Burnie & Les: European Vacation 2

Posted by Nick Schiltz on February 16


Toward the end of their journey, our partners at Electrical Safety & Instrumentation Specialists (ESIS) in Ireland recommended that Burnie & Les stop by Dublin's famous pub, The Temple Bar. So after they performed some routine thermography inspections, they planned to meet there. However, Les figured out a way to travel light so could actually relax on his business trip...


Like Les, you can sleep soundly knowing the GraceSense™ Hot Spot Monitor has you covered. While you have peace of mind knowing the device logs, alarms, and enables you to trend temperature variations that are indicative of a potential fault, you certainly won't want to imagine life before. It will always keep an eye on your equipment so Burnie doesn't have to.

Installation of a Hot Spot Monitor is simple and serves as a suitable and superior alternative to periodic thermography inspections. The device utilizes a non-conductive polymer optical fiber cabling system that monitors temperatures and alarms maintenance personnel when the temperatures rise or drop below the preset thresholds, indicating an imminent potential failure. Connections are secured through a ring-style lug at the end of each of the provided nine to eighteen connection points, depending on the model.


Clearly, Les has an advantage and less to worry about than Burnie. And more time to spend doing other important things. Like Burnie, many facilities around the world operate under Reactive Maintenance or Run-to-Failure Scenarios. In this strategy, we wait for the asset to fail then either fix or replace the equipment, costing significant downtime and a high risk of injuries due to unpreparedness.

This isn’t the optimal strategy when the cost of downtime is greater than the cost of the maintenance activity. With the Hot Spot Monitor, maintenance becomes predictable and allows preparation before a costly, unexpected downtime scenario occurs.

An important factor in determining the reliability and uptime of an electrical system is the condition and the availability of the power distribution equipment such as low, medium, and high voltage switchgear (up to 80KV), transformers, and circuit breakers. In these types of equipment, loose connections commonly occur due to vibration, fault conditions, and thermal expansions.

If gone unnoticed, they can cause failures and shutdowns, loss of productivity, and ultimately, loss of revenue. So with that in mind, Burnie plans to use a Hot Spot Monitor on their next work trip so he can also enjoy some time to himself and maybe actually finish his drink.

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