Fluke - Infrared thermography: part of an effective preventive maintenance strategy at Weyerhaeuser

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If you can use a digital camera, you can learn to operate a Fluke thermal imager. While the images from your thermal imager may not make it into the family photo album, they could very well save your business thousands of dollars when integrated into your overall preventive maintenance strategy. Just ask Dave Feniak at the Drayton Valley, Alberta, location of Weyerhaeuser Co., one of the world's largest integrated forest products companies.

Feniak, the sawmill's electrical maintenance supervisor purchased the imager and, after some basic training on its use, went into the plant and found a problem. A big problem.

"We have been doing IR (infrared) scans routinely on a six- to nine-month basis since 1992 or so, and we usually find very few problems. I was looking at bearings in the planer mill and noticed a very hot spot in the far distance," Feniak recounts...

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