In today’s modern technological world we take many things for granted. Like our air conditioning, our access to clean edible water flowing from a faucet, and electricity at the flick of a switch. Electric Power is the driving force of all these actions and without it everything stops, including your business. Electricity is often taken for granted and as a result we end up wasting much of this important resource. That is why is it important to put in place a good Electrical Maintenance Program.
For each business there is a unique EPM (Electrical Preventive Maintenance). Every EMP program is custom designed to fit the characteristics of the business. Drivers of an EMP include such things as:
– Type of Business
– Sensitivity to disruptions
– Business interruption costs
– Age of equipment
– Spoilage of Product
– Sensitivity to Power quality
When selecting a contractor there are a few things to look for. Taking into account that experience is important, look for a contractor that has a full-time commitment to electrical maintenance. Simply having an electrician license does not qualify someone as an EMP specialist. To better know if they are a qualified EMP specialist, ask for the credentials of their power quality experts.
To begin, create an inventory of the system and then identify the critical loads. If you have up to date one line diagrams of your electrical distribution system, then it will save time. Overall, an EPM program starts at the main service entrance and works down to the distribution system.
Be sure to identify critical areas and loads that must be protected. Remember that documentation is critical with electrical systems. Your contractor should be able to provide you with a report on every component maintained, with test results and a complete record of the maintenance that was performed. Cost will vary with the size and complexity of the system, the environment, and the budgetary considerations of the business. A good tip is to look for a contractor implement and test recommendations and also provide repairs on the spot and retests before leaving the premises.
In summary, electrical distribution systems are a key component of any facility infrastructure. Without this equipment, business stops. Thermography, ultrasonics, oils, and predictive testing are all significant components of an effective EPM program, but that alone does not make a successful maintenance program. A successful Electrical Preventative Maintenance program should include de – energized maintenance at least every 3 years on important equipment. Before going on an inspection of your electrical components, be sure to de- energize your equipment because you do not want to get electrocuted. Cleaning, relay testing, exercising, lubricating should all be conducted in a de- energized mode.
Remember that an effective Electrical Preventative Maintenance program will go a long way to help avoid extra expenses, disruptions, and loss of profit.