Tips for Assessing Inverter Reliability
Wouldn’t it be nice to know that your trusty industrial power inverter was about to experience a failure, and correct the problem before the inverter crashed? Using the four industrial power inverter assessment strategies below can help you do exactly this.
However, before you use any of these strategies or others, consult the owner’s manual for your inverter to see if any strategies are prohibited. The four strategies below should work fine for all types of industrial inverters, regardless of their specs.
1. Infrared Scanning
Infrared scanning is used to locate “hot spots” in electrical equipment. Often, the spots warn of an impending mechanical failure. Here is how the process works: An infrared scanning technician walks through your facility with a handheld infrared scanner, scans electrical equipment along the way, and then provides evidence that proactive maintenance is needed, if indeed it is.
Infrared scanning is an easy way to detect electrical problems in their infancy, before they cause bigger problems that led to equipment failure. Infrared scanning is also quite fast. The electrical infrastructure of an average size industrial facility can often be scanned in a single day.
2. Inspection by Inverter Technician
This type of inspection is costlier than one you do in-house, but nothing substitutes for having an inverter specialist check your equipment for issues that could lead to equipment failures down the line. If you go with this option, be sure to request a statement in writing that identifies which parts of the inverter were examined during the inspection.
3. Scheduled Maintenance
Scheduled maintenance checks also provide a good opportunity to evaluate the reliability of an inverter. Many inverter failures are due to electrical problems within the device, so it’s important to examine the electrical contacts in the inverter, especially if it carries a heavy electrical load. Examining the condition of wire coatings and plastic harnesses that connect wires to the device is also helpful.
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