Many of our clients like to get to know the people they talk with on the phone or who travel to their site to service their generators. We wanted to make that a little easier for our generator service customers in Central Valley California towns like Modesto, Stockton, and Fresno. Meet Jeff Zimmerman.
It’s not new news, but it is important. As outlined in the California Air Resources Board Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM), portable tier 0 diesel engines rated at 50 bhp or greater were to be completely removed from service as of January 1st 2017. We’ve all known this was coming as it’s already been over 7 years (time flies) since the same category of engine was relegated to only low-use, emergency application.
Many companies are unprepared for business disruptions caused by power blackouts and are often unaware of the potential costs and impact on their operations.
While the majority of power failures from national grids last only a few hours, some blackouts can last days or even weeks, completely shutting down production at companies and critical infrastructures such as telecommunication networks, financial services, water supplies and hospitals.
When You Put the Name Mercy on the Front of Your Building It’s Nice to Know CD & Power and Gillette Generators Have Your Back.
Often in our experience customers become friends and our transactions with them become stories. This is a recent story with a happy ending for all the parties involved.
Since 1872 the Mercy Retirement and Care Center of Oakland California has offered a comprehensive array of services enriching the lives of seniors in the Alameda County community. Over a year ago, the care center and their HVAC contractor, Matrix HG, determined that their generator could no longer provide the necessary power to back up service to their facilities.
As the planning progressed, the Mercy team recognized that they needed a higher level of attention than what they were getting from the generator sales and service company they engaged initially. Joe Cabral, of Matrix HG, knew exactly who could step in to help. [Read more…]
Determining the right time to replace a generator can be a daunting task. A standby generator is one of those pieces of a business that feels useless. Kind of like a Contingency Plan. Until of course the power is out and it is the lifeline to keeping your business functioning or providing critical life safety functions. At CD & Power we are committed to helping you make the most informed decision for your particular requirements.
The first step is evaluating your current system. Trying to come to a consensus on the life of a generator/engine can be a real crap shoot. You can scour the internet and get a lot of different opinions. Here are a couple:
- Engine life for liquid-cooled 1800rpm engines can approach 20,000 hours if properly serviced depending on the application and environment
- Even 3600rpm diesel engines normally have a 10,000 to 12,000 hour life expectancy with proper maintenance and service.
- Diesel engines have a distinct advantage in longevity over their gasoline counterparts. Mechanical parts wear out over time due to the friction caused by parts rubbing together. Diesel engines, however, are engineered and built to be more robust due to the higher compression ratio in the combustion chamber and the high torque output they produce. Diesel engines also operate at lower speeds (rpm) than gasoline engines, which means the bearings, piston rings, cylinder walls, valve train, etc., don’t rub together as often. Engine speeds are often half that of a gasoline engine.
A beautiful Northern California hotel was the site of CD & Power’s most recent generator replacement project. An obsolete 10kw generator circa 1980 was replaced with a brand new compliant 2015 Tier 4 25kw Kohler generator in an efficient two day operation. A three man team disassembled the old gen end and engine put the generator on casters and rolled it out through the lobby and into the truck. The new one came in the same way and was reassembled in the same place as the original. Hook up and testing were completed on day two.