For any industrial application, whether light or heavy, finding the right power generator will be critical. A consistent and reliable power supply will go a long way towards ensuring that your project remains on schedule and your end products are of good quality.
But with so many generator options out there, how can you select the best fit for your business? Here are five important features to look for in an industrial power generator.
1. A durable and lockable enclosure
No matter how cheap or expensive your generator is, having it poorly secured will leave it open to tampering. If you are hiring a generator, ask the generator hire company to provide a matching enclosure for the unit.
If purchasing, take time to design an enclosure that's secure, durable against external weather conditions and lockable for access control. Only the relevant personnel should have access to the enclosure of your generator.
2. Voltage regulation
Another important feature to look for in your unit is voltage regulation. Your generator should be capable of supplying and regulating voltage within an accurate range for all the devices in your business.
With voltage regulation, power surges will be less likely to affect delicate and expensive equipment. Even more importantly, a regulated voltage will prevent power-related accidents such as fires and electrocution.
3. Easily accessible control panel
Modern industrial generators have many different control features. From phase power regulation to automated on and off settings, these control panels give you the ability to control your power needs effectively.
Make sure the control panel of your generator is in an easily accessible location. This will make it easier to adjust and regulate power supply as necessary.
4. Internal fuel tank
Regardless of the type of fuel you use (diesel is often a better option), an internal fuel tank provides security and efficiency. An internal fuel tank can be easily placed inside the generator enclosure to minimise the risk of tampering. It also lowers external weather conditions from interfering with your power supply.
Make sure you select a large enough tank size that can keep you up and running even during a power outage.
5. Compatibility with ioT sensors
With industry 4.0 and smart factories taking over many manufacturing operations, your power generator should also be equipped with smart functionality. This means that the unit should be capable of sending and receiving signals through the use of sensors.
These sensors collect data such as operating times, temperature and voltage in real time. When they detect unusual behaviour in the machine, you will receive a warning signal to implement the relevant changes.