Most people know that one of the quickest ways to destroy an engine is to run it without oil. An even faster way to destroy your engine is to ramp it up to full load in ten seconds or less without proper lubrication!
Did you know that most emergency generators are configured to ramp up to full load within seconds when there is a utility power failure?
If your generator has not been properly maintained or does not have an oil pre-lube system installed to ensure that the engine is always lubricated and ready for a fast start, your investment here may be at risk!
Over the years, we have helped a number of customers whose large emergency generators have been compromised because the engines have been inadequately lubricated.
In many of these cases we were looking at 1 MW or larger gensets where the customer had spent over $1M on their emergency power systems. The engine replacement on these units was pushing $500,000. Fortunately, we were able to repair the compromised engines at a fraction of the complete replacement cost.
But it begs the question, what can you do to avoid this situation and the costly repair that goes along with it? (more…)