Cable repair company Becker & Hüser uses a Flir thermal imaging camera to quickly spot faults in cables.
Heavy industries such as mining, shipbuilding or crane works, rely on heavy, rugged, industrial cables to ensure continuous power or communication performance.
Whenever such a cable brakes down, there’s usually a big problem in terms of productivity, downtime and money lost. That’s where Becker & Hüser comes in.
This German cable repair specialist helps its customers to be back in business in the shortest amount of time. To offer their customers the quickest cable repair service possible, the firm makes use of thermal imaging cameras from Flir Systems to locate the problem.
Becker & Hüser has been renowned for more than 30 years for its high-quality cable repair services. It has an experienced team of cable specialists for repairs either at the site of the customer or at the company plant.
Andreas Becker, managing director at Becker & Hüser, says: “The cables that our industrial customers are relying on are often used in harsh conditions; think of the mining industry, for example.
“Cables also move around a lot, so it is no wonder that they are damaged and break down from time to time. We are there to help companies with fast repair services, so they can reduce their downtime as much as possible.”
Companies do not always have cables on stock. So when a cable gets damaged, they will need to choose between repair and buying a new cable. The former option usually provides the highest time gains.
“Waiting for a new cable sometimes requires months. We can repair a cable in matter of weeks or days, sometimes even hours,” says Becker.
“This can really make a difference, for example in the case of cable damage on a ship that needs to leave the harbour.”
In addition, Becker & Hüser manages to return the cable to the customer as good as new, with the same properties, in terms of diameter, f lexibility and tensile strength.
Cable repair includes a lot of inevitable manual labour. Connecting the enormous tangle of fibres which eventually constitute the whole cable is a meticulous and time-consuming job for specialists.
But also for fault detection, there is no magic trick to quickly locate a fault inside a cable. Becker & Hüser uses a surge voltage generator for locating and pinpointing high and low resistance faults in power cables.
The stored energy of the high voltage capacitors is fed at intervals in to the faulty cable. This causes noise at the fault position which can be detected either on sight (a high voltage surge can generate sparks), by feeling