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Have a Diesel Generator In Place To Backup Your Business

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 12, 2019
South Shore Generators - Wareham, Boston, MA

Is your business storm-ready, with an emergency backup diesel generator in place and ready in case of a natural disaster? Now is a good time to assess your business’s needs mid hurricane season and before winter storm season begins.

Businesses, governments and private citizens alike ought to make sure they are prepared for and can respond to any emergency. Diesel generators provide essential power during hurricanes and other weather-related natural disasters. These units achieve full load-carrying capacity within 10 seconds of grid power outage – which means any mission-critical services experience minimal or no loss of power. Ensuring this type of resilient backup power is in place also helps minimize losses from any storm-related event.

Business losses from power interruptions vary by sector, but are costly across the board:

According to a 2017 survey by ITIC, 98% of enterprises with more than 1,000 employees say a single hour of downtime for mission-critical IT servers and networks can cost over $100,000; 81% of organizations report that this cost exceeds $300,000; and 33% indicate a hour of downtime costs an excess of $1 million.

According to a 2016 survey of 63 data centers by the Ponemon Institute, an unplanned data center outage of about 95 minutes costs more than $740,000, on average.

A 2013 U.S. government report found that weather-related outages between 2003 and 2012 cost the U.S. economy an annual average of $18 billion to $33 billion.

Choosing the right diesel generator for your business is a critical first step to successful event recovery. Diesel generators come in various mobile sizes and configurations and come with their own standalone fuel supply – important when other sources of power are disabled by utilities in an emergency situation. Many of these diesel generators are built to withstand temperatures below 0°F and built to withstand winds up to 180 miles per hour.

Most Americans are unaware of the important role diesel technology plays in ensuring vital routine and emergency services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and especially in the aftermath of a storm. Hospitals, police stations, power plants, banks, cell phone transmission towers, schools – plus those systems even more essential to public health after a storm: public drinking water and wastewater treatment systems, and flood protection pump stations – most of these pieces of critical infrastructure typically rely on stand-by diesel generators for emergency power.

Today, advanced technology diesel engines and equipment are being integrated into the newest distributed and sustainable energy systems such as renewable- and battery-driven microgrids. These new-generation systems give operators the renewable wind or solar that they want, with the reliability that they need coming from standby diesel generators.

For more information on commercial diesel generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

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Kohler Marine Generators are the Best Marine Generators

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 29, 2019
South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA - Kohler Marine Generators

Are Kohler marine generators good?

Kohler, a US manufacturing giant that’s been around since 1873, is known for making quality products across several product lines. Kohler was the first company to ever offer residential back-up generators in 1920.

When it comes to their marine generators, Kohler is constantly working to produce a smaller, lighter gen set with a smaller footprint, all the while delivering substantial power. Kohler marine generators come factory in a lot of larger yachts such as Azimut, and have an excellent service history.

Kohlers use Lombardi (acquired by Kohler) or KDI (built in-house) engines, both strong marinized engines.

New models come encased in a combination of sound-deadening foams and rigid barriers which results in a very quiet unit with low vibration.

Kohler is the most affordable of the brands, including low cost replacement parts.

If properly taken care of, following the maintenance schedule and staying on top of any issues, you should be able to get tens of thousands of hours from Kohler. Kohler has many reports from satisfied customers experiencing excellent, long-lasting performance.

When it comes to reputation, durability, severity of issues you may face, cost to repair these issues and quality of product support provided by the manufacturer, we feel strongest about Kohler.

If cost is a factor, Kohler is your brand. A powerful, yet quiet machine in an affordable package. Affordable replacement parts and repairs if needed, excellent customer support, and most importantly, a Kohler marine generator will provide you with the reliable power you need onboard.

For more information on commercial marine generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: citimarinestore.com

New Marine Generators

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 23, 2019
South Shore Generators Commercial Marine - Wareham, MA

New generators use less fuel, burn cleaner, and produce more power than their predecessors.

Updating your boat’s generator can pay off in a number of ways. The latest and greatest models finally utilize electronic fuel injection to improve efficiency and reduce the output of carbon monoxide (CO).

Kohler has its own small-footprint diesel model gensets starting with the 490-pound, three-cylinder 6EKOD, which produces 6 kW and offers sophisticated functioning and touchscreen interface. It fits in a 31- by 21- by 22-inch envelope, which should save space in your engine compartment. The 9EKOZD is also powered by a three-cylinder diesel and produces 9 kW. It fits into a 34- by 21- by 22-inch space and weighs 548 pounds. Finally, the 11EKOZD is an 11-kW model based on a four-cylinder diesel engine, weighing in at 616 pounds. Each Kohler genset is available in 50- or 60-hertz models and comes with advanced controllers that provide trouble-free operation. The new touch-style control pad has power and start/stop buttons, a two-line, 12-character display, and a simpler setup process. There’s even a USB port for quick software installations and maintenance downloads. The controller has power management, a fuel primer, a hybrid voltage regulator, and an interface with SmartCraft instrumentation.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: powerandmotoryacht.com

Workboats: How to Parallel Marine Generators

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 17, 2019

If you run a workboat, you got to see this. The Decision-Maker® 3500 Controller allows you to parallel two or more KOHLER® generators with a single communication wire. No oversized switchgear. No costly add-ons. No problem.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Thomson Power Systems Quick Connection Panels for Emergency Backup Generator Connection

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 11, 2019
South Shore Generators in Wareham,MA

Thomson Power Systems manufactures the Quick Connection Panel (QCP). The QCP can provide a quick and safe portable generator connection to your system when normal power is interrupted during a natural disaster or main power failure. The Quick Connection Panel enables your facility to accept temporary service from a rental or portable generator. This feature is also available as an option on our ATS product line.

UL Certification:

It is important for your emergency back-up power solutions to be UL Certified. The Quick connection Panel is UL certified to the Automatic Transfer Switch Standard UL1008 Supplement SB.

Models are available in stock. Contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA for assistance.

How Businesses Can Get Ready for Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 03, 2019
South Shore Generators in Wareham,MA

The 2019 hurricane season is quickly approaching. Early preparation is the smartest way to ensure business continuity and protect employees.

While the full hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, building an early plan of action helps businesses craft emergency hurricane communications ahead of time, map out their evacuation routes, and brace for impact. Developing a plan well before a storm arrives also gives employers and their people much-needed peace of mind.

What will the 2019 season look like?

It’s anticipated that the coming hurricane season will see a number of named storms. AccuWeather, which provides global forecasting services, is predicting a slightly above-normal season with 12-14 storms likely to form.

Five to seven of those systems could develop into named hurricanes, with two to four strengthening into major hurricanes (a major storm is category 3–5, unleashing devastating to catastrophic damage). While a business can’t control where a storm hits or how damaging it will be, early planning is essential to minimizing the impact.

The following guide is designed to help every business protect their organization and people if a hurricane makes landfall in their area.

1. ASSESS WHAT MATTERS MOST

Where does a company even begin when facing potentially profound damage to business continuity? It’s a daunting task to take on in the face of organizational disruptions that could result in danger to your staff and considerable financial loss.

The best place to start: look closely at what keeps your business up and running and what factors are relevant in dealing with a hurricane. Chances are it’s your people, your assets, and your location.

Take action early to protect these key elements, maintain order, and rebound quickly after a storm passes through.

Protect Your People

A company is only as strong as the people it employees. And just as you look to your workforce to handle specific business functions, they look to you for leadership and guidance.

This need is never more pronounced than when your business is facing a potential crisis. Your employees often turn to management to help keep them safe, connected, and informed in the event of a disaster.

With today’s highly mobile workforce, safeguarding your employees is no easy task. In order to protect your people, you need to take several factors into consideration:

  • Where is each employee located—not just in a directory, but in real time?
  • Which employees travel and what is their current schedule?
  • Do you have remote or lone workers? If so, where are they at any given moment?
  • Do you have a mass notification system in place to quickly and easily notify your people?
  • Is each employee being tracked by HR, travel, and/or building badge systems so they can be reached immediately?

Inventory Your Assets

Networks, data, equipment, technology, supplies, products, and facilities are just a few of the assets at risk during a hurricane. Threats include not only flooding and high winds, but gas shortages and power outages.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends a Continuity Resource Toolkit, which can help businesses “prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and recover rapidly from operational disruptions.”

Identify the following assets now to prevent stress and headaches later:

  • Where are your assets located?
  • What kind of physical protection is available for each asset?
  • Which assets are critical to running the business?
  • Are these assets owned or insured?
  • What assets are leased and what is your responsibility if they are damaged?

Fortify Your Locations

Weather-related events are often at the mercy of their specific geographic location. Flooding can occur at a single building or at all of an organization’s facilities along the coast. You’ll need to consider how you’re going to reinforce each location.

Even facilities located far inland are still vulnerable to major damage. A hurricane might weaken to a tropical storm, but a slow-moving system can stall over a heavily populated area and cause catastrophic flooding.

Questions to ask:

  • What is the address of every location under your company umbrella including storage facilities and transportation lots?
  • What is the evacuation plan for each facility? For example: entrances/exits; stairs, elevators and escalators; parking lots; and access to the closest hurricane evacuation route.
  • Which people/teams work at each location?
  • What are the biggest risks for each facility and how fortified are they to withstand potential damage?
  • What types of materials are in place necessary to get a facility up and running again?

2. BUILD YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN

In the panic of an approaching storm, it’s human nature to lose focus. Having an explicit emergency plan in place is crucial to minimizing the confusion surrounding a hurricane.

Your plan should be flexible to account for inevitable changes in people, assets, and locations. It should incorporate basic infrastructure elements that are unlikely to change even as your business evolves over time.

Back Up Your Data

It might feel like a no-brainer, but it’s an easily overlooked practice. Ensure your data is backed up offsite to safeguard against on-premises damage (flooding or fires can destroy on-site servers).

Regular data backups with a redundant system will safeguard your business against loss. If one server goes down, the backup will come to the rescue.

Set Up Cloud Systems

Disaster recovery is why cloud-based systems are the preferred choice for IT professionals. If you have to work from a different location, you want to be certain you can access key business systems and data from mobile devices. This may include payroll, CRM, and HR systems. If you haven’t converted such systems to the cloud, now is the time.

Create Checklists

Build a checklist of tasks to perform throughout the entire duration of a hurricane. Store the list on a cloud application for easy access, but also physically post it where your people can easily reference it if there’s a power outage. Be sure to communicate this list to key stakeholders if you’ll be away or unavailable.

Review Contracts

The aftermath of a major storm isn’t the time to figure out what your contractual obligations are. Proactively review your contracts with vendors, insurance providers, and landlords. There should be specific callouts for weather-related events, damages, and complete loss. If not, notify contract owners directly to find out what their weather-related clauses are.

Map Evacuation Routes

Help your people find the safest way out of their facility to minimize chaos and ensure everyone’s safety. You’ll want to work with facility managers to determine which stairwells and doors should be used, identify parking lot exits, and what surrounding streets should be taken. Post physical maps on each floor to familiarize your people with approved evacuation routes.

Implement a Two-Way Communication System

A potentially life-saving addition to your emergency plan: communication. Ensure every employee is safe and able to communicate during a hurricane both with leadership and with each other. Even if the internet is down due to a power outage, you should still be able to relay vital information to your people.

Emergency communication software enables leadership to deliver real-time information to employees across multiple channels and devices at one time. You can also use the system to check in with employees for status updates and to provide evacuation details. No matter where employees are located and what devices they’re using, you can help them stay safe and informed.

In order to optimize your emergency notification system, you should regularly update your company directory with accurate contact information for each employee. Pre-set templates help administrators prepare in advance and relay information quickly with only a few clicks. This saves precious time from having to create a new message from scratch. Templates should include email, voicemail scripts, SMS texts, and push notifications. Click here to access our free hurricane templates.

3. CREATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS

When it comes to protecting your people, assets, and locations—it takes a village.

Once you have your plan in place, it’s time to delegate and practice. Don’t forget: an emergency plan is only as good as the people following it. Everyone must have a thorough understanding of what to do in any given scenario if it’s going to work.

Define Clear Roles and Responsibilities

A hurricane preparedness plan will contain several moving parts involving multiple people. Be sure to designate roles to employees who are up to the challenge. Communicate specific responsibilities with each stakeholder and make sure they have the resources and technology they need. Let everyone know who is on each team and who they can look to for specific information.

Train Teams

You have to do more than simply tell people their responsibilities—you must also thoroughly train them. Get the team together to review protocol and answer any questions they may have. As the company evolves, so too should the plan. Be sure to modify it with every new location, expansion, or change to a facility.

Role Play

Practice your plan with mock drills. Role-playing various scenarios may seem silly. But when facing a dangerous, deadly hurricane, team members will be more likely to remember a drill than a bunch of text. You can choose whether to give the team notice or conduct impromptu drills to mimic a real-life emergency.

Hurricanes will happen. The good news: You now have a solid framework in place to prepare your business for a violent storm. Weather experts can forecast hurricanes days in advance, and businesses should use that insight to their benefit. Follow the guidelines above and help your business weather the storm.

Keep Your People Aware

AlertMedia is the leader in emergency communication software. Thanks to two-way messaging, an intuitive user interface, and 24/7 customer support, you can rest easy knowing you’re prepared if a storm is heading your way.

For more information on generators for your business, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: alertmedia.com

Generators for Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 28, 2019
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Hurricane season is approaching. A near normal hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to the end of November, includes 10 to 16 named storms (winds of at least 39 miles an hour); 4 to 8 of which may grow to hurricane strength; and 1 to 4 of that bunch developing into a major hurricane of 111 mph winds or higher. Need any more reason to consider a generator?

Plan ahead. Keep in mind that buying a generator isn’t like buying a lawn mower or snow blower—you shouldn’t just go and get something that looks good, even in a pinch. Your best bet is a stationary generator, which is pro-installed and switches on when needed. But they can take weeks to install given local zoning laws that regulate permits, setbacks, and inspections after you’ve selected the model itself.

Safety first. And even if you buy a portable generator and plan to run extension cords for your lights and refrigerator, for safety's sake we recommend having an electrician install a transfer switch for a less messy hookup. An electrician can also help you decide how capable a generator you need for the wattage of what you need to power.

Here are some generators from our generator tests that are worth your consideration:

Portable Generators

Portable generators need to be taken outdoors once the power goes out (and whenever else you run it) and started up. They typically run on gasoline, which means you’ll need to keep some on hand. A 7,000-watt portable will use 12 to 20 gallons of gas per day if run continuously. Be sure to add stabilizer, and fire the machine up about every month to be sure it’ll be ready when you need it.

One of Kohler's first portable generators, the 6,300-watt Kohler PRO7.5E, $1,400, delivered ample clean power and many helpful features such as electric start, fuel shutoff, and low-oil shutoff, which protects the engine from overheating if the oil level dips too low.

The 7,000-watt Generac RS7000E, $900, supplied more than enough wattage to power our test appliances and handled surges very well. That power was also fairly clean. Helpful features include electric start, fuel shutoff, and low-oil shutoff.

Stationary (Standby) Generators

For the least fuss—at least once it’s installed—a stationary generator comes on when the power goes off, runs on propane or natural gas, and also starts itself periodically to run diagnostic checks. With most, you need to check the generator’s display for error codes that might require service from your local dealer. A few models have optional modules that will text or email you and/or a dealer should attention be required.

The Generac 6237, offers capable performance. It's claimed to offer 7,000 watts using natural gas and another 1,000 if you use propane. It also comes with a transfer switch, needed for safe operation. Among helpful features is low-oil shutoff with a warning indicator. An add-on option, $280 plus a regular fee, lets you monitor your generator’s status from anywhere using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The Kohler 14RESAL, was top-notch at delivering ample, especially smooth power, and it’s claimed to offer 12,000 watts using natural gas and another 2,000 if you use propane. It was among the quietest of the models we tested and includes a low-oil shutoff with a warning indicator. It also comes with a transfer switch. An add-on module, $475, lets you monitor your generator’s status from anywhere using a Windows PC.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: consumerreports.org

Commercial Generators for Businesses and Outdoor Events

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 22, 2019
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

Most of our everyday lives are heavily reliant upon electricity. Residential and commercial generators provide backup power or whole-house power in the event of a power outage. Likewise, portable and inverter generators provide a main source of power to remote and mobile locations such as construction sites, RVs and boats.

Generators can be expensive depending on the type. Important things to consider when choosing a generator include size, output, capacity, fuel efficiency, noise level, technology and cost.

Commercial standby generators

Commercial standby generators are similar to home standby generators but on a larger scale. Commercial models can use paralleling systems to connect multiple generators and provide more power from a single line.

Businesses

Businesses with backup generators will never lose revenue due to lost productivity or downtime during a power outage. Essential businesses like hospitals, airports, data centers or government facilities will never have to worry about not being able to perform critical tasks when the power goes out.

People who host outdoor events

If business entertains or hosts events outdoors, a portable generator will allow you to power outdoor lights, heaters, fans and more.

GENERAC

For over 50 years, Generac has been making residential standby generators. Today it also makes portable and industrial generators, fully automatic transfer switches and accessories for backup power applications. Consumers can choose from multiple fuel types for their generators and many different series and models based on their specific needs.

KOHLER

Kohler can trace its roots back to 1873 making cast iron castings. Today, along with plumbing fixtures, engines and furniture, it manufactures multiple models of industrial, home, portable, mobile and marine generators. Kohler generators can be fueled by natural gas or diesel and can be used to power anything from campers, boats and RVs, to large businesses and data centers.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: consumeraffairs.com

Generac Commercial Generators are an Investment in Business

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 06, 2019

Enjoy the benefits of backup power for your business with Generac's commercial generators.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Printing Companies can Rely on Industrial Generators for Reliable Backup Power

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 22, 2019
South Shore Generators - Back Up Power for Data Centers

When you’re running a business, power concerns are always in the back of your mind. To protect themselves from utility outages or curtailments during times of peak demand, many commercial and industrial enterprises have invested in standby power. For companies with manufacturing processes that cannot be interrupted, or those with production deadlines, it is essential to keep operating, even when utility power is interrupted or unavailable.

For example, printers, full service commercial web printing facilities, and high volume operations that specialize in books, catalogs, directories, magazines, and newspapers need operational facilities. Many have their office, pre-press, manufacturing, shipping, and receiving functions all located under one roof.

Time sensitive printing projects are a primary concern. Power disruptions that stop the production process could be devastating — not only disappointing the company’s customers, but also wreaking havoc with the work schedule and job flow within the plant. To ensure that the pre-press, printing, collating, binding, and shipping operations continue without interruption, printers can invest in a 600 kilowatt diesel generator set from Generac Power Systems.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: generac.com


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