Productivity is the key to survival in today’s globally competitive environment. When you think about the basic inputs to production—time, labor, and materials—you can see there isn’t much room for optimization. You have 24 hours per day, labor is costly, and you don’t have much choice in materials. Thus, every company must use automation to gain more output from the same inputs, or perish. So, we rely on automation, which in turn relies on clean power. Power quality problems can cause processes and equipment to malfunction or shut down. And the consequences can range from excessive energy costs to complete work stoppage. Obviously, power quality is critical.
FLUKE (2012) The costs of poor power quality