Electrical Reliability Study - the First Step...
Why Is Electrical Reliability Important?
Electrical equipment failure can be costly - emergency equipment replacement and unplanned production downtime rapidly take a heavy toll on your facility’s profitability. The organization which understands the expensive consequences of production equipment failure will also understand the value of the investment made in the quality and effectiveness of its facilities’ electrical system reliability strategy.
An Electrical Reliability Study will discover weaknesses within your facility’s electrical power distribution system that may lead to equipment failure. During this Study, D.L. Steiner engineers evaluate your facility’s Electrical Reliability health - through an investigation into issues, such as Protective Device Coordination, Power Quality, Load Flow, Stability and Transient Analyses. The Electrical Reliability Study will help to identify corrective actions and will assist you in creating a customized plan to address your facility’s immediate electrical reliability concerns. More importantly, an Electrical Reliability Study lays a solid groundwork for the implementation of effective Electrical Reliability Management and Electrical Preventive Maintenance programs.
Benefits of a Reliability Study
The Reliability Study helps to quantify the value of a frequently ignored, but potentially indispensable, industrial management tool - the Electrical Reliability Management program.
Companies often grasp the benefits of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) in their facilities. One dollar invested in energy-efficient lighting, or VFDs, for example, results in energy savings that will pay for the investment in one, two, three years - or more. ECMs have the benefit of being measured against a reasonably assured ROI.
But, what is the ROI of investments in Maintenance? What are the financially significant benefits of redundancy? Preventive maintenance? Replacements before failure?
A Reliability Study helps determine how your facility can optimize the relationship between the costs of adequate Operations and Maintenance and the cost of lost production. An Electrical Reliability Study can provide:
- the current state of equipment (age & lifespan)
- predictions of future equipment failures
- the effectiveness of redundancy
- the first step towards implementing an Electrical Reliability Management program