Most if not all industrial applications depend on electricity, and electrical wires and cables are the channels in which electric current travels to different machines and appliances. In case there is a failure in cables, that means your entire system will come to a shutdown. This might cost you a fortune due to losses and time lost.
Being the owner, manager, or head of the department, it is clear that you have to deal with a lot of work every day. But implementing and following the fundamental guidelines will help in extending your wires and cables’ lifespan. This will reduce downtime as well as increase safety while removing any non-conformance problems.
Below are the basic practices to protect your wire and cables:
- Look for the right approach
Take your time and study different kinds of cables which are available and then opt for the one that is suitable for your application and your working environment. Make sure that safety is always your first priority when choosing the type and size of the cable. Besides, you have considered the following:
- Mechanical strength
- Ambient temperature
- Expected performance when exposed to its environment
- Carrying capacity
It is very important to train your staff on proper maintenance, cable limitations, and how to identify different signs that of cable failure.
- Preventing any damage
- Make sure that you avoid kinking, twisting of your cable and wires while in the installation process
- Kinking as well as kinking your cables can mechanically weaken and stress the conductors
- Make sure that you avoid any run overs and stress
- Make sure that you note down the minimum bending radius
- Consult your electric cable and wire supplier for your industrial configuration
- Abstain from any kind of impact as well as crushing that can affect the cable insulation
- Make sure that you keep the cables and wires from any elements that can affect their quality.
- Do the necessary cable reel settings
- Often perform cable ends reversing so as to prevent a single end from being exposed to extreme environment such as temperatures
- Tie your cable as a way of preventing back spooling
- Ensure that the cables are maintaining proper tension
- Ensure that you have proper accountability for voltage drop as if unaccounted it can cause a motor failure
- Prevent any machine overheating
- Make any necessary repairs whenever needed
- Perform regular inspection to your cables and repair any minor damages before they turn into major damages that cannot be repaired
- Isolate and remove all crushed and cut cables before they can cause any risk
- Make sure that you maintain a stock of spare parts so that you can easily replace any damaged part if it cannot be fixed
- Keep records
Ensure that you always maintain the following records:
- Installation date of the wire as well as the cable
- The source of every failure such as:
- Highlighting areas in which all the major issues occurred
- Pinpointing the root of the failure
- Design a preventative measure so as to identify failures before they occur
- Isolating wires and cables for repair
- Make sure that you analyze the wires and cables on a regular basis
Caring and maintaining your cables and wires is so important so as to keep your industry running. Besides, it will prevent you from incurring losses as it will improve your production efficiency will minimizing the running costs. On the other hand, safety must be the number one priority. Following the mentioned 5 guidelines will not only ensure the safety of your workers and property, but it will enhance the lifespan of your industry’s wiring and machines.