Switchgear Modernization: A Viable Alternative to Improve Power System Reliability and Lower Life-Cycle Costs

Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET
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Modernization Solutions Present a Viable Alternative to Purchasing New Switchgear  

Every facility should know what the monetary impact of an unplanned outage means to their operation. That is to say, the tangible and intangible costs associated with an unplanned outage compared with regularly-scheduled equipment maintenance. However, even equipment that has been properly maintained is subject to two key phenomena:  

1.  It ultimately degrades and reaches the end of its useful life.
2.  It is no longer a sustainable solution due to technological advances.

Current technology circuit breakers feature enhancements that were not available 15-20 years ago. While switchgear may be within its intended ‘useful life’, it may not be robust enough to support a facility’s technological requirements.

Upgrading existing low- or medium-voltage equipment with state-of-the-art circuit breakers does not compromise the reliability of the switchgear. NEMA rated enclosures meet the National Electrical Manufacturers Association standards for performance and protection of the electrical equipment installed within them. Utilizing the existing NEMA structure saves time and money! Once complete, the electrical power system has been upgraded to current technology to support a facility’s operations.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify key market drivers facing facility managers today 
  • Define key customer concerns
  • Define decision factors 
  • Identify basic components of switchgear construction  
  • Identify the role of NEMA enclosures  
  • Describe equipment modernization and life extension solutions       
  • Recognize the benefits and viability of modernization solutions

Presenter: Doug Robling, Manager, Business Development, Schneider Electric 

Moderator: Bob Vavra, Content Manager and Moderator, Plant Engineering

Sponsored by: Schneider Electric

 

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