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How to increase the life of transformers and generators

16-06-2010
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Industrial transformers and generators often fail due to outdated and naïve cooling practices.

Although overheating is a primary concern with this vital equipment, the method in dealing with potential breakdowns is usually reactive, rather than preventive.

A transformer’s air quality is a clear indicator of the condition of the unit.

Poor air quality is a sure sign of transformer fatigue caused by overheating.

By then it’s almost too late for the transformer to perform at its best. What is required is a solution which prevents overheating in the first place.

Turnkey air movement specialist Fanquip and its engineers can successfully retrofit fan-based cooling systems to existing installations. However, these solutions should be factored in from the start to gain the greatest performance and longevity of each unit.

Fans are needed to cool generators from the moment the system begins operation, otherwise it’s a downward spiral.

As most transformers and generators are predominantly designed and implemented by consulting engineering firms as part of a larger project, Fanquip believes fan cooling should be mandatory from the start.

Also, many solutions in Australia are facilitated by transformers and generators from Europe, where the mean temperature is generally cooler and fans aren’t the norm.

But in Australia – particularly in isolated and arid regions – it can be extremely hot all year round and fan-driven cooling become far more critical in maintaining the condition of transformers and generators.

With a well-designed fan-driven cooling system, the energy costs are kept to a minimum.

Fanquip maintains there is no reason why an operator can’t get five times the lifespan out of its generators and transformers.

Fanquip
Ph: 1800 224 308

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