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July 2018

Emergency Generator Rentals Can Save The Life Of Your Business

By | Backup power, Generators

Emergency generator rentals can quite literally be lifesavers in case of a natural disaster or other emergency situations. Chances are, your company already has a generator, but they aren’t always enough to prevent or sustain your business during an emergency. Whether you’re preventing a catastrophe or you’re experiencing an actual disaster, an emergency generator rental can save your business. Here are some of the ways and situations where emergency generator rentals can save the life of your business.

Some Situations Are Unpreventable Emergencies

  • Blackouts Or Brown Outs

When regional power outages last more than a few days, you may need extra support. Again, even if you already have a backup generator, you may need more power to keep your business afloat while your community works hard to restore power to your area.

  • Natural Disasters:

It’s hard to predict a natural disaster, however with our advances in meteorology and understanding the nature and timing of hurricane and tornado season, you can certainly plan ahead. Emergency generator rentals can help, sometimes literally, keeping your company afloat until the storm passes.

Some Situations Require You To Prevent Internal Catastrophes

  • Building And Electrical Maintenance Projects

If your building is having their crucial electrical system elements replaced, like circuit breakers, switchgear or voltage regulators, you may need an emergency generator rental. If your building is up for routine servicing or light retrofitting, you may also need to rent a generator, because there is a chance you may need backup if the power has to be cut off. Even if you have a generator, you may need more power than your backup generator can supply.

  • Construction Work

When there is construction work being done to your facility or building, you may temporarily need to offer a higher load than your facility allows. So renting an emergency generator can temporarily raise that load, so that the necessary work can be done.

  • Special Events

If you’re hosting a special event, like a conference, a guest speaker or a trade show, you may need additional lighting, technology and other equipment that may strain your electrical load. The last thing you want to have happen is the power to fail during the event. An emergency generator rental can ensure that you always have power, so your event will run smoothly.

Critical Power Is There To Help In Case Of Emergency

Whether it’s hedging your bets by adding more power during construction or an event or keeping the power on while the storm is raging outside, Critical Power Products and Services is there to help your business through it all. We even offer emergency help for those in need of generator rentals after a natural disaster or event. Reach out to us to find out more information on how we can help you keep the lights on and so much more.

How Transformer Recycling Can Save You Money

By | Equipment Disposal, Hazardous Waste Disposal, Recycle Equipment, recycle power equipment

Removing an old transformer can be costly and time-consuming, but ultimately it’s a necessary evil if you want your business to grow. However, there are ways that you can save money and even make money on a transformer removal if you consider recycling your transformer.

Consider Transformer Recycling

Transformer recycling ensures that your old transformer is safely removed and the salvageable parts are reused. Here are some services you need to consider when you’re looking for a company to recycle your transformer. These services will save you time and money, and save the environment as well.

Transformer Recycling Services That Can Save You Money

Onsite Teardown And Recycling

Most transformer recycling companies relocate a transformer to what we call a “laydown area.” This is where they tear down the transformer and salvage the recyclable parts. Transporting a transformer is extremely costly, so you should look for a company who offers onsite teardown and recycling services.

Paying You For Your Old Transformer

That’s right! You can find a company who uses transformers and will actually pay you for your surplus. This can take a significant chunk out of the cost of your transformer removal, you could break even or make money on the transaction. This is a win-win situation all around.

Other Services To Look For:

These services may not save a significant amount of money in the long run, but they will make the process smoother and easier to handle, which saves you time. And as we all know, time is money!

Make Sure The Company You Choose Offers:

  • Oil recycling
  • Transformer recycling of various voltages, from 1 kva to 1000 mva
  • Transformer recycling of various types, such as Dry Type, Oil filled, Pole Mount, Pad Mount and Substation Units
  • An Environmentally Sensitive and Safe process

You May End Up Better Off Than You Were Before You Recycled Your Transformer

It’s true. You probably thought that removing and disposing of your transformer would set your business back, but if you choose the right company and services, you can come out financially ahead.

Critical Power Can Guide You Through The Process Of Recycling Your Transformer

Critical Power Products and Services is an industry leader in transformer recycling innovation. We offer onsite teardowns and recycling, oil recycling, environmentally sensitive practices and so much more. Contact us for more information on how you can recycle toys transformer and still come out ahead.

Six Questions To Ask When Updating Your Power Distribution Units (PDUs)

By | Power Distribution Units (PDU'S)

Your business is expanding, and when your business expands, your business’ technology needs to expand too. You’ll outgrow office and data center equipment, but don’t forget that your power distribution units need to be updated, too. Here are some questions to ask when you’re updating your PDUs.

Ask These 6 Questions When Updating Your PDUscummins-600-kW-breaker

1. What Power Input Do You Need?

If you’re staying in the same facility as before, you may already know this. However, if you’re relocating your data center or office, you may need to determine if you need a single-phase or three-phase in your new space.

2. How Much Power Does Your Equipment Consume?

It’s a good idea to estimate the power consumption of your current and new data equipment, so you can get PDUs that can handle the power you consume. In fact, your PDU should be able to handle a bit more than your average power consumption; this will help you to be ready for emergencies and more potential growth. You should also consider the output of your generator and UPS, make sure that the output is also a bit more than your equipment consumes.

3. Where And How Do You Plan To Install Your PDU?

This depends on the model and how you want to mount your power distribution units. There are PDU that accommodate vertical or horizontal mounting. Keep in mind; both horizontal and vertical have different outlet configurations and amounts. You can mount your horizontal or vertical PDU on a rack enclosure, under a shelf or on a wall, depending on the model.

4. How Many Outlets Do You Need?

As we mentioned above, horizontal and vertical power distribution units have a different number of outlets and are often configured differently. These two questions can’t exist without the other–figure out how many outlets you need, this will help you to determine which type of mount you need and vice versa. Make sure to have slightly more outlets than you need to prepare for more expansion and growth.

5. What Style/Shape Of Plugs Do Your Devices Have?

Plug shape depends on voltage and amperage, so check new and existing equipment. Make sure your power distribution units can accommodate the kinds of outlets your new and current equipment needs.

6. Do You Need Remote Access?

Different types of PDUs offer different levels of access. If you’ve moved your data center to a more remote area, you may want to consider power distribution units that provide remote monitoring, or at the very least, SMS notification when there’s a situation that needs your attention.

Do You Have More Questions About Which PDU You Need? Critical Power Can Help.

Critical Power Products And Services offers not only a wide variety of power distribution units, but also our combined knowledge about which PDU is right for your business. Send us a message or give us a call for more information.

Stress Relief Tips For Overworked Data Center Equipment

By | Data Centers

Everyone gets stressed nowadays, even your data center equipment. We live in a digitally driven world, and that data needs to be stored somewhere. Think about it, we’ve created more data in the past five years than we have since the creation of computer software. However, increased data growth means an increased impact on the data center equipment that houses and stores data.

Here are some ways to de-stress your data center equipment:

Know Your Sensitive Data Storing Policies

There are some files that need to be kept indefinitely, like hospital records and school transcripts. But there’s some data that has a “shelf life” so-to-speak. Know your company’s policy, state policies, and federal policies, so you know how long certain data needs to be kept. This can help free up plenty of space.   

Identify And Migrate Old Data

Even critical, sensitive files loose immediate relevance. Although they shouldn’t or can’t be discarded, they can be securely migrated to secondary storage drives and areas that won’t strain your equipment. This helps you to remain compliant with regulations and policies while taking the stress off of your hardware. 

Take Out The Trash Files

Trash files are anything from non-sensitive, non-business-related files to duplicates of files, such as photos, documents, and videos that can be securely discarded. You’d be surprised how much these files can pile up and they can put quite a strain on your data center equipment. 

Update With High-Density Enclosures And Drives

We’ve been talking about how we can virtually take the strain off your data center equipment, but here’s a physical solution to help create more space. Installing and using high-density enclosures and drives will organize your data center equipment and create more physical space. This will allow you to access more space, which will even out the load and take the stress off of your existing equipment.

For More Stress Relief Tips, Contact Critical Power

Critical Power Products And Services has the data center equipment solutions you need. We also have the know-how and experience to help you reconfigure or relocate your data center to maximize efficiency without overstressing your equipment.

Critical Power’s Guide To Listing Used Industrial Generators Part 2: Pricing And Selling

By | Critical Power Products & Services, Recycle Equipment, recycle power equipment

This is the second of a two-part series to walk you through the process of selling your used industrial generator. As we mentioned in the first installment, finding a reputable vendor that not only offers excellent customer service but offers an appraisal is key. This will help you to price your used industrial generator. Here are some other tips that can help your vendor appraise your generator, so you can easily price and sell it.

Accurate Information And Description Makes Pricing Easier

It’s often difficult to determine a fair price for your used industrial generator. Many of us have no idea what to charge or how to find comparably priced generators. This is why the appraisal is so critical. In order to get an accurate appraisal, be sure to include these items in the description, either as a photo, written or both.

You Should Include:

  • The Basic Requirements, Including Hose Types, Coupling Types, Maintenance Requirements, And Fuel Tank Requirements
  • The Decibel Level When It’s Running
  • Whether It’s Still Under Warranty
  • The Kilowatts
  • The Maximum Capacity Load
  • The Last Time The Load Bearing Was Tested
  • The Generator’s Brand
  • The Generator’s Age
  • Whether It Has An 1800 Rpm Or 3600 Rpm Motor
  • Whether It Was A Backup Generator Or For Primary Use
  • What Kind Of Fuel Or Fuels It Can Use
  • Whether It Has Liquid Or Air Cooling Systems
  • The Number Of Previous Owners, If There Are Any Other Than You
  • Where You Had It Installed
  • Whether It’s An Outdoor Generator Or An Indoor Generator
  • A List Of Special Features, Like Alarms And Indicators

You should also offer the vendor your repair history. They will often determine if whether to provide it with by request or on the actual listing itself. You should

include the transfer switch and/or electronic panel and whether the installation will be included in the price. Offer your vendor a link to your used industrial generator’s manual. Regardless of whether they post it on the listing, having it on hand for potential customers is a plus. Plus, if you haven’t gotten your generator load tested recently, you should. Many vendors require it for large and expensive generators.

Always Answer Questions Quickly

Many buyers are interested because their business immediately needs a used industrial generator. Whether you’re their first or their hundredth pick; when they ask a question, make sure yours is the first answer they receive, especially if the inquiry has to go through a third-party website, which takes a little more time. Fast responses equal fast sales.

Critical Power Has The Tools You Need To Sell Your Used Industrial Generator

Critical Power Products and Services has a wide variety of industrial generators to both buy and sell. They are the go-to vendors for listing your used industrial generator for sale. Contact us for more information on how to sell your used industrial generator.

Critical Power’s Guide To Listing Used Industrial Generators Part 1: Getting Started

By | Critical Power Products & Services, Recycle Equipment

Sometimes selling used industrial generators can be just as stressful as buying them. The first thing your company should do is to find a reputable vendor who will allow you to post your generator. You’ll want to use a vendor that explicitly sells generators, coolers, chillers and other equipment. Sites like eBay are too generalized, and sites like Craigslist can be too sketchy. Find a site with a good reputation, reliable customer service, and an online appraisal service. Once you’ve done that, follow these tips to help you get the process of selling your generator started. Then, see the Part 2 of this series. 

Determine When Your Generator Needs To Be Sold

The first question you should always ask when you decide to sell a generator or any piece of equipment is: How much time do we have to sell it? This will determine many, many decisions in the selling process. If you have a limited time to sell, then it’s more important than ever to pair up with a well-connected vendor, like Critical Power. If your used industrial generators are being showcased on an industry leader’s website, you’re more likely to sell faster. They can connect you with the right kinds of buyers and the right types of businesses.

Take Good Photos

It’s true, a picture can speak 1,000 words. This is why most listings without pictures often get skipped over. People get skeptical and apprehensive when they can’t see the product in front of them. Here are some tips on how to take pictures of the generator you want to sell.

Include A Photo Of:

  • The Front
  • The Back (If You Can Take The Photo Safely)
  • The Product Identification Number
  • The Rubber Pads, Trailers Or Skids
  • The Voltage Stamp
  • The Hour Meter
  • The Engine ID Tag
  • The Generator In Its Enclosure
  • The Engine, Close Up
  • The Battery Panel, The Block Panel, Or Transfer Switch
  • The Brand Stamp
  • Any Extras That Come With It, Like Emergency Stop Buttons Or Alarms

Make sure your photos are clear, and all words are legible. Clear photos are honest photos, it means that there are no filters and your generator has nothing to hide.

Stay Tuned For Part 2 Of Critical Power’s Guide To Listing Used Industrial Generators

Critical Power Products And Services is your one stop site for buying and selling used industrial generators, UPSs, PDUs, coolers, chillers and much more. Contact us for more information on how we can help you sell your used industrial generators.