Many people can confidently assume that the energy supply that powers their facilities and operations is quite reliable. While this sentiment is mostly true with the right technologies in place, facilities should not regard their power systems as entirely infallible. Occasionally, power outages can happen due to issues with the area utility, like interruptions to the distribution grid. Other times, facility-wide outages may have been caused by hidden problems within the infrastructure.
While even critical facilities have backup plans in place, the truth is individual businesses can’t exhibit too much control over a situation where the grid goes out momentarily. However, smart and refined power management systems can prepare facilities internally to minimize the chances of experiencing an outage. Power management systems like Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Power can do more than maximize efficiency and protect your people and assets. The platform solution can provide functions that mitigate the risk of a blackout.
Monitoring Power Equipment and Quality
Power management systems can be integrated into the facilities’ existing power distribution and monitoring systems. That is, smart meters and connected devices can continuously monitor electrical energy that comes in from the grid or any on-site power generation sources. Further, the technology can keep an eye on the journey of the electric energy as it transmits to each critical component of the building’s infrastructure. Modern systems even leverage advanced analytical functions to gauge and predict the quality or reliability of the electrical output.
Facility managers use power management systems to ensure their equipment performance won’t be compromised by poorly maintained machinery. In fact, the gathered information could assist managers in implementing predictive maintenance plans. Additionally, functioning equipment should not cause disruptions due to a too-high or too-low energy load that could impact critical operations.
Identifying Sources of Problems
Power management systems continue to produce facility-wide energy use data and monitor power-transmitting capabilities around the clock. As mentioned briefly, predictive maintenance routines can be put in place to reduce the chances of any critical issue from devolving into a greater failure or stop to one’s operations. But, even when the unexpected problems pop up, facility managers and maintenance crews won’t be more or less scrambling in the dark to resolve the outage issues. The countless connected devices of a power management system relay data, events, and status changes that help a team pinpoint the source of their power problem. Being able to quickly and accurately track down the root of the issues means it can be resolved much sooner, thus reducing costly downtime.
Prevent Electrical Fires
Faulty power connections and unintended energy transmission levels pose a major hazard. Namely, this misuse of electric energy can cause electrical fires. Fortunately, the technology is capable of catching the signs and mitigating this risk too. Thermal sensors can be integrated into power management systems that alert supervisors to abnormally high-temperature readings. Maintenance workers or engineers can then address the early sign of malfunction to work out a solution before a potential fire can start.
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