What are they?
Internally derived power issues derived from change in voltage and amperage:
- Voltage/amperage fluctuation events wearing all computer components
- Voltage/amperage fluctuation events wearing all drives, PLC’s, and control equipment.
- Higher Maintenance and replacement parts cost due to wear and tear from power
- Higher Op Ex Budgets from maintenance
- Higher Cap Ex Budgets from Replacement Systems
If Utility Company isn’t Causing Power Sags, Surges, and Outages What is?
It is certainly possible and likely that power issues are derived internally downstream from the utility service entrance. Facility equipment cycling on and off will pull on various phases. It is never constant and voltage is always changing inside a facility if there are any sorts of dynamic loads. Most sags or surges you will not see with your naked eye. Most events are undetectable to the naked eye. If you see light flickering, that is 100% fluctuations in voltage and causing different variances in the amperage to all your loads. Therefore you feel as if power is ok, in reality, equipment is being damaged and worn. Best way to find out is a meter and power study.
Have an ICP site survey done to survey your facility and install a power metering device.
When you install equipment that will correct power and hold voltage, you will be providing your facility with additional operational and cost benefits. Halting wear and tear on other equipment in the facility by having stable voltage and power factor is the goal. The long term positives are lowered operations and maintenance costs by limiting voltage and amperage anomalies inside the facility. It is common to vet these issues by installing a monitoring device at the service entrance of the facility utility power. This is a low-cost method to really understand these issues and to make a proper diagnosis.
We are available to review electrical one-lines, Power Reports, Demand Usage, and any other data on your facility power.
Call your ICP Technical Representative today to discuss options to increase efficiency in your facility and correct our facility power issues!
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