For many years, scheduled infrared thermography inspections have been the accepted method for reducing risk of fire by identifying faulty or loose connections in electrical distribution systems. Continuous thermal monitoring offers a safer, more effective way to detect thermal risks on a system-wide, 24/7 basis. The method also delivers up to a 10:1 return on investment due to avoided equipment damage and downtime.

This paper will discuss the emergence of continuous thermal monitoring technology. Compared to IR thermography, this method offers a safer and more comprehensive way to detect thermal risks across an entire medium and low voltage electrical distribution system.