Benefits of Continuous Thermal Monitoring: How Hot is Your Critical Equipment?



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, 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. 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. Reactive maintenance is the critical component that the Hot Spot Monitor seeks to combat. The truth is that most facilities worldwide operate at a higher risk in response to these run-to-failure scenarios daily. In this strategy, we wait for the asset to fail then either fix or replace the equipment, costing significant downtime due to unpreparedness.

This webinar will include a demonstration of the Hot Spot Monitor.

About the Presenter: Shelly DeGrate graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Electronics and Electrical Industries and received her MBA from Texas A&M University. She is an IEEE Senior Member, a PCIC author, IEEE PCIC Officer of P2969, & IEEE Standards Officer. Shelly has extensive experience in the industries of oil, petrochemical, water/wastewater, as well as federal and state government energy projects. She is a continuous thermal monitoring expert focusing on our GraceSense™ Hot Spot Monitor opportunities and new product application strategies.