Keep Your Electrical Gear Clean and Tight

Electrical failures often can be avoided, and good preventative maintenance programs can help predict the imminent failure of equipment.  According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the failure rate of electrical equipment is three times higher when electrical preventive maintenance programs are not performed. This tells us that electrical failures can be avoided.

What should be included in an excellent electrical preventative maintenance program (EPM)? There are so many things that could be done such as: Equipment maintenance, cleaning, and thermal imaging.  However, where does one put the priority?  You have to consider the top causes of failure in electrical systems and these include: loose connections, improperly installed parts, defective/inadequate insulation, foreign objects causing short-circuiting, overloading inadequate capacity, and the accumulation of dust, dirt, and oil.  All things that can be prevented with routine and systemic electrical inspections.

Common in all these causes of electrical equipment failure is gear not being clean and well maintained.  Here are four things to keep in mind when developing an EPM program.

First, keep your gear clean. The buildup of dirt and metal debris in an electrical enclosure can cause arcing and arc flash explosions.  A second issue brought about by the accumulation of dirt and debris is an increase in heat and the temperature of the electrical equipment. Third, restricted airflow and an increase in the temperature of gear grossgearthompsondecreases the quality and usable life of the equipment.  Finally, a dirty environment also creates a hospitable home for rodents and vermin. We aren’t kidding, we really have found rodents in electrical gear. Dust is not your only enemy in dirty environments, so keep it clean.

Keep your gear tight. Loose connections are a major cause of electrical failures. More than 75% of the problems uncovered during routine thermal imaging inspections are loose connections. Thermography (infrared scanning) is a common way to identify areas that need repair but must be done while the gear is energized.  While the gear is off and being cleaned why not take an extra minute to check and tighten those loose connections?

If you have more questions or are looking for ideas and more information on best practice electrical preventative maintenance programs give the experts at Thompson Automation and Specialty Services a call today. They are ready and willing to help out in any way that they can.

Phone: 844.321.3869

Website: www.thompsonspecialty.com

Email: help@thompsonspecialty.com

Keep Your Electrical Gear Clean and Tight

Electrical failures often can be avoided and good preventative maintenance programs can help predict the imminent failure of equipment.  According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the failure rate of electrical equipment is three times higher when electrical preventive maintenance programs are not performed. This tells us that electrical failures can be avoided.

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But what should be included in a good electrical preventative maintenance program (EPM). There are so many things that could be done.  Equipment maintenance, cleaning, and thermal imaging are just a few of the things to be considered.  However, where does one put the priority?  Just consider the top causes of failure in electrical system: loose connections, improperly installed parts, defective/inadequate insulation, foreign objects causing short-circuiting, overloading inadequate capacity, and the accumulation of dust, dirt and oil.  All things that can be prevented with routine and systemic electrical inspections.

Common in all these causes of electrical equipment failure is gear not being clean and well maintained.  Here are things to keep in mind when developing an EPM.

  1. Keep your gear clean. The buildup of dirt and metal debris in an electrical enclosure can cause arcing and arc flash explosions. A second issue brought about by the buildup of dirt and debris is an increase in heat and the temperature of the electrical equipment.  Restricted airflow and an increase in the temperature of gear decreases the quality and usable life of the equipment.  Finally, a dirty environment also creates a hospitable home for rodents and vermin. Dust is not your only enemy in dirty environments and lurking to cause problems.
  2. Keep your gear tight. Loose connections are a major cause of electrical failures. Greater than 75% of the problems uncovered during routine thermal imaging inspections are loose connections. Thermography (infrared scanning) is a common way to identify areas that need repair but must be done while the gear is energized. While the gear is off and being cleaned why not take an extra minute to check and tighten those loose connections.

If you have more questions or are looking for ideas and more information on best practice electrical preventative maintenance programs give the experts at Thompson Automation and Specialty Services a call today.  Given their 85+ years of experience as an electrical contractor, Thompson specializes in the development of custom electrical preventative maintenance programs for customers across the country.  Thompson understands the importance of keeping facilities safe, efficient and operating at peak performance and can custom tailor a program for you.

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Thermal Imaging is a Critical Piece of EPM

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Electrical systems, just like mechanical systems, are prone to failure over time due to age, poor maintenance, and the stress of overuse.  People often wrongly assume that because electrical systems lack moving parts there is not a need for electrical preventative maintenance (EPM).  Nothing could be further from the truth.  While no one can claim to be perfect at identifying electrical problems before they arise, a good preventative maintenance program can help predict the imminent failure of equipment.   The early detection of problems can allow you to catch small issues before they become big ones.  A challenge faced, however, is the determination of what the right EPM program is.

While there is not a single EPM program or field of study that would catch all problems the most reliable and cost-effective inspection to have conducted is Thermal Imaging. Thermal Imaging is a non-contact, non-destructive technology proven effective in the early detection of imminent failure in an electrical and mechanical system. When properly conducted a Thermal Imaging inspection can identify “hot spots” or areas of a potential problem that necessitate further investigation and maintenance.  As you can see in this image, an area of concern is identified for further evaluation by the heat or temperature difference it is putting off against the ambient temperature.

If you have more questions or are looking for ideas and more information on Thermal Imaging or other best practice electrical preventative maintenance programs give the experts at Thompson Automation and Specialty Services a call today.  Given their 85+ years of experience as an electrical contractor, Thompson specializes in the development of custom electrical preventative maintenance programs for customers across the country.  Thompson understands the importance of keeping facilities safe, efficient and operating at peak performance and can custom tailor a program for you.

NSC Congress & Expo

Thompson Automation and Specialty Services was excited to participate September 23 – 29t at the 2017 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Indianapolis, IN.  The NSC Congress & Expo is the world’s premier annual safety event, bringing together 15,000 safety, health, and environmental professionals to promote safety and identify solutions to safety issues that can result in accidents and deaths.

“The goal is to eliminate preventable injuries, accidents, and deaths according to Jason Glover”, General Manager of Thompson Automation and Safety Services.  “We are pleased to be recognized as an industry leader in the areas of electrical safety and preventative maintenance with our world-class solutions. To be in the company of so many industry leaders is exciting as we can validate our process and learn best practices from others to continually improve what we do.”

The NSC Congress & Expo attracts decision makers, end users, and distributors from a wide variety of industries including: manufacturing, construction, petrochemical and utilities. Coming from the United States, Canada, and more than 60 other countries, these individuals range in experience from entry level to seasoned safety professionals representing companies such as Boeing, BP, Industrial Scientific, Kimberly Clark, URS, RockTenn Norcross, Fruit of the Loom and more.

Hundreds of industry-leading companies from around the world exhibit offering products and services to showcase their latest safety solutions. The show not only features large companies such as Honeywell, 3M and Grainger but hundreds of small to mid-size companies like Thompson Automation and Specialty Services.

“Promoting Safety with National Safety Council is more than just a slogan or a tagline from the NSC.  They really are trying to find Safety solutions that work as they are literally and figurative in Indianapolis racing to zero workplace deaths,” said Glover.  “Anything that we can do to further the cause is a job worth taking on.”

As the nation’s leading safety advocate for more than 100 years, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by engaging businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public to help prevent the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. – preventable injuries.  The NSC is a 501c3 nonprofit, chartered by Congress, with local Chapters, global networks, and more than 50,000 members.

For more information on Thompson Automation and Specialty Services, you can contact us at 844-321-3869, visit our website at www.thompsonspecialty.com, or email us at help@thompsonspecialty.com.  If you would like more information on the National Safety Council you can go to www.nsc.org.

You Need an Electrical Preventative Maintenance Program

2014-08-20 10.27.22Electrical systems, just like mechanical systems, are prone to failure over time due to age, poor maintenance, and the stress of overuse.  People often assume that because electrical systems lack moving parts there is not a need for electrical preventative maintenance.  An idea that couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, the resulting impacts of electrical failures can lead to larger and more costly problems than mechanical failures alone.  Here are four things to consider if you don’t think an electrical preventive maintenance program is for you.

  1. Safety: What is the safety of your employees and contractors worth?
  2. Electrical failures often can be avoided.

  3. Electrical preventative maintenance programs are not expenses, rather good investments.

  4. Industry standard best practice guidelines include preventive maintenance programs.

Earlier detection of problems can allow you to catch small issues before they become big ones.  No one can claim to be perfect at identifying electrical problems before they arise.  A good preventative maintenance program, however, can help predict the imminent failure of equipment.   The question then when deciding on the value of a preventative maintenance program is not the cost of the program but rather the return on the investment.

If you have more questions or are looking for ideas and more information on best practice electrical preventative maintenance programs give the experts at Thompson Automation and Specialty Services a call today.  Given their 85+ years of experience as an electrical contractor, Thompson specializes in the development of custom electrical preventative maintenance programs for customers across the country.  Thompson understands the importance of keeping facilities safe, efficient and operating at peak performance and can custom tailor a program for you.