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Chapter 7: Plant Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance
The use of thermal sensing and imaging in plant condition monitoring and predictive maintenance is probably the most widespread of all current applications. From periodic spot checks of bearing temperatures on rotating machinery to fully documented facility-wide programs of predictive maintenance, condition monitoring accounts for the deployment of more thermographic equipment than any other commercial use. The basis for these programs is the fact that erratic or deviant thermal behavior of operating equipment is generally a precursor to costly and inefficient operation and then to failure.
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