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Key Components of Electrical Power System Maintenance

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Original date: 
Monday, April 10, 2017

As I spend more and more time in and around maintenance, reliability and asset management professionals, and though my own experiences as both an end user and now a contractor, it has become more and more clear that there is a definitive gap in most maintenance and reliability plans....the electrical system. This is not to say that there is not maintenance being done, or that people are not recognizing that their electrical system is critical. But do you understand what you are doing? Do you understand why? Is what is being done correct? Is the budget that is set aside for electrical adequate or too much? How do you know? What are the best practices and where do you start? As discussed this is not a technical presentation but rather a look at a basic electrical system and where an end user can start in regards to assuring themselves that they are doing the right things. There are some new technologies that are in the market place that can assist in determining if there is a potential problem with parts of your system...this presentation is not about those. Alternatively it is about "the basics", learning to walk before you can run: Looking at the system as a whole and learning where most trouble areas are; Assisting end-users in looking at past test results and planning next steps; Determining what needs to be done based on predictive tests such as transformer oil samples or IR scans, and what can be pushed into next year’s budget; What cannot be skipped because, if it is, it may not only cause catastrophic plant failures but potential fatalities. In conclusion what this presentation will focus on is assisting Maintenance Management professionals to treat their electrical assets with the same care that they keep their mechanical assets. It is not overly technical and you do not have to be an electrical professional to understand or benefit.

Presented at MainTrain 2017


BoK Content Source: 
MainTrain 2017
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Asset Management Framework Subject: 
02 Asset Management Decision Making, 2.02 Operations & Maintenance Decision-Making, 2.05 Shutdowns & Outage Strategy, 03 Lifecycle Delivery, 3.05 Maintenance Delivery, 04 Asset Information, 4.01 Asset Information Strategy, 4.03 Asset Information Systems, 06 Risk and Review, 6.05 Assets Performance & Health Monitoring
Maintenance Management Framework Subject: 
00 Maintenance Management - General, 02 Maintenance Program Mgmt, 2.1 Maintenance Requirements, 2.4 Maint. Budget/Cost Control, 03 Asset Strategy Management, 3.1 Asset Maintenance Plans, 04 Tools and Tactics, 4.4 Preventive Maintenance, 4.5 Detective Maintenance, 4.6 Condition Monitoring, 4.8 Predictive Maint. Techniques, 06 Work Management, 6.1 Work Identification, 6.7 Shutdowns & Turnarounds, 09 Information Management, 9.2 Standards & Specification, 10 Continuous Improvement, 10.4 Maintenance Practices Improvements, 10.5 Asset Reliability Improvements
Author Title: 
Technical Services Manager
Author Employer: 
Shermco Industries Canada,
Author Bio: 

Paul Baker, MMP, CMRP has been involved in Electrical Maintenance in one form or another for over 20 years. As a journeyman electrician he started as a maintenance technician and worked his way into various maintenance management roles during his career. He is currently the technical services manager for Shermco Industries Canada, an electrical engineering and service company, where he works with customers to improve their electrical reliability and also promotes proper maintenance techniques. In addition, Paul is currently the President of PEMAC’s Saskatoon Chapter and Co-Chair of the MainTrain Committee.