It’s hard to believe, but about 10,000 people retire daily in the U.S. alone. In the western world, the number of retired workers will outnumber those under the age of 18 by 2035. These numbers and the resulting skill gaps are a major concern for most businesses – potentially risking trillions of dollars in GDP over the next decade.
The same is true in commercial and industrial facilities where experienced workers are leaving. In many cases, it’s maintenance personnel with intimate knowledge of the hums of optimized operations, a kind of experience that’s nearly impossible to replace.
Further, with pressure to reduce OpEx, some maintenance activities are delegated to generalist companies with limited knowledge of installations and the electrical domain.
For electrical infrastructures, the potential result of this labor transition includes:
- Increased downtime
- Unnoticed or misdiagnosed issues
- More time to solve problems
- Limited understanding of how a system should operate
- Lack of traceability
- Increased safety risk
- Decreased efficiency
- Increased maintenance cost
Meanwhile, your facility infrastructures are likely aging quickly.
Consulting services can provide a vision for where you are, where you want to go, and how you want to get there – prioritized visualization explicitly based on your challenges and pain points.
Schneider Electric’s comprehensive consulting services begin with assessing your electrical installation. This assessment is similar to a doctor checking your pulse, as it helps us to identify any stress points, critical areas, or deficiencies that may impact your power system. By conducting this assessment, we can provide a more thorough understanding of the health and performance of your electrical installation and recommend solutions to help improve its safety, efficiency, and reliability.
This can include digitized single-line diagrams and an electrical digital twin – a virtual replica of your electrical system used to simulate, analyze, and optimize electrical systems. This digital twin provides electrical consultants with valuable information about the performance of the electrical systems and allows them to identify areas for improvement. As a result, it can help reduce downtime, improve energy efficiency, and minimize the risk of electrical failures.
Safety and regulatory compliance
In addition to the loss of production and downtime – lack of maintenance can cause significant safety issues such as accessible live parts, risk of short circuits, and fires. Additionally, system studies are required to help ensure the asset short circuit design is adequate, protection coordination optimized, and asset labeling and personal protective equipment for operators are up to date. Our consulting services ensure your plants and equipment are well-designed, and maintenance practices are properly executed. Our proven safety expertise helps you minimize process hazards and production loss while helping to comply with electrical regulations.
The more you know, the better you can respond. Our proven methodology is based on collaboration and knowledge sharing and helps drive efficiency improvements to unlock operational cost savings and progress toward emission reduction goals. For example, our experience has shown that energy savings of up to 15% can be expected with proper power quality management. We partner with stakeholders at all levels of your organization to deliver business outcomes, working alongside site teams to identify, design, and implement efficiency strategies.
Lifecycle management: the foundation to tackle future challenges
Asset management is at the heart of your business. With digital asset monitoring services, we can help you monitor your assets and support data-driven business decisions. We can provide monitoring services to help you manage your entire electrical asset fleet and predictive management services. We can help you anticipate risks and ensure a more resilient, efficient power network.
Our expertise is consulting
Our expert consultants can clearly define where you are, where you need to go, and how you can get there – and we’ll go with you!
We’re the experts. We manufacture world-leading energy and digital automation solutions for efficiency and sustainability, combining state-of-the-art energy technologies, automation, software, and services. You can rely on our experts – your trusted advisors – to bring this tremendous knowledge and expertise to address your challenges and help you make data-driven decisions.
What are the challenges you’re facing on-site? We can help you get to optimal electrical system reliability and safety. With complete reports on all critical data, you can turn risk into better business outcomes with the following:
- Increased installation performance
- Solid maintenance practices
- Optimized plans for modernization
- Anticipated OpEx and CapEx investment
- Advanced digital monitoring plans
- Readiness and resilience for the future
All of our actionable recommendations are provided through mySE, our collaborative platform for easy prioritization, follow-up, and implementation.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you improve your facility’s electrical system, and download our white paper, “9 Power System Risks that Threaten Business Operations.”