Charles Alvis

Charles Alvis

Charles Alvis has extensive experience integrating innovative maintenance, software and field services that return real business value. Now with Schneider Electric Field Services he is actively involved in creating innovative approaches to improve services designed to optimize equipment life and reliability.

Asset Performance Monitoring Saves $1 Million in Potential Transformer Losses

The recent growth of non-traditional Internet-connected devices is often referred to as the “Internet of Things” (IoT) revolution. In the realm of power distribution, IoT plays an important role by… Read more »

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6 Industry Trends Impacting Facility Operations

Keeping facility operations at optimal levels can sometimes be a juggling act for facility managers, who are tasked with meeting high productivity demands and keeping operating costs low. The infrastructure of a typical commercial or industrial facility… Read more »

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The Reliability Equation: Does your system pass?

Electrical Equipment: “A Means to an End” This may be some facility managers’ view of electrical equipment, which is usually out of sight and out of mind. An online definition… Read more »

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FAQs: The Dangers of Aging Electrical Equipment

Aging electrical equipment and components are not only inefficient, they’re potentially dangerous. Overheating in electrical enclosures, usually caused by loose connections and friction (due to lack of or improper lubrication) can… Read more »

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Upgrade or Replace? The Aging Switchgear Dilemma

Aging switchgear can negatively impact continuity of services in industrial facilities in terms of reliability and financial losses. More importantly, it can affect employee safety. In addition to potential risk to… Read more »

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What Your Switchgear Needs and Deserves

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact regularly scheduled maintenance,… Read more »

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10 tips to extend the life of your switchgear

With increasing dependence on computers and automated processes, most modern facilities cannot afford downtime. And, as technologies, processes and user demands evolve over time, an electrical system must be able… Read more »

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Maintenance Programs Add Real Business Value

When evaluating the business gains and risks associated with an increasingly critical power infrastructure, decision makers often need to quantify the value of maintenance services, just as they would any… Read more »

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Break the Deferred Electrical Preventive Maintenance Paradox

It is all too common. Budgets get tight and cuts have to be made; preventive maintenance is often one of them. The problem then becomes cumulative. Next year the need… Read more »

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Preventive Maintenance: Pay Now or Pay (More) Later

  It’s safe to say that being proactive is almost always less costly that being reactive. Take your car, for example…the cost of performing regularly scheduled maintenance (oil changes, tire… Read more »

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