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    Donald Utterback
    Park Plaza Towers

    Thermal Scans: The Next Best Thing to ATS Maintenance

    November 28, 2018

    Your Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) is 50% of your Emergency Power Standby System and -- just like your generator set -- it is critical and needs to be maintained. In fact, all ATS manufacturers recommend an annual maintenance. The National Fire Protection Association, Standard 110 agrees with the manufacturers and calls for an annual transfer switch maintenance. The manufacturers know their equipment, so it's important to listen to them.

    We understand that shutting down your Automatic Transfer Switch is sometimes not a viable option from an operations perspective, but that doesn't mean your ATS won't continue to deteriorate the longer it goes without maintenance. It's just a matter of time before it fails to function -- which will result in a much more significant financial impact on your business than a few hours of downtime to perform maintenance.

    But... you DO have another option.

    While nothing can replace proper maintenance to give you peace of mind that your Automatic Transfer Switch will function when it needs to, the next best thing you can do is have a Thermal Scan Assessment performed. This service:

    • causes no power interruption to the loads carried by the transfer switch
    • identifies potential hot spots and areas of concern
    • provides a report with pictures of the conditions inside the transfer switch

    Again, this does NOT replace the annual Automatic Transfer Switch Maintenance recommended by NFPA110, but our Thermal Scan Assessment is the next best option by giving you a snapshot in-time of the status of your ATS -- alerting you of any potential problems so you can address them before they get out of hand.

    Please give us a call with any questions on this subject at 650-321-6169.


    Congratulations to our newly EGSA-certified technicians!

    December 22, 2017

    The staff at Electro-Motion would like to congratulate our service technicians Jay Dalit, Matthew Lambrecht, and Michael Whaley on passing the Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) Certification Program! Well done!


    San Francisco Power Outage

    April 27, 2017

    San Francisco Power Outage 4-21-2017

    On Friday morning, April 21st, a massive power outage caused by a fire at PG&E's Larkin Street Substation struck San Francisco's Financial District, leaving nearly 90,000 residents (roughly 1 in 10) without power, closing down the Montgomery BART station hub, and bringing traffic to a standstill due to impacted traffic signals. The San Francisco Fire Department responded to more than 100 calls for service, including 20 stuck elevators in multiple buildings with people trapped inside. While there were no injuries due to the outage, emergency backup power systems in hospitals kicked in, allowing them to stay in operation for their patients. Other businesses were not as lucky for the 7 hours that the outage lasted. Of the nearly 50 generators that Electro-Motion performs preventive maintenance on in San Francisco, we only received one emergency call (and it wasn't even service-related) - all other units we service operated as designed.

    In a world that relies so heavily on electricity, being prepared is the best defense against power outages; and proactive, preventive maintenance is the best way to ensure your backup power system is in good working condition in the event of an emergency.


    EGSA Certification: What Does It Mean?

    September 29, 2016

    It may not take a great amount of technical knowledge about mechanics to change the oil in your emergency generator, but should you be satisfied with that level of skill? Your emergency backup power system is important, whether it be for life-safety or keeping equipment and internal systems online that are vital to the operation of your business. Therefore, it is in your best interest to make sure the technicians servicing your equipment are skilled and knowledgeable. And you should have more than just their word that they know what they're doing.

    The Electrical Generator Systems Technician Certification Program provided by EGSA (Electrical Generating Systems Association - the world's leading authority in the development and monitoring of performance standards for the On-Site Power industry) is a rigorous test that identifies technicians with an extensive knowledge of electricity, mechanical, and electrical components as well as their proficiency in the installation, service, maintenance, and repair of on-site power generation systems. This industry-wide exam sets the standard in measuring the skills and knowledge of technicians across the globe: an EGSA certified technician is qualified to work on any make and model of generator you have and are up to speed on the latest technological advances in the industry. This helps advance the profession by identifying consistent standards through which proficiency can be determined. Generator Technician Certification demonstrates a commitment to that ideal.

    Electro-Motion endorses this commitment by having its team of technicians become EGSA certified, thus giving you highly-trained technicians, ready to serve you.


    Keep Track of What Your Generator is Doing Before It Costs You

    June 27, 2016

    Imagine you're coming back to work after enjoying a long holiday weekend only to discover that the emergency generator backing up your building's vital systems was running for days on end due to a prolonged outage after a transformer was knocked offline by a wayward balloon. And not only that, but somewhere along the way, your generator ran out of fuel and no one was on hand to discover or deal with the problem.

    This is exactly the nightmare scenario that happened to one of our customers over the Memorial Day weekend. As soon as they discovered their emergency generator was out of fuel, we received a call and dispatched a fuel delivery truck which we followed up with a service visit to test the unit since it had become air-bound. Refueling and testing a generator costs money -- expenses that can be avoided if there was a system in place that monitored your generator's activity -- keeping you informed no matter the day, time, or place.

    Gen-TrackerTM is the #1 selling cellular-based generator monitoring system in the country. The Gen-TrackerTM system offers you:

    • Piece of mind. Real-time email and text notification of your generator's activities to your choice of personnel
    • No IT involvement required. Gen-TrackerTM is completely cellular-based
    • It's UNIVERSAL. Any generator can be tracked with Gen-TrackerTM

    Call Electro-Motion's service department now at 650-321-6169 and ask for the Gen-TrackerTM specialist to discuss installing this application at your location.


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