Utility systems are probably one of the most important systems to monitor on a regular basis with infrared surveys. A small failure can lead to significant losses not only to the utility but to its customers. Thermal surveys seem to be common in substations and substation equipment but what about the distribution and transmission systems.
When you look at these systems and the numbers of components needed to operate these systems you realize the opportunities for failure. Each component is subject to failure and when that happens you have a customer unhappy. However, using a thermal survey can detect many possible failures before they happen allowing the opportunity to schedule an outage. In most cases, a schedule outage will be much shorter and less expensive for all involved.