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  • Prior to contracting with Electro-Motion, we did our own maintenance, which was very little due to lack of qualified staff and budget concerns. We have four diesel units at our various high schools and none were in great operating condition. Electro-Motion came in and provided us with professional services and brought our generators up to full operational capability. We are also considered emergency shelters due to unforseen natural disasters; and we need our generators to support this type of operation.

    John Schultz
    Director of Operations/Maintenance/Health-Safety & Transportation
    Jefferson Union High School District

    Automatic Transfer Switch Maintenance: Why Do I Need It?

    May 2, 2016

    Your Automatic Transfer Switch is 50% of your emergency backup power system. Obviously, if your generator set doesn't perform, you won't have emergency power. Likewise, if your Automatic Transfer Switch doesn't perform -- guess what? -- you won't have emergency power either. Both are critical, and both should be maintained as intensively as possible. In fact, all Automatic Transfer Switch makers (Zenith, Asco, Russelectric, Westinghouse, Onan, Kohler, etc.) recommend periodic testing and an annual maintenance on their transfer switches.

    As National Fire Protection Association 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems (NFPA 110) states, "Lack of periodic testing, dust, dirt, moisture, improper use, misuse, etc. can put an Automatic Transfer Switch at risk of non-performance during a power outage." Each year you go without maintaining your transfer switch, the risk increases of a transfer switch malfunction.

    Electro-Motion's Automatic Transfer Switch maintenance service adheres to NFPA 110 standards, the result of which is a transfer switch that is as good as new and can be relied upon to do its job in the event of a power disruption.


    Introducing the Kohler enCUBE: Portable Clean Power for Practically Any Use

    April 13, 2016

    The enCUBETM is Kohler's new battery-based inverter generator that is the ideal solution for your portable power needs -- equally appropriate if you need it for home (computer, fridge, TV), jobsite (light power tools), or outdoor activities like camping or tailgating. You can even use it to jump-start your vehicle!

    Capable of delivering up to 1440 continuous watts, the enCUBETM has a simple to read display that gives you real-time details of power input and output, as well as battery status and available run time. Plus, its built-in wheels and handles allow for easy mobility so it can go where you need to go.

    Worried about the environmental impact of such a device? Don't be. The enCUBETM is environmentally safe since it uses no fuel and therefore has zero emissions, plus it can be recharged using the optional 60 W and 150 K solar panels (sold separately) or by simply plugging it into a wall outlet. It's even noise-free, making it perfect for either indoor or outdoor use.

    Electro-Motion is happy to offer the enCUBETM for a limited time introductory price starting at $875. Call is now at 650-321-6169 to order yours today!

    Kohler enCUBE

    For more details abour the enCUBETM click here


    Automatic Transfer Switch Maintenance: What is It?

    February 22, 2016

    Your Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) is an essential part of your emergency backup power system and like any piece of equipment, it needs to be maintained. In fact, all ATS manufacturers recommend an annual maintenance. NFPA 110 agrees with the manufacturers and calls for annual maintenance. The manufacturers know their equipment requires annual maintenance, so it's important to listen to them.

    Automatic Transfer Switch Maintenance is intended to detect overhead contacts or connections which may result from overloads, wear in contact assemblies, or loose terminals. If these conditions remain uncorrected, components of the transfer switch can completely fail. Our maintenance includes a thorough cleaning and inspection of the switch, including the exterior cabinet. We basically disassemble the mechanical side of the transfer switch and inspect & clean these elements and apply special lubricant as we reassemble. This is a crucial step.

    As the transfer switch is cleaned, inspected, and reassembled, all the power and control connections are checked for deterioration and re-torqued according to manufacturers' specifications. Upon completion of the annual maintenance, a final transfer test is performed. This test should ideally be a full emergency system test, verifying the generator set can start and run the critical loads designed for the generator set. As you can see, ATS Maintenance goes well beyond the ATS test other service providers offer.

    Sounds scary and intrusive to normal business operations? Sure. But imagine how much scarier and more intrusive a complete power outage would be to normal business operations if your Automatic Transfer Switch fails when you need it -- especially when you take into account that a catastrophic failure could require a completely new switch with a multi-week delivery time.


    Preserving Your Emergency Standby Power Generator Asset After Your Tenant Moves Out

    December 23, 2015

    Tenants come and go, but a building and its mechanicals remain. And as a property manager, you need to ensure your building is ready for the next tenant. If your tenant was responsible for the maintenance of the emergency standby power generator, it should be left in good working order upon moving out. If it is not in as good a condition as when they moved in, identifying and completing any deferred maintenance is an important and potentially costly step, which you should pro-actively manage. Once they're gone, it's up to you to keep it a viable asset until a new tenant moves in, and Electro-Motion can help.

    Although it seems counter-intuitive to maintain an asset in a vacant building, please remember that equipment like an emergency generator and automatic transfer switch (the two components on any emergency standby power system) can deteriorate rapidly if left neglected for an extended period of time - which can lead to expensive replacement costs much sooner in the equipment's life cycle than if it was on a regular preventive maintenance schedule. An emergency standby power system in working order may be an asset a prospective tenant deems essential, and you definitely don't want to neglect a potential selling point.

    Electro-Motion can offer you a flexible program to address deferred maintenance and to maintain your emergency standby power equipment at as minimal a cost as possible, giving you piece of mind that your asset is in proper working condition while saving money in the long run.


    Don't Exercise Your Unit on Friday

    August 18, 2015

    The work week can be stressful. Departmental meetings, fast-approaching deadlines, and endless phone calls interrupting you all day. We all have to deal with it, so who wants to add a noisy emergency generator chugging away in the background on top of all that? Procedures require you to exercise that equipment, but why not push it off until Friday afternoon to avoid inconveniencing your fellow employees or neighbors for 15 minutes during the week? Well, there's one REALLY good reason.

    If it turns out that there's a problem with your generator on a Friday afternoon, you're looking at OVERTIME costs to diagnose and repair the unit, not to mention the costs involved in renting a portable generator for the weekend (or longer) if your building needs it. That's a lot more stress to risk versus a few minutes of background noise during the week.

    Be smart and exercise your emergency generator on Mondays through Thursdays so that you have an additional work day to address any complications.


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