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Welcome to the new ACF Standby Systems website.

This site was formed after the merger of Standby Systems into ACF PowerGen in October 2009.  The new company and this site is the culmination of over 150 years of combined generator experience.  We hope you find it useful.  Please contact us with any information you require.  Andy Young, President

Load-bank Testing Importance

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Load-bank testing provides assurance to facility managers that their generators will perform as expected at 100% of their nameplate rating. Without regular load-bank testing, the manager radically increases the chance of failure during an emergency. To avoid risks and feel confident your gen-set will operate as expected during an emergency outage, load-bank testing should be a regular part of any generator maintenance program. Load-bank testing provides additional benefits by helping to maintain vital engine system parameters such as oil pressure and coolant temperature while preventing wet stacking and carbon buildup.

Unburned fuel accumulates in a generator when it runs at less than a full load (not enough heat to burn off excess fuel).  This accumulation process is called wet-stacking and reduces the engine’s life-cycle and efficiency by the fouling fuel injectors, engine valves, and exhaust system.

Carbon buildup occurs when the generator’s engine runs at less than full load (generating insufficient heat to remove the buildup). Left unchecked the piston rings can seize allowing the superheated fuel/air mixture to sneak past the rings scorching the sides of the pistons.

Load-bank testing schedule

In an emergency generators need to be able to go from a cold start to full load in seconds. However, to keep an engine tuned up it is recommended to exercise the engine monthly.  Running the engine at least 30 minutes monthly keeps the engine parts lubricated, prevents oxidation of electrical contacts and consumes fuel before it deteriorates.

Annual load bank testing at 100% requires a trained professional to be completed properly and safely.  Let ACF Standby highly trained professional techs preform this service.  Once we complete the testing you will have the assurance you need that your gen-set will operate at peak efficiency when you need it.

ACF Standby Systems supplies reliable standby and trailer mounted generator systems to maximize our customer’s up-time and profitability through a total solutions approach and solid customer relationships.

Why not give us a call today: 866-308-7133.

Bill Hogan, Marketing & Technology, is with ACF Standby Systems with offices throughout Florida. For more information visit www.acfstandbysystems.com.

Growing Importance of Standby Generators

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As we grow more dependent on technology the negative  impact of a power outage is critically increased.  We have become a power dependent society in all facets of our lives; whether it be at home, health care services, industry, or any type of business relying on power to function.

Standby generator systems have the ability to sense a power outage and initiate automatically keeping your business or home out of the dark.  We use automatic transfer switches to detect a outage and then supply your facility or home with power until electricity is restored.  After power is restored the generator will shut down and stand ready for the next outage.

Commercial Facilities

If a large commercial building loses power the safety of the building occupants are at risk.  Emergency lighting, ventilation,  communication, and fire safety systems require electricity.  Batteries might provide a few useful hours but are not a long term solution.  This is where a standby generator fills in until power is restored.

Critical Environments

Several businesses cannot tolerate any power interruptions.  These include intensive care units, computer server farms, operating rooms, telecommunication centers, banks, and other critical systems.  These services use uninterruptable power to prevent any momentary power outage, even for a second.

Large battery banks power the their equipment directly using an inverter.  When power is interrupted, the batteries continue supplying power until the standby generator comes online supplying the power necessary to keep the batteries charged.  Once power is restored the generator shuts down allowing the utility to supply power to the batteries.

Industry

Sometimes in industry standby generators serve dual roles.  Manufacturers often have agreements with utilities that allow them to interrupt power on short notice when demand exceeds available supply.  Having a reliable generator on site allows factory to run during these unplanned outages.

The generator can also supply power to critical safety systems during an outage.  The safety systems are often mandated by building codes and having a standby generator is not an option.

Retail

The most important role a standby generator performs in the retail industry is the prevention of food product loss. Some larger stores could lose up to a million dollars in inventory during a prolong outage.  The temperature requirements for food safety are strict and standby generator could be the difference between keeping a small business doors open and a devastating loss.  And added advantage of a standby generator is a store can remain open after a declared emergency.

Homes

A standby generator for your home can be the difference between spoiled food, unbearable heat, and keeping your home dry and mold-free after a storm.  It will also allow you to keep up on the latest news and emergency information.

ACF Standby Systems supplies reliable standby and trailer mounted generator systems to maximize our customer’s uptime and profitability through a total solutions approach and solid customer relationships.

Why not give us a call today: 866-308-7133.

Bill Hogan, Marketing & Technology, is with ACF Standby Systems with offices throughout Florida. For more information visit www.acfstandbysystems.com.

Generac Announces the closing of the purchase agreement with Baldor Electric Company

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On November 1st Generac Announced the closing of the purchase agreement with Baldor Electric Company (wholly-owned subsidiary of ABB Group).  Generac acquired substantively all of the assets of Baldor’s generator products division.  Generac Power Systems deal gives customers access to the broadest line of backup power in the industry, including  single engine gensets up to 2.5 megawatts.

The plant located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin will continue to manufacturer a complete line of portable, mobile, standby and prime power generators ranging from 3kW to 2.5MW throughout North America. ACF Standby Systems will continue to sell and support this great product line.  In addition we will be able to expand our services under this new acquisition.

For almost five decades, Baldor Generators and its predecessors served the power generation market by offering most reliable industrial product line.

Here is what Aaron Jagdfeld, CEO of Generac had to say about the purchase:  “Acquiring Baldor Generators is a great strategic fit for Generac’s business, providing us immediate access to a larger industrial product line to better support the North American and global power generation markets.  By offering additional power solutions up to 2.5MW, this acquisition improves our competitive position in the marketplace by increasing the addressable market that our distribution partners can serve.”

We at ACF Standby Systems look forward to working with our new partners at Generac.  We will continue to offer the best products and service in the industry.

Bill Hogan, Marketing & Technology, is with ACF Standby Systems with offices through Florida. For more information, visit www.acfstandbysystems.com or call 866-308-7133 to speak to a Sales Engineer.

Active Hurricane Season?

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by Bill Hogan

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has issued a pre-season Atlantic Hurricane forecast that calls for 13 to 20 named storms.  This prediction includes 7 to 11 hurricanes with 3 to 6 being major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) with winds above 111 mph.  This prediction is well above seasonal averages.  Should this predication spur you to action?  Of course, especially when your business relies on reliable backup power in an emergency.  Backup power saved countless businesses millions of dollars in losses by providing the life blood of energy needed to provide needed supplies, emergency services, maintain productivity, and meet deadlines.

After a storm power lines are knocked down and transformers are blown over wide swaths of land.  Crews roll in from different states to rebuild power, but it will be days.  Emergency providers, telecommunications, groceries and hardware stores needed to provide support to the rebuilding area miles from  the storm are without power.  Can you imagine the relief on managers/storeowners’ faces after everything goes dark and seconds later power kicks-in?  When all was lost a ray of hope shines through, “We can beat this.”  When the diesel engines roared to life, power returned and they could provide the support necessary to help to those in need.  Standby generators provide the necessary boost in energy needed to allow the rebuilding process to begin.

There is a hidden message in this story of recovery; a message of preparedness.

It was not an accident that these Generator Sets roar to life providing the best hope of recovery.  Emergency Generator Sets must be regularly maintained to ensure they provide quality power throughout their service life. Owners of emergency generators may establish maintenance agreements with generator dealers/service centers in order to maintain their generator(s), automatic transfer switches, and other associated equipment. The life-cycle of power generators is then well established and documented making routine maintenance fairly straight-forward.

The long, outstanding use of generators over time has provided the necessary knowledge to predict when certain components will fail or be in need of service. A fairly reliable maintenance schedule can usually be acquired and can be employed by a local generator dealer/service center with experience in the power generation. Adhering to this schedule will ensure maximum service time for the generator and proper operation when it is called upon to provide power.

The main responsibility of the maintenance contractor would be to inspect systems, study the technical data provided by the generator manufacturer, maintain records, and take precautionary measures for safety.

Some of the steps to ensure smooth generator operation while carrying out scheduled maintenance include:

  • Timely removal of worn parts or upgrading the components
  • Checking fluid levels
  • Battery inspection and cleaning of connections
  • Load bank testing
  • Verifying control panel readings and indicators
  • Changing fuel and air filters

Small investments made in replacing components and maintaining generator systems on a regular basis can save expensive and unnecessary upgrades or even replacement of the entire generator in the future.

When performing routine maintenance, each action taken should be logged, and the readings and various parameters should be recorded along with the date of the inspection and hour meter readings of the generator. These set of readings are compared with the next set of data collected. Any absurd variation of readings indicates faulty performance of the unit.

Load testing of automatic transfer switches in regular intervals keeps track of the component’s electrical and mechanical integrity in the actual mechanical transfer operation. Other factors to be checked periodically are starting and time relays, start signal continuity, fuel, and oil sampling.

Proper preventative maintenance ensures that you get back-up power when you need it. You can be confident of service on a priority basis in case of dire emergency and discounted service rates for additional work. Once a facility enters into a service agreement, the facility can relax on this aspect as the maintenance provider keeps track of when the next service inspection is due and makes the visits at regular intervals. They ensure that the products purchased through them receive consistent and reliable service.

Whether you use an expert outside contractor (preferred method) or choose to do the work yourself, it is important to keep to your maintenance / testing schedule.  Equally important is to have highly trained and certified technicians maintaining your equipment.  Do not leave anything to chance unless you can afford to be without reliable power when you need it.

Proper maintenance and servicing is the key to reliability.  Remember the seven P’s of emergency power; Prior Proper Preventative Preparation Precludes Power Problems.  You never know when the ill winds of fate will blow another storm in your direction.

Bill Hogan, Marketing & Technology, is with ACF Standby Systems with offices through Florida. For more information, visit www.acfstandbysystems.com.

 

Hurricane Season is Fast Approaching

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As you know hurricane season is soon approaching. The possibility of a power outage is looming as the season approaches. Make sure your generator is in good running condition for when you need it most!

Every hurricane season proves beyond a doubt that emergency power generators can and do saves lives during a large power outage.  There is a hidden message in the story of recovery; a message of preparedness.

It was not an accident that Generator Sets roar to life providing the best hope of recovery.  Emergency Generator Sets must be regularly maintained to ensure they provide quality power throughout their service life. Owners of emergency generators may establish maintenance agreements with generator dealers/service centers in order to maintain their generator(s), automatic transfer switches, and other associated equipment. The life-cycle of power generators is then well established and documented making routine maintenance fairly straight-forward.

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Rust on your generator unsightly? Let us stop by for FREE to give you a quote to remove all rust, replace hinges and screws and seal or paint your generator to make it look like new.

Did you know the fuel in your generator can accumulate bacteria and water in only a few months’ times? This can result in making your generator unusable when you need it in an emergency. Let the experts clean your fuel by “fuel polishing” it at a reasonable cost.

Looking for a Parts Specialist

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Job Summary

The Parts Specialist will support generator and air compressor internal and external customers by taking parts orders via the phone, fax, email and walk-in customers and handling generator and/or air compressor parts inventory functions.  These functions require electronic management of parts using company business systems as well as parts research, tracking, and vendor sourcing.  In addition, this position requires supporting other parts personnel as needed.

Essential Job Functions

  • Promote & sell parts over the phone, email, fax and to walk-in customers
  • Process parts order and quote requests from the service department
  • Shipping and receiving of parts
  • Follow through with completion of all parts orders
  • Assist with the replenishment of truck inventories
  • Process parts transfers to other branches
  • Identify and resolve internal/external customer parts issues
  • Maintain organization of parts and workflow by following inventory control procedures
  • Meet and/or exceed inventory goals
  • Maintain an up to date knowledge of generator and air compressor system technology, including competitive industries
  • Perform other parts department functions, including but not limited to, warehouse tasks such as forklift operation, housekeeping, putting away stock orders, loading and unloading truck shipments, preparing shipment of parts via UPS.

Additional Job Functions

  • Required to support the sales and service department, as well as other parts department personnel as needed

Desired Skills & Experience

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (including physical and work environment)

  • Computer literacy is required, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • General knowledge of service parts and service industry including but not limited to basic mechanical and technical aptitude
  • Incorporate time management skills by prioritizing work assignments
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently
  • Proven interpersonal skills including the ability to be a team player and create synergy by building and maintaining customer relationships with both internal and external customers
  • Ability to handle working in a NON-climate controlled environment for extended periods of time
  • Required to wear proper PPE (personal protective equipment) including steel toed shoes
  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs
  • Must operate forklift vehicle
  • Must be able to handle high pressure situations
  • Must have basic math skills for computing percentages, multipliers, sales tax, and totals on parts orders

PREFERRED KSA’s

  • Working knowledge of database business systems
  • Experience with invoicing, receiving and distribution of parts
  • Understanding of inventory control procedures
  • Proficiency in schematic and service documentation

Minimum Job Qualifications (education, work experience, licenses/certifications)

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • 1 to 3 years of parts sales/management experience (industrial sales preferred)

Company Description

ACF Inc. has a long history of exceeding our customer’s expectations with exceptional products and services. We are the authorized master distributor for both Ingersoll-Rand Air Solutions Group and Baldor Generators in most of Florida. The company was established in 1987.

If you or someone you know is looking for the business leader in Florida for supplying Air Compressor Systems, Air Compressor Tools, Air Compressor Service, Standby and Trailer Mounted Generators, and / or Generator Service. Look no further.

Generator:
Baldor Generators now offers the most complete line of portable, standby, prime power and peak-shaving generators in the industry. We service, install and provide parts for all major brands.

Compressed Air:
As your Ingersoll Rand Master Distributor for over 25 years, We offer the finest quality air compressors, accessories, tools and hoists in the industry. We service, install and provide parts for all major brands.

We want to lower your overall cost of operation by designing the best system for your specific needs whiles ensuring peak operation throughout its life cycle. We accomplish this by designing:

- The best engineered systems in the industry
- Superior service and repair including preventative and predictive maintenance
- Turn-key Installations
- Financing for the entire purchase

No one offers a more comprehensive personalized package of service in Florida!

Updated the ACF Standby Systems Site

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The main ACF Standby System site got a face-lift today.  Basically, we cleaned up the content and gave it a more modern look.  The new site will allow us to change the content quicker and we will be able to add new features in the near future that will allow us to communicate with our customers better.  The new site has a similar look and feel to its sister sites.  ACF Inc. provides  a variety of services to include natural gas refilling stations, air compressors, service, and air tools / hoists.  Soon we will be adding Online Shopping and creating a new corporate website to promote our diverse product line.  Go to the main page and check out the new look.  http://www.acfstandbysystems.com/

Are you ready for RICE NESHAP?

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RICE NESHAP is here.  The U.S. EPA has recently finalized the amendments to the National Emission Standards for RICE NESHAP.   RICE NESHAP is the acronym for the US EPA rule for “Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.”

Though newer revisions reduced the number of engines impacted by the regulations, over 330,000 spark-ignited stationary engines will be impacted directly.  Over 900,000 stationary diesel engines will be subject to the new regulations in total.  Only a small percentage of these type engines will be impacted directly according most experts.

The RICE NESHAP rule requires implementation of new maintenance and reporting practices for existing stationary engines. These new EPA rules specify how emission standards will be applied to emergency engines that can be used to prevent electrical outages.  The EPA numerical emissions limits are being replaced with requirements to install catalytic controls, conduct an initial test and an annual performance check.   Maintenance requirements are set to ensure engines and emissions controls are working properly to minimize HAP emissions.  Such practices include typical preventative maintenance procedures, such as changing the oil and filter, inspection of sparkplugs, hoses, belts, air filters, etc.

Reading through the regulations and requirements can be a daunting task.  Wouldn’t it be nice to simply pick up the phone and let us guide you and perform all the work required?  We have designed a RICE NESHAP compliance program to meet the new standards.  We can provide this service to all major brands of industrial generators.

Why not let the leader in Standby Systems in Florida make sure you are in compliance?  Call ACF Standby Generators today to ensure you are in compliance.

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With the season over a little about NASCAR’s Air Tool History

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Even though we specialize in air compressors, we are also a proud Master Distributor of Ingersoll Rand’s Tools & Hoists equipment.  Our distributor has a long and interesting history with NASCAR.  What follows is a little history of the introduction of air tools in the pits.  Before we go into the history lets discover a little perspective on the importance of air tools today.  Here is a crew chief’s explanation of what occurs.

“A typical pit stop requires changing four tires and filling the car with 22 gallons of racing fuel.  In order to do that we use IR Thunderguns to remove 20 lug nuts, pull off four hot 75-pound Goodyear Eagles, slam four new Eagles onto the hubs and reinstall 20 lug nuts while a guy empties two 11-gallon cans of fuel weighing 100 pounds apiece into the fuel cell. Our challenge is to accomplish this task in 14 seconds or less. If you lose 1/10th of a second in a pit stop, you lose two places on the racetrack. If you lose 2/10ths, that’s 60 feet on the racetrack and you’re out of the lead draft. That can cost you a race and a championship.”

For over fifty years Ingersoll-Rand Impacts has had a home in the racing pits.  In 1959, Howard Hurd Pit Tools and Equipment (Ingersoll-Rand’s racing tool distributor) was at the Daytona International Speedway for its grand opening.   By the following year Ingersoll-Rand’s 405 impact tools were firmly established in the pits.  The 405 was the impact tool that revolutionized NASCAR pit stop tire changing.  It dominated the pits until the early 70s.

In 1972 Ingersoll-Rand engineers released their next generation design of an impact tool; the famed “twin hammer.”   The Ingersoll Rand 231 was the first Impact tool released with a twin hammer impact mechanism, and so widely accepted that it became the best-selling impact wrench of all-time.  More professional mechanics take advantage of the 231’s robustness than any other tool of its type in the world.

In 1980 in honor of the legendary Cale Yarborough the engineers adapted an Ingersoll Rand 231 to increase its speed of operation.  It received the moniker, “fastest gun around.”  Soon almost every major Winston Cup crew embraced the modified version of the 231 throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s.

In 1995, Ingersoll Rand entered into a relationship with Ray Evernham, Crew Chief for Jeff Gordon and the “Rainbow Warriors” pit crew.  Ray helped Ingersoll Rand introduce the Thunder Gun, the latest generation of pit stop tire changing tools in 1998. The Thunder Gun offers the highest performance available on the racing circuit today.

We at Air Centers of Florida are proud of our connection to Ingersoll Rand and its history with NASCAR.  Besides having the best Impact Tool in the industry, Ingersoll Rand offers a complete line of air tools, hoists, ergo handling equipment and air starters.  Why not contact us today to learn more.

Call 866-455-4774 or go to http://www.floridaairtools.com/ to learn more.

Emergency Generator Maintenance

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In the aftermath of Sandy one message resounded, “We need emergency power!”  For the first time in history the Stock Market closed two consecutive business days in a row.  On the third day in the midst of darken New York City streets, the red, white and blue banner lights shown bright and trading continued thanks to the rumble of emergency generators.    Backup power saved countless lives by providing the life blood of energy needed to power the country’s emergency services.

Emergency management officials and local leaders reported from the impacted areas how their emergency generators were providing power to hospitals, emergency shelters, nuclear power plants, cell towers, data centers and 911 response centers.  Can you imagine the relief on their faces after everything went dark and seconds later the power kicked-in?  When all was lost a ray of hope shined through, “We can beat this.”  When the power returned they got to work.

The crisis proved beyond a doubt that emergency power generators can and do saves lives during a large power outage.  There is a hidden message in this story of recovery; a message of preparedness.

It was not an accident that these Generator Sets roared to life providing the best hope of recovery.  Emergency Generator Sets must be regularly maintained to ensure they provide quality power throughout their service life. Owners of emergency generators may establish maintenance agreements with generator dealers/service centers in order to maintain their generator(s), automatic transfer switches, and other associated equipment. The life-cycle of power generators is then well established and documented making routine maintenance fairly straight-forward.

The long, outstanding use of generators over time has provided the necessary knowledge to predict when certain components will fail or be in need of service. A fairly reliable maintenance schedule can usually be acquired and can be employed by a local generator dealer/service center with experience in the power generation. Adhering to this schedule will ensure maximum service time for the generator and proper operation when it is called upon to provide power.

The main responsibility of the maintenance contractor would be to inspect systems, study the technical data provided by the generator manufacturer, maintain records, and take precautionary measures for safety.

Some of the steps to ensure smooth generator operation while carrying out scheduled maintenance include:

  • Timely removal of worn parts or upgrading the components
  • Checking fluid levels
  • Battery inspection and cleaning of connections
  • Load bank testing
  • Verifying control panel readings and indicators
  • Changing fuel and air filters

Small investments made in replacing components and maintaining generator systems on a regular basis can save expensive and unnecessary upgrades or even replacement of the entire generator in the future.

When performing routine maintenance, each action taken should be logged, and the readings and various parameters should be recorded along with the date of the inspection and hour meter readings of the generator. These set of readings are compared with the next set of data collected. Any absurd variation of readings indicates faulty performance of the unit.

Load testing of automatic transfer switches in regular intervals keeps track of the component’s electrical and mechanical integrity in the actual mechanical transfer operation. Other factors to be checked periodically are starting and time relays, start signal continuity, fuel, and oil sampling.

The importance of preventative maintenance / modernization hits home with one of stories of failure.  In New York, NYU backup generators failed and forced the evacuation of 300 patients. Perhaps the greatest devastation  will be the cells, tissues and embryos used for medical research that were left to die in failing refrigerators, freezers and incubators.  Six years of important research lost to Sandy’s fury and it might not have needed to happen.

Proper preventative maintenance ensures that you get back-up power when you need it. With the right service provider you can be confident of service on a priority basis in case of dire emergency and discounted service rates for additional work. Once a facility enters into a service agreement, the facility can relax on this aspect as the maintenance provider keeps track of when the next service inspection is due and makes the visits at regular intervals. They ensure that the products purchased through them receive consistent and reliable service.

Whether you use an expert outside contractor (preferred method) or choose to do the work yourself, it is important to adhere to your maintenance / testing schedule.  Equally important is to have highly trained and certified technicians maintaining your equipment.  Do not leave anything to chance unless you can afford to be without reliable power when you need it.

Proper maintenance and servicing is the key to reliability.  Remember the seven P’s of emergency power; Prior Proper Preventative Preparation Precludes Power Problems.  You never know when the ill winds of fate will blow a storm in your direction.

Call ACF Standby Generators today to start your preventative maintenance program.

1-866-308-7133