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Understanding Your Machinery Power Issues: A comprehensive guide to diesel generator solutions

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Diagnose Your Power Problems and Explore How Diesel Generators Can Solve Your Business’s Power Challenges

Introduction: Tackling Machinery Power Issues with Diesel Generator Solutions

Power issues in businesses can result in decreased productivity, equipment malfunction, higher energy costs and frequent maintenance and repairs. Acknowledging and diagnosing power problems is essential to the smooth running of machinery and overall business success. In this comprehensive guide we’ll explore various power challenges as well as ways diesel generator solutions provide reliable power sources that meet their demands for your machinery and equipment.

We hope that by the time this guide concludes, you will have gained more insight into machinery power issues as well as industrial diesel generators as an effective power solution.

Identifying and Addressing Machinery Power Challenges: The Importance of a Reliable Power Solution

Recognizing the Power Challenges that Affect Your Machinery and Equipment

In our experience working with various businesses, we have seen that insufficient power supply can lead to reduced efficiency, damaged equipment, and even cause complete operational shutdowns. Something you definitely want to be proactive about avoiding. After all, prevention is better than the cure!

Power Outages and Fluctuations

The dreaded power outage! We all know it too well… These unexpected outages and fluctuations can cause unexpected downtime and disrupt your business operations. These outages can be very damaging to your businesses overall productivity and if you are running on tight schedules or budgets, can cause significant problems for your business. Power outages can be caused by all sorts of factors, such as adverse weather, mechanical failures, poor power supply or even issues within the electrical grid.

Insufficient Power Supply

As your business grows, you’re likely to add more machinery to your operations. If your power supply doesn’t grow with it, you may end up with a setup that requires more power than can be provided by your electrical supply, resulting in power shortages. These shortages can lead to malfunctions and a huge decrease in efficiency. Not ideal!


These occur – in simple terms – when the electrical current demand from your machinery exceeds your power supply.

Overloading can occur as a number of reasons such as:

  • Incorrect sizing of power supplies
  • Overloading of machinery
  • Mechanical failure such as misalignment or worn bearings etc

This can result in circuit breakers tripping, blown fuses and power outages seemingly out of nowhere, disrupting your operations.

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Power Quality Issues

The quality of the power is also something to consider. Many business owners neglect to consider that it may actually be the quality of the power supply that is the cause of their issues. Poor power quality can be devastating to machinery – things such as harmonic distortion, voltage sags and surges as well as fluctuations in voltage can negatively impact your machinery’s lifespan or efficiency.

The cause of these issues can be varied, but nonlinear loads or other imbalances with the electrical system are often contributing factors. It’s important to make sure your power supply is as good as the rest of your machinery.

Ageing Electrical Infrastructure

And finally – just like is the case with all kinds of equipment – the age of the electrical infrastructure of your business can be causing vulnerabilities. At this point, power issues are going to be more common, and you will begin to run the risk that your machinery and business operations can be impacted at any point. This is another issue that may not be a result of your power supply, but if your equipment is experiencing regular occurrences of power outages, it’s important to service your older equipment to make sure this isn’t what is causing your issues, before looking to source new power supply solutions.

Pinpointing Your Machinery Power Problems: Signs and Tools for Diagnosis

Detecting Power Issues and the Tools to Help You Identify the Culprits

Effectively diagnosing machinery power problems is the cornerstone of finding lasting solutions, and in this section we’ll look at ways to detect power issues as well as tools available for identification of their cause. In particular we will cover symptoms related to power problems as well as monitoring/analytics tools available that will allow us to track them down more effectively.

So how do you know you even have a problem with your power supply? Although technology is advancing rapidly, your machines wont turn around and tell you they don’t feel healthy on their own. Knowing how to diagnose your power problems is an incredibly important element of addressing your power solutions on a permanent basis. So, let’s take a look at some symptoms that your machines could be experiencing, as well as some monitoring/analytics tools that will make diagnosing problems much easier.

Symptoms of Power Issues: Warning Signs Your Machinery is Struggling

  1. Equipment Malfunction: This is the most obvious, but most costly symptom. If your machinery is breaking down unexpectedly, or behaving strangely such as frequently resetting, then power problems could be the underlying cause.
  2. Reduced Productivity: If you’re monitoring your productivity and noticing a downward trend without much explanation – this can point to power issues.
  3. Increased Energy Costs: Energy bills are always going up it seems! But they can also signal something else. They could be signalling inefficient use of power, or simply just an issue with the power supply itself.
  4. Frequent Maintenance and Repairs: And finally, do you feel like you are constantly carrying out small maintenance and repairs on your machinery? There could be an underlying issue with your power supply.

Monitoring and Analysis Tools: Assessing Your Power Situation Accurately

While the machines sadly can’t tell you with words that they aren’t feeling great, there are still plenty of options out there that will make it much easier for you to determine that you may need to step in. Let’s go through a few of these options next:

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  1. Power Quality Analyzers: A simple addition to your machinery that helps you continuously measure the voltage quality according to international standards such as EN50160 and IEC61000-2-4.
  2. Energy Management Systems: By tracking energy use and recognizing inefficiency, these systems can assist with diagnosing power problems while optimising machinery’s performance.
  3. Thermal Imaging: Overheating is a common occurrence with machinery and large power supplies. There are readily available tools such as thermal cameras that can use infrared technology to detect overheated electrical components. It’s one of the simplest and most important tools you can grab to safeguard against major issues.

Diesel Generators: The Ideal Solution for Your Machinery Power Needs

Discover the Benefits of Diesel Generators for Your Business’s Power Challenges

So now you know how to diagnose what may be wrong with your machinery or power supply, and we’ve discussed some of the best ways to continuously monitor possible issues, it’s time to look at finding that ideal solution. The best solutions ensure continued operations and subsequently minimise losses.

We’ve dealt with various types of power supply over our many years in business, and in our expert opinion, there is nothing better than a diesel generator for your business’s machinery. And in the next section we will be going over some reasons that illustrate exactly why we feel this is the case.

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Reliability and Durability

Even under extreme conditions, diesel generators come out on top in terms of reliability. If diesel generators are maintained and looked after well, they can last for 15+ years with minimal interruption to your operations.

Fuel Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness

Both fuel-efficiency and cost-effectiveness are primary concerns for almost everyone looking for power supply solutions, and once again, diesel generators come out on top here. Modern generators have fuel-saving designs, low operating costs and in general are widely available. As such, it’s a fantastic option for many businesses.

Scalability and Flexibility

Thanks to their wide availability and resulting popularity. Diesel generators have been manufactured in all sizes and capacities, meaning it’s incredibly likely you’ll be able to find machinery that suits your requirements, even if they are highly unique. From small portables to huge industrial machines, there is a diesel generator out there for you!

Fast Response Time

Diesel generators are well known for their quick start-up times – around 10 seconds in some instances – providing machinery with minimal downtime during power outages or fluctuations and helping protect productivity without risking equipment damage.

These response times (or start-up times) are so important as they ensure maximum uptimes after outages. You can’t prevent outages altogether, but you can ensure you are up and running again as soon as possible as they occur.

Ease of Installation and Maintenance

And here’s the kicker, they are very simple to install and integrate into your existing setup! The maintenance procedures or also straightforward meaning it’s also simple to keep them running once they are installed.

Selecting the Right Diesel Generator for Your Machinery Power Needs

Factors to Consider When Choosing the Perfect Diesel Generator for Your Business

So hopefully we’ve illustrated why a diesel generator might be exactly what you are looking for. But finding the appropriate diesel generator to meet your machinery power requirements needs a little thought on your part. It’s a good idea to carry out a thorough evaluation of your specific requirements and preferences. Here, we discuss essential considerations when searching for an ideal generator solution to suit your business’s energy challenges.

1.    Power Capacity and Load Requirements

Determine the total power capacity required by your machinery and equipment, making sure that the generator you select meets the power demands for business now, as well as any expansion plans you might have in the future.

2.    Fuel Consumption and Operating Costs

Once you’ve found some options that are going to provide your business with the power that it needs, it’s essential to look at their fuel consumption levels and then factor in the operating costs that come with that. You want a supply that offers the best efficiency, saving you money long-term.

3.    Noise Level and Emissions

Now let’s talk about some less obvious – but still very important – considerations. Noise and emissions are two factors that are often regulated, so you must check whether these regulations apply to you and ensure your business is compliant.

If you’re unsure, it’s normally a good idea to source generators equipped with noise-reducers and low-emission technologies anyway. You never know how regulations are going to change down the years, so by being extra cautious at this stage sets you up for a more long-term solution.

4.    Portability and Installation

Now think about how much space you have. Do you have enough space to install the generator where you need it? If not, you may have to go back to the drawing board to find something small enough that still provides the power you need. As we mentioned, there are so many options out there, that you will be sure to find something. But it’s important to keep practical considerations like this in mind.

Having installed numerous generators for different businesses, we have seen how crucial it is to choose the right generator type to suit the specific needs and space constraints of each business.

5.    Warranty and Service Support

Even though diesel generators are known for their reliability, it’s important to protect your interests and ensure your new machinery comes with a good warranty. The ultimate goal is to limit your downtime and a good warranty ensures that assistance arrives as quickly as possible if you were to need it.

6.    Budget and Financing Options

And finally, even though we sometimes don’t like to admit it, your choice needs to be guided by your budget and the finance options available. The first priority is to find the highest quality generator that fits your needs, but sometimes your budget may be more restrictive than you like. In which case, it’s always good to have a look at some alternatives in lower budget ranges that may suit your needs.

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Conclusion: Safeguarding Your Business Operations with the Right Diesel Generator Solution

Addressing power issues within your machinery and equipment is vital for maintaining productivity and avoiding downtime, which makes diesel generators an economical and dependable solution to meet machinery power requirements. By understanding any challenges your business might encounter with its machinery power needs, making an informed decision regarding which diesel generator best meets them can make a real impactful statement about who your organisation truly is and where its priorities should lie.

Partnering with an established diesel generator provider will guarantee a seamless power solution journey, from installation through ongoing maintenance and repairs. By investing in one, you can rest easy knowing your machinery has enough electricity supply – protecting operations while increasing long-term success for your business.

Interested in learning more about diesel backup generator options or partnering with an established provider? Contact us today to ensure power disruptions don’t affect your business’ productivity.

FAQs: Machinery Power Issues

How do I determine the right size of diesel generator for my machinery power needs?

To determine the right size of diesel generator, calculate the total power requirements of your machinery and equipment, considering both starting and running wattage. Factor in the possibility of future expansions and consult with an experienced diesel generator provider for guidance.

Are diesel generators environmentally friendly?

Modern diesel generators are designed with low-emission technologies and comply with stringent environmental regulations. Choosing a generator with these features will help reduce your business’s environmental impact.

How often should I schedule maintenance for my diesel generator?

It depends on the machine itself. You should be able to ask your supply partner to answer about the specific machines, but in general, every 6 months is a good guide. 6 months or 250-500 hours of runtime.

Can I use a diesel generator for both portable and stationary applications?

Yes, diesel generators are available in both portable and stationary configurations. Ask us about the best option for your situation, we are more than happy to help.

What is the typical lifespan of a diesel generator?

With proper maintenance and care, a high-quality diesel generator can last for 20,000 to 30,000 hours. Even then, with proper maintenance and a skilled technician can eek out 1,000s more hours.

Paul Phelps Solar Power Owner
Paul Phelps
Paul is the MD of Solent Power and specialises in emergency power solutions, helping to protect your facilities from power loss. Get in touch with us today to discuss the different power brands that we can offer and how they can suit your needs.
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