How Can Generator Preventative Maintenance Increase Up-time at Your Facility?
Reducing downtime has always been one of the main priorities for many companies. For some companies, the only power source available for their operations is generators due to their remote location far from a power grid. Relying solely on generators for power can be stressful due to the threat of downtime that’s caused by a breakdown. However, all of that stress can be avoided by adopting a proactive and preventative maintenance plan. Total Energy Solutions’ maintenance services can help increase your overall up-time by reducing the chance of a breakdown with our regular, preventative maintenance plan.
The secret is our proactive approach versus a reactive approach. It’s preventative maintenance rather than prescriptive. Let’s first understand the difference between the two types of maintenance:
Preventative: Maintenance work is performed on equipment regularly to reduce the likelihood that it will fail and need to be taken out of service. The goal is to keep equipment from breaking down and causing interruptions on the job.
Prescriptive: Maintenance is not performed regularly. It happens based on the actual condition of equipment and is only done when needed. Prescriptive maintenance can appear to be the less costly approach when it comes to initially cost. However, because of the frequency of equipment failure and the resulting downtime, it quickly becomes the more expensive option.
Emergency standby generator systems should have at least two preventative maintenance events per year performed. Some of the procedures performed during preventive maintenance include:
- Load Bank Testing – A generator is placed under load for a period of time using an external load bank tester to ensure the generator is operating as it should.
- Confidence Test – A generator is placed under load for a period of time using the actual facility as a load.
- Fluid Analysis – Lubricating oil, coolant and fuel analysis performed by laboratory.
- Monitoring Patterns – Replacing parts on scheduled service visits prior to having an actual equipment failure. This is done after we’ve monitored the chronic failures and the engine hours when these failures occur.
This proactive approach has proven to be cost and time effective, producing better up-time. Up-time, also known as run time, is measured by using KPI reports. KPI stands for Key Performance Indicator. KPI reports are measurable values that demonstrate how effectively a company is achieving key business objectives. Companies use KPIs to evaluate their success at reaching targets. These reports calculate for scheduled maintenance, equipment failures not related to the generators, and generator failures due to their equipment.
Total Energy Solutions offers flexible and customized generator maintenance programs with 24/7 emergency service response to keep your generator in top condition, ready for whenever you need it. All of these maintenance procedures are performed by our technicians who go through extensive factory-certified training courses to ensure we are servicing your equipment to the manufacturers standards. Our preventative maintenance programs are tailored to each customer’s unique needs and can be scheduled monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually.
Total Energy Solutions produces some of the highest industry up-time rates industry-wide for our customers. TES customers average a 99.1% up-time/run time based on our average KPI reports. Our training, service, and attention to detail are the main factors that help us to continue to produce this excellent run time percentage. Our maintenance has produced results and will continue to help our customers keep the highest up-time percentages possible. The amount of money your company will spend on regular preventative maintenance is worth every penny. It pales in comparison to what downtime can cost you and your company. The numbers don’t lie when it comes to our scheduled routine maintenance program. Our dedication to quality, service, and reliability will ensure that your power generation system will always be able to perform at the highest level whenever you need it.