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  • Jul 15, 2014

    Casting a Wider Net with Motor Efficiency Standards  

    Four years ago, we reported on new federal motor efficiency standards that were set to take effect throughout the industry...More
  • Apr 3, 2014

    Testing Generators with a Portable Load Bank

    As covered in my previous blog post, all diesel-powered generators should be loaded to at least 30% of their standby nameplate rating when exercised during their monthly test....More
  • Mar 16, 2014

    Running Without Load

    What happens to an engine when it is exercised without a load, or is allowed to exceed the manufacturer’s recommended delay for a cool-down after shedding its load?...More
  • Mar 3, 2014

    Thoughts on Recent CMS Proposal

    We have not seen any empirical evidence demonstrating that increased testing of emergency power supply systems (EPSS) over and above what has been approved for inclusion in the consensus-based standard, NFPA 110, Emergency and Standby Power Systems, would improve reliability during power outages....More
  • Feb 14, 2014

    Feel the Power  

    Many of the articles in this month’s issue focus on the topic of on-site power equipment and systems....More
  • Feb 13, 2014

    Risk Analysis or Arc Flash Study?

    Q. Is it true that a risk analysis can be performed in place of an arc flash study? A. An arc flash study is in fact a “risk analysis” if liberally interpreted using NFPA 70E definitions and OSHA regulatory language. Unfortunately, the term “study” has been misinterpreted and misapplied often....More
  • Feb 4, 2014

    Generator Design Debate: Insurer vs. Engineer 1

    Some insurance companies are now asking their clients to install 165°F fusible links (valves) in the fuel oil supply (FOS) line between the main storage tank and day tank(s). In some cases, the companies are also asking for the links to be placed in the fuel oil return (FOR) line. The single reason for this is that “if there were a fire in the generator room, the fuel supply to the generator(s) room would be shut down and therefore the chance of a ‘burn down’ minimized.”...More
  • Jan 20, 2014

    BIM, BAM, BOOM!  

    It doesn’t seem all that long ago when we mentioned the topic of building information modeling (BIM), we did so with an eye to the future. There were just a handful of the largest, most progressive contractors/designers using this technology on really big and complex projects. But in the last five years or so, this quickly started to change....More
  • Jan 6, 2014

    Remote Manual Stop Stations in Emergency Power Supply Systems

    Q. Our fire inspector just gave us a pink slip because we didn’t have an emergency shut off for our generators. Is this valid?...More
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