When it comes to industrial power generation needs, you have endless options about the best-suited application for your individual goals. Whether you need generator service for a construction site, retail property or any other industry or sector, you have to find a model that is best for you. Different models serve different purposes, and you have to take the time to find the right one for your application to ensure that it can deliver the needs of the requirements of the user. Reactive Generators is a professional installer of a large range of generators, spread across several types used for various applications across industries in Brisbane. Taking the time to define a set of specified values that make it easier to find a suitable generator type is the first step. Give us a call and we can insist on providing beneficial insights before investing in such heavy machinery.
What are the 3 main types of generators?
As far as broad application types for industrial and commercial uses for a generator, there are three main types to closely consider. The three different types offer different efficiency, usage capacity and power generation and all of them work in different ways toward achieving your needs. We’ll explore these three main types below and much more…
Prime industrial generators
Prime generators are a type of generator application that plays the role of being the sole or the primary source of power output on the premises. This is usually required in industrial sectors because plants and construction sites may be established in very remote areas or in places where power supply is difficult to freely access. With prime industrial generators, no outer source of power is required on the premises because the unit is designed to provide more than enough power. In the prime generator category, there are two sub-types to consider. Prime units that are used indefinitely and those that are limited. The first type of prime generator, as you can imagine, is meant to keep generating power at an uninterrupted pace. These usually generate maximum power at a higher load. Limited prime generators, on the other hand, are only meant to function for a limited amount of time for specific load functions.
Continuous generators are commercial grade generators and they’re very similar to prime generators in their ability to run for a long period of time and even indefinitely if needed. Continuous generators can also function as the main power source but act differently in the load output. Prime generators are meant to operate over long durations of time at variable load, Continuous generators are instead designed to consistently work at a 100% consistent load for an unlimited number of hours. They are able to do this because they are built with more heavy-duty, durable materials that enable them to run at maximum output and handle heavy loads without stopping. Almost every element that is integrated into this level of maximum capacity is designed to keep the generator running without a hitch. It will be a while before you notice any signs that this generator needs servicing.
Standby generators are the most widely used applications because they act as backup power supplies. There are more than industrial uses for standby power because power outages are a phenomenon that we all experience across the country. Standby generators do exactly that – they stand by ready to kick in when your main power source fails for any reason. As soon as there is a shortage of power cut off completely, they become the main power system for the entire duration. Standby generators usually require advanced alternators to do the work of automatically detecting power outages. This is essential for a standby generator because they have to immediately kick in once an outage is detected to ensure that your property isn’t left without power for too long. These are popular installations because they spare business owners and managers financial losses that come with a complete stop of work.
Generator maintenance for your unique generator application
You should be glad to know that generator maintenance isn’t vastly different for each major type of application. It is most important that you stick to the maintenance schedule recommended by the manufacturer and your Brisbane generator specialist. Routine maintenance should always be followed to ensure that your unit keeps providing the power you need continuously, as a prime source or for standby purposes. The process involves some mundane tasks and major component replacement at different times. This consists of looking out for liquid and lubricant leaks, oil, and coolant levels, checking the belts and hoses and much more. It is important to inspect the oil as well, as it must be changed regularly, but the frequency depends on the manufacturer, how often you use your generator and the work environment. Generator maintenance includes all of the following:
Major annual service includes:
Give us a call and we can handle a major service with ease in Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba. This includes fuel cleaning and filtering, and this is especially for fuel types that degrade quickly. Fuel quality can worse after a few weeks of continuous operation via contamination of water and microbes, resulting in clogged fuel lines and filters.
Routine maintenance requirements
To maintain the cooling system, a licensed generator operator needs to be checking the coolant level at existing intervals. Check the battery for power and assess other main components.
Testing and inspection
Testing and inspection are also required to monitor the baseline function of some of the main parts and there is a lengthy checklist that defines the health of your generator.
How often does your generator need service?
This depends on many things, but it also depends upon its usage on the premise. Reactive Generators can help you make the right decision for your business because we can help you rightly calculate the amount of power supply that is necessary for the systems being used at the particular site.