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Proper Installation of the Infrared Window

Martin Robinson | President, IRISS Inc.

Proper installation of the infrared window is critical for the long-term use of the window and for the long-term performance of the electrical panel and equipment enclosure. Before starting an infrared window installation you must consider the following:

  1. Do your homework first: check all applicable certifications and
  2. Gather as much of the following information as possible, while the equipment is de-energized (remember that equipment shutdowns are hard to get so make the most of it!!).
    1. Take high quality digital pictures
    2. Standardize the target emissivity
    3. Make detailed measurements
    4. Note any internal obstacles
    5. Conduct any outstanding maintenance tasks
  3. Complete a thorough Risk Analyses and Method Statement before starting energized installations.
  1. If possible, complete a specialized training program dealing specifically with installation of infrared windows.
  1. Remember to label the windows correctly, since this data will be used during future inspections.
  1. Complete an infrared inspection at the end of the window installation in order to create a benchmark/baseline for future inspections.
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About the Author

Martin Robinson President, IRISS Inc.

For over 30 years, Martin Robinson has been a pioneer in the field of condition based maintenance technology.  He spent 18 years in the British Army specializing in field maintenance of combat fleet vehicles.  Mr. Robinson continues to be an innovator and pioneer the technological benefits of Infrared Thermography internationally.  He has met with, consulted, or advised international maintenance and reliability leaders on electrical preventive maintenance (EPM) and electrical safety standards of NFPA and OSHA.  A recognized authority in the field of Infrared (IR) Thermography, Mr. Robinson has designed CBM programs to include IR, Non-destructive Testing (NDT) and implementation of green energy initiatives and energy management strategies.

Martin holds a NEBOSH certificate in Occupational Safety and Health, a Level III Certified Infrared Thermographer and is also a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) through the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP).  He is also a member of IEEE, NFPA and is a standing member on the technical committee CSA Z463 guidelines on maintenance of electrical systems and a member of the IEEE P1854 working group (Recommended Practice for Electrical System Design Techniques to Improve Electrical Safety).