Getting the Most From Tier 4 Regulations
Tier 4 regulations have significantly transformed the way we generate and utilize power. Designed to curb emissions and reduce fuel consumption, these regulations impacted every industry in the country. Of course, achieving best results requires more than the adoption of Tier 4 compliant machinery; it requires adhering to a strict maintenance regimen that will keep your equipment operating at optimum performance. Toward that goal, the following are steps we recommend to all of our clients to help ensure efficient operation.
Exercise the Generator
It is crucial to operate your generator for at least 30 minutes each month. This should be conducted at a load that is no less than 33% of the rating for the generator. This will help keep the generator in prime condition so that it will deliver the power you need and remain compliant with Tier 4 regulations.
Change the Oil & Lubricate the Engine
In addition to regular inspections, you should plan to change the oil and oil filter in your industrial power generator after 500 hours of operation. You may need to increase this frequency depending on the quality of the oil and the environment the generator operates within. It is vital to use the appropriate oil,as most engines generate between 100 – 150 psi. In most cases, you will need to use 15W-40 to achieve best results. It is also imperative to ensure that the generator is not under/overfilled.
Clean the System
Storage tanks and any equipment used to transport diesel fuel must be cleaned and kept free of debris. Similarly, all fuel filters should be regularly changed. If you intend to store fuel for longer than six months, then you will want to treat it with fuel stabilizers and biocides. Failing to protect the fuel supply can diminish power output and may cause damage to your diesel generator.
Check the Coolant System
Most industrial power generators require maintaining a proper balance between water, antifreeze, and coolant additives. When inspecting your coolant system, look closely for leaks, rust, obstructions, and signs of damage.
Replace the Batteries
Your batteries should be able to maintain a full charge. If they cannot do this, then you may have problems with start up and operation that can damage the generator. It is not enough to test output voltage; you should test the battery under load. Depending on your generator, this may occur automatically when the generator starts, or it may require you to manually apply a battery load tester. You should regularly clean and test your batteries and replace them at the first sign of diminished capacity.
Contact Gen-Tech Power Generation Specialists at (800) 625-8324 for more information about our maintenance services. We are happy to answer your questions about compliance with Tier 4 regulations and help you identify methods of enhancing the performance of your power generation systems.