One of the big underlying risks of running a manufacturing business is power outages and blackouts. You’re constantly running electrical processes in your premises, and all the time when your equipment is down you’re losing money! the best way to avoid these kinds of mishaps is well thought-out preparation. Here’s a little guide to setting up a backup power plan at your manufacturing business.
At the very least, you need to be looking around for a backup generator for your business. This could be natural gas or diesel depending on which is more cost-effective for you. The main thing is that it needs to be powerful enough to keep all your systems working. So, just what kind of generator are you looking for? Call up your commercial electrician and have them take a look around. They’ll be able to test all your machinery to find out the kind of generator you should go with. You may also need to buy an automatic transfer switch, which will monitor the utility power at your building. There’s a wide range of products and prices to choose from. Just remember reliability should be your priority.
A lot of business owners buy a backup generator, and think that’s their problems solved! Unfortunately, there’ll still be some work to be done. You need to make sure you’re running all the correct maintenance and checks on your backup system. This will ensure that when you really need backup power, the generator won’t abruptly fail on you! Even some hospitals have been known to neglect their generators, often to dire consequences. At the very least, you should have someone running the generator regularly and testing all the components which it needs to power. Aside from that, you can call an electrician, or a generator and ups maintenance service to help you. Remember that running the generator often has another preventative benefit. Anything that runs on an engine will start to deteriorate if it just sits there for long enough.
Finally, managing your fuel. Take a look at the fuel you have available for the generator at any given time. If you’re in the middle of normal operation, and there’s a power cut from severe weather, then knowing how much fuel you have available can be exceptionally helpful. You also need to have a set process for refuelling all your backup power, and having more fuel brought to the facility. When you’re setting out all these procedures, it’s best to prepare for the very worst that could happen. Your generator might fail at a time when gas lines are down, and the fuel truck won’t be able to make it to your business. There may be flooding in extreme weather that could damage your generator and make re-fuelling complicated. If you want to be able to rely on your generator, you can’t ignore fuel management.
There you have the three most important steps of setting up a generator for your business. Pick the right unit and maintain it properly, and it will definitely serve you well!