The Importance of Maintenance in Power Distribution Systems

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In the world of electrical production, nothing happens without a continued commitment to maintenance. Every system has numerous points of failure – some critical – that can disrupt or outright halt power production if they fail. Power generation systems are no exception.

The Importance of Power Generation Plant Maintenance

Regular power generation system maintenance will help ensure your equipment runs efficiently and that your plant avoids downtime due to issues that flew under the radar. 

System components are far more likely to fail if they’re not properly and regularly maintained.

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Unfortunately, underfunded and understaffed maintenance programs only lead to broken equipment needing repair or replacement before production can resume. That means a direct relationship between poor maintenance policy and inefficiency leads to downtime and lost revenue. Some of the industry challenges power plants are facing impact these maintenance plans too.

Here are the essential elements of a power generation plant maintenance plan that works and can keep things running smoothly without unplanned interruption.

The Perks of Proactive Power Generation System Maintenance

Most maintenance policies in use today are reactive. This is the “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy that sees work done only when a problem has already arisen.

In many ways, reactive maintenance is the default policy for many manufacturing facilities. . This is primarily due to tradition. The commitment to “it’s always been done that way” can cause a lot of problems that eat into a plant’s bottom line, especially when individuals pass off those problems just as “getting unlucky” or a “cost of doing business.”

Proactive – or preventative – maintenance doesn’t wait until a part fails before it’s maintained. This policy is built on:

  • Regularly scheduled inspections
  • Ongoing testing and evaluation
  • Constant monitoring
  • Upgrades and replacements before things get critical
  • Predictive analytics that can alert you when a problem might arise before it does

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The benefits are enormous. Proactive maintenance is less expensive over the long run because it cuts down on costly repairs and replacements. It’s better to keep a car in good running shape, after all, than to wait until there’s a critical issue and you have to replace the entire engine.

Proactive generation plant maintenance also makes planning and budgeting more predictable in addition to making your outages more predictable, too.

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In short, proactive maintenance goes a long way toward maintaining your systems to keep electricity generated the way it should – the way your customers expect.

Power generation production systems can succumb to many different causes of failure. Only a planned and proactive maintenance program can keep the systems up and running consistently, allowing the plant to avoid the dreaded unplanned outage or downtime that costs real money.

SouthernField maintains vital equipment for the power generation industry. Contact our team for more information on how professional, preventative plant maintenance can cut costs, reduce risks, and save money.