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December 2017

Time To Say Goodbye To Your Generator? Contact CPP&S For Generator Decommissioning

By | Equipment Disposal

Generators are built to last; they can last for literally decades, but at some point the time will come when you’ll need to relocate or replace a generator. What you do then depends on your capabilities. Some businesses manage to decommission generators themselves, but far more turn to outside help such as what Critical Power Products & Services (CPP&S) can provide.

CPP&S’ Team has been buying and selling used industrial generators since 1993. We’ve decommissioned generators as standalone projects, as part of data center decommissioning, and from a wide range of businesses and industries. Sometimes, the generators are replaced with new machines. Others are sold off as part of an asset liquidation. Still others are decommissioned when the businesses needs to relocate due to company expansion.

Whatever your reason, there are a number of factors that must go into a successful generator decommissioning project.

Key Steps In Generator Decommissioning

  1. Documentation of Equipment. All on-site equipment should be documented for inventory accuracy, particularly if you are selling the components or relocating them to a new site. Be sure to include:
    • Generator Specs (kW/KVA, Voltage, Amperage, Phase, Hertz and Weight)
    • Automatic Transfer Switches
    • Transformers
    • Fuel Storage and Tanks
    • Conduit and Electrical Wiring
  2. Inspection of Current Electrical System. A thorough examination of the current electrical set up is vital to safe decommissioning. Examine:
    • Electrical/Fire Room configuration.
    • Incoming and outgoing wires and cables between the electrical room and the generator.
    • Single Phase and Three-Phase layout throughout the facility.
    • Breaker panels so you can disconnect any that power the generator and related equipment prior to decommissioning.
    • The Automatic Transfer Switch location and setup.
    • Any custom connectivity configurations such as remote wiring, paralleling equipment and switchgear, additional air-filtration components, and additional on-site equipment.
  3. Miscellaneous Needs. Consider these factors as you make plans for decommissioning:
    • Safe removal and disposal of fuels and engine liquids.
    • Calculate equipment size and weight to determine crane, rigging, and shipping needs.
    • Identify final destination for the equipment. Will you sell it? Dispose of it? Re-use it? Recycle components?
    • Establish a plan. How will the decommission be carried out? Who is in charge?

Contact CPP&S For Full Service Generator Decommissioning And Removal

As you can see, decommissioning a generator is more complicated than simply disconnecting it from your electrical system. Proper decommissioning requires careful planning and orchestrated process that takes into account several highly technical steps.

It’s because of the many steps and the need to properly dispose of the equipment that many companies decide to hire CPP&S for full service removal. If you need to decommission a generator or need help at any step along the way, contact Critical Power Products & Services for help at 877-699-1296.

5 Winter Prep Tips For Backup Generators

By | Backup power

Winter is on its’ way – if it hasn’t already made an appearance by you. Blizzards, ice storms, and high winds can all cause power lines to go down and backup generators to kick in. When that happens, you need to know that your generator is going to work as expected, which means putting in some prep work ahead of time.

5 Winter Prep Tips To Ensure Proper Backup Generator Operation

Cold weather can cause sluggish batteries, thicker oil, and slow-moving parts – all of which can cause engine strain. We hope you follow the manufacturers recommended cold weather procedures and perform basic maintenance year-round, but we especially recommend taking these precautions before the cold hits. Take some time in the late fall to change the oil and filter, check the spark plugs, fluid levels, and batteries.

That said, here are a few more things you can to do help ensure your backup generator works when you need it to.

  1. Schedule More Tests. Test your generator in winter conditions to see how it operates and if there are any start-up problems. You might want to run more tests in winter to keep the parts lubricated and identify any areas of concern. Be sure to test any digital controls once the temps hit single digits; subzero temperatures have been known to wreck havoc on digital control panels, preventing them from even turning on.
  2. Check the Block Heater. Once temperatures dip make sure your engine block heater is plugged in and functioning. Without this important piece of equipment keeping the engine and liquids even slightly warm, the machine may not start at all.
  3. Check the Battery Charger. Dead batteries are a leading cause of generator service calls. Make sure your battery charger is plugged in and connected to prevent batteries from losing too much power due to cold temperatures.
  4. Keep an Eye on the Fuel. It’s a good idea to treat the fuel in the tank with anti-gel and anti-microbial additives to help ensure it’s usable when the time comes. Check with your diesel fuel provider to see if they have already added this to the fuel you receive, they may have.
  5. Don’t Skip the Visual Inspections. A visual inspection should be part of general generator maintenance and you should keep that up in winter. Make sure the area around the generator is clear of debris. Look for leaks, staining, and puddles, which can indicate a broken component. Check the exhaust and ventilation for blockages.

Winter prep can help ensure that your generator starts without having to wait through a lengthy warm up period and can reduce the chances of the generator failing in cold weather conditions.

If your generator has seen better days and you aren’t sure any amount of winter prep work is going to ensure its operation this winter, contact Critical Power Products & Services. We have a constantly changing inventory of used and surplus generators available at deep discounts off MSRP.

Visit www.criticalpower.com to view our inventory or call 877-699-1296 to discuss your needs.

Feel Confident About Your Equipment Disposal With CPP&S

By | Equipment Disposal

Do you struggle with what to do every time you need to remove or replace a piece of equipment? Are you concerned about where your old equipment will end up? Worried about the impact your company will have on the local landfill? Wish there was a better, more responsible way to get rid of unneeded equipment?

There is! Just give Critical Power Products & Services a call! We remove and haul away equipment of all kinds:

  • Chillers and Cooling Towers
  • Data Center Equipment
  • Generators
  • Hazardous Waste
  • UPS systems
  • PDUs
  • Raised flooring
  • HVAC units and related pieces
  • Transformers
  • And more!

We Take Responsibility For Equipment Disposal

Once you partner with CPP&S for equipment removal, we take responsibility for the safe and legal disposal of the equipment, including any hazardous liquids, metals, and other materials that may be within the unit. We work with regional recyclers, smelters and re-sellers to find ensure that all waste products are disposed of properly, safely, and in accordance with all laws.

We will even provide you with a Certificate of Recycle, which provides you with reassurance that your waste was disposed of correctly.

Not All Junk Is Waste

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” We have definitely seen evidence of this firsthand! There’s a big market for certain types of used equipment and if your old equipment is in demand, we will pay you to let us take it off your hands! Our Equipment Buy Back program is a great way to maximize your equipment investment and help another business get the equipment they need at used prices. This is a great option if your equipment is in good shape, but just not cutting it for your business any longer.

Take Advantage Of The Turnkey Solutions At Critical Power Products & Services

We’ve designed our equipment removal and buyback programs to be as simple as possible. With just one call, we will take care of all the details for you from disassembly and removal to recycler sourcing and disposal. If you have put off getting rid of all equipment because you didn’t want to deal with the hassle of taking it apart, getting it out of your facility, and disposing of it properly, your wait is over!

Contact Critical Power Products & Services at 1-877-832-7120 or visit www.criticalpower.com for more information about our turnkey equipment removal and disposal services.

5 More Tips Successful Generator Rentals

By | Generators

We’ve recently shared 5 tips for a successful generator rental, but we’re not done yet! We’ve got 5 more tips to ensure your rental generator meets your needs:

Consider the cable and accessories. It’s easy to overlook the cable as “just an accessory” but when it comes to big power like the kind heavy-duty rental generators put out, you’ve got to have the right size cable. Make sure that the cables you use:

  1. Exceed the amperage capacity of the generator.
  2. Are properly rated for the voltage and amperage.
  3. Are inspected for defects prior to use.
  4. Are long enough to connect to your tie-in points.

You generator rental company should be able to provide you with all of the properly sized cables and accessories you need.

Operate accordingly. Make sure you’re renting a generator capable of handling your needs. That means gauging the right kW capacity so you aren’t overloading the machine, but also knowing the duty cycle capabilities of the unit. Can it be run 24 hours a day or does operation need to be broken down into shifts?

Consider paralleling. Getting the biggest, most powerful generator you can find isn’t always the best move. Sometimes it makes more sense to have a couple of smaller generators instead of one big one. If your site is geographically spread out, for instance, you are probably better off renting more than one generator. Paralleling your power supply can improve equipment availability on-site by making more power available for more applications and it may be more cost effective to run several smaller generators than one overly sized unit.

Be aware of sound restrictions. Generators can be loud. If there are sound restrictions, mention this to your generator rental supplier. They can direct you towards a quieter unit or maybe even find one for you that comes with an enclosure to help deaden the sound.

Plan ahead. The single biggest piece of advice we can give rental customers is to PLAN AHEAD! If at all possible, make plans well in advance of your need to ensure a generator is available for your use. This will help ensure you get the right sized generator for your needs and that a unit will be available for you when you need it.

Rent A Generator From Critical Power Products & Services

Critical Power Products & Services offers rental generators to provide power where there is none. Our rental generators can be used for festivals and special events, after a natural disaster, on construction sites, farms, and more. Contact Critical Power Products & Services to learn more about renting a generator.

Call 1-877-832-7120 or visit www.criticalpower.com for more information.