MRO Magazine

Energy audit promotion offers smartphone infrared cameras to detect enclosure hot spots


May 22, 2015
By Bill Roebuck


Schaumburg, IL – Rittal Corporation, a manufacturer of electrical enclosure cabinets for power distribution systems, climate control systems and IT infrastructure, has created a program to promote energy consumption audits in production facilities and data centres.

Those who register to receive a free energy audit from Rittal (valued at over $1,500) will be entered to win one of several FLIR ONE smartphone thermal imaging cameras, which are used to create a quick infrared image of an enclosure or electronics cabinet to detect the hot spots and thermal build-up that are damaging to sensitive electronics.

“On the plant floor and throughout a data centre, heat becomes any electronic device’s worst enemy,” says Glenn Wishnew, manager, product management at Rittal. “Failure to detect and control even small fluctuations in temperature inside an enclosure can cause major damage that leads to production shutdowns and service interruptions.

“Our Energy Audit program is designed to provide valuable insight into where a facility is exposed to thermal risk, and to identify places where our new energy-efficient air conditioner technology can reduce consumption costs.”


Rittal’s line of energy efficient air conditioners can provide up to 70% energy savings, a significant advantage that can  bring a rapid return on investment to facilities that switch to using the newer systems.

“As equipment continues to be downsized, heat becomes an even bigger problem,” says Wishnew. “The Energy Audit program will identify not just dangerous hot spots that need immediate attention, but will highlight areas of energy savings [customers] can realize with our new technology, even in those areas that aren’t experiencing immediate thermal management problems.”

Rittal is offering a chance to win a FLIR ONE Thermal Imager because infrared imaging technology is widely used in detecting enclosure hot spots. The FLIR ONE snaps onto an Android or iOS smartphone so that users can spot energy waste wherever they go in an enterprise.

The company’s Canadian operation, Rittal Systems Ltd., is based in Mississauga, ON. North American manufacturing is done by Rittal Corporation of Schaumburg, IL, a subsidiary of German firm Rittal GmbH & Co. KG.

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