How to Care for the Electrical Distribution System within a Financial Facility

How to Care for the Electrical Distribution System within a Financial Facility2017-01-09T20:15:29+00:00

Why does power quality matter to financial institutions?

Power Quality Problems

  • Harmonic Distortion
  • Voltage Transients
  • Voltage Sags and/or surges
  • Grounding
  • Disruption of power
  • Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)
  • Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI)
  • Natural Phenomena

Primary Cause of Electrical Losses

  • Loose connection/parts 30.3%
  • Moisture 17.4%
  • Line disturbance (other than lighting) 10.4%
  • Defective/inadequate insulation
  • Overloading/inadequate capacity
  • Accumulation of dust, dirt, and oil
  • Lightning
  • Foreign objects/short circuiting
  • Collision

Loss of Revenue $/ hour

Industry Sector Rev/Hour Rev/Emp/Hour
Energy $2,817,846 $589
Telecommunications $2,066,245 $187
Manufacturing $1,610,654 $134
Financial Institutes $1,495,134 $1080
Information Technology $1,344,461 $184
Insurance $1,212,444 $371
Retail $1,107,274 $244
Pharmaceuticals $1,082,252 $168
Banking $996,802 $131
Food/Beverage Processing $804,192 $153
Consumer Products $785,719 $128
Chemicals $704,101 $195
Transportation $668,586 $108
Utilities $643,250 $381
Health Care $363,030 $143
Metals/Natural Resources $580,288 $153
Professional Services $532,510 $100
Electronics $477,366 $74
Construction & Engineering $389,601 $216
Media $340,432 $120
Hospitality & Travel $330,654 $39
Average $982.197 $232

 

Why care for your financial facility’s electrical distribution system?

Common Problems

  • Overloaded Circuits
  • Code Violations
  • Poor Power Quality
    • Harmonics affecting critical systems caused by:
      • Computers
      • Electronic Lighting Ballast
      • Variable Speed Drives
    • Improper Grounding due to:
      • New additions and upgrades
      • Non-adherence to the National Electric Code and/or IEEE 1100-1999 Standards which are recommended practices for grounding or sensitive electronic equipment.
    • Heavy Energy Usage:
      • This generates excessive amounts of heat that cause connections to loosen due to shrinkage and expansion. Loose connections cause arcing that generates extreme heat and high resistance, which is a major safety concern and also results in an in efficient use of power.
      • Budget Constraints
      • Inadequate surge protection
      • Insufficient backup generators
      • GFI Certification
      • De-energized work to clean, tighten, lubricate and test is difficult to schedule

Critical Areas

  • Incoming service
  • Redundant incoming services
  • Power supplies and backup generators
  • GFI Certification
  • De-Energized work to clean, tighten, lubricate and test is difficult to schedule

Financial benefits of Electrical Preventative Maintenance

  • Predictive budget
  • Minimize or eliminate unexpected outages and untimely repairs
  • Extend the EDS life/lower replacement costs
  • Lower liability risks
  • Greatly reduce electrical fires
  • Computerized documentation for your electrical distribution system

 

 

 

 

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