PALATINE, Ill., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- With the recent power outages in
the U.S. and Canada as a wake up call, companies across North America are
beginning to assess their own operations to determine what they can do to
minimize the threat of a similar catastrophic outage at their facilities. The
loss of continuous, reliable power can not only lead to disruptions for
financial data centers, industrial facilities, large government buildings,
retail outlets, and airports just to name a few, but unexpected financial
losses as well. For other operations, such as healthcare facilities, the
impact moves beyond a productivity or financial impact, to actually
jeopardizing human life itself.
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"Although the situation in the Northeast was driven by a failure in the
electrical grid, individual companies who don't take proactive measures within
their own facilities can fall victim to similar outages," said Gary Jones,
Director of Energy & Infrastructure Market for Square D / Schneider Electric.
"The key to uninterrupted power is to continuously monitor electrical
equipment for issues that can affect reliability. If you can detect potential
problems early enough, you can correct them before they turn into an outage,"
For added protection, many companies also contract protective coordination
studies to virtually guarantee that power problems are isolated and cannot
travel upstream into the electrical system and cause a facility outage. Using
a quality power monitoring system, companies can also improve system
reliability by monitoring harmonic and transient conditions that if left
undetected, can lead to expensive downtime and lost productivity.
While the Northeast outage is extraordinary due to the number of people
and companies affected, businesses throughout the world experience power
outages everyday. Jones says that if more facilities followed the fundamental
steps toward maintaining reliable electrical distribution systems, many of
these outages could be avoided.
"By monitoring all aspects of the electrical distribution system,
companies have the opportunity to mitigate or even eliminate power problems
within their facilities before they can cause an outage," says Jones. "In
fact, the same power monitoring system that can help companies avoid power
outages can also supply information which can lead to lowered utility costs
and increased electrical equipment utilization. In our experience, companies
can actually save up to 20% overall by using these types of systems, so it's
easy to see that the benefits go beyond eliminating power outages."
North American Operating Division
Headquartered in Palatine, Ill., the North American Operating Division of
Schneider Electric had sales of $2.7 billion in 2002. The North American
Operating Division is one of three geographic divisions of Schneider Electric,
headquartered in Paris, France, and markets the Square D, Telemecanique and
Merlin Gerin brand products to customers in the United States, Canada and
Mexico. In the United States, Schneider Electric is best known by its
flagship Square D brand, with Telemecanique becoming increasingly known in the
industrial control and automation markets and supported by many Square D
distributors. For 100 years, Square D has been a market-leading brand of
electrical distribution and industrial control products, systems and services.
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