1. Waste Collection and Disposal: Is Your Waste Hazardous?

    July 7, 2015 by Nicholas Peterson
    Waste Collection and Disposal: Is Your Waste Hazardous?

    Hazardous waste clean upHazardous waste can take many forms. It can be a liquid, solid, gas, or sludge. It can come from industrial sources, businesses, or even homes. It may be an obvious toxic metal or a commercial cleaning product.

    According to the EPA, hazardous waste is “waste with properties that make it dangerous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment.”  Such waste products appear on one of the four hazardous wastes lists maintained by the EPA: F-list, K-list, P-list, or U-list. Hazardous wastes also generally demonstrate at least one of the following characteristics:

    • Ignitable
    • Corrosive
    • Reactive
    • Toxic

    If you have materials on-site that demonstrate any of these characteristics, there’s a good chance it is hazardous and requires special disposal methods.

    Disposing Of Hazardous Waste

    Under EPA rules, if you generate the hazardous waste, you are responsible for disposing of it properly. But that doesn’t mean you have to do it on your own.

    Homes and small business that don’t generate a lot of hazardous waste are usually capable of disposing of the waste products themselves, often taking advantage of local collection services or drop-off sites.

    Larger businesses with more complex operations that generate significant amounts of hazardous waste are better off contracting with a disposal service to have the materials safely removed and disposed of. This is by far the better choice because professional disposal services are:

    • Familiar with local, state, and federal rules and regulations regarding hazardous waste collection, transportation, and disposal.
    • Fully equipped to meet the required guidelines and address emergencies that may arise during the collection, removal, and disposal process.
    • Part of a network of haulers and recyclers who can process materials for recycling or reclamation and reprocessing.

    Critical Power Exchange’s Hazardous Waste Collection And Recycling Services

    Critical Power Exchange plays a critical role in hazardous waste management. Our collection and recycling services help reduce the consumption of raw materials and energy to make new products and reduce the volume of waste going to landfills and collection facilities. Through a network of partners, the hazardous waste we collect is sorted for reclaiming and recycling.  Materials that are unsuitable for these processes are disposed of locally, not shipped off to developing countries that have lax (or non-existent) rules and regulations.

    When you contact Critical Power Exchange for hazardous waste removal and disposal services, you are assured of safe and responsible disposal that won’t harm the local environment.

    Contact Critical Power Exchange at 877-315-4176 to discuss your hazardous waste disposal needs.

  2. After Removal: What Happens To Equipment Once It Is Removed From Your Site

    June 30, 2015 by Nicholas Peterson
    After Removal: What Happens To Equipment Once It Is Removed From Your Site

    Inevitably, businesses need to get rid of equipment at some point. Either it becomes obsolete, breaks down and can’t be fixed, repairs become increasingly common, or it’s just time to upgrade to something new. When that happens, most companies will call in an equipment disposal service, take advantage of disposal services offered by their waste hauler, or even the vendor from whom they purchase new pieces.

    For many of us, it’s “out of sight, out of mind” and we are happy to focus our attention on our new equipment, forgetting all about the old. But for others of us, we want to know what happens to the equipment once it leaves our facility. How is it disposed of? It any of it recycled? Where does it go?

    If you are at all concerned about where your old, unused equipment will end up once it leaves your site, interview several different disposal services. Ask the questions that are pressing on your mind so you can rest easy knowing you are disposing of your equipment in the most responsible way possible.

    Critical Power Exchange’s Equipment Removal Processes

    At Critical Power Exchange, we take our responsibility for equipment disposal very seriously. All waste has an impact on the environment and we try to minimize that impact as much as possible.

    Before we even remove the equipment from your site, we’ll do a thorough analysis of its’ condition. If it’s still in good shape, we can often sell it as used to another business. Sometimes, all the piece needs is a little refurbishment. In other cases, the piece cannot be repaired but we may be able to break it down and use it for parts. Whatever cannot be repaired, refurbished, resold, or reused is then processed for recycling or smelting. All hazardous wastes like toxic metals, oils, and gasoline are disposed of in accordance with EPA guidelines.

    None of the equipment that we collect ever gets shipped overseas. In addition to the greenhouse gas emissions such efforts generate, the overseas environmental regulations are too lax and sending our waste over there just turns it into another country’s problem. Instead, we work with a regional network of recyclers, smelters, and resellers to manage the waste right here in the USA. You’ll receive proof of our commitment and efforts with a Certificate of Recycle. This certifies that your waste was disposed of correctly and was handled and transported in compliance with local codes to ensure environmental and public safety.

    Contact Critical Power Exchange For Turnkey Equipment Disposal

    Critical Power Exchange offers complete, turnkey equipment disposal solutions for businesses of all sizes. From site surveys, actual physical removal or equipment, processing after removal, and final disposal options, we manage it all.

    Contact Critical Power Exchange at 877-315-4176 to learn more about our equipment removal services.

  3. Getting It Down On Paper: Creating An Equipment Planning Budget

    June 23, 2015 by Nicholas Peterson
    Getting It Down On Paper: Creating An Equipment Planning Budget

    It’s a fact of business life: If it’s not in the budget, it’s not happening. Most business managers know how to put together a budget for their department, but what about capital equipment? Large equipment, data centers, IT technology….those are all big expenses that should last for several years. Equipment budget planning is a years-long endeavor, not something that is revisited every year. It’s exactly because of this long period of time that many managers have never had to deal with an equipment purchase or planning for equipment purchases before and have no idea where to start.

    If this sounds familiar, you’ve come to the right place. Critical Power Exchange provides comprehensive equipment budget planning services that will ease the strain and headaches you are undoubtedly experiencing.

    Creating Your Budget

    Getting started with equipment budget planning is the hardest part. Where do you even start?

    1. The first thing to do is make a list of the equipment you currently have. Include the date of purchase and the expected lifespan of the equipment. This is called a replacement schedule. Hopefully you already have one, if not this will give you an idea of when to expect the equipment will need replacement.
    2. Next, price out the cost of new and/or used equipment.
    3. Call Critical Power Exchange. We will:
      • Provide you with a valuation of your current equipment. You may be able to sell it and recoup some of your initial investment costs and use that money to buy new equipment.
      • Source new and used equipment for you. This way you can compare costs and have more purchase options.
      • Provide an estimate for removal and disposal, delivery and installation of old and new equipment. These expenses are hard to estimate if you’re planning the budget yourself, but CPE performs these services all the time. We know exactly how much it will cost to have old equipment removed and new equipment installed.

    Once you know 1) what you need to replace and when, 2) the likely cost of such replacement, and 3) the hidden costs of replacement, you can plug in your budget numbers.

    Allocating Funds

    Most organizations have a capital budget. This is where the money that will be used to purchase or repair capital equipment comes from. Using your newly created equipment planning budget, you can make recommendations to allocate funds to the capital budget to cover the anticipated costs of the new or replacement equipment. Depending on your expected timeframe until replacement is needed, you may be able to allocate a portion of the funds every year until replacement is needed or allocate larger fund amounts to catch up to your anticipated budget needs.

    Plan For Equipment Replacement With Help From CPE

    Critical Power Exchange provides cost-effective solutions for new equipment with many high-quality used pieces available at 40-60% off MSRP. If you are interested in learning more about how our equipment planning and budgeting services can save your organization money, contact us at 877-315-4176.

  4. All About CPE’s Equipment Sourcing Services

    June 16, 2015 by Nicholas Peterson
    All About CPE’s Equipment Sourcing Services

    equipment sources

    Replacing or buying new equipment is a time-consuming process. It’s made even more difficult if you don’t know where to look to find the equipment you need. Of course, you can always muddle through this work yourself, but why would you when Critical Power Exchange can handle the process for you from start to finish? Using CPE’s equipment sourcing services will save you time. It will save you money and you’ll find the best equipment at the best prices.

    Best of all, you won’t have to do a thing!

    CPE Equipment Sourcing Services

    Critical Power Exchange sources new and used equipment to find you the absolute best product for your needs and budget. The fact that we work with new and used suppliers means you have more choice and variety than you’d ever find on your own.

    Our equipment sourcing process is very straightforward. You can either search for what you need from our in-stock equipment or tell us what you need and we’ll get to work finding it. When we find the equipment, we’ll present you with all the data we have on it like hours, maintenance logs, age, etc. and costs. You can compare new and used costs and make a purchasing decision without ever having to visit sites, talk to suppliers, or negotiate prices.

    It is not unusual to save 40-60% buying the used and refurbished equipment we have sourced over new equipment.

    What We Source

    In general, CPE sources everything that we sell and collect. That includes:

    • Air Conditioning Units
    • Chillers and Cooling Towers
    • Electric Transformers
    • Fire Suppression Systems
    • Generators
    • IT Equipment
    • Power Distribution Units
    • Raised flooring
    • UPS systems

    We have been collecting, repairing, disposing of, and selling this equipment since 1993. During that time we have developed strong business relationships with many companies so we know exactly who we are dealing with. We understand the quality of their products and their approach to equipment maintenance. These are value-added services that benefit you directly. We do not sell just any piece of equipment. It must pass our quality standards before we’ll ever make it available for sale.

    After you find the right piece of equipment, we can even have it delivered and installed for you. It’s all part of our complete project management services.

    Why We Do It

    Equipment is expensive. Not every business has the ability to buy the latest equipment and technology. At CPE we collect used equipment from one company, inspect it and make sure it’s in good working order, repair and refurbish as necessary, and sell it to others. This extends the life of the equipment, reduces waste, and saves our clients money. It’s a win-win-win.

    To learn more about our Equipment Sourcing services, contact Critical Power Exchange at 877-315-4176.

  5. How to Make Sure Your Equipment Is Disposed Of Properly

    June 10, 2015 by Nicholas Peterson
    How to Make Sure Your Equipment Is Disposed Of Properly

    Responsible disposal of old equipment is of increasing concern to companies around the world. Businesses can literally see how much tech waste they are generating every time they upgrade or replace systems and equipment – and more and more of them are concerned about exactly where that waste goes once it leaves the office. In some cases, the materials qualify as hazardous waste and must be disposed of according to approved governmental standards.

    In other cases, disposal options are not so clear-cut. The materials may not necessarily be hazardous, but it may be possible to dispose of them in ways that minimize the environmental impact. Most organizations are not in the business of disposing of hazardous materials on a day-to-day basis and instead rely on experts to help them through this process.

    But don’t trust just anyone to manage your waste and equipment disposal. Do your research to make sure the company is disposing of the materials in a way that supports your own disposal and waste reduction goals with the least amount of environmental disturbance as possible.

    Responsible Recycling

    Most electronic and equipment waste can be at least partially, if not completely, recycled. Metals can be extracted and recycled or re-used; plastics can be melted down and made into new products. The most critical part of any disposal plan to knowing where your waste will be going. Waste that is shipped overseas is far more likely to be disposed of improperly, exposing local residents to toxic substances and contaminating local waters and soil.

    Questions To Ask About Disposal

    • How will my waste be disposed of? Can it be recycled or repurposed?
    • Will the waste be shipped overseas or processed in the U.S.?
    • Do you have any certifications?
    • Will I receive proof of recycling?
    • Contact Critical Power Exchange for Responsible Equipment Collection, Removal, and Disposal

    Contact Critical Power Exchange for responsible equipment removal and disposal. We handle all sorts of IT and mechanical waste products including, batteries, oils, e-waste, toxic metals, hazardous waste, etc. We recycle as much as possible and even provide our customers with a Certificate of Recycle proving that their waste was disposed of safely and correctly. All materials are processed in the U.S. through our wide network of regional recyclers, smelters, and re-sellers. When you’re ready to replace your old products with new ones we can source and recommend replacement equipment that is less toxic and/or more reusable or recyclable.

    Call 877-315-4176 to receive an estimate for equipment removal and disposal or to learn more about our disposal options and processes.

  6. CPE’s Turnkey Project Management Takes The Stress Out Of Equipment Removal

    June 5, 2015 by Nicholas Peterson
    CPE’s Turnkey Project Management Takes The Stress Out Of Equipment Removal

    Turnkey. It’s a word that screams “easy”. Turnkey projects are those where the business owner doesn’t have to do a thing. The contractor handles it all. “Turn the key” and it’s ready to go.

    We often think of turnkey projects in terms of adding to a business – installing a new computer system or building or adding on to a facility, for example. But it works the other way too. Turnkey property management can help you get rid of equipment that isn’t working or isn’t needed any longer. Best of all, you won’t need to do much more than make a phone call and point the contractor in the right direction.

    How Turnkey Equipment Removal Works

    A turnkey equipment removal process should include every step necessary to remove a piece of equipment from your site. That includes a site survey, managing all logistics of getting the equipment out of the building and off-site, safe removal and handling, and proper disposal or recycling of equipment and any hazardous waste materials. If permits are needed to transport the equipment or dispose of waste products, that should be included too.

    Once the equipment is removed, the site should be ready for the installation of new equipment right away.

    Turnkey Equipment Removal at Critical Power Exchange

    The turnkey equipment removal solutions at Critical Power Exchange range from the simple to the complex. We handle all aspects of the job from start to finish including:

    •    Facility walk-through and site survey to determine best removal techniques.
    •    Personalized preparation to help you prepare for equipment removal.
    •    Electrical disconnection.
    •    Removing the equipment from the site.
    •    Transporting equipment off-site.
    •    Proper disposal of the equipment.
    •    Recycling of equipment, if applicable.
    •    Safe disposal of hazardous waste materials.

    What do we remove? Any mission critical or data center equipment including:

    • UPS systems
    • Power distribution units
    • Raised flooring
    • Industrial air conditioning units
    • Chillers and cooling towers
    • Backup generators
    • Electric transformers
    • Fire suppression systems

    No matter how big or small your equipment removal needs may be, our turnkey solutions assure safe and complete removal. With just one call you can save time and money on equipment removal and focus your attention on the day-to-day running of your business.

    Contact Critical Power Exchange at 877-315-4176 to arrange for a site inspection or to learn more about our equipment removal services.

  7. How Does Equipment Buyback Work?

    May 29, 2015 by bloper
    How Does Equipment Buyback Work?

    All businesses want to maximize their budgets and make the most of the resources they have. One way that Critical Power Exchange can help achieve those budgetary goals is with our Equipment Buyback Program.


    The Benefits of Equipment Buyback


    An equipment buyback program lets you make the most of your underutilized capital assets. Rather than sitting unused, taking up space, sell those assets and turn them into capital through equipment buyback programs. Then, use that cash to reinvest in newer technologies or upgraded equipment. You’ll save on storage demands and storage-related costs. You’ll recoup some of your initial investment costs. You’ll supplement and help maximize your budget.


    Equipment Buyback at Critical Power Exchange


    Our program is fairly simple: we will buy your old, unused equipment from you. You’ll receive a cash payment that you can then put towards the purchase of newer or more updated equipment. Here’s how it works:


    1. Contact Critical Power Exchange to receive a fair market value estimate for your equipment.
    2. Receive 50% of your buyback payment from us upfront, as soon as we agree to buy the equipment from you.
    3. Receive the final 50% of your payment upon receipt and verification of the equipment.


    We will take care of the logistics of moving the equipment and getting it off-site. We can even handle disconnection of the old components and handle any hazardous waste materials that may be present.


    Contact Critical Power Exchange and Say Goodbye to Old, Outdated Equipment


    Equipment buyback programs are a smart way to maximize your budget dollars. Rather than dip into savings or profits, sell equipment you are not using instead!


    Critical Power Exchange buys data center and mission critical equipment – in working and non-working conditions. We collect:


    • Air Conditioning Units
    • Chillers and Cooling Towers
    • Electric Transformers
    • Fire Suppression Systems
    • Generators
    • IT Equipment
    • Power Distribution Units
    • Raised flooring
    • UPS systems


    After we buy your equipment, we can even help you source new or pre-owned equipment to meet your needs. It’s all part of our comprehensive Property Management Services.


    Contact Critical Power Exchange at 877-315-4176 to learn more about our Equipment Buyback Program or to arrange an on-site equipment evaluation and estimate.


  8. Single-Phase Vs. Three-Phase Generators: What’s The Difference?

    April 28, 2015 by Nicholas Peterson
    Single-Phase Vs. Three-Phase Generators: What’s The Difference?
    1 vs 3 phase diagram

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    Single-Phase vs Three-Phase

    Single-phase and three-phase generators provide power differently. The most obvious evidence of this is seen in power delivery. Both types provide AC power, but a three-phase system produces three separate waves of power, delivered in sequence. This ensures a continuous uninterrupted flow of power that never drops to zero and makes three-phase generators more powerful than single-phase generators.

    Single-phase systems deliver one constant wave of power, but the power level varies with the electrical current coming in. That means that power levels can and do drop to zero during the cycle. This happens so quickly that it is undetected by humans and rarely has an effect on whatever device is being powered. In fact, residential power is single phase and there’s never a problem powering devices in our homes. But for very large and demanding power applications, this dip could be detrimental, which is why three-phase systems exist.

    The easiest way to visualize these power differences is to imagine a wave. One single wave (i.e. a single phase system) starts at zero, goes up to the peak, and goes back down to zero before the next wave starts. In a three-wave system, the three waves in sequence each individually look and act the same as the single wave, but since they arrive in sequence, their total power overlaps a bit providing more power than the single phase circuit, keeping that power always above zero, and distributing the total load over three phases/waves so there is less draw on one single wave.

    It All Comes Down To Power Needs

    If you’re questioning whether you need a single phase or a three-phase generator, you need to think about your power needs…and your budget. Single-phase systems are less complex and less costly. They are more common in residential or rural applications where the loads are relatively small. Unsurprisingly, 3-phase systems are more costly to install and maintain, but depending on your power needs, they may be a necessity.

    3-phase systems are ideal for high-capacity settings which is why you usually only see them in industrial and commercial areas. Data centers, in particular, benefit from 3-phase back-up generators due to the increased distribution capacity. 3-phase systems can power multiple racks whereas single-phase systems can’t.

    Learn More About Single And Three Phase Generators At Critical Power Exchange

    If you need to find a power source for your data center or commercial application, contact Critical Power Exchange at 1-877-315-4176. We can help you determine if a single or three-phase system is better for your needs and then help you find the right generator to provide it. Visit us online at www.criticalpower.com to see our current supply of generators.

  9. What’s New With Diesel Generators?

    April 21, 2015 by Nicholas Peterson
    What’s New With Diesel Generators?

    The generator is one machine that has really withstood the test of time. First introduced over 100 years ago, diesel engines were instrumental in replacing steam engines and their usefulness never stopped. Today they are used for all kinds of operations with no indication that this will change any time soon.

    Since diesel generators remain so popular and will continue to be so, it’s only natural that engineers find ways to enhance and improve the machines.

    Improvements In Diesel Generators

    Some improvements that we’ve already seen in diesel generator include:

    • Engine Efficiency. Like any fuel-based machine, there has been a lot of focus on improving the efficiency of the diesel engine. Since diesel engines need only compressed air and fuel to ignite, the engine’s efficiency is directly tied to how the fuel droplets are added to the combustion chamber. Smaller, widely distributed droplets lead to a more efficient diesel engine. Recent improvements to diesel engines, like automated fuel injection, have maximized this distribution resulting in better performance and power output.
    • Digital Controls. Older diesel engines relied on analog-type controls for operation. Today’s newer designs have digital controls that allow for more precise measurements, fuel injection, and timing. These digital controls improve combustion action and even reduce exhaust. They are invaluable in large-scale operations and provide real-time status updates on generator performance.
    • Emissions Treatments. Technology advances have made it possible to reduce exhaust and emission fumes and gases. Exhaust gas recirculation and selective catalytic reduction both help to minimize emissions.
    • Noise Control. Generators are loudest at start-up. New sound attenuation methods, like sound attenuation pockets in the combustion pre-chamber or adding platinum or rhodium pellets to the chamber, work to reduce this noise.
    • Fuel Treatment. Low-sulfur diesel fuel emits less particulate matter and has lower exhaust emissions than untreated diesel. Not only does this lead to improved air quality, it reduces strain on the engine, which can get clogged from these particulates.

    As generator usage continues, technology advances, and stricter environmental regulations take hold, we can expect to see even more changes and improvements. Possible future changes include:

    • Improved fuel economy
    • Advances in biodiesel technology
    • Improved power output
    • Cleaner exhaust fumes

    Explore Diesel Generators At Critical Power Exchange

    Generators have come a long way since their early days and we can look forward to future changes that will ensure the generator remains a stable and popular choice for power generation.

    To see the latest in diesel generators, visit Critical Power Exchange at www.criticalpower.com.

  10. Understanding Kilowatts Vs. Kilovolt-Amperes

    April 14, 2015 by Nicholas Peterson
    Understanding Kilowatts Vs. Kilovolt-Amperes
    kw vs kva

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    Look at any electrical machine and you’ll find a power rating. This is usually shown as kilowatts (kW), but sometimes you’ll see a kVA, or kilovolt-ampere rating. Although both ratings express power, they are different.

    Kilowatts. A kilowatt is the real or actual power that the machine provides: Voltage x Current. This is the amount of power that a machine can provide based on its horsepower.

    Kilovolt Amperes. A kilowatt ampere is the “apparent” power provided by the machine. It will always be higher than the kW rating, but only a portion of the kVA is available to do the work. In direct-current (DC) situations the kW and kVA are the same because the voltage and the current do not get out of phase. In alternating current (AC) situations, this is not the case. In AC systems, the voltage and current can get out of phase with one another. In that case the kW rating tells you how much actual power is available, the kVa indicates an excess of the current.

    In other words, the kVA is the amount of current a device can draw in while the kW is the amount of power the device puts out.

    The Power Factor

    The difference between the kilowatt rating and the kilovolt-ampere rating is something called the Power Factor. The power factor is a value that varies with every electrical device or machine, somewhere between 0 and 1. The value is expressed with a percentage with 100% representing unity of current. With unity, there is no difference between the kW and the kVA. The closer to 100% that machine rates, the more efficiently it uses electricity, which is where it becomes important when evaluating generators.

    Why kVA Matters

    While the U.S. most commonly uses kW to express power ratings, most of the rest of the world uses kVA. Although the kilovolt-ampere may seem like extraneous data, it really isn’t. You need to know the kVA to ensure your facility has the proper wiring capabilities to carry this extra current, even though the machine won’t be using it. Generators also carry the kVA rating so you can determine if it will be able to handle the extra current for reactive loads.

    Learn More About Generators And Power Supply From Critical Power Exchange

    For more information about gauging generator performance, contact Critical Power Exchange at 1-877-315-4176 or visit us at www.criticalpower.com.