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11/30/2015 |
Advanced Controllers Boost Generator Performance and Extend Equipment Life

Generator controllers (also called control units) have been around for so long that many operators take them for granted. One of the first control units was developed in the 1950s by electrical engineering firm Simplex, but these devices have improved dramatically since that time. Even the simplest of modern controllers have LED indicators for engine alarm conditions and diagnostics, and many include programmable inputs and outputs as well as remote-start capabilities.

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11/16/2015 |
A Better Solution for Light Towers: A Selection Guide

Historically, equipment operators and the rental companies that serve them have had two options for portable lighting towers-expensive metal halide lamps or cheap, easily breakable halogen lamps. Neither is optimal as a lighting source for several reasons, not the least of which is their energy consumption. Today, a third option has become available-LED lamps.

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11/12/2015 |
Farming Operations: Considerations for Backup Generators

Backup generators, also known as standby generators, can literally make the difference between profit and disaster for a farm or ranch. Especially for animal operations, where continuity of power is essential to keep chickens warm or cool, ensuring milking machines stay functional for cows, and for other operations that are vital to life and profits, standby power solutions must be reliable.

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08/31/2015 |
Rental Companies: Sizing Generators for Customer Needs

Sizing a generator is difficult enough for a company that is making a purchase. For rental operators trying to predict customer requirements, it can be confusing and complicated. Rather than focusing on all the options and narrowing it down to a few final selections, we recommend building a few customer profiles based on their operating requirements and then selecting the generators that work best for the greatest number of firms.

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08/25/2015 |
Selecting Power Distribution Equipment for Your Rental Line

The variety of electrical power distribution equipment and the number of tasks these units facilitate has grown considerably in recent years. Portable power systems in particular have become important electrical components in everything from construction to special events planning. Organizations have realized they can deploy one generator that meets their cumulative load needs and maximize use of its available electricity through power distribution.

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08/05/2015 |
Standby Generator Selection and Operation for Hospitals

As most hospital administrators recognize, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and other regulatory groups impose very strict requirements upon hospitals regarding operation of an emergency backup generator. Any facility that must meet life-safety requirements, and especially those that must power life-support systems, face the most stringent requirements possible.

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06/25/2015 |
Generators for Municipalities: Standby Power, and More

With grid outages mounting and the chances of cyberattacks increasing, standby power systems are becoming more important than ever for municipalities. Already mandated in many areas for such mission-critical functions as water and sewer facilities, power has taken on a vital role for departments-from public works to information technology-that might not previously have considered themselves essential.

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06/09/2015 |
Should Rental Firms Offer Parallel Generator Systems?

Parallel generator systems, also called parallel configurations, are power generation solutions where more than one generator is connected via a central controller module that manages the generators to optimize power delivery and fuel economy. The controller monitors load requirements and dynamically adjusts the load on each generator to accomplish the most efficient load sharing. It can shut down and then restart one or more of the generators to most efficiently meet fluctuating load demands.

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05/18/2015 |
Critical Infrastructure and Power - Water Isn't Optional

For most businesses and consumers, water is something we don't give a second thought. We turn on the tap, and out it comes. We run the dishwasher, and away it flows. Periodic “boil water” alerts and sewer backups happen, but they are generally limited in size and scope.

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04/20/2015 |
Portable Power Distribution Equipment Basics

Power distribution units (PDUs), specially designed equipment used to transfer and distribute power from a generator or other power supply to other electrical devices, have become increasingly valuable in the past decade. These portable power systems afford companies maximum flexibility in the use of their power source, enabling firms to transfer power across greater distances and bring it to a wide array of equipment (with the help of appropriate cables).

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03/31/2015 |
The North American Rental Generator Market Is on Fire, New Study Reports

Earlier this month, Verify Markets released its North American Power Generation Rental market research report. In the report, the firm announced an impressive finding: the North American (United States and Canada) power rental market is the fastest growing niche segment of the equipment rental industry, today.

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03/26/2015 |
Standby Generators: Are They Becoming a Priority Item?

Although standby generators for data centers, hospitals and other locations where power is mission critical have long been mandated by regulations (or by customers), they have traditionally been less common for other commercial and industrial applications. With continuing outbreak of severe weather disruptions, especially in the northeast U.S., that appears to be changing.

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02/23/2015 |
Considerations for Rental Power Distribution Units

In the rental industry, portable power distribution (PPD) equipment serves a wide range of industrial and commercial applications. These range from electrical power generation for industrial plant shutdowns/maintenance, oilfield sites or military operations to power distribution products for outdoor events, movie sets and other entertainment settings.

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02/12/2015 |
New Survey Reveals Oil and Gas Is a Rapidly Growing Market for Power Generation

The EGSA (Electrical Generating Systems Association), the world's largest organization exclusively dedicated to On-Site Power Generation, has released a report on its 2014 Power Generation Market Pulse Survey. Perusing it, we were pleased to note their results are closely aligned with our own priorities here at HIPOWER SYSTEMS.

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01/27/2015 |
Granview Research Releases Impressive Update on the Power Rental Systems Market

Here at HIPOWER SYSTEMS, we're always looking for informative news to pique your curiosity. This week, we are sharing an interesting forecast, from Granview Research, about the future of the power rental systems market.

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01/22/2015 |
As Oil Prices Continue to Deteriorate, Strategic Efficiency Moves Can Help Save

It's hard for anyone in the general public--let alone the oil and gas industry--to ignore the news about falling oil prices. Between the explosion of development in the U.S. and the availability of more efficient extraction technologies, oil production is up considerably on a global scale. Even though consumption is also rising in many countries, it cannot keep up with supply.

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12/17/2014 |
What's the Big Deal About Fuel Polishing and Do You Need to be Doing It?

Depending on the industry, many generator owners or operators may have come across the term "fuel polishing," a.k.a. "fuel scrubbing," and wondered what this process is and does. Is it for natural gas or diesel fuel? Is it something operators need to worry about? What is involved with it? There are two types of fuel cleaning--one relates to natural gas; the other to diesel fuel. One enables poor quality fuel to be burned in natural gas generators; the other promotes engine life and performance.

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12/08/2014 |
Pad Drilling Comes of Age

Horizontal drilling, where oilfield operators drill through the earth, under the surface, to reach new sources of oil rather than drilling vertically, has expanded significantly after an economics-based drop in 2009. One type of drilling--pad drilling--is particularly suited to this type of operation, for both economic and environmental reasons.

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11/13/2014 |
Natural Gas and Diesel Generator Markets to Experience Robust Growth

Earlier this year, Pike Research debuted a report that indicated the market for natural gas generators was going to increase substantially between now and 2018--to as much as $10 billion. “Until recently, the natural gas genset market has experienced steady growth, but a boom in unconventional gas resources and tightening regulations limiting stationary generator emissions point to accelerating growth over the next decade,” said Pike Research Senior Research Analyst Mackinnon Lawrence.

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10/28/2014 |
Winter is Here: Are Your Generators Ready?

Last year's ultra-cold winter caught property owners, businesses and industrial concerns by surprise. Now, weather experts are predicting another equally cold winter. Any property owner or commercial/industrial operation that relies upon generators--whether natural gas generators or diesel generators for prime power or backup power--should prepare for winter conditions now, if they haven't already.

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10/23/2014 |
Conventions Draw Benefits from More Effective, Flexible Power Distribution

With North American economies continuing their measured rebounds, the events industry is seeing increased activity and revenue. Per the 2014 forecasts from both Carlson Wagonlit Travel and American Express Meetings & Events, costs for rooms, event space and food and beverage are all expected to continue trending upward. We have seen evidence of this trend at HIPOWER SYSTEMS, with an uptick in interest from customers in our portable power distribution products.

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09/17/2014 |
The Importance of Equipment and Systems Training

Whether you are a power equipment distributor, reseller or end customer, there are few aspects of your acquisitions that are more important than proper training. HIPOWER SYSTEMS, in conjunction with key component partners, develops extensive training programs designed to ensure that every purchaser of HIPOWER SYSTEMS generators--whether for primary use or resale--has access to the knowledge it needs about the functions, features and use/service/maintenance considerations of our generators.

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07/29/2014 |
Don't Miss Out on 2014's TPEM (Tier 4 FLEX) Credits

Thanks to a program from the Environmental Protection Agency, purchasing a new generator under the NESHAP (national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants) guidelines isn't as burdensome as it might appear. Although the most stringent emissions rule, Tier 4 Final, is now implemented, a program designed to give generator manufacturers some relief is benefiting their customers, as well.

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07/11/2014 |
The Real Deal About Natural Gas

It's no secret that natural gas is being promoted by the industry as a “clean” alternative to other fossil fuels, or that it is catching on as a replacement for them. A more pressing question for our customers is, “What does that mean for power-generation equipment?” We also field questions on how much cleaner natural gas can be that other fossil fuels such as diesel, and whether or not these statistics make a natural gas generator a clear choice over a diesel one.

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07/03/2014 |
Criteria for Choosing Power Distribution Equipment

At HIPOWER SYSTEMS, we make power distribution units that run the gamut from 50A portable boxes all the way up to 1200A free-standing panels. The trick to getting the right solution is knowing what you need.

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06/30/2014 |
Why Should You Purchase Power Distribution Equipment?

When companies pair their generators with power distribution equipment (or purchase a generator with a power distribution panel already built in), they gain a lot more flexibility from the electricity that the generator supplies. They also save on energy costs, which is both financially and environmentally beneficial.

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06/20/2014 |
Selecting a Rental Generator: Consider More than Power Rating and Load

Whether a firm is seeking to rent a prime power generator for a special project or to reserve backup generators in advance of a storm season, it's important to examine their specific needs closely before choosing a rental model.

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06/20/2014 |
What's the Big Deal about Bi-Fuel?

Bi-fuel technology-which enables diesel generators to burn both diesel and natural gas-may be the biggest development you are not using yet. This thoroughly tested, simple piece of technology enables generator operators to save up to 50% on overall fuel costs. For the oil and gas (O&G) industry in particular, it has the potential to help operators reduce the amount of noxious emissions caused by the flaring of by-product gas from well heads-while saving even more on fuel costs.

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05/30/2014 |
El Nino Could Bring Severe Weather This Year Across North America

Summer Storm Season Is Here: Is Your Organization Prepared?

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