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Do your electrical systems & equipment get additional agitation and vibration because of PF issues?

November 27th, 2018|

What Causes Power Factor? When the current flowing into your facility is backed up because of machinery running without load, or large numbers of lights switching off, then you have a Power Factor. Normally it is very short term and low. Utilities have to generate more than a minimum volt-amperes to supply real watts. Then the utility has higher costs. Cabinet making equipment, welding equipment, machine shops, warehouses with large lighting requirements, conveyors, and similar electrical equipment, will draw power unevenly. If not corrected, it can cause physical damage and triggers surcharges from the power utility. Costs to Facility Owners –    stress on power lines and systems –    agitation and vibration on motors –    if power factor is below .9 (90%), then BC Hydro adds a surcharge –    Surcharges increase exponentially – a serious cost issue If below .95, you need to act on it. If it’s below .9, you will pay surcharges. And your infrastructure and equipment will pay in higher stress, downtime and maintenance costs. Power Factor Calculation Solutions Step 1: Assessment Contact Intel Power Electric and we will schedule a [...]

Electrical Preventative Maintenance Checklist

November 26th, 2018|

Electrical Preventative Maintenance Checklist The following Maintenance Checks are crucial to most businesses with electrical machinery, large amounts of lighting and other appliances, overhead doors and other expensive assets. Only properly trained staff or certified electricians should do the following checks. Dangerous current levels, fire hazards and damage to expensive assets are very real threats and need to be well managed. About 2/3 of Electrical Preventative Maintenance is done while systems are energized. This creates a high potential for danger. The following are not complete specifications: check each manufacturer’s or supplier’s guidelines. ASSET Cables from power utility into facility POTENTIAL ISSUES Faulty connections WHEN TO CHECK 3 year intervals ASSET Power from Utility POTENTIAL ISSUES Surges, sags WHEN TO CHECK Surge protectors should warn equipment operators if conditions are unusual or dangerous ASSET Insulation POTENTIAL ISSUES Cracks, flaking, overheating, deterioration WHEN TO CHECK 1 year intervals ASSET Contact Points POTENTIAL ISSUES Not properly aligned, dirty or rough WHEN TO CHECK Depends on the specific equipment and it’s usage; check manufacturer’s guidelines ASSET Electrical Panels & Enclosure POTENTIAL ISSUES Mislabelled WHEN TO CHECK Before [...]

Electrical Preventative Maintenance Checklist

February 10th, 2016|

Electrical Preventative Maintenance Checklist The following Maintenance Checks are crucial to most businesses with electrical machinery, large amounts of lighting and other appliances, overhead doors and other expensive assets. Only properly trained staff or certified electricians should do the following checks. Dangerous current levels, fire hazards and damage to expensive assets are very real threats and need to be well managed. About 2/3 of Electrical Preventative Maintenance is done while systems are energized. This creates a high potential for danger. The following are not complete specifications: check each manufacturer's or supplier's guidelines. ASSET Cables from power utility into facility POTENTIAL ISSUES Faulty connections WHEN TO CHECK 3 year intervals ASSET Power from Utility POTENTIAL ISSUES Surges, sags WHEN TO CHECK Surge protectors should warn equipment operators if conditions are unusual or dangerous ASSET Insulation POTENTIAL ISSUES Cracks, flaking, overheating, deterioration WHEN TO CHECK 1 year intervals ASSET Contact Points POTENTIAL ISSUES Not properly aligned, dirty or rough WHEN TO CHECK Depends on the specific equipment and it's usage; check manufacturer's guidelines ASSET Electrical Panels & Enclosure POTENTIAL ISSUES Mislabelled WHEN TO CHECK Before and [...]

Do your electrical systems & equipment get additional agitation and vibration because of PF issues?

January 22nd, 2016|

What Causes Power Factor? When the current flowing into your facility is backed up because of machinery running without load, or large numbers of lights switching off, then you have a Power Factor. Normally it is very short term and low. Utilities have to generate more than a minimum volt-amperes to supply real watts. Then the utility has higher costs. Cabinet making equipment, welding equipment, machine shops, warehouses with large lighting requirements, conveyors, and similar electrical equipment, will draw power unevenly. If not corrected, it can cause physical damage and triggers surcharges from the power utility. Costs to Facility Owners -    stress on power lines and systems -    agitation and vibration on motors -    if power factor is below .9 (90%), then BC Hydro adds a surcharge -    Surcharges increase exponentially - a serious cost issue If below .95, you need to act on it. If it's below .9, you will pay surcharges. And your infrastructure and equipment will pay in higher stress, downtime and maintenance costs. Power Factor Calculation Solutions Step 1: Assessment Contact Intel Power Electric and we will schedule a free [...]

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