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Rental Generator Sets Provide the Power You Need

Hawthorne Power Systems offers a great selection of Caterpillar diesel powered mobile generators ranging from 3.5 kW to 2000 kW. Rental generator sets are available on trailers for easy transportation and quick dispatch and installation. Each generator includes an on-board fuel tank that can be equipped with paralleling capability, auto start/stop controls, and dual voltage.

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Is Natural Gas a Better Option for Standby Power?

Matt Owen, Lead Engineer for Caterpillar's Gas Application Team, offers insight into using a natural gas generator for your backup power in his recent blog, "Natural Gas: A Better Option for Your Standby Power?"

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Sharp Health Care | Hawthorne Cat Customer Spotlight

Sharp Health Care, San Diego's largest health care provider, depends on Caterpillar to ensure its facilities have reliable power 100% of the time. Sharp's Metropolitan Medical Campus has four Cat 3512 standby power generator sets. Additionally, the Chula Vista location has two standby power generator sets as well.

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Unscheduled Power Outages | Electrical System Maintenance

Don't let an unscheduled power outage happen to you. In the Caterpillar blog "Preventing Unscheduled Power Outages: Electrical System Maintenance" by Grant Kuch, he recommends performing routine maintenance checks on your electrical components is just as important as maintaining your mechanical equipment. Electrical components, like circuit breakers are often overlooked.  A circuit breaker is much can become stiff and unstable if it goes too long without being checked. Some power outages can be prevented by implementing standard equipment testing and scheduling routine preventative maintenance. 

Read the Caterpillar blog for more information. Contact a Hawthorne Power Systems representative to schedule your preventative maintenance.

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Video | UCSD Jacobs Medical Center Installs 4 Cat Gen Sets

The Jacobs Medical Center recently installed four Caterpillar 3516 CHD standby generator sets. The generators had to be installed before construction could begin on the structure around them. The four generators were installed in just under an hour. The diesel fire generators will provide emergency power for the hospital in the event of a power loss.

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Is Your Generator Set Sized Accurately?

Generator sets need to be accurately sized for their intended jobs. Improperly sizing your generator set can be harmful to the engine. A generator set that is too small for the task can result in power failure. Purchasing more storage and additional generator sets can be expensive. A generator set that is is too large or lightly loaded can lead to wet stacking which causes the excess fuel to pass through the engine's exhaust system. Using accurate generator set sizing software can ensure your genset can handle the task.

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When a Switchgear Retrofit Makes Sense

A switchgear retrofit can help improve your facility's performance and power system. Electrical systems can quickly become outdated and obsolete over time. A switchgear retrofit can include a software update, hardware retrofit, or a complete overhaul of your electrical power system. Hawthorne Cat technicians can retrofit Cat and non-Cat branded paralleling switchgear to improve overall performance.

Unsure if you are in the market for a switchgear retrofit? It's time for a retrofit if you meet any of these requirements:

• Outdated switchgear
• Decreased system performance
• Sequence of operations not working as designed
• Changes to site configurations

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Kyocera | Hawthorne Cat Customer Spotlight

In September 2011, San Diego was hit by a widespread blackout that left most of Southern California without power for hours. Kyocera America, Inc. a mobile device electronics company, experienced first-hand how a massive power outage can affect a mission critical business. According to the article, "Black Start" in RunReady Magazine, a power failure can be extremely detrimental if the furnaces lose power, forcing them to cool off and shut down.

Throughout the power outage, Hawthorne Power Systems was on call and ready to help Kyocera. Hawthorne quickly provided them with a rental generator to keep power flowing and saved Kyocera from what could have been a costly disaster.

As a result of the power outage, Kyocera replaced their outdated gas generators with a new cogeneration plant. They installed two new Cat gas generators as well as a Cat 3512B diesel generator to ensure long-term standby power and improve overall operating efficiency.

Read the full article.

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