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Generac Expands Industrial Product Portfolio

ALTERNATIVE TO DIESEL SOLUTION

Gaseous-fueled generators are becoming more attractive for standby applications above 150 kWE. The capital cost and thermal efficiency advantages of diesel over gaseous fuels have been moderated by the maintenance and reliability challenges of storing diesel fuel over long periods of time. Additionally, a number of recent technological innovations in implementing high-kWE  gaseous-fueled solutions are allowing such generators to compete with their diesel-fueled counterparts on cost and power.

Additionally, the fact that spark-ignited engines offer improved emission profiles over compression-ignited engines—and that gaseous fuels do not pose the kinds of environmental risks inherent in diesel fuel storage—is making gaseous-fueled generators more attractive to the ever-growing number of companies looking to reduce their overall carbon footprint.

Diesel-fueled generators will most assuredly continue to serve the standby power market; no single solution is ideal for every Only slightly more expensive than diesel-only designs, bi-fuel generators offer several important advantages. For one, the lower capital cost of a compression-ignited engine is retained while capitalizing on many of the advantages of gaseous fuel, such as application. Gaseous-fueled generators, however, are coming more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly options for applications above 150 kWE.

EFFICIENCY AND CO2 EMISSIONS

To evaluate the bigger environmental picture, it is important to compare the source-to-site cost of the fuel used in diesel and gaseous-fueled generators. This is the total cost associated with using the fuel. It includes such items as extraction and transportation costs, the current market price of the fuel, and the cost per kilowatt hour. Consideration of total CO2 emissions is critical, as well, in determining environmental impact. It is possible to quantify all of these items and bring them into the cost-benefit analysis regarding generator fuel choice.

The following chart shows efficiency and CO2 comparisons of gaseous-fueled and diesel generating sets.

Diesel vs. Gaseous-fueled Generators: Total Cost and Total CO2 Emissions

Diesel vs. Gaseous Fuel

Combining fuel cost with environmental impact provides companies with a broader view to the true bottom line, and overall environmental impact, of their generator choice. For example, while a 100 kWE diesel engine burns fuel 23% more efficiently than a similar-sized gaseous- fueled engine (column J), its fuel cost per kilowatt hour is almost double (column I) and its total CO2 emissions are more than 16% greater (column O). Additionally, gaseous-fueled generators have historically cost less per installed kilowatt than their diesel counterparts in the smaller sizes (column K).

GENERAC INDUSTRIAL  POWER: DIESEL AND GASEOUS-FUELED SOLUTIONS

Generac Industrial Power offers diesel and gaseous-fueled generators for every standby power solution.

  • Diesel up to 25 MWE
  • Gaseous up to 300 kWE
  • Bi-Fuel™ 600 kWE
  • Parallel power solutions up to 9 MWE using Generac’s Modular Power Systems (MPS

Modular Power Systems (MPS)

Generac’s Modular Power System (MPS) is a combination of the industry’s most reliable generators and state- of-the-art integrated paralleling technology. Powered by either diesel or gaseous fuel, MPS is appropriate for numerous types of businesses, including hospitals, airports, office buildings, manufacturing plants, data centers, and retail superstores. Not only does MPS boast a reliability rate of up to 99.9999%, it is more cost effective and flexible than single generator sets with the same load capacity, making expensive stand-alone switchgear obsolete.

Gemini®

Generac’s Gemini Twin Pack houses two generators within a single enclosure, providing the same amount of power in a footprint that is 20% smaller than many single engine units. Gemini provides built-in redundancy for superior system reliability and scalability along with load shedding capabilities. Parallel up to seven diesel or gaseous-fueled Gemini systems without additional switchgear.

Bi-Fuel™

Perhaps the solution that most effectively combines the power of diesel with the environmental friendliness of natural gas, Generac’s Bi-Fuel system generators start on diesel fuel and add natural gas as load is applied. During an outage, each Bi-Fuel unit can optimize at a fuel mixture of 75% natural gas and 25% diesel. If the natural gas supply is interrupted, the generator automatically switches to 100% diesel without any power drop during the transition. At varying loads, the advanced fuel system maximizes the use of natural gas while closely monitoring the system for safe operation.

Your best resource is your ACF Standby Systems. In many cases, we have already designed/installed a similar application so they can offer advice based on that experience. In addition, we have a wealth of local knowledge that can help you make the best location decision.

ACF, Inc. is ‘The logical choice.’

So whether your business is in Tampa, Orlando, or anywhere else in Florida we can provide the quality repair service your business can depend on. Find out why thousands of our customers have depended on us!

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in TampaOrlandoJacksonville and MelbourneParts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of air compressors systems and generators for commercial and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! 813-621-9671.

The information above was excerpted from: GASEOUS-FUELED GENSETS an Alternative to Diesel Solutions (White Paper)

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Location Considerations When Installing Commercial and Industrial Standby Generators

With standby/backup power generators there is no “one size fits all” solution. This provides specifying engineers, contractors and architects with both choices and challenges for each application. Making a thoughtful, informed generator placement decision can prevent problems and ensure operation of the unit(s) when they are needed.

FOR INDOOR APPLICATIONS, THE KEY FACTORS ARE:

Space: Generators are large and bulky, so cost, logistics and maximizing space for the building occupants must be considered in determining the location of the generators.

Airflow: To prevent overheating, there must be adequate airflow around the generator and the installation must meet NEC requirements. This could entail the use of a remote cooling system, which adds complexity to the design.

Fuel Delivery: Diesel generators remain the most commonly used in commercial/industrial applications. In most cases, a large outdoor fuel subtank is linked to a smaller, indoor day tank. The linkage and collections between the tanks add more potential points of failure to this indoor solution.

Sound/Vibration: The generator engine and possibly the remote cooling systems can be noisy. Vibration isolators and other barriers may be needed to prevent inconvenience to building tenants.

Security/Access: Only authorized personnel should have access to the area where the generator plant is located to ensure generator reliability and safety.

FOR OUTDOOR APPLICATIONS, THE KEY FACTORS ARE:

Clearance and Wind Patterns: Note where snow and other debris typically accumulates at the location and place the generator elsewhere. Also, providing adequate clearance for the generators is key.

Severe Weather Patterns: When possible, place a natural or physical barrier between the prevailing storm direction and the generator. This can help ensure the generator will still operate during extreme weather events.

Potential for Flooding: The Gulf and Eastern Coastal areas have experienced much flooding in recent years, so engineers are requiring generators to be placed on platforms. However, if the incoming utility and electrical distribution are not also set above the flood line, the solution may not work.

Sound Considerations: Local ordinances have sound (dba) requirements that are set at the property line. Generators that are placed an appropriate distance away from property lines, may not need special sound attenuating enclosures.

Security/Access: Be sure that service technicians are able to access the generator during all types of harsh weather conditions, including rain, snow and ice. Also, ensure that only authorized personnel can access the generator to ensure safety and security.

There are pros and cons to both indoor and outdoor generator placements, with many factors that must be taken into account. Federal, state and local codes must also be considered.

Your best resource is your ACF Standby Systems. In many cases, we have already designed/installed a similar application so they can offer advice based on that experience. In addition, we have a wealth of local knowledge that can help you make the best location decision.

ACF, Inc. is ‘The logical choice.’

So whether your business is in Tampa, Orlando, or anywhere else in Florida we can provide the quality repair service your business can depend on. Find out why thousands of our customers have depended on us!

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in TampaOrlandoJacksonville and MelbourneParts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of air compressors systems and generators for commercial and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! 813-621-9671.

The information above was excerpted from: Location Considerations When Installing Commercial and Industrial Standby Generators (Generac Whitepaper – by Daniel Barbersek, Director of Industrial Sales – East)

And the winner is...

AND THE WINNER IS…

It’s hard to believe that ACF’s first wellness initiative has already concluded.  After 6 weeks of competition, we celebrated the success of our participants in true ACF form.  On October 5th participants from all three locations met via video conference for a live announcement of the Biggest Winners.

This was not a typical “weight loss” competition.  Instead, participants used a body composition scale that indicates their percentages of body muscle and fat.  The challenge was to improve those numbers.  Percentages of total fat lost and muscle gained over the 6-week competition were used to determine the final scores for each participant.

Using these body measurements made the contest beneficial for all ACF employees, including those who already considered themselves to be in shape.  Dean Davis, Service Sales Engineer, participated in the contest despite having said “I already work out regularly, so I didn’t expect to win. But, using the scale every week helped direct my workouts and I ended up seeing improvement for both metrics.”  The idea was to drive the point that every contestant had a chance at success if they raised their personal “fit” bar.  “We wanted to encourage employees to get healthier, not just skinnier,” said Catherine Romens, Wellness Committee Co-captain.

Participants were divided into Men’s and Women’s categories.  The top three participants in each category won prizes.  We had winners from both ACF Divisions.

3rd Place – Men’s category:  Bill Hogan – IT and Marketing (Tampa)

3rd Place – Women’s category: Janet Klocek – Service Operations Specialist (Orlando)

2nd Place – Men’s category: Alan Connole – Service Technician (Orlando)

2nd Place – Women’s category: Lily Torres – Human Resources Manager (Tampa)

1st Place – Men’s category: Carlos Aceituno – Sales Manager (Orlando)

1st Place – Women’s category: Susan Wentzel – Collections Administrator/Executive Assistant (Tampa)

Each of the winners earned a gift card and the admiration of their coworkers, but the Grand Prize Winners won the opportunity to feed the hungry too!  The scores of the Men’s and Women’s categories were added up, and ACF donated a pound of food for every point in the name of the Grand Prize Winners to their choice of Metropolitan Ministries or Feeding America.

Carlos Aceituno represented a 43-pound donation for the men

Susan Wentzel represented a 26-pound donation for the women

Winners of Contest

ACF’s Wellness Program has a lot to celebrate, but we are NOT ready to rest on our 1st success!  Soon after the Biggest Winner wrapped up, we began our next 2 initiatives.  In partnership with Tobacco Free Florida, we began our first Tobacco Cessation Program on October 18th.   That initiative is accompanied by a “Biggest Winner Take 2” contest that started on October 7th.  Stay connected and look out for our next wellness blog for more details on the current programs.

Know the facts

Debunking the Myths: Fat Loss & Muscle Growth

We’re halfway through our first fitness challenge and ACF contestants are still going strong!  It’s exciting to see the changes in people’s attitudes towards nutrition and fitness.  The best part about this contest is experiencing first hand that fat loss and muscle gain are better indicators of progress than the pounds displayed on the scale.  But wait!  How exactly is fat banished from the body and what does it take for muscle tissue to grow?

MYTH: Fat is burned as energy (heat)

The desire to lose fat or maintain weight is the most popular trigger that kicks off a fitness journey.  Most people feel more energized throughout the day when they exercise regularly.  Perhaps this is why there is a common misconception that fat turns into energy (or heat) when it is “burned.”

FACT:

Imagine…if fat burning produced heat, a boot camp session could literally become an explosive event!  Believe it or not, it’s mostly your breathing (exhaling) that rids your body of that pesky fat.

How can that be…How does that work…you can find out by watching this short video:

Myth: Boost your Protein & Cut your Carbs to Build Muscle

Low-carb diets have gained a lot of popularity over the past several years.  It seems so easy – cut one thing out of your diet and watch the pounds melt away!  While these diets may help you lose weight, they won’t necessarily benefit your body strength and/or exercise efforts.

Fact:

Don’t break up with carbs completely if you want to gain strength.  The process of hypertrophy (muscle gain) requires exercise along with rest and balanced nutrition.

Your body needs:

  • Carbohydrates to fuel those workouts
  • Protein to help your muscles repair
  • A good night’s sleep to give your body time to recover

For an entertaining lesson on how your body’s muscle tissue grows, check out this video:

Know your body and give it “preventative maintenance” …your life depends on it!

There are no shortcuts when it comes to getting fit, but the rewards of success make every challenging step worthwhile.  For most of us, progress is gradual and results may not be visible for several weeks…so don’t give up!  Once you see and feel the changes in your body, you’ll be glad you stuck with it!

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ACF, Inc. is ‘The logical choice.’

So whether your business is in Tampa, Orlando, or anywhere else in Florida we can provide the quality repair service your business can depend on. Find out why thousands of our customers have depended on us!

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in TampaOrlandoJacksonville and MelbourneParts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of air compressors systems and generators for commercial and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! 813-621-9671.

Nutrition on the Go

food scale

ACF’s Biggest Winner Contest is officially in full‑swing! If our contestants have learned anything about this process so far, it’s that life doesn’t slow down just because we are changing our lifestyles! We’re thinking to ourselves…

Balancing family, work, life can be hectic…and now I have to be conscious of what I eat AND make time to exercise? What a daunting thought!

When life gets busy, it’s so easy to fall back into those old eating habits.  This is why preparation and knowledge are the most important tools in your tool belt!  Let’s talk about some ways you can avoid those tempting treats, and what you can enjoy instead – minus the guilt!

You can explore healthy options FAST!

Between travelling for work, entertaining clients, social outings, or life-on-the-run you probably won’t be able to avoid eating out entirely.  But don’t despair!  Many eateries are providing nutrition information, making it easier than ever to stay on track.  So next time you find yourself invited to lunch during the workweek, try one of these strategies:

  1. Run a quick search online: Simply access your search engine of choice and type “[Restaurant Name] nutrition info.”  There are several websites dedicated to arming consumers with knowledge – helping you meet your wellness goals!

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  2. Check out the HealthyOut app: If you need to get the facts on several restaurant options, let HealthyOut come to the rescue!  Enter your dietary preferences (High Protein, Heart Healthy, Vegetarian, etc.) and your zip code (or use location service), and the app will provide you with dishes at nearby restaurants that meet your needs.  You can even select a meal and see healthy modifications that you can make!

Quick Grab-n-Go Meals for LE$$

Eating out is fun and convenient, but rarely is it cost-effective.  Yet, for so many of us, finding time to cook seems nearly impossible when we’re already juggling work, family, and keeping up with personal responsibilities.  No wonder people turn to drive-thru and delivery!
If making delicious and healthy meals every day simply doesn’t work for you, then try preparing a few grab-n-go meals on a convenient day. If you don’t know where to start, check out these recipes for Healthy Breakfast Cups or Quick Low-Calorie Lunches.  When Monday morning rolls around, you’re ahead of the game! Just grab-n-go with a few healthy snacks!  And on that note…

Enjoy Your Snacks Wisely!

There’s something about the period of time between meals that just triggers the munchies. Most of us actually need a few snacks to keep ourselves going throughout the day, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

When you stop at a gas station or convenience store for a quick pick-me-up, you know that you are going to be bombarded with temptations as soon as you walk through the door.  Don’t give in!  You can almost always find a relatively healthy option – no matter what your taste buds are asking for:

  1. Craving something CRUNCHY? Try some veggie chips, pretzels, or nuts!  Just make sure you get a low-sodium option and stick to the suggested serving size.
  2. Craving something MEATY? Packets of tuna or salmon are great for on-the-
    go.  Jerky can also be a great option, but steer clear of the brands that are high in sodium and sugar.
  3. Craving something REFRESHING? Celery sticks or apple slices make a great vehicle for nut butter, and they are terrific options when you don’t want to eat anything too heavy.  Plus, celery is a great source of calcium – who knew?
  4. Craving some CAFFIENE? Walk away from sugary smoothies, energy drinks, or bottled Frappuccino. Instead, seek out some acai juice or coconut water for a boost of energy without the caffeine!  If those options aren’t available to you, there’s always good old‑fashioned iced tea with little or no sugar…add lemon/orange slices for extra zing.
  5. And finally…craving something SWEET? That’s right, there’s still room for dessert in your new life!  Indulge your sweet tooth with a serving of dark chocolate (with at least 70 percent cacao) or an all-fruit popsicle, completely guilt-free!

Our hectic lives can often be a stumbling block towards becoming healthier, but a little creativity and dedication will help you meet your wellness goals.  Even better, finding solutions that don’t leave you feeling deprived will help you make these changes a LIFESTYLE, not a diet.

health scale

 

ACF, Inc. is ‘The logical choice.’

So whether your business is in Tampa, Orlando, or anywhere else in Florida we can provide the quality repair service your business can depend on. Find out why thousands of our customers have depended on us!

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in TampaOrlandoJacksonville and MelbourneParts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of air compressors systems and generators for commercial and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! 813-621-9671.

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ACF POWERS UP FOR WELLNESS

With the hustle and bustle of tight schedules and a fast-paced life, taking care of “self” can become a challenge.  ACF is responding by investing in our team members and encouraging them to take steps to raise their personal wellness bar.  We are powering up for wellness by integrating it into our everyday “work hard-play hard” culture!

Our wellness mission statement:

To encourage employees’ personal and professional productivity and their physical and mental well‑being by promoting a worksite culture that supports employees’ desire to make healthy lifestyle choices.”

Biggest Winner

On Friday, August 19, 2016, ACF will launch our first wellness initiative.  The ‘Biggest Winner Contest’ spans all our locations throughout the state. Contestants will have six weeks to gain as much muscle and lose as much fat as possible.  Those results combined, by ranking, will result in our Biggest Winners. There will be a male and female category with each having a Grand Prize, Runner Up and 2nd Runner Up.  In addition, we will have raffles for participation and for contestants who receive an annual preventative care check-up.  That’s not all!  At ACF, social responsibility is just as important.  This contest will also give back to the community through food donations in the name of each male and female grand prize winner.

Ready to make a change?  Need Resources?

Exploit your mobile devices!  Here are some resources to make healthy changes for your body and mind.

Sworkit
Available FREE on iOS and Android

sworkit

Can’t afford a gym membership?  Not sure how to create your own workout?  Don’t have the time?  Sworkit gives you the tools you need to succeed under any circumstances.  It allows you to customize and play personalized video workouts with no equipment needed!

  •   Choose from strength, cardio, yoga or stretching
  •   Workouts can be just 5 minutes or up to an hour
  •   Follow the video trainer to know exactly what to do!

MyFitnessPal
Available FREE on iOS and Android

myfitnessMyFitnessPal allows you to navigate your way through a database of restaurant menus and grocery store items to track food intake and see nutrition information.

  • Barcode scanner for food and beverage nutrition info
  • Features recipes and health tips
  • Sync to your favorite fitness tracker (Fitbit, Jawbone, etc.)

SAM
Available FREE on iOS and Android

SAM

SAM has many self-help tools to manage stress and anxiety.  Developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists and student users, the app provides:

  • Clearly laid out menus
  • User guidance
  • External links
  • Self-monitoring of anxiety with graphical display

Lifetick
Available FREE as a mobile link for iOS and Android 
at https://www.lifetick.com/application

lifetick

Lifetick helps you set goals by identifying core values, like “what’s really important to me?”  This allows your Lifetick goals to become more personalized.  Then, use the app features to set and track your way to success!

  • Uses SMART goal-setting method
  • Journal feature
  • Status widgets
  • Create a bucket list for your long-term future
  • Share your goals with other members for extra motivation

Here’s to your health!

 ACF, Inc. is ‘The logical choice.’

So whether your business is in Tampa, Orlando, or anywhere else in Florida we can provide the quality repair service your business can depend on. Find out why thousands of our customers have depended on us!

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in TampaOrlandoJacksonville and MelbourneParts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of air compressors systems and generators for commercial and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! 813-621-9671.

Dirty Diesel Fuel

Diesel Generator Fuel Cleaning and Polishing

Prevent Costly Emergencies – Fuel Maintenance is the Key to Emergency Power Reliability

Dirty fuel, clogged filters and sludge in emergency generator fuel tanks are all primary reasons for engine down-time and power loss. In the corporate environment, it can result in lost product and productivity and worse–it exposes your company to great financial loss.

It is the condition of the fuel in your tanks that determines engine performance and emergency power reliability. Your standby power generator’s diesel engine requires optimal fuel quality for peak performance and reliability. Fuel, however, is inherently unstable and fuel breakdown is unavoidable and accelerated by heat, storage, pressure, condensation and bacterial contamination. Florida’s hot moist weather is an extremely hostile environment to fuel storage.

Fuel degradation is an inevitable, natural process. And unless an adequate fuel sampling, testing, monitoring and generator fuel cleaning program is implemented, fuel breakdown will continue to be a potentially expensive liability and a major contributor to your overall operating costs.

Dirty Fuel?

  • Are you changing your filters prior to 500 hours? Do you have excess exhaust smoke? Is your fuel stored for more than 90 days? Then it’s time to have your diesel fuel professionally cleaned.
  • Can you afford to gamble with your emergency generator engines reliability? Clean fuel is necessary for optimum engine performance. Giving your engine the best fuel possible will increase reliability and safety.
  • Would you like to reduce overall operating costs of your diesel engine? An engine that burns clean fuel will have fewer injector failures, less filter maintenance and smoke less. By reducing the overall maintenance and extending the engine’s life, you will reduce both short & long term expenses.

Symptoms in the Tank

  • Dark colored fuel
  • Slimy mass in tanks or filters
  • Water in fuel
  • Sediments
  • Unusual odor
  • Fuel system fouling
  • Unexplained contamination

Engine Symptoms

  • Dark exhaust
  • Corroded injectors
  • Clogged fuel line
  • Clogged filters

Find Out More

For detailed product specifications, key performance characteristics and installation drawings, please contact your central and northern Florida Generac Industrial Distributor, ACF Standby Systems.  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.

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Melbourne. Parts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of generator systems for residential, commercial, and industrial clients.

The Logical Choice! (813) 621-9671

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

Generac Generators

What’s in a Service Call?

Pretty much everything that you own will need some periodic maintenance. This is particularly the case for tools that have engines. Engines have moving parts and operate using fuel and multiple types of lubricants and filters. These factors combine to make great tools, but without maintenance, these moving parts can deteriorate and cause the engine to work more slowly.

In a state like Florida, where we experience heavy rain and wind on a regular basis, power can go out at any time. Maintenance is the best way to make sure that your generator is ready to handle your facility’s voltage requirements. Some experts even provide service plans that dictate what needs to be done service-wise, based on how many hours your generator has run. We recommend that you plan on having a comprehensive service plan that is administered by professionals. Yes, it costs a little extra, but realistically it is part of the peace of mind that having a standby system provides.

At ACF Standby Systems, we offer comprehensive service plans to make sure that your generator is in proper working order when your business needs it. We strive to work with our customers’ needs and budgets. We have some recommended service plans but would be happy to put together a service plan that meets both your budget and the requirements of your specific equipment.

Some of the services we provide include:

  • Visually and manually inspecting your generator to ensure that there are no leaks, cracks or shortages of fuel or lubricants.
  • Testing important portions of the generator such as the cooling system, block heater, turbo charger and other areas, to ensure that they are in proper working order.
  • Verifying that functional parts like belts, hoses, and spark plugs are intact and ready to perform.
  • Communicating with your staff to make sure that they know what to look for and how to handle basic maintenance issues so that your generator can stay in working order. We also provide a full report of our inspection, what we did and any recommendations we have for your system every time we come out.
  • If you opt for a major inspection, we clean and replace functional parts (spark plugs, oil filters, etc.). We can also take fuel and oil samples to be tested to ensure your system is ready to operate.
  • A service call is a way to ensure that your generator is ready to back up your business. Our service plans include more than we talked about here, but we just wanted to give you an idea of what we can do for you. Our plans can be tapered to your needs, and we will work with you to put together a plan that gives you what your generator needs. Our technicians are certified and experienced, so having us service your equipment means that it will always work.

For detailed product specifications, key performance characteristics and installation drawings, please contact your central and northern Florida Generac Industrial Distributor, ACF Standby Systems.  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.We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Melbourne. Parts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of generator systems for residential, commercial, and industrial clients.

The Logical Choice! (813) 621-9671

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

Generac Truck

Diesel Power Combined with the Benefits of Natural Gas

As a result of providing the power of diesel with the many environmental benefits of natural gas, Generac has seen an increase in the interest and installation of its Bi-Fuel™* generators, largely due to their many advantages:

  • Extended run times
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Enhanced reliability
  • Ability to provide factory-tested and warranted units
  • Scalability as part of a Generac Modular Power System (MPS)

Bi-fuel generators provide end-users with the advantages of using both diesel and natural gas fuels while minimizing the disadvantages. Diesel fuel is used to start the engine and, as load is applied, the transition is made to a blend of diesel and natural gas. The diesel fuel remains necessary to maintain ignition of the natural gas, but in bi-fuel mode diesel consumption is only a small percentage of full diesel operation.  Utility-supplied natural gas provides extended run times, which can be a significant benefit during major storms or other events where diesel fuel deliveries can be compromised.

“The standard diesel governing system runs continuously; during sudden load changes, diesel instantly becomes the dominant fuel so the system reacts just like a typical diesel generator,” explained Mark Sweeney, Business Manager-North Central, Generac Industrial Power.

Bi-fuel generators also have lower diesel fuel management costs. With the EPA’s new regulations aimed at reducing emissions from diesel engines, the use of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) in mandated in all standby generator applications. ULSD goes through additional refining processes which makes it less stable than traditional diesel fuel. This requires the fuel to be polished more frequently to ensure the fuel does not degrade and/or clog the engine filters. With bi-fuel generators, less diesel fuel has to be stored on-site, resulting in lower costs.

At the same time, because on-site diesel fuel is still part of the system, reliability is improved. Should the natural gas supply be interrupted, the generator can run on 100% diesel fuel. The system will automatically and seamlessly switch to 100% diesel operation with no loss of power during the transition.

Generac Bi-Fuel™ generators meet the on-site fuel requirements for emergency systems as referenced in National Electric Code 700 and National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) 110. Less on-site diesel fuel typically means easier permitting, and indoor fuel installations with capacity limits per NFPA or local codes become a viable option.

“Generac is the only manufacturer supplying bi-fuel standby generators directly from the factory, providing the key advantages of factory testing and a factory warranty,” said Sweeney. “Other manufacturers have to convert their generators to bi-fuel by adding third-party after-market equipment which can lead to problems. There is also the question of responsibility should something malfunction on the generator,” he added.

The market has shown significant interest toward products that burn inherently clean natural gas as an alternative to diesel solutions. Bi-fuel generators utilize up to 75% clean burning natural gas providing the market with another viable fuel option.

Finally, Bi-Fuel™ generators can be used as part of Generac’s innovative MPS. While it is well-known Generac’s MPS provides redundancy, flexibility and scalability in a modular type paralleling system, MPS also provides the ability to mix and match gensets.

For detailed product specifications, key performance characteristics and installation drawings, please contact your central and northern Florida Generac Industrial Distributor, ACF Standby Systems.  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.

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Melbourne. Parts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of generator systems for residential, commercial, and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! (813) 621-9671

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

Tropical Storm

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FIFTY PERCENT CHANCE OF A STORM VISITING THE SOUTH EAST

We are currently a week away the from the start of the official hurricane season and the first named storm of the season has a fifty percent chance of arriving.  Last year Ana never had a chance to hit the continental United States.  This time, it is a little different.  If the storm forms, it will be crashing Memorial Day parties throughout a large portion of the southeast.

Early May storms are rare, and this possible storm may not be packing hurricane strength winds, but the storm comes with a warning. Be prepared. All it takes is one storm, even a small one to affect your business.

The season might get off to an early start but ends in November. We at ACF Standby Systems believe that it is not only advisable but necessary to be ready for a tropical storm. During and especially after a storm has passed over, there is a chance that you and your business may be left without electricity.

  • A lack of electricity can cause multiple problems. Consider these potential benefits that you can experience if you are left without power after a storm if you are prepared.
  • Increased Revenue- If you provide products or services that people will need after a storm, it will be increasingly difficult to operate without power. Naturally, if you cannot do business, you will lose revenues. A working generator can provide you an influx of cash to pay for your post storm repairs.
  • Social Responsibility- Your customers depend on you in good times and bad. If you can do business during a blackout or after a storm, you will be there for your customers, and they will remember that. This will help down the road as it can create positive sentiment.
  • Decreased Damage to Your Facility- Without power you will be less able to address damage inside your actual facility. This can lead to structural damage and loss of equipment and files. With a working generator, you can carry on operations as soon as possible.
  • To avoid these and other issues you should take some time to prepare your generator. If you have not done it yet, take the time to follow these tips to stave off unnecessary hurricane damage
  • Make sure that your generator is a deliberate part of your emergency plan. Does it have the capacity to meet your needs? Perhaps you bought the generator several years ago and had purchased more or larger equipment since. Ensure that your generator has the wattage capacity required to operate your equipment/facility. Be sure to clear your equipment with your local electricity supplier to ensure you meet code. For a new or additional generator, we suggest you consider one of these.
  • Properly store your generator. Is a mounted generator in a location that is above potential flood levels or your portable generator stored in an area that will not be underwater? If not, relocate it immediately. Also, be sure that your generator is in a location that can accommodate the potential exhaust. This will keep your air breathable while you work after a storm.
  • Check to make sure your generator works. Start the generator to make sure that it will be ready when you need it.
  • Have the generator inspected by a professional. Even if you generator starts, you may want to consider service. Carburetor and other common problems can be avoided with timely checkups by certified service technicians.
  • Be fuel ready. Regardless of which type of fuel powers your generator in times of need, have extra on hand. Being prepared will pay dividends when the lights go out. Also, you may need to remove old fuel that has been stagnant in the tank of your generator. Certain types of fuel need to be replaced if left in the generator for an extended period.

Your generator may be just one part of your hurricane preparation, but remember how important electricity will be after a storm. Electricity will power televisions and radios that will deliver news, refrigerators that will store food and even air conditioning which may be one of the few creature comforts available directly after a storm. More importantly, it will be impossible to get computer servers and alarm systems back online or to get employees back into a functioning office without electricity.

 

For detailed product specifications, key performance characteristics and installation drawings, please contact your central and northern Florida Generac Industrial Distributor, ACF Standby Systems.  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.

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and Melbourne. Parts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of generator systems for residential, commercial, and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! (813) 621-9671

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