ABB Power Services

Our aim is to increase systems reliability and extend the life of their equipment with concomitant gains for our customers’ competitiveness. We support our customers with high-quality services in preventive and corrective maintenance to improve risk mitigation and improved safety. ABB's service portfolio allows utilities and industrials to maximizing the return on all assets by ensuring a high reliability, reducing life cycle costs and ensuring optimized performance while lowering environmental impact.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

PART I: Life extensions and safety upgrades for aging distribution equipment.

We need Help!  

  • Our distribution equipment just had another birthday and it’s not getting better with age. What  are our options?
  • We just had an arc flash incident. What can we do to protect our operators?
  • Our cost of keeping this gear on line is adding up. Is there a more cost effective approach than replacing the equipment? 

In many cases, with equipment that has reached the end of its expected life, you will have some or perhaps all of the following concerns:

Switchgear and breakers are now causing reliability issues:
  • Existing breaker technology is obsolete and maintenance is challenging
  • Replacement parts are difficult or impossible to locate, not to mention expensive
  • Counterfeit or used parts do not meet specifications and tend to only compound the problem
  • Arc Chutes may contain asbestos, causing environmental and health concerns
  • Mechanisms are complicated and difficult to lubricate effectively without a comprehensive overhaul
  • Operator safety is a concern: arc flash hazards, training gaps, improper tools to do required maintenance, PPE requirements etc
  • Forced outages due to poor equipment reliability can have huge financial impacts
  • Workforce attrition has made maintenance support more difficult.  The technicians that knew this equipment have retired and left you with a new challenge.

We know that Life extension  can be a complex decision. When you compare the expense to upgrade the aging equipment to a wholesale system or equipment change out, you generate complex decision parameters that require a structured evaluation.  For example, what is the impact of the outage time needed for each alternative? 

To learn more about switchgear assessment we will post the PART II of this series soon. For more information please contact +1 800 435 7365.

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