by Andre Man, WEG Transformers Africa (division of Zest WEG Manufacturing)

Preventative maintenance of transformers is critical to operational reliability and to extending the life of the transformer.

Published in:

Electricity+Control, March 2016 (pages 30 – 31)

Enquiries: Kirsten Larkan. Email kirstenl@zest.co.za

Industry must maintain transformersTransformers have often been referred to as the most efficient pieces of equipment developed by mankind and, as this apparatus has limited moving parts, majority of individuals believe it to be maintenance free. There could be nothing further from the truth. Achieving optimum performance and a long functional life from this essential asset is contingent on having a comprehensive preventative maintenance and service strategy in place. Preventative maintenance of transformers is critical not only from an operational reliability perspective but also because a well-structured maintenance programme will significantly extend the life of the transformer. In most cases it is not inconceivable for a well-maintained transformer installation to have a lifetime that outstrips that of an average human – and this could between 40 to 50 years. WEG Transformers Africa (WTA) offers a suite of support services for its transformers customer base which can be structured to accommodate customer needs and budgets.

Take note

• A preventative maintenance and service strategy is essential to ensure the long functional life and optimum performance of a transformer.
• Preventative maintenance programmes can be structured to accommodate customer needs and budgets.
• The maintenance of an historical database allows the accurate tracking of the condition of individual transformers.

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