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Resist or React: The Case for Reactive Load Bank Testing for Stationary Engines

For years, responsible facilities managers have been aware of the need for backup electric power generation equipment at their businesses as “insurance” against threats such as lost time and damage to equipment due to interruption of utility power. Backup generators, and the testing and maintenance associated with their operation, represent …

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Strategies for Maintaining Standby Generators Powered by Biodiesel

In a contemporary marketplace where a continuous source of electricity is less a convenience than a necessity, most businesses recognize the value of investing in an emergency generator set. Not only do these standby power systems allow companies to minimize costly instances of downtime by supplying electricity to critical loads …

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Driving Fuel Economy

It almost goes without saying that one of the greatest challenges facing a fleet manager today is dealing with the rising cost of fuel. Controlling fuel economy can be an elusive goal. Most of our fleets are already in place; aerodynamic design, tires, and engines are already installed to help …

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Conforming to FMCSA Regulations

Driver pre and post trip inspections are an indispensable aspect of preventive maintenance. Because drivers are “in a position to detect vehicle deficiencies and refer them to maintenance for repairs,” 1 they are instrumental in ensuring that their vehicles remain in safe operating condition. The implementation of routine pre and …

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Passive, Active, or Load Bank?

All diesel engines emit particulate matter (PM)—a mixture of solid carbon, hydrocarbons (partially burned fuel and lube oil), and sulfur oxides with small amounts of ash. These emissions are byproducts of processes such as incomplete combustion of fuel, high-pressure mixture component reactions, and engine oil/oil additive combustion that, while not …

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