Month: November 2021

Reliable Power Is Critical for Agriculture

Reliable Power Is Critical for Agriculture

Whether it is a farm, ranch, feedlot, or processing plant, reliable power is non-negotiable. Without a steady stream of electricity, animals suffer, production ceases, and inventory spoils. Therefore, investing in critical power for agriculture is crucial for your operations’ safety, stability, and profitability. At Central Power Systems and Services, we can help ensure your agricultural operations are protected from grid failures and Mother Nature’s fury.

Power Is All Important

Harsh winds and frosty temperatures can leave horse barns, poultry houses, hog sheds, and milking barns cold and idle. The longer the power is out, the greater the risk for livestock. We can help you calculate the required load for your fans, ventilation equipment, heating systems, lights, security systems, and more. These calculations are critical, and the stakes are no less than the viability of your business.

Investing in Critical Power for Agriculture Is an Investment in Your Future

Most agricultural operations are located in rural areas with minimal support of the power grid. When grid failures occur, it can take hours or even days, for the power to be restored. Investing in standby generators and mobile generator systems shields your business from losses that can mount while you wait.

One way to determine how much you should invest is to calculate how much you would lose if the power goes down. By considering this information with the frequency and duration of power outages in your area, you can determine the level of protection you should purchase to protect your bottom line.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Every agricultural operation is different. Some may find one large generator is capable of supplying the required power. Others may require a series of smaller generators to meet their needs. A centralized generator is usually the best option for operations involving just a few buildings within close proximity of one another. Conversely, a series of strategically positioned generators may be ideal for operations involving multiple buildings or work sites at a distance from one another. Our team can help you determine which is the best fit for you and help you determine the necessary infrastructure required to deliver the critical power for agriculture you require.

Support Is Essential

Raising livestock, harvesting grain, producing produce, irrigating fields, and other agricultural activities are 24/7/365 activities. In fact, there isn’t a farmer or rancher in the country who doesn’t wish they had more time to handle everything that’s already on their plate. At Central Power Systems and Services, we understand the demands of the ag industry and the pressures you are under. That is why we offer comprehensive support for the systems we offer. We can install your new generator and help you customize a planned maintenance schedule. We will perform maintenance tasks, provide emergency repairs, and more. We take care of your generators so that you can take care of running and growing your business.

Central Power Systems & Services Supports Ag

We understand the needs of agricultural producers and use this knowledge to identify the most efficient and effective power generation solutions for our clients. We help you leverage your existing assets to achieve superior protection should tornadoes, high winds, heavy snows, or other events take the power grid down. We invite you to contact Central Power Systems and Services at (816) 781-8070 to learn more about our support for agricultural producers in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.

Central Power Systems & Services Proudly Offers After Sales Support

Central Power Systems & Services Proudly Offers After Sales Support

Our construction equipment sales support at Central Power Systems & Services doesn’t end when you drive off our lot with your new excavator, grinder, loader, or skid steer in tow. We proudly offer comprehensive support and maintenance that helps ensure your equipment remains in good repair and operational condition, rather than sitting idle in a repair bay. When it comes to problems large and small, our technicians and support teams work hard to provide practical support that helps your business trim costs and stay on schedule.

Staying on Top of Planned Maintenance

Timing is everything, and we understand that your schedule is packed with projects throughout the year. However, finding the time to idle the vehicle for maintenance is always a challenge. It is even more challenging when the required maintenance takes longer than expected and causes delays to your schedule.

At Central Power Systems & Services, we work closely with you to schedule planned maintenance at the most convenient time and location. We have all the tools, equipment, and expertise required to service the vehicle and perform all manufacturer-recommended maintenance tasks. In addition, we will ensure your vehicle remains warranty compliant and that the required downtime doesn’t take a minute longer than necessary.

Prompt and Reliable Emergency Repairs

Our construction equipment sales team doesn’t want to see vehicles we have sold sitting idle any more than you do. Unfortunately, even with strict adherence to planned maintenance, accidents happen, components fail, and unexpected operational conditions can cause equipment to break down.

When your construction vehicles break down, we are ready to help. Our emergency repair technicians can be dispatched to the vehicle quickly and with all the required tools, equipment, and replacement components. Our guaranteed responsiveness coupled with the superior expertise of our technicians will return your vehicle to service as quickly as possible.

We Can Update & Refurbish Your Construction Fleet

Our construction equipment sales department is always on the lookout for new technologies that will enhance and improve the operation of the vehicles we offer. From advanced engine designs to the inclusion of AI and construction wearables, we are well aware of the ways technology is transforming the way we build everything from highways to office buildings. As a result, we can help incorporate technological advances and more into your existing equipment so that you have a modern, up-to-date fleet at your disposal.

Most importantly, your vehicles will take a beating on the construction site. So when mechanical, electrical, fuel, hydraulic, brake, and other critical systems wear out and begin to fail, it is our pleasure to replace these systems and refurbish your equipment. Further, we have built a dedicated manufacturing facility capable of producing custom components suited for the work you’re doing and the operational conditions you’re up against. Indeed, our engineering and fabrication teams have a keen eye for improvement strategies that can produce the superior performance, reliability, and efficiency you desire.

Central Power Systems & Services Is Here To Serve

Our construction equipment sales team will provide you with all the information you need to maintain, repair, and upgrade your vehicles. When issues arise, or your needs evolve, we are proud to offer continued, long-term support for all of our clients. We invite you to contact Central Power Systems & Services at (816) 781-8070 to learn more about our company and how we can help your business achieve your goals.

Important Safety Considerations You Need To Know To Protect Your Drivers

Important Safety Considerations You Need To Know To Protect Your Drivers

Are your fleet vehicle drivers ready to hit the road? It’s an important question that every fleet vehicle manager needs to ask before sending drivers on runs. Answering it can mean the difference between a safe trip or an accident report. At Central Power Systems & Services, we know that the following safety considerations are crucial for keeping your drivers safe and your vehicles out of harm’s way.

Are Your Drivers Properly Trained and Up-To-Date?

If you are like many fleet vehicle operators, you have a mix of drivers. Some have decades of experience, while others are fresh out of school, eager to use their newly minted CDL’s. Regardless of experience level, make sure to regularly test your driver’s knowledge and invest in continued education. Reinforcing their existing knowledge, filling in gaps, updating their knowledge with regulatory changes, etc., will help ensure that your drivers are ready to go. The more they know, the less risk of hefty fines, traffic tickets, and repair bills weighing down your bottom line.

Are You Leveraging Your Personnel?

You are missing a golden opportunity if you are not pairing your new drivers with your experienced drivers. Experienced drivers are a wealth of practical information that new drivers can use to improve their performance and ability to transport loads safely. In addition, as peers, these drivers can mentor new drivers. In the process, you will boost their confidence and enhance their ability to find solutions to everything from route changes to maintenance issues.

Are Your Vehicles Properly Outfitted?

Confirm your vehicles are equipped with all the safety equipment drivers may need when they are out on the road. This includes emergency roadside kits, First Aid kits, chains, lights, radios, GPS, extra fluids, tools, and other safety gear they may need to get out of a jam. In addition, make sure your vehicles are equipped for the conditions along the route, especially if any part of the route traverses mountain roads, desert highways, or other areas where problems mean help could be hours away.

Are Your Vehicles Properly Maintained?

If your fleet is behind on maintenance, this is a problem you want to address immediately. Bald tires, tired engines, worn-out transmissions, and leaky brake lines can easily leave a vehicle stranded on the side of the road. Performing a thorough audit of your fleet’s condition can help you identify critical issues in your maintenance regimen. The data you gather can be used to identify deficiencies in your maintenance regimen and allow you to streamline maintenance processes. It may also shed light on how your drivers are driving your vehicles, allowing you to update training procedures and operational protocols to protect your fleet from further problems.

Are Your Routes/Clients Changing?

If your business isn’t evolving, it’s standing still. The past couple of years have seen an incredible increase in demand for commercial transportation services. This demand shows no sign of easing as 2021 rolls into the rearview mirror. It’s likely your fleet has shifted operations, most probably picking up new routes and clients along the way. Making sure your drivers know how to transport the new cargo, drive the new routes, and handle any new vehicles you’ve purchased is essential for the future of your business.

When you are searching for ways to enhance the safety of your fleet, contact Central Power Systems & Services at (816) 781-8070. We are pleased to tell you what works, what doesn’t, and what’s worth considering as your fleet evolves to handle the ever-changing conditions your drivers face every time they get behind the wheel.

Power Generation Needs for Data Centers

Power Generation Needs for Data Centers

Data centers consume vast quantities of electricity. When the power grid goes down, your standby generators must have the capacity your systems need to keep your facility operational. If they don’t, your clients will be left in the dark without access to the critical information that keeps their businesses operational.

How Much Power Do Data Centers Consume?

Some of the largest data centers in the world can consume more than 100 megawatts of power per year. In all, it is estimated by the Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability, that all the data centers in the world combine somewhere between 196 to 400 terawatt-hours, a figure that represents roughly 2% of all electricity consumed globally. Acording to the United States Data Center Energy Usage Report, it is estimated that cooling and power provision systems make up around 43% of the power used in a data center. This is equally matched with the servers that also use about 43%. Storage drives account for about 11% of energy usage, and the network makes up the final 3%.

How Much Power Do Standby Generators Produce?

Standby generators come in all sizes ranging from 5kW to 500kW or more. Naturally, you will want to select systems that have sufficient capacity for your center. To help ensure that you are not caught short, it is best to estimate the required size based on your highest demand.

If you have a large data center, you may require 7000kW or more. If that is the case, then you will need to select modular systems that can be paralleled to generate sufficient wattage on a single bus.

Preparing for the Future

Looking at past needs won’t help your business plan for tomorrow. Rather, your business needs to look toward the future to prepare for the rapidly evolving needs of tomorrow. Businesses are rapidly shifting toward a future where remote work is the norm. AI is expanding, 5G is spreading, and cloud computing is becoming increasingly common. All of this means that the forecasts of the past bear little relevance to the realities of tomorrow.

In addition to purchasing standby generators that can be paralleled to generate the energy you need, you may find it more economical to invest in microgrid technology. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this can cost anywhere from $2 to $4 million/MW, depending on location and the required infrastructure. However, the returns on this investment are invaluable. After all, a properly installed and maintained microgrid will help ensure your data center never runs out of the power you need to keep the servers operational. This translates to greater versatility and reliability, which is guaranteed to boost your reputation and attract new clients eager to secure reliable data center services.

Do you have questions about the best systems to keep your data center operational? Contact Central Power Systems & Services at (816) 781-8070, and we will be happy to give you the answers you need to make the best decision for your business.

Types of Gas for Your Rental Construction Vehicle

Types of Gas for Your Rental Construction Vehicle

When you have a job to do, the last thing you want to find out is that you don’t have the right fuel for the job. However, because construction vehicles can require a wide range of fuels and fluids, it’s important to thoroughly assess these as part of your construction plans. You will also want to consider required storage capacity, delivery options, regulatory requirements, and other factors associated with purchasing, handling, and storing your fuel supplies.

Diesel Is King

In the realm of construction vehicles, diesel has long been the king of the construction site. When buying wholesale diesel, start by finding a reputable supplier near the construction site. Confirm they can deliver the capacity and diesel fuel quality you require. If it doesn’t pass the test for density, flash point, distillation, and other quality standards, take a hard pass and move on to the next supplier. It is also imperative to confirm they have multiple fuel sources and that the quality of their fuel is sufficient for your needs.

Give the Gas

Whenever possible, you will want to find a diesel supplier that can also supply the gasoline your trucks and smaller vehicles require. Rather than filling up at the nearest pump, purchasing gasoline at wholesale prices can help trim the cost of the project. As with diesel, you will need to secure the appropriate storage tanks and implement rigid safety protocols to protect your fuel supply from leaks, fire, and theft.

Be Wary of BioDiesel

More than a few companies in the United States have a keen eye on the future, and many have adopted eco-friendly practices to reduce their environmental footprint. However, when it comes to construction, the decision to use BioDiesel blends can be more of a headache than it’s worth. While CAT and many others have designed engines that can run blends of 20-30%, many of these systems deliver inferior performance when compared to running straight diesel.

The variation in fuel quality, unreliability at low temperatures, and caustic composition of many BioDiesel blends can harm engines, making it inadvisable to use BioDiesel for construction rental equipment. Not only could you suffer diminished performance and miss deadlines, but you could also end up damaging the equipment and spend even more money on costly repairs.

Storage Capacity Is Critical

Excavators, trenchers, backhoes, bulldozers, graders, scrapers, etc., guzzle diesel seemingly as fast as you can pour it in the tank. While each make and model is different, you can generally expect the following fuel consumption:

  • Bulldozers – 3.5 to 6.5 gallons per hour
  • Backhoes – 1.5 to 2.5 gallons per hour
  • Small Trencher – 1 gallon per hour
  • Large Trencher – 9 to 12 gallons per hour
  • Grader – 10 to 12 gallons per hour
  • Scraper – 17 to 19 gallons per hour
  • Excavator – 10 to 14 gallons per hour

With that in mind:

  • You will need to plan sufficient fuel storage for the vehicles you intend to use.
  • You will want to make sure that you have the appropriate tanks.
  • You will need to adhere to all EPA regulations regarding fuel storage.
  • You will need to ensure that your fuel delivery schedule aligns with your construction schedule so that your tanks don’t run dry.
  • You will need to invest in security to ensure your fuel storage tanks don’t become golden opportunities for fuel thieves.

We are happy to answer your questions about the best ways to fuel up your construction vehicles and keep their tanks full. We encourage you to contact Central Power Systems & Services at (816) 781-8070 to speak with our team and discover the best practices we recommend.

The Benefits of a Custom Built Generator

The Benefits of a Custom Built Generator

It’s possible to find a good fit any time you buy something off the shelf. Whether it’s clothes or a power generator, you can find something that will address your basic needs, and with a bit of modification, can perform as required. But, when you want perfection and a system custom engineered and built for your specific needs, opting for a bespoke generator is the only option we recommend. At Central Power Systems & Services, our team can help you zero in on your needs and deliver your wants with a custom-designed generator that will produce optimal performance and exceptional results.

The Advantages of Custom Built Power Generation Systems

Custom-built systems are built to your specifications and utilize components ideally suited for your operational environment. This includes engines and alternator configurations, as well as canopies and other critical elements. Ultimately, this creates a solid foundation that will provide reliable performance in desert conditions, woodlands, construction sites, off-shore, etc.

Custom power generation equipment also features custom power management solutions, including switchboards, generator control systems, ATS, and control panels. These can be custom-built to facilitate ease of access, remote monitoring and control, and more. This gives you total control over power capacity and operation. Plus, it makes it easier for you to monitor and maintain your system throughout its serviceable lifespan.

Naturally, when you build a generator from the ground up, you also get to select which type of fuel and fuel delivery system you want to utilize. Here again, our PowerForce team can customize your generator to operate on the fuel best suited for the region, operational environment, and application. To that end, we can also help you select the ideal fuel storage solution that will ensure your generator has sufficient fuel supplies for your typical needs.

Finally, we also help our clients take into account environmental regulations, potential threats, and other factors related to regulatory requirements, including emissions, noise, etc. We will make sure your system is not only Tier 4 compliant but that it is also upgradeable should new environmental regulations come into play down the road.

Quality Controls You Can Count Upon

Whether we are using components from the shelf or building them from scratch, our clients can rest assured that we only use high-quality components. Our rigid testing and inspection processes ensure that the finished generator system won’t falter and fail because substandard components were used in the construction.

Each custom-built generator we manufacture is thoroughly tested at various stages of production. Multiple eyes and tests confirm that the finished product performs as designed and will deliver your required reliable performance. If any component is found to be deficient, we will replace it, retest the system, and confirm that any issues are resolved before we continue the manufacturing process.

Central Power Systems & Services Provides Cost-Effective Solutions

Our custom built generators take into account high power demands, usage requirements, and more. The result is a cost-effective solution tailored to your needs and designed to help you achieve your goals. We proudly offer training, reliable warranties, dependable generator maintenance and repair service, and long-term technical support for the customized power generation systems we manufacture.

Are you in the market for a custom-built generator? Contact Central Power Systems & Services at (816) 781-8070 to speak with our PowerForce team of engineers and to start the process of designing a bespoke generator for your business. We are happy to make initial recommendations and provide an estimated timeline for the production and delivery of your system.

Fleet Maintenance Tips for Longer Fleet Life

Fleet Maintenance Tips for Longer Fleet Life

Your fleet vehicles are an expensive investment. Every moment your vehicles are in the shop or on the side of the road is a moment you’re not generating revenue. Staying on top of fleet maintenance is the key to keeping your vehicles on the road and out of the repair bay. Keeping up with maintenance doesn’t have to be a chore you dread, and the following tips are well worth implementing, as they will keep your vehicles rolling in the right direction.

Invest in Preventative Maintenance

Oil changes, tire rotations, tire inspections, engine tune-ups, and brake replacements are not cheap. Multiply them across an entire fleet, and the cost can seem overwhelming. It’s understandable to be leery of these expenses. If you don’t want to spend the money, add up the potential cost of losing insurance coverage, paying regulatory fines, lost business, and potential lawsuits. You’ll see that investing in preventative maintenance is both penny wise and pound smart.

Outfit Your Vehicles Properly

Are your vehicles equipped with the proper tires, coolant, oil, lights, and safety equipment required for their operational conditions? Make sure your fleet vehicles are properly outfitted for the climate, geography, and load handling they perform. This will reduce wear and tear and reduce the possibility of unexpected breakdowns.

Train Your Drivers

No driver should ever head down the road until they have a thorough understanding of their fleet vehicle. Not only should drivers know your company policies inside and out, they should also know how to recognize signs of trouble with their vehicle and demonstrate proficiency in performing basic maintenance tasks.

Inspect Each Vehicle After Every Trip

Whether it’s 50 miles across the county or 1000 miles across the country, you should thoroughly inspect each vehicle after every trip. Record any damage to the vehicle and address any performance issues the driver noted during the journey. Often, small problems, such as a wobbly wheel, loss of engine power, non-responsive electronics, etc., are harbingers of larger problems brewing up.

Know Your Fleet

If you have the same vehicles in your fleet, you are going to have the same types of problems. The closer you track problems with tires, engines, transmissions, etc., the easier it is to prepare your mechanics with the tools and replacement parts they need to keep the fleet operational.

Streamline Roles and Procedures

Make sure you have the right people in the right roles to manage fleet maintenance. At a minimum, you should have a fleet maintenance inspector whose sole job is to oversee the readiness of your fleet and review the data within your fleet management system. Moreover, you will also want to streamline the processes and paperwork required for drivers to submit deficiency summaries and maintenance requests through the fleet management system. Again, the easier it is, the faster critical maintenance issues can be addressed.

Divest Your Fleet of Duds

Some vehicles are not worth the effort to maintain. When your older or high mileage vehicles reach the end of the road, don’t hesitate to remove them from the rotation. When the cost of ownership exceeds the revenue the vehicle is generating; it’s time to send it to the auction house.

Our emergency roadside teams are always standing by, waiting for your call. It’s a call we never want to receive, but we know that every fleet vehicle operator will need to pick up the phone at some point. When that day comes, contact Central Power Systems & Services at (816) 781-8070, and we will dispatch our nearest roadside assistance truck to your stranded vehicle.

Weighing Different UPS Options

Weighing Different UPS Options

Modern life depends on reliable power. It is that simple, but it is not always that reliable. With grid failures becoming increasingly common, your business needs a dependable Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to provide the emergency power required to keep your computers, lights, etc., operational until the standby generator kicks on or the power is restored. There are many types of UPS options available, and it is vital to select the one that best fits your needs. Taking the time to understand the capabilities and operation of each will help ensure you select the ideal solution.
Static UPS
Static UPS systems use a battery and are designed to deliver instantaneous power. This gives you considerable protection against power sags, surges, variations in frequency, harmonics, and more. Static UPS systems are ideal for high-security facilities, small data centers, and offices.
Dynamic UPS
Dynamic UPS systems typically replace the battery with a kinetic energy storage system that relies on an electric generator to transform electrical energy into mechanical operation. These systems are ideal for hospitals, data centers, manufacturing facilities, and locations where fluctuations in power quality or sudden loss of power can be catastrophic.
Hybrid UPS
Hybrid systems combine batteries with an alternative power source, i.e., solar panels or battery storage. Paired with an inverter, these systems will charge batteries from the grid and discharge power when load leveling is required. Hybrid systems are ideal for use when the goal is to use stored off-peak power during peak periods.
Diesel Rotary UPS
Also known as DRUPS systems, these use a diesel-fueled electrical generator to power your system for as long as your fuel supply lasts. Ideal for situations where power disruptions can be lengthy, DRUPS systems store kinetic energy within a flywheel to drive the electrical generator.

Sizing Up Your UPS Options

One of the first things you will have to consider is the proper size of the system for the load. This will help narrow your search down to the systems that have the capacity your operations require. When sizing your needs, consider all the equipment you will want to protect with your UPS.

You will want to calculate both the amps and volts required for each device and multiply these two numbers to arrive at the VoltAmps (VA) required. Then, multiply the VA with the total number of devices, and then add both this number and the VA together, and you will arrive at the most accurate load calculation. Finally, it is advisable to multiply this number by 1.2 to give yourself a little wiggle room as your business grows and your need for additional power rises.

Consider the Threats To Your Operations

When considering a UPS for your business, you want to select a system that is rated to address the specific threats to your equipment, computers, machines, etc. Thus, you will want to thoroughly investigate surges, blackouts, brownouts, voltage sags, over-voltage, frequency noise, frequency variation, harmonic distortion, etc. While your UPS should provide protection against all of these, some systems are better suited for specific problems than others. Thus, it is worth taking the time to investigate the capabilities of the UPS option.

Are you searching for the best UPS for your business? Contact Central Power Systems & Services at (816) 781-8070, and we will be happy to assist you. Our experts can help you understand the features and functions of different UPS options and help you identify the best make and model for your operations.

Central Power Systems & Services
Since 1954, Central Power Systems & Services has been providing partners with the highest level of support. No matter the situation, we have solutions for Power Generation, Power Distribution, Industrial Engines, Construction and Agricultural Equipment, Custom Manufactured Projects and On-Highway Transportation Service.
Central Power Systems & Services
Since 1954, Central Power Systems & Services has been providing partners with the highest level of support. No matter the situation, we have solutions for Power Generation, Power Distribution, Industrial Engines, Construction and Agricultural Equipment, Custom Manufactured Projects and On-Highway Transportation Service.
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