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A Regular Generator Service Will Ensure Long-Term Reliable Performance

Whether your need is for a source of backup power in the event of a mains outage, or your entire production is dependent upon the ability to maintain a working source of electricity on site, ensuring that your generator provides the service you need whenever it is required is certain to be important to you. The best way in which to achieve this is to begin by purchasing a quality machine, to make sure it is installed by an expert and, finally, to ensure that it is maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

These machines have been around for many decades, and this has given rise to a wealth of information about their expected performance and which components are prone to failure, allowing them to advise purchasers regarding the best practices required to maintain that performance. Manufacturers generally provide end-users with a recommended schedule for generator service, which will detail the individual tasks that are required and the frequency with which they need to be undertaken. Failure to adhere to the recommendations for operation and/or maintenance, could not only result in a decline in your machine’s performance, but could also see its warranty rendered null and void.

If yours is a company that operates several such machines, it might be a practical proposition to send a member of staff for an appropriate course of training, so that he or she, when given access to a store of basic spares, can perform the scheduled generator services in-house. If, on the other hand, you are the owner of a smaller company, with perhaps just a single unit and perhaps a backup machine in case of an emergency, the more practical option will almost certainly be to enter into a maintenance contract with the supplier from which you purchased them.

Typically, each act of maintenance will consist of several basic tasks, such as checking the various fluid levels, replacing the air and fuel filters with new ones, and inspecting and cleaning the battery terminals. Other more demanding tasks that form part of a generator service are the removal and replacement of worn components before they can become troublesome, verifying the reading and indicators on control panels and load bank testing.

Record-keeping is also an important part of the routine maintenance process, as it can serve as an indicator of any tendency for a machine’s performance to deteriorate. This means that each action undertaken will have to be logged and all relevant readings recorded against the date serviced and the hour meter readings of each machine involved in order that they can be compared with the values found during the next generator service.

Adopting a programme of preventative maintenance and then sticking to it is by far the best way to ensure the unbroken supply of electricity you need to power your production line. The relatively small cost of replacing a couple of basic components from time to time will be more than justified by the far greater costs that might otherwise occur as the result of production losses or perhaps the need to scrap a worn out genset and to pay for a replacement.

Of course, while a regular generator service is essential, so is purchasing the right genset to begin with. This is why so many factory owners in South Africa tend to favour leading international brands, such as Perkins, Cummins, Volvo, and Scania. In addition, since many of them require a power solution that is tailored to best serve their unique needs, a fair number of users rely on the PacB Group to design, to build, and to install their machines.

From an in-depth initial assessment of your power requirements right through to commissioning and honouring the contract to supply your generator service needs, you can rely on PacB Group’s specialist knowledge, extensive industry experience, and absolute professionalism throughout.

Our qualified technicians offer support and advice in the selection of the right power solution for your needs by calculating your power requirements.

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