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3 Safety Tips To Remember When Installing An Industrial Generator

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Access to electricity is something that most industrial facilities value. In the event of a power outage, important pieces of equipment or certain materials housed inside the facility could sustain serious damage.

To prevent a power outage from wreaking havoc on production activities, most industrial facilities choose to have a generator installed.

Industrial generators are capable of creating enough electricity to power the equipment housed inside any industrial facility. In order to ensure that your industrial generator remains a valued asset, keep these safety precautions in mind as you work through the installation process.

1. Calculate Your Load Requirement

Since the primary purpose of an industrial generator is to keep your equipment running during a power outage, you need to ensure you are installing a generator that will meet your facility's load demand.

Always start the installation process with a full electrical inventory so that you know exactly how much energy is needed to run all of your facility's equipment simultaneously. This information will help you identify the industrial generator that is powerful enough to meet your needs.

Installing a generator that is too small could result in premature generator failure, while installing a generator that is too large could result in power surges that might damage your equipment. Knowing your electrical load requirement will help you avoid generator problems over time.

2. Create a Stable Storage Area

You want to install your industrial generator in a stable and secure location.

Take the time to level off a piece of ground directly outside your facility. Pour a concrete pad for the generator to sit on, and install some type of covering to protect the generator from the elements.

When you are able to keep your industrial generator dry and level, the generator will perform much more efficiently. Be sure that you have made the proper arrangements for a stable storage area before having your industrial generator delivered and installed.

3. Pair Your Generator With a Transfer Switch

If you want to plug your industrial generator directly into your facility's electrical system, you will need to install a transfer switch first.

The transfer switch is designed to prevent any back feed while the generator is running. Back feed occurs when an electrical current is looped back into the power lines connected to your facility.

This looped electricity has the potential to travel down the power lines and injure any lineman working to restore electrical access.

Contact a company like Scott's Emergency Lighting & Power Generation Inc to learn more about industrial generator installations.