Nov 29, 2017 | by Kathy Hudson
The Roles of Generators in Manufacturing
When company owners and facilities managers hear stats related to the costs of downtime, they typically think of large natural disasters or cyber-hacking events. It’s significant that outages cost American businesses as much as $150 billion per year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, and manufacturers take the biggest hits from outages since their operations are affected most severely.
But cataclysmic events aren’t the only danger that manufacturing companies face when it comes to business continuity. Shorter power outages can be just as problematic for a company if it isn’t prepared.
How Power Outages Affect Manufacturing Operations
There’s a reason the cost is so high to a business experiencing a power outage — the effects of a power outage are widespread and serious. Most obviously, power outages bring production lines to an abrupt halt, which usually translates into loss of material, breakdown of machinery, and loss of production time. Production line interruptions may also cause supply chains to shut down completely.
But beyond the obvious costs, businesses are affected by lost revenue during the time of the shutdown and restoration period, the cost of repair to damaged gear, the expense of replacing gear that has been too badly damaged, and the manpower costs of restoring service. These costs add up quickly, and can have a long-term effect on a company.
Generators Can Save Businesses the Costs of Outages
If a business has generators ready and waiting when a power outage occurs, it’s protected from the effects of an outage. With an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system to store incoming power so that operations can function normally until backup generators switch on, businesses can continue operations uninterrupted. Companies can choose between natural gas or diesel generators, depending on their individual operational needs.
If you’re not sure which type of generator your company should choose, or if you have old generators that need replaced, feel free to give us a call at 1.864.249.0943. We’re happy to help you think through the factors that affect your choice.