Fluke - The costs of poor power quality

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Productivity is the key to survival in today's globally competitive environment. When you think about the basic inputs to production-time, labor, and materials- you can see there isn't much room for optimization. You have 24 hours per day, labor is costly, and you don't have much choice in materials. Thus, every company must use automation to gain more output from the same inputs, or perish.

So, we rely on automation, which in turn relies on clean power. Power quality problems can cause processes and equipment to malfunction or shut down. And the consequences can range from excessive energy costs to complete work stoppage. Obviously, power quality is critical.

The interdependence of various systems adds layers of complexity to power quality issues. Your computers are fine, but the network is down so nobody can book a flight or file an expense report. The process is operating correctly, but the HVAC has shut down and production must stop. Mission-critical systems exist throughout the facility and throughout the enterprise-power quality problems can bring any one of these to a grinding halt at any time. And that will usually be the worst possible time...

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