First and foremost, thank you to all who participated and provided feedback during our Generator Set Enclosure Online Event (May 24-26). This interactive collaboration brought community members together to share ideas, opinions and solutions with each other and Caterpillar regarding generator set enclosure design. It was a busy 3 days with 40 new registered users and 100 informative posts.
Many topics were discussed including:
specific regional needs
sound level requirements
As we work to make your job easier through improved product design, this conversation was a great foundation. Our engineering and design teams will continue down the path of research and validation – now with an even better understanding of some of the key challenges faced in the field today.
Some of the more insightful comments we received include:
"The noise specifications are getting lower and it is getting harder to site generators when close to the property line." Many of you sited local noise codes, such as City of Phoenix, City of Chicago, New Zealand and the China Environmental Quality Standards for Noise. There was also discussion around the need for better information to help address these issues.
"Check Florida Building Code for High Velocity Hurricane Zone… resists sustained winds and 9 lb pine 2x4 at 50 MPH..." Our engineers expressed real enthusiasm at the thought of conducting this test.
"Hot and Cold (50C to -50C) ambient conditions..." Temperature dominated some discussion threads and were backed up with regional requirements and solutions.
Another hot topic was the ever increasing size and sophistication of the fuel tanks.
For those of you who did not have the opportunity to participate… or even those who did and have some final thoughts to share… please take a look at the bulleted discussion points above and comment below.