In addition to a PM program for backup power systems, managers also should consider additional recommendations designed to maximize system reliability and emergency-response efforts.
For example, managers can consider the use of remote monitoring systems. These systems monitor and provide audible and visual notification of trouble and alarm events before the facility actually needs the system to operate in an emergency. These monitoring systems also can provide notification when PM is required. Examples of available remote-monitoring features that address common causes of failure include:
Finally, it is imperative that technicians perform regular system testing and maintenance in order for managers to sleep well at night and be confident their power systems have the highest probability of operating when needed.
Greg Livengood is a principal at Sparling, an electrical engineering and technology consulting firm with offices in Seattle, Portland, and San Diego.
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