Discover Advanced Generator Technology
If you have a generator that is 10 years old or more, you could be missing out on today’s best generator technology. Newer generators are typically quieter, lighter, and smaller than their older counterparts. Additionally, since upgraded generators are much more efficient, they provide superior performance over aging models. In this blog, we will explore some of the technological features you can find with an industrial power system as
well as some safety tips to keep your system up and running for a long time.
Remote Monitoring System
With a remote monitoring system, you can access the settings on your generator via a computer or other smart device. This allows you to track your generator’s status from anywhere—anytime. From the comfort of your own home, you can check whether the unit is running, shut down, or performing an exercise. You can monitor the unit’s battery voltage, oil pressure, fuel level, and coolant temperature, all in real-time.
Remote monitoring also makes keeping up with your generator maintenance easier. The system will alert you to errors with the system so that you can be proactive and address them sooner rather than later. By keeping up with your generator’s needs in a timely manner, you will be able to reduce the risk of complete power failures at your facility.
Automatic Transfer Switch
Automatic transfer switches are a time-saving upgrade over manual transfer switches. When the main power fails, the switch will sense the loss of power and automatically supply the needed power to your genset—without you needing to lift a finger. An automatic transfer switch reduces downtime since you won’t need to be on-site to ensure your facility remains operational. This is a great benefit when you can’t always be there quickly to deal with the power system in an emergency situation.
Carbon Monoxide Sensors
Many new generators are equipped with carbon monoxide (CO) sensors. CO is a toxic gas that’s virtually impossible to detect on your own. High levels of exposure lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal in a matter of minutes. As a generator ages, it is at a higher risk of malfunctioning and emitting more CO into the air. A generator with a CO sensor will be able to detect when carbon monoxide has built up to a dangerous level and then trigger an automatic shutoff for the unit. This feature can save lives. Plus, a new generator will have upgraded engine technology designed to release less carbon monoxide in the first place.
This feature will automatically shut down the power system when it detects a low oil supply. During a power outage, a generator will require more oil to function reliably, but you might forget to check in on the oil levels as you are managing your business through the emergency. When a generator runs out of oil, it can cause extreme damage to the engine, often beyond repair. The low-oil shutoff will protect your investment until you can provide the maintenance the generator requires.
Hybrid Models Available
Do you know about the alternative power sources available for generators today? At Valley Power Systems, we’re proud to offer a range of hybrid models to suit your needs. Hybrid generators are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while using less gas or diesel to run your business. Benefits of hybrids include:
- Continuous power supply
- Significant fuel savings
- Low noise pollution
- Smaller sizes available
- Energy efficiency
To learn more about hybrid generators, check out our blog What to Know About Hybrid Generators.
Using Your New Generator Safely
Once you have decided on a new, state-of-the-art power system, you will want to ensure that you keep safety in mind. This will protect you, your employees, and your investment. Here are some safety tips you should follow.
1. Get a Professional Installation
When you purchase a permanent backup generator, you should have it installed by a generator professional. Commercial-grade generators are complex pieces of equipment that require specific technical knowledge. A generator specialist will have the proper training and knowledge to make sure the installation job is done right the first time.
2. Read the Instruction Manual
Before operating a generator, you should review the instruction manual thoroughly. This will ensure you have a good understanding of all the features available so that you can operate the system safely. You should also make sure that any employees who might handle the generator in your absence receive proper training.
3. Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Even if your system comes with a CO sensor, it’s best practice to install a carbon monoxide alarm at your facility. This will provide additional protection should the sensor malfunction.
4. Keep Generator Area Clean
Dirt, dust, and debris will circulate in the air around your generator during its normal operation. The generator’s filters help to protect it from these small particles, but too much can clog the filters and cause problems for the unit. You should keep the generator area as clean as possible and make a point to inspect it after high winds, which can stir up more dirt and debris in the air than usual. Filters should also be checked at least once a month and changed regularly to maximize airflow.
5. Avoid Moisture Exposure
Moisture is your generator’s greatest enemy. It can cause rust and corrosion of engine parts and components, which will wear down the system much more quickly than expected. You should secure your investment by avoiding exposing your unit to any kind of moisture. To protect the generator from the elements, it should be installed on a lifted concrete pad and surrounded by a generator enclosure. When cleaning the system, you never want to spray water directly on the unit because it can be difficult to control where the water goes. Instead, you can wipe it down with a slightly damp cloth.
6. Prevent Overloading the Unit
A generator is only equipped to provide so much power. Overloading the system frequently will reduce the usable lifespan of your unit, negatively impacting your investment. That’s why it is so important to ensure that you purchase a generator that’s the right size for your business. The professionals from Valley Power Systems can review your power requirements and provide you with accurate recommendations.
7. Invest in Maintenance
Regular maintenance is the best thing that you can do to extend the life of your power system and keep it running safely. Valley Power Systems offers customized maintenance plans to provide the exact level of service you need. From oil and filter changes to complete engine tune-ups, you can rely on our factory-trained technicians for all your maintenance and repair needs. With our help, you won’t have to worry as much about unexpected shutdowns affecting your bottom line.
Your Local California Power Provider
At Valley Power Systems, we offer the latest generator technology from the industry’s top manufacturers. We partner with companies throughout California to deliver reliable power solutions. Our highly trained technicians are knowledgeable on the various features found on power systems today, and we would be happy to answer any of your questions. To learn more about generator technology or to discuss your power options, contact us today!