When a major cable failure occurs, it's tough to locate a supplier at midnight while tending to all of the other pressing details in this pressure cooker situation. You need to identify sources now, so that you are prepared.

  1. Inventory your large cable bundles. Note the sizes, insulation types, length, and number of cables in each one.
  2. Identify at least two cable replacement sources. Your local electric utility may even have the cables you need; talk with someone there about contingency planning.
  3. Make a list of connectors and connector tools for this job. You don't want to pull the cable only to find out nobody can make connections. During the emergency, your in-house staff will already be overloaded even if they are qualified — so this is typically the contractor's work. Make contingency arrangements with an electrical contractor now, ensuring that firm has the tools and expertise for this particular work.
  4. Set up your CMMS to prompt an annual review of these sources; keep the information current.
Make the preparations even tighter by creating a work order for replacing a cable in each main cable bundle. The work order should list the tools, parts, test equipment, safety gear, drawings, and contact information relevant to working each bundle.