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Standby Power: Evaluating Generator Fuel

There are several considerations for choosing a standby generator, one of which is generator fuel. The type of fuel a generator uses determines fuel availability, fuel cost, and duration of emergency power, to name a few. Below, we look at the advantages and disadvantages of six types of generator fuel regarding these and other concerns. […]

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Uninterruptible Power Supply Service: What are its Benefits?

Having uninterruptible electricity in your building can seem unnecessary. But when a long power outage occurs, that perspective can change quickly. Many companies require a constant supply of electricity to conduct business, and the right equipment can ensure they receive it. As a service, uninterruptible electricity is delivered through uninterruptible power supply (UPS) equipment. Similar […]

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Testing Breakers: Maintaining and Testing Medium Voltage Breakers

Circuit breakers are perhaps the least maintained electrical equipment in industrial power systems. This is unfortunate considering their safety purpose: to prevent arc currents from progressing to ejected arc flashes and tracking arc flashes that could cause building fires and electrocution. To prevent these occurrences, proper maintenance and testing are necessary. For medium voltage air, […]

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Switchgear Power Systems: Five Strategies for Improving Switchgear Safety

Switchgear is a series of electrical disconnects, fuses, and circuit breakers that isolate electrical equipment. Switchgear elements can be used in combination or independently. In either case, their functions are the same: to de-energize equipment prior to maintenance, protect equipment against fault currents, and improve system availability by allowing access to generator power. Electric systems, […]

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Switchgear Breaker: A Fundamental Component of Your System

Your backup power system has many components which must be maintained to make certain it is available and ready for use. Whether you need continuous energy or a simple secondary source for occupant safety, switchgear components have to be tested. A bad circuit breaker or other item can prevent the system from kicking on when […]

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NFPA 110 Generator Testing: Why is it Important for Your Backup Unit?

NFPA 110 guidelines require many backup power supply components to be inspected on a regular basis. Generator testing makes certain each component will operate as needed without causing power supply problems. Creating a comprehensive program for maintenance is the best way to have a reliable generator when backup power is needed. Load bank testing is […]

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Switchgear Power Systems: Scheduled Maintenance is Essential

Breakers, fuses, and electrical disconnects are all switchgear controls. Power systems use these controls to switch between utility supplied electricity and generator supplied energy during electric failure. Technology in the form of a computer program is utilized to detect when an electrical outage has occurred or in some cases will occur. If a problem is […]

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NFPA 110 Emergency Generator Care Starts with a Maintenance Plan

The National Fire Protection Association, NFPA 110 is a set of codes or standards created to ensure an Emergency Power System is safe. These regulations apply to every portion of a unit starting with construction and ending with operational testing. An emergency generator may also be referred to as an EPSS. These systems must be […]

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Why is Switchgear Testing Necessary?

An Emergency Power Supply System or EPSS is a preventative measure installed for industrial and commercial settings. It is designed to provide backup power when the main power source of a building fails. In a factory setting, failure of both systems can be devastating to production because it will result in a complete shutdown. EPSS […]

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Why Should Natural Gas Standby Generators Be a Backup Power Option?

A standby generator performs as a backup electrical source when an emergency situation occurs. An emergency can be from numerous causes such as a city failure or a natural disaster. These devices are typically used for businesses, health facilities, and industrial locations. They can be portable or fixed. Automatic power producing sources are the most […]

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