.C. CHAPTER: River Rock Casino, Richmond, B.C.—September 12, 6:00 p.m.
MARITIMES CHAPTER GOLF EVENT: Charlottetown, PEI—September 20 (location and time to be determined)
CARI’s National Golf Tournament
August 16, 2012
at Heron Point Golf Links
in Alberton ON
Quebec Chapter’s Golf Tournament
September 12, 2012
at The Joliette Golf Club
CARI’s 15th Annual Consumer’s Night
October 15, 2012
at the Fairmont Royal York
For information on CARI events contact Donna Turner at (905) 426-9313.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
August 28–29 Austin, TX
Resource Recycling Conference
September 6–7 Shanghai, China
Resources Recycling Industry Exhibition
September 12–14 Amsterdam, Netherlands
17th Annual International Congress for Battery Recycling
September 19–21 Shanghai, China
World Scrap Metal Conference
September 19–20 Dallas, TX
September 27–28 Amsterdam, Netherlands
2nd Annual SBB Steel Raw Materials Europe
October 24–26 ; Victoria, B.C.
Coast Waste Management Association Anuual Conference
October 28–30 ; Barcelona, B.C.
World Recycling Convention
Autumn Round-Table Sessions
November 12–15 ; Toronto, ON
Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo
CARI MEMBERS RECEIVE A FREE EXPO PASS BY REGISTERING AT
Novermber 13–16 Guangzhou, China
Electronics Recycling Asia