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Reducing Downtime And Increasing The Lifespan Of Electrical Components

Electrical components play an important role in various industrial applications. Hence, malfunctioning of electrical components can lead to a complete halt in operations. This can result in financial losses and increased operational costs. As one of the leading electrical engineering companies in Kenya, we offer insights on reducing downtime resulting from malfunctioning electrical systems.

  1. Proper maintenance and inspection:

Maintenance and upkeep are crucial for preserving electrical components and ensuring their maximum lifespan. Systems ranging from circuit breakers to control panels tend to perform optimally when maintained at regular intervals. Essential maintenance practices include:

  • Cleaning: Remove debris and dust from electrical components to prevent overheating and efficiency loss. Also, when dust settles on the insulating parts of electrical equipment, and if there are vapours present in the air, the combination of dust and vapours can create a conductive path on the insulating surface. This is known as “tracking” which can result in short circuits, equipment failure, and potential fires.
  • Tightening Connections: Electrical connections may loosen due to constant expansion and contraction related to temperature changes. These loose connections can cause parts to overheat, leading to electrical arcs and sparks. Periodically tightening all parts within the system is crucial.
  • Visual Inspection: Conducting visual inspections of electrical components can help identify signs of corrosion or wear and tear. In such cases, immediate replacements are necessary to prevent system failure

2.Condition Monitoring (CM)

Using a sophisticated system of sensors and data analysis techniques help in the assessment of the condition of electrical components. This analysis facilitates predictive maintenance, indicating when a component might fail and what actions should be taken beforehand. Key aspects of condition monitoring include:

  • Vibration Analysis: This technique detects even slight misalignments in components that rotate or move during operation.
  • Motor Circuit Analysis (MCA): MCA tests the motor’s condition by conducting a comprehensive check of rotors, power conditions, couplings, and belt functionality. Periodic MCA analysis reduces energy costs and enhances component efficiency.
  • Environmental Considerations: Ensuring the longevity of electrical components requires maintaining a suitable operating environment. Factors such as humidity, temperature, and exposure to contaminants play a role in determining a component’s lifespan.

3. Temperature Control: Maintaining electrical components within the manufacturer-recommended temperature range is essential. Extreme temperatures can result in poor performance and a shortened lifespan.

  • Humidity Control: Excessive moisture can lead to corrosion, fasten component degradation, and increase the risk of short circuits in some electrical components.
  • Contaminant Prevention: Contaminants such as dust particles, lead, and other pollutants can damage electrical components. Using protective enclosures is necessary to keep contaminants out.

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Explore our electrical engineering solutions. Our team, with over 43 years of experience in the electrical engineering field, has developed technical expertise in various energy sources, both renewable and non-renewable. We specialise in installing power lines and substations, even in challenging terrains. We provide comprehensive solutions in design, construction, and supply, with the capability to install power lines up to 500KV. On the distribution front, we have successfully executed and delivered projects across various sectors, handling everything from design and execution to service and maintenance.