Medium to large sized manufacturing sites tend to require exceptional amounts of electrical power, relative to smaller ones. As a result, tens of thousands of volts pass through conductors at any given moment, making them vulnerable to corona discharge.
Under normal atmospheric conditions, when such a large amount of volts pass through conductors, it ionises air molecules which release electrons and anions. With the energy gained from the electric field, the electrons revert back to their original stable state. Consequently, energy is released in the form of light, audible noise, and acids which are collectively known as corona discharge.
This triggers many modes of degradation including erosion and decomposition of insulators, as well as loss of energy. To avoid such costly and dangerous outcomes, corona discharge should be monitored.
Once the conductors are exposed to the modes of degradation caused by corona discharge, repairs will have to be carried out which can require new parts that are not always readily available.
Industries in the manufacturing field rely heavily on smooth flows of production operations, therefore, a reliable flow of electrical power is fundamental. Downtime as a result of corona degradation could cause catastrophic repercussions for companies.
Partial outages can disrupt production and in circumstances where the entire plant is required to be shutdown, production processes will come to a halt and cost companies thousands, sometimes millions of dollars.
The best way to avoid situations which can hinder processes in this way is to take proactive measures in to ensure corona discharge is discovered early and attended to before major faults occur.
The UVollé-VX Corona Camera from Ofil Systems is the ideal solution to accurately identify and monitor the corona discharge of medium to high voltage usage sites. The UVollé-VX enables the user to perform preventative maintenance by detecting, testing, recording, and displaying both corona and partial discharge.
With inbuilt DayCor® technology, the UVollé-VX provides a non-intrusive method to accurately and reliably obtain data and perform compliance assessments.
The camera provides deep insight into the severity of corona discharge, being presented as a count of the captured UV events per time unit. This enables users to carry out repairs before major faults occur, avoiding costly high voltage breakdowns and outage times. To watch a video demonstrating how to use the UVollé-VX, click here.
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