H.VIR Comet(R) Infrared Window From Square D Allows for Safe Inspection Without Downtime Infrared Scanning Can Identify Maintenance Problems Before They Occur



    PALATINE, Ill., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- New infrared windows can be
 installed in electrical equipment to help locate faulty components before they
 cause costly downtime problems.  With the H.VIR COMET(R) Infrared Inspection
 Window from Square D, electrical inspections can be performed at any time
 without the typical shutdowns or the danger of electric shock.
     "Abnormal heat produced by electrical systems may indicate potential
 electrical problems from a variety of causes," said Joy Sonn, product
 marketing manager at Square D.  "Our unaided eyes can only see the
 discoloration of components - but infrared testing can detect heat build-up to
 quickly identify problem areas."
     The H.VIR Comet Infrared Window is a patented transparent window that
 enables permanent visible access for a safe and simple inspection of
 electrical components without interrupting production. When potential problem
 areas are identified through the infrared inspections, engineers can take
 corrective action before costly maintenance is required. The complete unit is
 permanently fitted to the electrical equipment, such as medium and low voltage
 switchboards, transformers and generator control panels, to allow immediate
 and permanent access for infrared inspections.
     The window lets maintenance engineers record the internal temperatures of
 equipment while it is energized, without exposure to the live components.
 Specially developed for infrared inspections, the window is made of a glass-
 like material that transmits infrared rays, which are registered by a
 thermographic camera.  It allows wavelength transmissions for all infrared
 cameras including Agema, Amber, FLIR, Inframetrics, LAND, Mitsubishi, I.S.I.
 and others.
     Various viewing area diameters are available up to 4 inches and in short
 wave or long wave lengths.  The window, which is ideal for retrofits and
 upgrades of existing electrical equipment, is a UL approved component.
     For large and/or complex electrical line-ups, Power System Engineers from
 Square D can help determine the optimum configuration and provide installation
 drawings, which can then be installed by Square D Services' nationwide network
 of technicians.  Infrared Inspection Services are also available.
     "We recommend infrared scanning in conjunction with a standard periodic
 maintenance and testing program to improve equipment reliability," Sonn said.
 "Regular infrared inspections may even qualify some sites for reduced
 insurance premiums."
     For more information about the H.VIR COMET Infrared Window or the complete
 line of products and services from Square D, contact Square D at 1-800-392-
 8781. Or, visit the Square D web site at www.SquareD.com.
     SQUARE D is a market-leading brand of electrical distribution, industrial
 control and automation products, systems and services, and is the flagship
 brand in the U.S. for the North American Division of Schneider Electric.
 SQUARE D products are found in all types of residential, commercial and
 industrial construction, in a wide range of manufacturing and processing
 facilities, and in or on the products of other manufacturers. Schneider
 Electric, headquartered in Paris, France, is a global electrical industry
 leader with 2000 sales of approximately $9.7 billion.
 
     This release is submitted for consideration in both print and Web
 publications.
 
     Contact: Bradford Muller of pricemcnabb, +1-704-916-6164, or
 fax, +1-704-916-6076, or BMuller@pricemcnabb.com, for Schneider Electric
 
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SOURCE Schneider Electric

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