Electrical Reliability with Mark Rodgers
Electricity or energy is what gives power to a production plant. Any organization spends a considerable amount to keep their equipment in optimal condition and ensure maximum production efficiency. If the electrical system is not up to the mark, this will not only affect the production output but also will expose the employees to potential risks.
There are huge losses every year because of air leakage, moisture, and poor insulation in facilities. Through electrical reliability, data are being collected and analyzed to check the condition of equipment and electrical systems. As a result, energy waste in the form of heat loss is being controlled, thereby reducing energy cost. IR is an example technology that’s being used in electrical reliability.
There might be slight variations in the voltage and IHT levels, but if they are out of the ordinary, they will affect the performance of your equipment or some specific components. You need to ensure that every increase or decrease—high and low voltage reading—is being documented to ensure there will be no air compression or leaks through the steam traps and valves. Otherwise, if you don’t detect and plan for them, there is going to be downtime, no matter how hard you try later on. Therefore, it’s important to have better inspection technologies like Ultrasound for early detection and better planning.
Everything needs to recorded and reported because data is important. You can perform RCA or any other analysis for better understanding of the problem but you need to check for every parameter that can affect your system. You need to have an understanding of what’s going on and what you are going to do about it. You need to see things clearly and, for that, you need to have data that you can use for better decision making. You have to get your priorities straight and safety of critical assets should be on the top of your list.
The organizations are implementing advanced systems and complex utilities every day and it has never been more important to look for overall reliability instead of just your equipment. There need to be technologies for better power quality monitoring and strategies should be in place for better analysis techniques and best practices. There should be a complete understanding of every improvement technology that is being implemented. The existing processes, operations, and electrical condition of the systems should be taken into account and need to be worked on consistently in order to have less downtime and better operational reliability.
- HP Reliability
- A Smarter Way of Preventative Maintenance Free eBook
- inspired Blended Learning (iBL®)
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Khorae Olivier says
I like how you spoke about the huge losses every year due to leakage, moisture, and poor insulation in facilities. I’m thinking I might need to redo the electrical at home. Thank you for the information about how having reliable electrical will reduce energy waste by controlling how heat is lost.