September 2018

Maintenance and Reliability

Getting onboard with modernization

While electrical equipment typically has a lengthy lifespan, it is not meant to last, or be relevant, forever.

Robling, D., Schneider Electric

While electrical equipment typically has a lengthy lifespan, it is not meant to last, or be relevant, forever. In volatile environments such as oil, natural gas and chemicals refining, equipment requires constant care and attention. Harsh, dusty, arid or oceanic atmospheres can cause significant—and rapid—wear and tear that can age equipment faster. In addition, decades-old infrastructure lacking modern connectivity capabilities may be acceptable in some sectors, but can quickly become obsolete in an industry that shifts as rapidly as oil and gas. When facing the need for new or repaired equipment, facility managers can often be deterred by concerns associated with cost and downtime. However

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