The management and maintenance of your uninterruptible back-up power supply (UPS) is an essential element of any business that relies on such a system to keep the lights on, the machines running, and the computers humming. If you are responsible for management of a UPS, perhaps you already understand how important it is to ensure that the system is in proper working condition at all times and that you possess the supplies or tools you need to keep it running efficiently.
Whether you own or manage a grocery store, a hospital, a data center, an oil well, or a manufacturing plant, back-up power is essential. In some instances, interrupted power may represent the loss of data or other critical information while, in other cases, the inability to provide consistent power could mean the loss of life and other catastrophic events.
As such, it’s necessary to think about how you will manage your back-up power supply chain.
Diesel generator maintenance involves keeping tabs on a number of different things. Those responsible for maintenance of such a system will want to keep an eye on, for example, worn out parts that might need to be repaired or replaced. Managing this UPS might also mean doing some load bank testing to make sure the generator can handle the load that will be thrust upon it should the normal power supply be interrupted. The maintenance person may also want to verify the control panel readings and indicators to make sure they are functioning properly.
Equally as important is the inspection of the internal batteries as well as the cleaning of the connections. Most batteries have a lifespan of about 4 years though a lot of circumstances can shorten that, like the generator being in a room that’s too hot or too cold. Visual inspections and voltage testing is a must! Additional batteries should always be on hand in case one needs to be replaced, so it’s necessary to keep tabs on whether there are any available on property. If not, they should be ordered in advance and stored in a safe and convenient place.
Most importantly, an on-site supply of clean fuel is essential. Obviously, the generator cannot run without fuel and running out could mean disaster. Diesel fuel generally lasts for about 6-9 months, which is pretty substantial, but it definitely doesn’t last forever. All diesel fuel, regardless of additives, deteriorates over time, and the longer it sits in a generator, the more likely it has deteriorated. This can cause major problems with the generator, including clogged filters and the build up of sludge. Alarmingly, such problems could prompt the unit to malfunction or not work at all.
As such, the fuel tanks and the condition of the fuel should always be an area of focus for those responsible for maintenance.
Remember, if you are managing a back-up power system and keeping tabs on the things you need to keep it running, you should always keep clear documentation of system checks, repairs, and replacements.
Clearly define any protocols that should be followed when inspecting the back-up power system and record data that will help you and others evaluate the life expectancy of different components as well as identify current problems or when potential problems or failures might occur in the near future. Remember, your back-up power is only as good as the unit supplying it, so having an accurate picture of the unit’s performance is essential.
At Western Oil Services, we are experts in all things oil, including back-up power generators. We’re eager to help you determine which kind of unit may be right for you and also to keep you informed about the components and supplies you’ll need to keep your UPS working properly.
If you’ve been considering a UPS for your business or need to upgrade, replace, or repair a current system, talk to the experts at Western Oil Services by calling 604-514-4787.