Transformer monitoring: Avoid failures and Extend asset lifespan

Submitted by Kristian on Mon, 12/18/2023 - 21:00

Power transformers play a critical role in power grids, industrial plants, data centers, and other large consumer sites, with their operation often taken for granted. However, when transformers fail, the consequences can be devastating. This is why transformer monitoring is crucial in the power industry. Becker Mining USA offers innovative technologies for transformer monitoring and analysis, providing improved visibility into transformer health.


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Traditional transformer maintenance solutions have proven costly and ineffective. Predicting when transformers should undergo maintenance is challenging due to a lack of transparency into their operational health. In the last five years, most businesses and utility professionals have experienced transformer failures, with half stating that such failures significantly impact or halt operations. Therefore, adopting new technologies for more efficient transformer monitoring can help extend the life of your fleet and optimize maintenance.

Becker Mining USA's continuous transformer monitoring and analysis reduce overall downtime and can mitigate failure risks in your fleet. This innovative approach to transformer maintenance allows you to proactively address problems and make data-driven decisions about optimal maintenance and replacement times. Here are five key drivers to adopt continuous transformer monitoring and analysis:

1. The Grid Is Becoming More Dynamic: 

The types of energy sources on the grid are changing, including renewables, storage, electric vehicle charging, and more. This alters the grid profile, especially with the addition of wind and solar, causing sudden changes in transformer loads, higher harmonic content, and bidirectional flows. Past data cannot be relied upon to forecast the future, as these new conditions impact transformer aging differently.

2. Condition-Based Maintenance Is More Efficient: 

Maximizing efficiency is crucial when working with smaller teams and distributed resources. Continuous data analysis and intelligent notifications support a condition-based maintenance approach, revealing performance degradation before a failure occurs. This enables the ranking of risks and prioritization of maintenance, repair, and replacement to minimize OpEx and CapEx.

3. The Impact Of Failures Can Be Massive: 

Failures can result in up to 6 months, or even 12 months in some cases, to source a replacement due to supply chain issues. Continuous visibility of transformer health helps determine which transformers are more likely to fail sooner, enabling appropriate management towards the end of their life and preparation for retirement.


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4. Increasing Lifespan Helps Reduce Capex: 

Identifying transformers close to failure is challenging, often not related to age. Inadequate records about their history contribute to this challenge. Analyzing transformer health at the mid-life point allows the identification of conditions accelerating aging. This knowledge facilitates appropriate maintenance or other steps to ensure a longer lifespan, minimizing the need for costly replacements and allowing CapEx to be directed towards critical projects while reducing the carbon footprint.

5. Determining Transformer Health Helps Optimize Operations: 

Real-time transformer analysis instills confidence in decision-making. Scenario modeling helps predict the impact on lifespan under different load conditions. Beyond maintenance decisions, better decisions can be made regarding optimizing each asset's operation. This includes assessing whether overloading a transformer is a risk or if reducing the load can extend its life.


transformer monitoring is critical in the power industry to prevent failures and reduce operational costs. Becker Mining USA provides innovative technologies for continuous transformer monitoring and analysis, offering enhanced visibility into transformer health. By adopting these new technologies, power plants can extend the life of their fleet and optimize maintenance, ultimately ensuring business continuity and reducing operational costs.


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In light of the critical role that power transformers play in ensuring the stability of power grids and industrial operations, it is imperative to take proactive measures to safeguard their health and functionality. Becker Mining USA stands ready to empower your organization with cutting-edge technologies for continuous transformer monitoring and analysis.

Don't wait until a transformer failure disrupts your operations and leads to costly downtime. Take action now by partnering with Becker Mining USA to implement state-of-the-art monitoring solutions that offer real-time insights into transformer health. Our innovative approach not only reduces downtime and mitigates risks but also optimizes maintenance practices, extending the lifespan of your transformer fleet.

Seize the opportunity to enhance the resilience of your power infrastructure and make informed, data-driven decisions. Contact Becker Mining USA today to explore how our transformer monitoring solutions can benefit your organization, ensuring uninterrupted power supply, minimizing operational costs, and contributing to a sustainable and efficient future. Together, let's transform the way you manage and protect your critical assets.