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Sourcing, Installing and Maintaining Quality Generators in Cape Town

Just as most car owners recognise the marques best noted for quality and performance within the motor industry, and those dealerships that are recognised for their excellent after-sales service, those who are reliant upon emergency electrical power have similar feelings regarding those manufacturers that best meet their needs. Brands such as Perkins, Cummins, Deutz and John Deere have grown to become the favoured choice among the owners of electrical generators, from Cape Town to Cairo, and in their own way, are every bit as iconic as the names of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche are among the nation’s petrolheads.

The role of these diesel-powered units varies between users. Found mainly in commercial and industrial locations, in many cases, their sole function is to provide a source of backup power in the event of a power outage. While, in recent years, such interruptions have become more frequent, following the introduction of the national provider’s programme of load shedding, most of the time, they remain inactive and awaiting the next emergency.

The development of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) has made it possible to start and stop these units, without the need for human intervention. The switching occurs automatically in response to changes detected in the status of the mains supply. The resulting smooth transitions between the alternative sources ensure that there are no significant fluctuations in power that might otherwise result in malfunctioning of or damage to any machinery in operation at the time.

In other instances, mains power alone may be insufficient, particularly during peak load times. Consequently, generators are needed to augment the output of power stations, not just in the Cape Town area, but throughout the other regions of South Africa as well. One or more units will often be used in conjunction with the Eskom supply, to ensure that the peak demand never exceeds the combined output. Once again, in order to ensure a stable and adequate supply in the face of both increased and decreased demands, maintaining the balance with the use of an automated control unit is by far the simplest and most reliable option.

Finally, there are those locations that are simply beyond the reach of the Eskom reticulation network. Often, these are mining operations that, despite lacking access to the mains supply, require prodigious quantities of electrical energy. On mines and in similarly isolated operations, all of the power consumed must be produced on site and, very often, will require a number of units with some of these operating individually, while others may be required to work in concert, where the demand is higher. Additional generators will invariably be required for standby use, in order to replace a malfunctioning unit or one experiencing downtime due to essential preventative maintenance.

Soon to serve clients in Cape Town, and already well-established in Gauteng, Limpopo, Malawi and the DRC, PacB Power Solutions is a supplier of those leading brands mentioned earlier, as well as Volvo and Scania. Equally important to our clientele, we have the skills and experience needed to develop purpose-built solutions comprising quality gensets and tailored control system for any situation. With our reputation for service excellence, we are now the preferred choice of many clients who are seeking quality products, expertly installed and professionally maintained.

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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