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Service Maintenance Options Can Lower Costs

Hawthorne Power Systems is dedicated to making sure your generator sets run at maximum efficiency. Hawthorne Power Systems offers maintenance and repair service, management solutions, an extensive parts inventory, skilled service technicians, and the #1 support network in the industry. In addition, there are other service maintenance options for achieving lower costs of ownership and operation.  

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A Remote Cooling System Gives Your Genset the Airflow it Needs

Cat® gas and diesel generator sets require proper ventilation to maintain the optimum temperature needed to operate efficiently. Caterpillar's Paul Pawelski explains the importance of having proper airflow for your standby power in his blog, "Let Your Generator Set Breathe with a Remote Cooling System."  Standby generator sets must have constant airflow to prevent overheating. "Unless there is constant airflow through the room, the temperature will keep getting hotter.

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Routine Electrical Maintenance Can Help Avoid Hazards

Electrical systems can be extremely dangerous if they are not properly maintained and regularly checked. Components such as automatic transfer switches, circuit breakers, switchgear and UPS batteries are often overlooked during routine electrical maintenance checks and can cause power failure and injury. 

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New Cat 3516C-HD and C32 Generator Sets

Caterpillar has expanded the generator set product line to include the Cat® 3516C-HD and Cat C32 diesel generator sets. The new generators are equipped with the powerful Cat SR5 generator that is designed to minimize fuel consumption, reduce oil consumption and extend the time between overhauls.

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Reduce Start Time for Your Emergency Power Supply

A quick start-up of your emergency power supply is crucial during a power failure. The National Fire Protection Agency requires your backup power supply to start up in 10 seconds or less for life-safety systems. Managers should conduct a regular system-level start time analysis to reduce start-up time. Caterpillar’s Amy Poparad offers additional tips for maintaining your backup power supply in her blog, “Reduce Start Time for Your Emergency Power Supply.”

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West Coast Tomato Growers | Hawthorne Cat Customer Spotlight

West Coast Tomato Growers (WCTG) relies on Hawthorne Rentals to provide three Cat generator sets during tomato season. According to the RunReady Magazine article, Vine Ripe, the rental generators ensure WCTG has enough backup power to run a smooth operation for packing and refrigerating 50 truckloads of tomatoes daily. 

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Caterpillar Introduces Web Version of SpecSizer

SpecSizer software enables consultants, contractors, installers, and end-users to select the appropriate generator set for their next job. The software makes specific recommendations based on site parameters, load characteristics, and required performance. 

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Generator Set Ratings | What You Need to Know

Choosing the right generator set can be a confusing and a time consuming process. Generator set ratings have been implemented to help simplify the process. The ratings meet various run-time and power criteria based on the generator set's application.

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