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Vault Transformer Monitoring: Why Smarter is Safer
Why smarter is safer when it comes to vault transformer monitoring
It’s easy to forget about vault transformers. They’re underground, out of sight, and out of mind. Furthermore, because the capital investment seems low relative to other equipment, some managers think the cost of vault transformer monitoring isn’t worth the return.
Ask any tech who’s ever had to go down and run routine checks on vault transformers. It’s wet. Slippery. Dark. Dirty. Hard to breathe. There can be rats and other creatures. Sadly, even homeless people looking for shelter.
To make matters worse, what if your vault transformer is unstable? Then it’s really dangerous because a little hydrogen can cause a big problem. Do you really want to risk your team for information that can be gathered remotely?
As the cost and quality of monitoring devices come down, the value of monitoring even your lower-priced transformer assets makes sense.
Stay Warm, Dry, and Informed
With a variety of affordable, single-gas, and multi-function submersible monitors, you can keep your eyes on your assets without sending the team underground unless it’s absolutely necessary.
“Many vault transformers are relatively simple models,” says an engineer from Qualitrol. “Monitoring for a single gas – hydrogen — is the most important indicator of the health of the device. Yet there are literally hundreds of thousands of these transformers buried across the country with no monitoring whatsoever. They’re vulnerable to water, corrosion, shifting soil, and age.”
One smart solution is the Qualitrol DGA150. Since hydrogen is an early indication of larger problems in the transformer’s lifecycle, real-time monitoring of hydrogen provides an economical method for maintaining the overall health of the transformer. That’s what the DGA150 does. It’s easy to install and gives you peace of mind without putting people in danger.
Spend less time down in the vault with real-time data
If you and your colleagues believe it’s time to start using today’s technology to monitor vault transformers, let’s talk about your options. Safety is an obvious benefit. But you might be surprised by the savings. Once installed, you’ll spend far fewer man-hours checking transformers. Best case scenario: it takes a crew of two people one hour to confirm the condition of one vault transformer.
Remote monitoring gives you real-time access right from your desktop. No need to send out a team. No wondering and waiting for a failure. And far fewer trips “down under” for any reason. Qualitrol has the solutions, at the right price vs. your asset investment. We’re ready to help make it happen.
Have a question on vault transformer monitoring? Interested in learning more information on how to properly monitor your vault applications? Give us a call at +1 585 643-3717