In the same way your car needs routine service, electrical equipment requires regular maintenance to stay healthy and ready to perform long-term. While each piece of our equipment comes with a one-year warranty, we recommend that your customers begin to service equipment after the warranty period has expired. Our team wants to make sure that you have all the tools you need to help your customers enjoy their power solutions for many years to come. This article will address how important it is to invest time into inspecting and servicing equipment. We believe it will pay off in the long run and we’ll share our top tips for preserving your Power Assemblies equipment.
Let’s first explore the value of regularly servicing equipment. Improved performance and longevity are just the tip of the iceberg. On a deeper level, maintenance serves as a barrier between expensive repairs, downtime, and even malfunctions that can endanger the safety of your customers and their teams.
As you may know, the repair bill for an equipment breakdown almost always exceeds the cost of preventative maintenance. If machinery is not regularly inspected, it can cause a domino effect of setbacks. When wear and tear go unnoticed, it can progress over time and eventually cause equipment to fail. This translates to a hefty repair bill and serious setbacks in projects that can lead to missed deadlines and lost revenue.
On top of lost time and financial strain, lack of maintenance can also compromise the equipment’s ability to run safely. Over time electrical connections may begin to corrode, which weakens their ability to effectively transport electricity throughout the portable power system. Leaving compromised components unaddressed can create catastrophic consequences such as electrical arcing, overheating, and in the worst-case scenario – electrical fires.
The good news is that it’s quite simple to stop these threats dead in their tracks before they even have a chance to become a serious issue. Sticking to a maintenance schedule allows you to regularly check up on equipment and address any hiccups before they escalate. Plus, all of our innovative power solutions are engineered to exceed industry safety standards and go through rigorous testing before shipping to our distributors. So, with just a few easy steps you can ensure that your equipment stays geared up and ready for repeated use.
Creating an Electrical Equipment Maintenance Schedule
Now that we’ve explored why regular maintenance is so important, let’s tackle how you can help your customers to create an effective maintenance routine. The first step to creating a successful routine is to write out a detailed game plan that outlines how and when each piece of equipment will be inspected and serviced.
For example, taking care of our Cable Assemblies and Pigtails is quite straightforward. When not in use, we recommend coiling them up and storing them in a cool, dry location to keep them out of harm’s way. This protects them from being stored at unnatural angles that can damage your cables’ conductors or Camlock connectors and shelter them from corrosive conditions. If your customer’s project requires the use of multiple cables, we recommend using our Pig Pen to keep each cable perfectly organized and ready for installation.
Alongside proper storage, we recommend testing your cables every three months to make sure that your cable can carry an electrical current without any breaks in its pathway. Continuity tests involve using a multimeter to spot intermittent faults that you might not catch during a visual inspection. Implementing this proactive approach is a win-win situation because it can help to get the most out of your cables while ensuring a steady flow of electricity throughout your portable power system.
To maximize the lifespan of our power distribution units, we suggest using a wire brush and some electrical cleaner to scrub their electrical connection points every six months, or more if operating in a highly corrosive environment. After the connections have been thoroughly cleaned, be sure to apply a fresh layer of lubrication to minimize friction and keep your power distribution units running smoothly.
We also recommend load-testing power distribution units at least once per year. Load testing involves subjecting your equipment to a predetermined electrical load to see how it performs. The goal of a load test is to examine how equipment handles specific loads so that you can pinpoint and fix any faults before they become a bigger issue.
We hope that we have provided you with the insight you need to support your customers as they create an electrical equipment maintenance schedule. If you have any questions about this article, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Send us an email at [email protected] or dial (866)-825-8525 and we’ll be happy to help.