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Prime Power Switchgear Systems for Power in Unreliable Environments

- Friday, April 16, 2021
Prime Power Switchgear Systems

Prime Power Switchgear Systems provide power and control for applications where local utility is unreliable, unavailable, or uneconomical to install. Prime power sites require unique control solutions because of their critical nature. These systems can incorporate automatic synchronizing, soft transfer, fuel economizing, or run time hour balancing. The systems can also be provided with modem communication for remote monitoring, control, and datalogging, as well as alarming.

Applications include:

  • Marine - on board power generation
  • Village or island applications - system acts as the utility
  • Mining, offshore platforms, gas plants, and remote refineries - providing on-site power for production.

In locations such as remote mining or gas plant operations, utility power is nonexistent. A multiple-unit, auto-synchronizing system will provide continuous reliable power for site operations and production systems. The system can control multiple units for auto sequencing, load sharing, auto-synchronizing, and protection. The controls can automatically start and stop generators as required, based on plant demand, thereby improving system downtime and facilitating maintenance.

Thomson Technology’s Marine Switchgear is designed to meet the additional requirements of the applicable marine standards such as Lloyds, DNV, or ABS. These standards deal with issues like extended temperature ranges, vibration, serviceability, and fireproofing.

For additional details, contact South Shore Generator.

Auto Standby Switchgear Systems Keep the Power on During Outages

- Monday, April 12, 2021
South Shore Generator - Automatic Switchgear System

Automatic Standby Switchgear Systems provide control of single or multiple generator sets to provide automatic standby power during a utility power failure. Auto standby switchgear can be designed with an integral transfer system between the utility supply and emergency bus. It can also work with an external distributed transfer switch scheme.

Many standard transfer control schemes are available. Manual synchronizing is provided in the event of failure of the automatic controls. Load demand starting can be incorporated to maintain optimal efficiency and reliability of your gen-sets during a power failure. Load management schemes can be provided to prevent your system from being overloaded, resulting in costly and dangerous downtime.

For additional details contact South Shore Generator.

Mobile Diesel Generators: Power Anywhere

- Tuesday, April 06, 2021
South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA

Customer-Inspired Solutions

What makes Generac Mobile different? The products are designed in partnership with our customers - with their input and validation. That’s one reason why Generac is a leading manufacturer of mobile power solutions. The goal is to help customers optimize operations with power and equipment that enables safer worksites and streamlines workflow to improve productivity and profitability. Uptime is critical for our customers. In addition to the durability and reliability designed into Generac products, Generac also offers outstanding customer service and support that won’t let you down. An experienced technical support team is there where and when you need them. With quality products and innovative technologies that maximize fuel efficiency and minimize maintenance and repairs, Generac Mobile provides ultimate value and return on your investment.

Built to Your Specifications

Generac Mobile takes pride in delivering products that meet the needs of customers. That’s why they offer a wide range of options on most products, including programmable controllers for ease of use, cold weather packages for reliable performance in extreme cold conditions and a selection of trailers, hitches and other towing components.

For additional details contact South Shore Generator.

The Truth About Wet-Stacking

- Tuesday, March 30, 2021
South Shore Generators - Generac FREE Webinar

Many who use diesel generators have concerns about wet-stacking, a condition that can cause the engine to stop functioning and require costly service repairs, resulting in downtime on the job. The good news is that Final Tier 4 engines have evolved to minimize or even eliminate wet-stacking.

In this 30-minute webinar technical experts from Generac Mobile® and John Deere® discuss wet-stacking, new Final Tier 4 engine technologies and tips to avoid issues and optimize engine performance.

Discussion topics include:

  • Causes and issues of wet stacking
  • PA Tier transitions
  • Final Tier 4 technologies
  • Tips for optimizing generator performance

Watch the webinar here. link to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8216780535109698572?source=view-webinar

Generac Industrial Webinar Series: Generator Controls: Reliability, Code Compliance & Application Fit

- Tuesday, March 23, 2021
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Webinar Series

Genset controls define the capability of the engine & alternator to meet the application specific needs and provide a simple customer interfacing experience. The engine must have controls that manage engine speed, fuel inlet, and emissions. The alternator must have voltage control. The entire system must be designed for code compliance and maximum reliability while providing monitoring, data logging, remote communication, protection, and predictive maintenance.

This webinar will:

  • Explain basic diesel and natural gas engine control functions
  • Explore the impact that application and code requirements have on genset control
  • Quantify the key features of the overall genset controller that maximize generator reliability
  • Identify key genset controller features that enhance user interface and monitoring

Join us on April 14th, 12:30 PM ET


Mobile Generators: Powering the Oil & Gas Industry

- Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Generating power in the oil field is quickly evolving. Challenges are plentiful, and solutions can seem elusive. How can producers keep costs down while maximizing production and profits? What ways can producers and utilities work together to mitigate the gap between supply and demand?

  • Flexible Solutions
  • Prime Power
  • MicroGrids

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For additional details contact South Shore Generator.

Proper Sizing for Mobile Generators

- Monday, March 08, 2021
South Shore Generators - Generac Free Webinar

Watch a 30 minute webinar on Generac’s next generation sizing software, Power Design Pro™. This webinar discusses the importance of proper sizing and gives a top level overview on how to use Power Design Pro™ to size mobile generators. A Q&A session is held at the conclusion of the webinar.

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For additional details contact South Shore Generator.

 

 

 

KOHLER Gaseous-Powered Industrial Generators recognized as a "Product of the Year"

- Thursday, February 25, 2021
South Shore Generator - KOHLER KG Series Gas Generators

The KOHLER KG Series gaseous-powered generators have been recognized as a 2020 Product of the Year by readers of Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine. The publication’s 16th annual Product of the Year competition identifies the best new products launched between Jan. 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 in 11 key industrial categories and then invites its professional readership to vote for their favorites.

This year, the KOHLER KG Series gas generators at 80kW, 100kW and 125kW Series was recognized with a Silver Product of the Year Award in the Power Systems & Equipment category. The recognition is Kohler’s second award in three years from Consulting-Specifying Engineer after winning gold for the KD Series generator line in 2018.

KOHLER is pleased to be recognized by specifying engineers with their endorsement of their KG gas generators and viewed as leaders in power generation technology. The gas generators are suited for a wide array of applications and, because they’re fully-integrated units, KOHLER provides one-source responsibility for the generating system and accessories, including fully trained technicians and easy access to our genuine aftermarket parts.

The gaseous-powered industrial generators feature the company’s 6.2-liter V8 turbocharged engines that are optimized for generator applications to provide a durable, high-performance engine. The generators provide flexibility to select the appropriate gas fuel source (natural gas, propane, and dual fuel) with Kohler’s patented dual fuel technology. Each of the KG generators feature KOHLER Fast Response excitation systems that deliver excellent voltage response and short-circuit capability using permanent magnet-excited alternators.

Kohler is the only generator manufacturer to offer hurricane-rated enclosures as standard directly from the factory. These enclosures are durable aluminum enclosures that meet the most stringent and widely recognized testing standards (TAS) within the Florida Building Code from wind load and projectile impact.

The KOHLER KG80, KG100 and KG125 KG generators are suited for applications like commercial, municipal buildings, educations, housing, health care and nursing homes.

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

Source: kohlerpower.com

Communication Technologies for Remote Generator Monitoring

- Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Understanding the differences between the various communication technologies will help generator maintenance companies make informed decisions about which generator monitoring solutions they install for various applications. By choosing the right solution for each application, you can improve maintenance scheduling and increase revenues, while also boosting customer satisfaction.

Overview

Remote Generator Monitoring (RGM) has become increasingly popular over the past decade, which is not surprising, since it provides substantial benefits to generator maintenance companies and generator owners. A wide array of RGM solutions are avail-able, both “OEM” (generator manufacturer specific) and “universal” (works with most generator makes and models) types, with a wide range of both complexity and cost.One of the most important factors to consider when choosing an RGM solution is the communication technology used to send data from the generator being monitored to the monitoring vendor. This white paper will explore the various communication technologies utilized by the RGM solutions currently available, and the communica-tion technologies will be compared on four critical attributes:

  • Reliability
  • Installation
  • Longevity
  • Cost

Communication Technologies Report Card


Read on to find out why these communication technologies earned these grades, the advantages and disadvantages of each technology, and the best communication technology to select for various RGM applications and scenarios.

Definitions

Cellular: Public cellular wireless networks offering ‘nationwide’ or regional coverage for telephone and data services, which are oper-ated by major cellular carriers (e.g. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc.)

Communication Technology: Method used to communicate data from the generator monitoring device (located at or near the generator) to the RGM service vendor.1

‘Last Mile’: The connection from the major network ‘back-bone’ to the premise. May be wired or wireless and may be longer or shorter than a mile.

LTE: Long Term Evolution cellular communication technology. Presently, this indicates the newest and fastest cellular technology available, and is typically also described as 4G (fourth generation) by the cellular carriers. LTE indicates that the carrier is committed to continuing to support this technology well into the future, even as newer, next generation technologies (5G, etc.) will become available.

Non-LTE: Cellular technology which was deployed prior to the newest/fastest cellular technology available, and for which the cel-lular carriers do not have a commitment to longevity. This is typi-cally 2G and/or 3G technology, and carriers have already started to discontinue (or ‘sunset’) this service to make room on their networks for LTE technology. Most Non-LTE cellular will be dis-continued within 1 – 5 years, so devices which solely rely on this technology will have to be replaced.

WiFi: Technology which allows wireless local networking of devices such as tablets or smartphones and is based on the 802.11(x) standard of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). WiFi provides a local wireless connection or ‘gateway’ (generally under 100 feet of range) between these de-vices and the broadband internet service at a home or business and cannot supply internet service to the devices unless it can access the premise broadband service.

Wired: Communication technology which uses a ‘hard-wired’ connection to communicate data from the generator monitoring device (located at or near the generator) to the remote monitor-ing service vendor. The local area network (LAN) connection is typically an ethernet cable connected to a modem or router which receives broadband internet (wide area network, or WAN) via co-axial cable, fiber optics, etc.

Wireless: Communication technology which uses a wireless con-nection to communicate data from the generator monitoring device (located at or near the generator) to the remote monitoring service vendor. Examples include cellular, satellite, UHF and WiFi. Al-though WiFi uses a wireless path to connect the RGM equipment to the WiFi router within the premise, it relies upon a wired connec-tion from the WAN modem or router to the RGM service vendor.

This white paper does not cover local communication protocols which might be utilized by the generator monitoring device to gather data from the generator con-troller (i.e. CAN Bus, Modbus, etc.), or communication methods used to commu-nicate data from the remote monitoring service vendor to the persons or entities responsible for monitoring the generator

Advantages and Disadvantages of RGM Communication Technologies

Wired Communication Technologies

There are two primary types of wired communication net-works in use in North America for data, video and voice com-munications:

Cable Television Networks / Fiber-Optic Networks

The ‘Cable’ and ‘Fiber’ networks are the most widely used wired systems in North American for delivering television, in-ternet, and voice services to residential and commercial premis-es. These systems typically consist of a network ‘backbone’ that utilizes fiber-optic cabling and equipment to carry vast amounts of video, audio and data at high speeds over long distances, and sub-networks which utilize copper coaxial cable or fiber-optic cable to distribute the video, audio and data to neighborhoods and individual premises. These sub-networks are also known as the ‘last mile’ of the network and consist of overhead and/or underground cabling. Connection to the internet at the premise may be wired (i.e. ethernet) and/or wireless (i.e. WiFi).

Copper ‘Twisted Pair’ Telephone Lines

This extremely antiquated infrastructure is being phased out, or “de-commissioned” by landline telephone companies throughout the country, and as such, should NOT be consid-ered a viable communication technology for any use, including remote generator monitoring.

Wireless Communication Technologies

There are two primary types of wireless communication net-works which provide nationwide coverage in North America for voice and data communications, ‘Cellular’ and ‘Satellite’. There are many other wireless networks that use various proprietary technologies (including UHF radio networks offered by CRN Wireless), however, this white paper is focused on the Cellular and Satellite wireless networks, which offer extensive coverage across North America.

Cellular Networks

The cellular networks are terrestrial wireless networks which typically utilize many ‘cell sites’ (located on buildings, towers, etc.) to wirelessly communicate voice and data to mobile and fixed cellular devices. The network (and therefore coverage) is built around population centers and/or roadways, so coverage may be poor or non-existent in very remote and/or unpopulated areas.

Satellite Networks

Several satellite services allow for wireless communication of voice and data from mobile or fixed devices (satellite ‘terminals’) to geostationary or low-earth orbit satellites in space. Coverage is global (or nearly global), but requires an unobstructed, upward-facing antenna located outdoors.

Conclusion

Which communication technology is right for each application?

  • LTE cellular communication is the best option for RGM communication at any locations which have reliable LTE cellular coverage.
  • At locations which don’t have LTE coverage yet, a Non-LTE solution can be deployed, but should be replaced with an LTE solution once LTE coverage becomes available.
  • Satellite communication is a good alternative to cellular at remote locations which don’t have any cellular coverage, provided the budget for RGM is adequate.
  • Wired Internet and WiFi are not good communication technologies for RGM, for the many reasons covered in this white paper.

A Win-Win: Improve Your Bottom Line While Providing a Valuable Service

  • Generate Incremental Revenue for this valuable ser-vice by incorporating it into your maintenance contracts. Your customers will pay for the added assurance that generator monitoring provides.
  • Improve Customer Satisfaction by proactively ad-dressing generator problems and reducing incidents of generator failure during power loss. Know if there is a problem before your customer does.
  • Increase Efficiency and Profit by accurately planning maintenance needs and scheduling maintenance visits more efficiently.

© CRN Wireless www.crnwireless.com

Diesel Generators to Power Any Application

- Tuesday, February 16, 2021
South Shore Generator - Wareham, Boston, MA

KOHLER® diesel generators are built to power any application including hospitals, gas stations, data centers, airports and more. And with our new line of KD Series generators, we offer massive power options up to 4 MW.

Industrial Diesel Generators 30REOZK4, 60 Hz, Tier 4

STANDARD FEATURES

  • KOHLER Co. provides one-source responsibility for the generating systems and accessories
  • The generator set and its components are prototype-tested, factory-built, and production-tested
  • The 60 Hz generator set offers a UL 2200 listing
  • The 60 Hz generator set meets NFPA 110, Level 1, when equipped with the necessary accessories and installed per NFPA standards
  • A one-year limited warranty covers all systems and components. Two- and five-year extended warranties are also available
  • Tier 4 Final EPA -Certified for Stationary Emergency and Non-Emergency Applications

OTHER FEATURES

  • Kohler designed controllers for guaranteed system integration and remote communication
  • The low coolant level shutdown prevents overheating (standard on radiator models only)
  • Durable steel, sound-attenuating housing with quiet operation of 66 dB(A) @ 7 m (23 ft.) with full load at prime rating
  • 125% environmental containment basin for oil and coolant and 110% secondary containment tank for fuel
  • UL 142 listed subbase fuel tank for 24-hur run time with full load at prime rating (minimum)
  • Customer connection panel with main circuit breaker, remote start connection, and emergency stop switch

ALTERNATOR FEATURES

  • Kohler's wound field excitation system with it's unique PowerBoost(TM) design delivers great voltage response and short-circuit capability
  • NEMA MG1, IEEE, and ANSI standards compliance for temperature rise and motor starting
  • Sustained short-circuit current of up to 300% of the rated current for up to 10 seconds and enables down stream circuit breakers to trip without collapsing the alternator field
  • Self-ventilated and drip-proof construction
  • Vacuum-impregnated windings with fungus-resistant epoxy varnish for dependability and long life
  • Superior voltage waveform from a two-thirds pitch stator and skewed rotor

ENGINE FEATURES

  • Heavy-duty air cleaner with air restrictor indicator
  • Uses cooled Exhaust Gas Regeneration (EGR) and diesel oxidation catalyst to meet Tier 4 Final without a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF)
  • Lockable battery disconnect switch
  • Electronic isochronous governor

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

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