EPM (Electrical Preventative Maintenance Program)
Latest Activity: Jul 22, 2013
If so, what all items related to PLC are in your electrical PM plan. Please share with the rest of us. Thanks
Tags: maintenance, plan, preventative, plc, pm
Started by don fitchett Jan 3, 2011.
@ Jerry: Let me preface this mesage with the fact that I am a technical advisor for a infrared window manufacturer. I have been a thermographer for almost 17 years and you would be surprised at the return on investment (ROI) that windows provide If you look at the time spent by the thermographer and two electricians "waiting" on covers to be removed, the cost of the installation and the windows is recouped in as little as one inspection cycle!
And.....OSHA 1910.333 states that:
(a) that workers should not work on live equipment (greater than 50 volts) except for one of two reasons:1. De-energizing introduces additional or increased hazards (such as cutting ventilation to a hazardous location) OR2. Infeasible due to equipment design or operational limitations (such as when voltage testing is required for diagnostics).
It must be understood that financial considerations are NOT an adequate reason to work on or near energized circuits. Management indicating that it is cheaper to work it "hot" is just not acceptable anymore.
The arc flash boundaries and training requirements detailed in NFPA 70 E & & B for "qualified personnel" is usually enough to make the windows extremely attractive.
OSHA & NFPA 70E compliance..... are open cabinet energized inspections a thing of the past? what can you do to ensure compliance without interrupring production? How often should infrared/ultrasonic inspections be carried out? Infrared inspections windows and ultrasound ports provide a critical piece to this puzzle all while keeping the cabinet in a fixed & guarded condition (per NFPA 70). Check out some of our case studies and white papers @ IRISS.com.
What do you think about this Electrical Preventative Maintenance article?
Also do you currently carry out an Electrical PM? any PM at all? what do you think should be added to the PM list? I value your comments, ideas and stories.
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