Imagine the scenario, you have just sat down after a long day with a cup of tea (or other beverage of choice), ready to watch TV or read a book and ‘POP’ the lights go out…… Not all the lights in the house, or indeed all the electrics, just those on a particular circuit. Rather than sitting in the gloom drinking your tea/wine, it becomes a problem that needs fixing immediately.
I don’t know about you but I have had problems with the electricity supply in my 1930s house for 9 years. It’s nothing too significant (although we did need a complete rewire downstairs as every time it rained significantly our downstairs plugs would trip), but on average once maybe twice a year something happens that trips my electric supply. A dishwasher fault, the LED light fitting overheating and tripping, a bulb going…the list of things that can cause a local trip-out on your home network really is endless.
So let’s go back to that steaming cup of tea sitting there in darkness as you conduct your investigation. If the problem isn’t obvious there’s detective work to do; turning off everything on that circuit, plug in and trying that appliance to see if that is the problem. If you’re really unlucky and it’s the washing machine or dishwasher then you may have to find out mid-cycle, unfortunately. But finally you find the problem, your electricity is restored and you can relax again (as long as you can find it and don’t have to organise an emergency call out).
Now imagine that scenario in your workplace. Rather than just your tea getting cold or your wine too warm, it could result in unplanned downtime for your operation. While it doesn’t happen very often, a question we regularly pose to customers is, ‘are your processes/operations at risk or can you indeed cope without a loss of production during these localised blackouts?’
Losing power in situation is painful but losing power in a process or during work operations can be catastrophic…..causing loss of business or a safety issue that you may not have even considered before
At home, I counteract the anxiety of having an electricity problem with home emergency cover and, in fact, many businesses have similar reactive insurances to call on. But what if you could preempt issues before they arose? What if you could have such a degree of confidence in your electrical system that you didn’t need emergency cover? What if you knew about a potential problem long before it was even a problem and could mitigate against it, offering you complete reassurance?
170 years of expertise
At Siemens, we can help, and we know that managing an electrical system is something for skilled professionals only, even in a home environment. Therefore, it’s even more important to get it right in a business setting when the stakes are even higher. Our expertise in the field of electrical resilience stems 170 years – so if anyone can be trusted to audit your infrastructure, it’s us.
As part of our electrical resilience service, we evaluate your system and the good news is that it doesn’t matter if your equipment isn’t made or been installed by us. We can understand and articulate its reliance to you and develop a solution that’s right for you and your operations. This will give you peace of mind that localised blackouts aren’t going to be something you need to worry about anymore…even if you haven’t experienced one yet.
How to do it is easy… just call us up, and we will send one of our dedicated experts to review your electrical infrastructure. We will give you a range of options to make your system more reliant, not just for today, but for tomorrow and the future.
As we say at Siemens, forewarned is forearmed, and when dealing with electrical resilience at an industrial premises we help our customers maintain efficiency, certainty and most importantly, safety.