Backup Generators for Manufacturing & Processing Facilities

In order for manufacturing facilities & processing plants to maintain productivity and generate a constant stream of revenue, they need continuously high outputs of energy. Regardless of what industry sector they are in, such as packaging, chemical processing, textile manufacturing, assembly line, food processing, milling, or materials fabrication, energy demands are constantly in high demand.

Power outages can come at any time for any reason. Whether it’s due to inclement weather, man-made or natural disasters, component failure, or even rolling brownouts/blackouts due to the aging power grid, manufacturing facilities & processing plants need a reliable source of backup power in order to prevent loss of productivity, mitigate profit loss, and maintain safe working environments for all staff members. Negative consequences of extended power outages don’t stop at just loss of operations. Extended power outages could lead to missed project deadline or delivery dates, which can result in loss of trust in your company.

No single manufacturing facility or processing plant has the same exact power needs and requirements. For example, food processing plants, extended power loss could lead to loss of perishable goods or food spoilage, resulting in complete loss of inventory. Processing plants that handle sensitive chemicals could result in unstable chemical reactions or loss of venting systems if the chemicals emit fumes, putting staff at risk. Different sectors of the industry require different equipment and result in different power needs to keep the equipment running.

Power Outages Negatively Impact Productivity

Power outages, however seemingly minuscule they might be can add up in terms of loss of productivity. Regardless of whether the power goes out for a few seconds, a couple of minutes, and into power outages that extend into hours or even days, the loss in productivity can be negatively impacted.

Breaking down the consequences on a granular level, power outages that last mere seconds can cause disruptions to the entire workflow for the day. Potential losses include loss of inventory & products, including perishable goods, delays in packaging, preparations, and shipping logistics, a complete halt in employee productivity, and potentially missed deadlines, even possibly receiving cancellation requests on orders. For operations on larger scales, a lapse of power for even a single second could result in loss of profits. In a large scale manufacturing or processing operation, every second counts when it comes to production and/or assembly.

In addition to the loss of production and output, there are looming overhead and revenue considerations. As most operations involving manufacturing and processing requires the use of electricity-driven equipment and computer systems, power loss due to power outage will result in your employees idly waiting for power to return. This essentially means that employees are unable to produce results in the intermittent downtime, shipments and packages aren’t being prepared, and delivery scheduling is nearly impossible without automated computer systems that assist in logistics and coordination. If processing and manufacturing equipment goes out due to power outage, does the equipment resume from the exact same step of the process as when it shut down? If not, products could end up being defective or production lines may have to be halted and already produced goods disposed of in case of any defects. This would require employees having to physically inspect the products and could result in increased delays to operations.

Powering Through Setbacks

Backup commercial or industrial generators on-site can help mitigate downtime of power loss due to power outage, enabling manufacturing facilities and processing plants to continue operating even when power is lost from the main power grid. Commercial/industrial generators are larger than their residential counterparts and can vary in size, as well as power output. Depending on the size and power rating, these generators are able to either power only key equipment & systems or can even power the entire facility for a set duration of time. This provides employees with the capability of continuing day to day operations or to maintain controlled temperature environments for perishable goods.

What about if there’s no one on-site and a power outage occurs after hours? When a commercial generator is paired with an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS), the generator will be prompted to kick in immediately after a power outage occurs and shut down when power to the main grid is restored. The ATS will ensure that there no one will need to be on-site to turn the generator on and off in this instance, saving a lot of time, coordination, logistics, and keeping employees safe if they are unable to make it to the facility due to inclement weather or other hazardous conditions.


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