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Debunking The Top Myths About Industrial Generators
By: Patti Stewkesbury
Industrial generators must withstand extreme usage and weather conditions for an extensive amount of time. It’s important to better understand these systems and to do so the top myths and misconceptions need to be debunked. This article will explain these myths to ensure you obtain the most efficient and effective industrial generator.
Myth: Generator Size Doesn’t Matter
Not all generators are created the same and the size does matter for the amount of power you will be able to receive. You’ll need to consider your power requirements in kilowatts to choose the most effective generator size. In addition to power requirements, you need to factor in the equipment that will be operated with the generators. Equipment that users motors or machines with compressors consume more power and therefore a more powerful generator will be required.
Myth: Generators Don’t Need Regular Maintenance
Like any machine, a little maintenance can go a long way to keep you generator up and running. Some preventative maintenance you can do yourself while a professional technician should handle more technical preventative maintenance. The following are essential components a technician will complete for an industrial generator maintenance service plan:
Myth: All Generator Fuel Types Function The Same
When looking to purchase an industrial generator, the fuel type is an important element to consider. You may choose a cheaper fuel but not all fuel types work the same in every environment. For example, in colder environments, gasoline generators may not be the most effective option. Diesel generators are a better choice for colder environments, as this fuel type is less receptive to freezing. Fuel type may also be dependent on your location as some may be easier to obtain than others. When purchasing an industrial generator, it’s important to consider the fuel type to ensure you are getting the most out of your generator.
Myth: You Can Install The Generator Anywhere
Location is another overlooked element when installing a generator. The system should be placed in a location that is easily accessible for maintenance and repair. Also, the generator should be placed in a protective location and high enough to keep water from damaging the machine. Indoor installations also need to follow requirements for fuel supply, exhaust ducting, ventilation and proximity to flammable materials. A typical installation requires that the generator be near the transfer switch and fuel supply.
Myth: I don’t Need An Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS)
More often than not, it's a good idea. 80-90% of generators are coupled with ATSs. The ATS will detect any power outage and automatically start your generator, and will exercise the unit on a weekly basis. It's extremely important that your emergency power system run at least once a week, under load if possible. Keeping your generator operational is critical in an outage.
Kinsley Power Systems
As the exclusive distributor of Kohler Power Systems solutions in Western New England, Kinsley focuses on the specification, sales, service and rental of permanently installed generators, transfer switches, and switchgear (from 8.5kW home systems to 3.25MW industrial generators).
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