Storm Readiness Tips

To our valued clients and business partners:

In advance of a potential storm track that could impact much of the southeast, central Virginia and the upper east coast, we at Delta Automation want to take this opportunity to advise you on some basic storm readiness tips. This information is critical to keeping your equipment and production networks on line and operating safely. The checklist provided below will be helpful in preparation for the impending weather event. Some of the items included below will be helpful in recovery mode should you experience damage from the storm.

Delta Automation emergency phone number & standard equipment lead times:
Delta Automation 24 hour emergency phone number 804-236-2800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            804-236-2800      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting  end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Normal lead-time for PLCs, VFDs, motors and related parts and materials is 2-3 days. Note: this could be adversely impacted during a weather emergency.

NOAA hurricane Irene tracking link:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at4.shtml?5day#contents

Storm Readiness Checklist:

PLC Networks
Be sure that PLC and HMI programs are backed up
Relocate all programs to a secure location
Check batteries that back up memory to insure they are in good operating condition
Have spare fuses in stock for any critical operations

Variable Frequency Drives/Soft Starts/Motors
For drives with bypass, make sure the VFD can operate in bypass mode
For motor protection purposes, insure that drives and soft starts are on line and drives are  not in bypass mode
Check VFD cooling fans for proper operation in case the VFD has to operate in abnormal space temperatures                                                                                                                    Have spare key pads available
Have spare drive input contactors in stock
Have spare fuses available
Have spare equipment available motors, VFDs and soft starts
Take precautions that your equipment is protected from moisture and potential flooding.
Check drains and rain leaders in and around mechanical equipment room
Know the warranty status of your equipment

General
Secure emergency services contractors/vendors that can support your equipment
Make sure that any power conditioning equipment and/or UPS systems in place are fully operational prior to weather event
Keep cell phones fully charged, have car chargers and spare cell phone batteries available
Have emergency phone numbers available
Check standby generators and insure that full tanks are topped off
Keep automobile fuel tanks full
Have a weather radio on hand
Have weather and moisture proofing materials and moisture remediation equipment on hand and in good working order (tarps, plastic, wet drive vacs, drying fans)

We are standing by to assist you with all your equipment needs including fuses, PLCs, VFDs, motors, and repairs.

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President of Delta Automation, Inc. Working in industrial automation in excess of 30 years
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