Maintenance and replacement of electrical substation equipment is usually done on a scheduled basis. There are times however, when real-time events can take over because this important equipment undergoes a great amount of wear and tear. The condition of the network can also be subjected to severe environmental conditions, both suddenly and on a cumulative basis.
As with any kind of maintenance and repair its always best to be proactive rather than reactive, and its not easy to accurately predict when something is going to fail. When failure does occur it can lead to an unexpected outage, damage to other equipment and the inevitable ripple effect. The end result of this disruption is felt by both ratepayers and utilities, often with the need for increased spending on equipment and operation costs increasing.
Condition monitoring is one way to constantly monitor the equipment, so that the utility company knows when and how to act to reverse the problem. Condition monitoring uses an embedded system of intelligence such as sensors, analytics and data networks, and can be used to help reduce outages, extend the useful life of expensive equipment, and prevent costly damage.
Companies from industrial sectors have been trialling such a system in partnership with Sensor-Works.
Sensor-Works Condition Monitoring service concentrates on enabling the following advantages:
- Improvement of risk management
- Optimising a maintenance schedule
- Extending the life of the assets
- Accurate prediction of the end of life of an asset
- Improved assessments
This enables industrial manufacturing companies to detect early warning signals and provide them with the means to schedule regular maintenance. It has shown that condition monitoring can be key to ensuring the reliability of a network, and assist in carefully controlling operational and capital costs.