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A standby generator provides you with an automatic back-up electrical supply. Within seconds of a utility outage an automatic transfer switch senses the power loss, commands the generator to start and then transfers the electrical load to the generator. The standby generator begins supplying power to the electrical circuits. Once utility power has returned, the automatic transfer switch transfers the electrical load back to the utility and signals the standby generator to shut down. The generator then returns to standby mode where it awaits the next outage. To ensure a proper response to an outage, a standby generator runs regular self-tests.

Whilst the majority of power failures from the power grid last less than an hour, some force majeure blackouts could last much longer, completely shutting down production at companies and critical infrastructures such as telecommunication networks, financial services, water supplies and hospitals. A blackout in one locality can trigger a domino effect that can result in island-wide blackouts. A power outage may be caused by a surge in the power supply, by an accident involving a pole on the transmission system, by lightning and even at times by animals such as iguanas, frogs and snakes which may come into contact with hardware on a pole!  In addition, the accumulation of sea salt on pole line hardware and subsequent rainfall may cause an outage. The power may also be turned off in the event of a serious storm or hurricane and there are times when the utility has to turn the power off to carry out a maintenance program.

The financial impacts of even a small power cut can be catastrophic.  Many companies are unprepared for business disruptions caused by power blackouts, and are often unaware of the true costs and impact that they can have on their operations. Automatic standby generator systems may be required by building codes for critical safety systems such as elevators in high-rise buildings, fire protection systems, standby lighting, or medical and life support equipment.
Standby generators are becoming increasingly common in the home, as householders seek to prepare for extreme weather and unforeseen power outages. A residential generator can provide backup electrical power for AC systems, security systems, and household appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, and hot water heaters.

Standby generators are used by businesses, homes, industry, farms, commercial buildings, onstruction, sites and boats, in sizes from 2.5kW to 3000kW. Generators can be diesel, propane, or gasoline fueled.  Both Kohler Power Systems and SDMO design and manufacture generator systems to meet a variety of electrical needs, including:

  • A reliable standby power supply  or a prime power source;
  • Fixed or portable generator sets;
  • For land and marine-based applications.

To perform reliably, standby generators require routine preventative maintenance. We offer a competitively-priced care and maintenance program to verify that the generator will operate reliably when required:

  • Quarterly electrical check: to check fluid levels in the engine, check battery age and condition, verify that the generator set is exercising correctly and to run the generator and record key parameters. We also report on any defects or emergent issues that should be addressed to ensure continued reliability;
  • Annual mechanical maintenance service: to undertake electrical checks as above, and carry out mechanical maintenance such as changing filters (oil and fuel) and lubricating oil, and check the correct operation of the generator.

We also have the equipment to undertake load-bank testing on generators (i.e. running the generator set under full load over an extended period) in order to verify generator reliability and to prevent problems such as “wet stacking”.

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