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Who Reads This Caterpillar Marketing Stuff?

by Contributor KelscNM on ‎07-16-2013 03:11 PM - last edited on ‎08-26-2013 12:22 PM by Administrator

As a mechanical engineer by education, I’m still a little uneasy about carrying the word “marketing” in my job title. 

 

I spent the first ten years of my career at Caterpillar as a sales engineer and territory manager working in North and South America, calling on customers and consulting engineers who usually had a very real and very specific technical requirement that revolved around getting the right product or service to ensure reliable power for their business. It wasn’t only about meeting a business plan, but ensuring success for our customers, our dealers, and Caterpillar. Needless to say, this seemed like very serious, important stuff.

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Modular UPS: What’s All the Hype?

by Visitor Siggy62 on ‎06-13-2013 04:27 PM - last edited on ‎08-26-2013 12:25 PM by Administrator

You can find a lot of opinions out there about “modular UPS,” but who can you trust?  While some of the features sound cool enough, I just can’t wrap my head
around the impracticality of it all

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Hybrid Power Solutions on the Rise

by Visitor rosbor on ‎05-15-2013 03:53 PM - last edited on ‎08-26-2013 03:29 PM by Administrator

Have you ever wondered about electric power supply in remote areas? Power grid capacity only reaches so far. With increasing power need in remote areas—even in places like deserts, the arctic and jungles—it’s not surprising that hybrid power solutions are becoming more popular. Today’s blog post is focused on how hybrid power solutions can help increase efficiency in remote areas while cutting operating costs.

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How Does a Tornado Affect a Running Generator Set?

by Visitor Pawelski on ‎04-24-2013 12:36 PM - last edited on ‎08-26-2013 03:31 PM by Administrator

Power generation systems are essential to everyday life and economic growth. Some critical standby applications, such as hospital power, can even be the difference between life and death for those relying on vital electrical equipment. In cases like these, it is absolutely necessary to avoid power outages and interruptions.

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Biogas, Meet CHP

by Contributor KelscNM on ‎03-21-2013 08:55 AM - last edited on ‎08-26-2013 12:23 PM by Administrator

Almost daily, we hear of new efforts being made either by a government entity or a given industry to actively pursue sustainable energy, with the ultimate goal of implementing it sooner rather than later. I find this quite encouraging, given the imperative to diversify our global fuel supply.

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Sound regulation, testing and guidelines for electric generation products have never been clear in the United States. Today, most of the responsibility falls on state and local governments, but overlapping guidelines from hundreds of governmental bodies are confusing for manufactures, customers and the public. This results in varying sound regulations, testing and standards, which can be threatening to public safety.

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It didn’t come in with all the fanfare of the new year, but January 8, 2013 marked the day we welcomed the 10,000th registered user of Caterpillar’s Electric Power SpecSizer tool. Considering that Caterpillar’s first generator set sizing software program was released in the mid-1980s, this may not seem like a big deal. However, we only began registering users in 2010, so this demonstrates a substantial increase (about 250 new users every month) in registered SpecSizer users.

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By now, we’ve all seen the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy on the east cost of the United States. In many of the hardest hit areas, the initial recovery efforts were hampered by wide-spread power outages. We’ve worked with Cat dealers to mobilize equipment, personnel and other resources to help the affected areas, and hundreds of megawatts of portable generator sets are available to ease power shortages...

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Selecting the correct generator set rating can be a confusing proposition. The seemingly endless number of variations and interpretations of generator set ratings are enough to make anyone uncertain. This post is a brief overview of a white paper I’ve written that helps clarify some of the confusion surrounding ratings...

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There is a lot of talk about energy efficiency in the U.S. Capitol. Who will make it happen?

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Biogas Blossoming?

by Contributor KelscNM on ‎09-10-2012 08:40 AM

Very few people would know that there is enough landfill biogas power generation already operating in the United States to power millions of homes. Even fewer are probably aware of the carbon reductions that are possible...

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While there are specific regulations associated with electrical system maintenance, these regulatory codes can be lengthy and confusing, and sometimes forgotten altogether...

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What aspects of your power system are you currently monitoring? How do you manage all of the data? Has condition monitoring created any challenges for you? 

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Focusing On Our Customers

by Contributor idigcat on ‎06-25-2012 09:12 AM

Events are important to Caterpillar. It gives us an opportunity to meet face-to-face with customers, hear about the power issues...

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The seismic and wind resistance capabilities of a generator set can either be qualified or certified, but how do you know which is better?

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The Good Ole Days When Gas Was Cheap

by Contributor KelscNM ‎04-24-2012 04:12 PM - edited ‎04-25-2012 11:48 AM

Natural gas prices are at 10 year lows. Are utility companies doing enough to take advantage of...

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The most common service calls for generators are failure to start due to battery failure. With so much riding on the ability of your investment...

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Is Your Fuel Supply Ready?

by Visitor MS on ‎03-06-2012 01:06 PM

Unfortunately, a general consensus about diesel fuel being 'good for life' is a common idea, but this belief is a myth.

 

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Did you know that copper expands 67,000 times when it changes state from solid to vapor in an arc flash incident? Read more...

You Talk... We Listen

by Contributor idigcat on ‎01-11-2012 10:28 AM

We share the results of our user survey and invite your feedback.

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As technology has advanced, has your maintenance program? Does one type of maintenance program provide a better means to lower your operating costs...

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I have had the opportunity over the years to participate, as both a presenter and an audience member, with a lot of diverse organizations that have a very common purpose: the advancement of combined heat and power, aka cogeneration...

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What data do you want from a monitoring package, who should see it, and who should have authority to take action based on it?

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Does the trend toward more renewable energy sources mean there will be less need for standby power, or more?

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Load Bank Testing of Generator Sets

by Contributor oltwodogs ‎10-04-2011 11:03 AM - edited ‎10-04-2011 11:04 AM

All generator set installations should conduct periodic load bank testing. But is it happening when not required by regulations?

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Datacenters: The New Carbon Frontier

by Visitor Siggy62 on ‎09-23-2011 09:59 AM - last edited on ‎09-23-2011 04:33 PM by Contributor vuppur

Are environmental regulations driving higher costs? Are they driving business to other countries?

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Disaster Preparedness: Fine Tuning Your Emergency Power Plan

by New member LisaDM ‎09-02-2011 12:17 PM - edited ‎04-19-2012 02:44 PM

To be effective, a disaster management plan can never be written once, thrown into a drawer, and then pulled out again only when an emergency arises.  It is a living document ...

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Para ser eficaz, un plan de manejo de desastres, no se pueden escribir una vez, dejarse en un cajón y buscarse solo en el momento de la emergencia. Se trata de un documento vivo...

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Government owned utility companies are under increasing pressure to reduce costs. Both diesel and gas gensets can play a role...

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The Impact of Copper Prices on Electrical Systems

by Visitor hillac ‎07-15-2011 12:48 PM - edited ‎07-15-2011 01:48 PM

Cost for commodities such as copper are at all time highs. Some things to consider that could reduce the amount your application needs...

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