Step 3: Answer
the Basics, Save Time and Money.
Think about the following before the power goes off at your facility:
- How will the generator sets get from the dealership to the facility?
Most dealerships deliver, but if you pick up the equipment yourself, you
need to determine what size truck you will need. Most generator sets are
towed on semi-trailers and pull trailers. Others are skid mounted and
require lifting equipment for loading and unloading.
- Where will you put the generator sets? The largest generator sets,
also referred to as power modules, measure 8 feet wide by 40 feet long. If
tight quarters are a consideration, two or more smaller units will provide
the same power at about the same price.
- How will you get cable from the generator sets outside your building to
electrical distribution boxes inside? Consider installing a weather
head, or a cable access door in an outside wall of you facility that can be
closed when not in use. Then, you won't need to route cable through windows
and doors that should remain shut during off-hours or inclement weather.
- Where will you get cable? Not all dealerships supply it. If the
dealership you work with does not, use the work sheet in the Power Planner
to list your cable supplier and an alternate.
- Can you store enough fuel close to the area where you plan to keep the
generator sets? During extended generator set runs, an auxiliary tank of
fuel will reduce service calls from your fuel supplier.
- Do you have people on staff who can hook up the generator sets and
check to ensure they will operate properly? If not, make sure your
dealership or an electrical contractor can do the hookup, or have the
dealership walk your staff through the procedures.
Visit the dealership (Fabick
Power Systems) to get to know the people you'll need to rely on during
scheduled shutdowns and emergency power outages. Cat Rental
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