Switchgear Monitoring: Find Faults Before They Find You!

Posted by Nick Schiltz on July 13
HSM Social Ads4Download eBookMany 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, which causes significant downtime 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 GraceSense™ Hot Spot Monitor, maintenance becomes predictable and allows preparation before a costly, unexpected downtime scenario occurs.


At Grace Technologies, our mission is to make maintenance safer, smarter, and more productive. 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 unnoticed, they can cause failures and shutdowns, loss of productivity, and ultimately, loss of revenue.


Installation of a Hot Spot Monitor is simple and serves as a suitable and superior alternative to periodic thermography inspections. The Hot Spot Monitor identifies potential hot spots to enable users to predict the failures in electrical equipment.

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.


Like Les, you can sleep soundly knowing the 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 without a Hot Spot Monitor like Burnie here. It will always keep an eye on your equipment so Burnie doesn't have to.

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At Grace, reliability and electrical safety innovations are not just our business; they're our mission. When your mission is to minimize downtime, our GraceSense predictive maintenance solutions have the answer. Check out this FREE eBook that explores the cost-benefit analysis of predictive maintenance, uptime strategies, causes of electrical failures, and more.Download eBook


You can check out the Hot Spot Monitor between today and tomorrow in action at the Rockwell on the Move conference in Worcester, MA. Stop by our booth to learn more about electrical safety and predictive maintenance solutions!

Rockwell Automation on the Move brings a specialized event experience to your local market. You will discover actionable solutions through technical training sessions, interactive hands-on labs and in the exhibit hall featuring the newest innovations from Rockwell Automation and members of the PartnerNetwork™.

With your health and safety top of mind, we are excited to welcome you to the event to share new experiences and exchange ideas in a safe and comfortable environment. 

Stay safe and have a great week!

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