Intelligent infrared windows help comply with electrical safety standards

June 12, 2012 // By Julien Happich
CorDEX Instruments has launched a brand new range of intelligent infrared windows designed to increase the speed and effectiveness of electrical infrared inspection and thermal imaging.

The company's IW3000 and IW4000 Infrared (IR) Windows will help companies comply with NFPA70E electrical safety standards and are fully certified and tested to UL50, UL50V and UL1558 and take inspection and predictive maintenance to a new level of safety, efficiency and accuracy. IR windows allow engineers to inspect hundreds of electrical connections and components through a data collection point, while never opening the energised electrical equipment. Modern IR windows are designed to protect against the risk of arc flash hazards which can pose significant safety challenges wherever industrial electrical equipment is used. An arc flash is a type of electrical explosion which can be triggered by a variety of electro-mechanical and accidental causes. To coincide with the launch, CorDEX has also developed a smartphone app which for the first time allows engineers to use the company’s specialist software during IR Window inspections in the field. CorDEX’s Intelligent IR Windows use a unique and simple quarter turn fixing and spring-loaded hinged cover which dramatically reduces the time spent on regular inspections and saves up to ten seconds per window when compared with some competitors.

They are also completely removable and reusable, helping to reduce future capital costs. The windows are also supplied with downloadable CorDEX CONNECT and RoutePLANNIR software packages which give users the ability to, track, monitor and correct data collected from individual windows. Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and barcode features, engineers can also input and log readings, calibration maps and algorithms against individual windows or access specific transmission correction figures, create maintenance scheduling and plan inspection routes. The company has also developed a smartphone app which will allow engineers to use of the software on-site while inspecting its IW Series Intelligent IR Windows. The free app provides the ability to create installation lists, tag details and photos with specific IW Series Windows and email any requests to the user's purchasing department or a local distributor. Temperature readings