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Winter Back-up

When we think about the Sunshine State and electricity consumption, we are inclined to picture high demand for energy on a steamy July afternoon. It seems logical to pay special attention to safeguarding your business from power outages during the summer months. While it is important to make sure that energy demand on an exceptionally hot and humid summer afternoon doesn’t stop your workday, winter demand can be just as high.

As Floridians we get cold when the temperature drops much below 70°. You’d be surprised how many space heaters and electric blankets get turned on in our state, not just up north in Jacksonville but down south in Miami and Melbourne also. In fact TECO and Progress Energy, the utility providers for the majority of central Florida, report record single-day electricity usage records as being the result of a cold front in January of 2010, not one of our notoriously hot summers.

Winter Electricity Demand

As always, record demands can easily lead to blackouts. Power outages caused by high demand for energy tend to happen at the beginning of the day. Think about it: demand will be high all night when thermostats are set to warm the house along with other heating elements. Then everyone wakes up and turns on televisions, radios and hot water heaters that all need even more energy without turning off the heat. This surge in demand can cause the utility provider to scramble to supply enough power and often results in multiple power outages to start the day.

By the time the utility provider has mobilized their staff to fix the first outage, several others likely pile up, leaving some without power for the entire day if not longer. That is why electric companies make pleas to the community to limit consumption on a cold day. Think about it: power companies sell electricity for profit, so if they are asking you to use less electricity, they are basically admitting an inability to cover demand and warning that you will likely experience some form of disruption in power supply. Can your business afford to be put on hold for a day? Especially at a time of year where vacations are likely, so you need to get as much work done in a day as possible. Or at a time of year where your sales increase to the point that you become profitable?

The bottom line here is that at some point, your bottom line will depend upon your ability to produce electricity, at least for a limited amount of time. To do this you need to have a standby system or set of generators on hand that can handle your electricity demands. Don’t confuse winter months and lack of electrical demand. Yes, we are lucky enough in Florida to be able to turn the air conditioner off during many winter days. Don’t forget the peak days that create surges for the utility providers and ultimately everyone who needs electricity. We will leave you with a couple of facts.

Florida Energy Facts

  • Florida’s per capita residential electrical demand is nearly the highest in the country. Utility providers have to meet demand for both residences and businesses, so you are not always guaranteed service.
  • Electricity in Florida is dependent upon petroleum, so any interruptions in the gas supply chain can cause issues for our ability to do so much as turn on lights.

Sources:

U.S. Energy Information Administration

TECO Press Release

St. Petersburg Times

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A Variety of Generators for a Variety of Needs

When it comes to power needs every building or complex is different. Your facility might need an entirely different standby system than another facility of equal size, depending upon what you actually do and what your electricity needs will be when the utility provider cannot help you out. In order to help you get a handle on what type of system would best suit your needs, it is beneficial to understand what your options are.

  • Industrial portable generators- The name is pretty self-explanatory here. These units are 100% mobile and can stand up to the environmental conditions that a “real life” work day will put them through. They also have the capability to produce enough power for a work environment; our units can produce anywhere from 3,000 to 11,000 watts on a continual basis. Fuel sources differ by model, allowing you to choose a generator that is easy to fill in your area or work environment. While they are good for producing power anywhere, industrial portable generators are not suitable to be permanent standby systems.
  • Industrial towable standby generators- These are truly multi-purpose units. You can take them anywhere that they can be towed behind a vehicle. You can also hook them up to a building, so that they serve as more permanent standby systems. Towable standby generators are specially designed to be quieter when they are operating, which makes them great options for recreational events with lots of people who don’t want to yell over a generator. With the ability to produce anywhere from 20 to 400kW, you can select a unit that produces enough energy to meet your needs.
  • Mobile light towers- Lighting is one of the most common things that generators and standby systems are used for. Without light you can’t work; it’s just that simple. To meet your lighting needs you can select a mobile generator that is specifically designed to light up areas as large as seven acres! These units can be towed to different work sites or kept in one place to fill a need for outdoor lighting.
  • Automatic emergency standby generators- These units are specifically designed of facilities with lighter duty emergency electrical needs. They are perfect for a home or small business and can produce up to 11kW of power. Automatic emergency standby generators are designed to be hooked up to your building so that they can monitor the power feed from your utility provider. They will even turn on and shut themselves off depending upon availability of power from your utility company.
  • Industrial agricultural standby generators- These heavier duty units produce anywhere from 30 to 200kW. They are fueled by diesel and are versatile enough to connect to any existing fuel tanks you might have. You have the option of using an industrial agricultural standby generator as a standby system in the event that power goes out, or you can use it as the primary power source for certain equipment.
  • Gaseous standby generators- These gas fueled units are intended to be used as standby systems. However they are great permanent fixtures at smaller facilities or even large private residences. They produce anywhere from 10 to 125kW and can be complemented by a variety of optional equipment to make the units quieter or more able to withstand harsh weather conditions.
  • Industrial diesel liquid cooled generators- These units are for facilities with large backup power needs or that might not have access to a utility provider at all. They supply between 30 and 2000kW of power using diesel as a fuel source. Due to their ability to provide various types of facilities with power, they are usually customized to meet your exact needs. They can be installed in a ship that docks out of the Port of Tampa or next to a factory that never leaves Jacksonville. Either way they will be ready to reliably supply huge amounts of electricity.
  • Industrial gaseous standby or prime power generators- These units are kind of like the little brother of the industrial diesel liquid cooled generators we just told you about. They operate off of gas as opposed to diesel and provide anywhere from 30 to 880kW. This is enough power to run a small building or provide backup electricity to a larger one. They are also custom built to meet your needs, so you will be able to get exactly what you want out of your purchase.

Once you have decided what your power needs are, what type of fuel will be best for you, and how you intend to use your generator or standby system, you are ready to pick the type of unit that is best for you. We hope that this list helps you to better understand the different varieties that are available. For more information on these types of units please visit us online.

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Power Outage 101

A lot of people are willing to gamble when it comes to backup power. They feel that power outages are rare occurrences that don’t really pose a significant threat. But ask anyone who operates a data or manufacturing facility that has lost power for say, more than five minutes, if power outages do not pose a threat, and you are likely to get a response that uses stronger words than “significant.” The truth is that power outages cost thousands of dollars for every minute that a medium or large facility goes without power, and that they are more common than most people tend to think.

Why Does the Power go out?

Let’s begin by reviewing the most common reasons for power outages. According to information from some actual power providers the top causes of power outages include:

  • Weather- Wind, rain, sleet, snow, lightning, you name it–common aspects of weather can cause electrical lines to be disrupted and transformers to go out. In addition to these occurrences you have to consider tornadoes, hurricanes (especially for those of us living here in Florida) and any other weather-related disaster that can cause a blackout.
  • Animals- Yes Mother Nature strikes again. Think about how many times you have seen birds and squirrels living on power lines or using them as travel routes. More often that you would think, a bird building a nest on a utility pole or a squirrel chewing into a wire causes hundreds of properties to lose power.
  • Automobile and Construction Accidents- Drunk, sleepy and distracted drivers have been known to crash into light poles. New development is also a fairly common reason that power is interrupted as workers unintentionally disrupt power lines and equipment.

These are the most common reasons for disruptions in power. While other factors can play a role, more often than not the culprit is on the above list.

What about Blackouts in the Future?

As our population grows in numbers and the use of electrically powered technology becomes an increasing part of everyone’s lives, it would be unrealistic to think that increased power outages are not going to be a probable side affect. More people, who all have increased demand for energy, will likely cause problems for utility providers. Currently the energy industry is looking into new ways to create electricity that is both better for the environment and able to meet upcoming demands. The truth is, those sources of electricity are largely in experimental stages and are not widely adopted. If you disagree, look at the bottom of your next power bill. It lists how your utility provider sourced electricity during the previous billing period. You will see that the majority of our power still comes from fossil fuels and coal, not new technologies.

Recently CNN reported on the findings of a team of researchers out of the University of Minnesota. These researchers studied power disruptions and blackouts. They found that over the past 20 years power outages that are not caused by natural disasters but do end up affecting at least 50,000 people are up 124%. This evidence shows that our demand for energy is currently increasing faster than the utility companies’ ability to provide power.

What Can We Do about It?

This is not the easiest question to answer. Some would argue more funding for research and development of new technologies, while others would back finding ways for each individual to use less power. In the end it will probably be a combination of both ideas. Regardless of what happens, everyone who values energy, or who values their business that needs energy to operate, can purchase insurance. The insurance we are talking about isn’t an intangible contract sold to you by someone who will likely try to argue you out of payment when you need it. This type of insurance is a tangible piece of proven machinery that when set up correctly can power parts of your business, if not the entire facility. The other benefit is that this “insurance policy” does not necessarily cost you more based on location. An identical standby system costs the same for a data center in Jacksonville as it does for a manufacturing plant in Orlando.

Sources:

Baltimore Gas and Electric

Duke Energy

IBM

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Why Buy Baldor

There are a lot of different brand names when it comes to backup power. Making a purchase decision for a generator or standby system means that you have to choose out the brand as well as the specific unit. While it is true that many manufacturers make quality products, not many manufacturers incorporate quality into their entire product line. One company might make great portable gas generators, but poor quality immobile standby systems. This is not the case with Baldor; they make products that they expect to put to work in the field. Product quality is a priority for this manufacturer.

Industrial Equipment

Many manufacturers make generators out of lesser quality parts. A lawn engine motor might work for a generator that only gets used twice a year for a couple of hours, but industrial equipment needs to be ready continually. Baldor knows this, so they make sure that the majority of their products are built around your need to work. They incorporate multiple exceptional features:

  • Magnetic grade lamination steel is used to construct the alternators, which helps control the voltage of the electricity and assists the unit in starting up.
  • A “dip and bake” thermal set epoxy varnish seals the units much better that a plastic or metal cover would. This means your generator will last longer even after it has been in the rain, wind and dirt.
  • An additional copper wire–the Inverter Spike Resistant Wire–helps the units run longer and actually reduces maintenance costs over time.
  • Portable units can provide at least 150% of their nameplate rating in short bursts, which means that you will have less issues getting your equipment up and running in the field.

A Committed Company

Have you ever noticed that the way a company feels about their business plays a big role in how well they operate and directly cues product quality? So have we. We have chosen to be a certified Baldor dealer throughout Florida because of the company’s commitment to making quality products. We carry their products in all sizes, from 2.5 kilowatt units all the way up to 2.5 megawatts. We have based our product line around Baldor because of their commitment to the industry. They think about their customers and product quality every step of the way. They can manufacture and deliver custom motors and drives in three weeks or less. This means that they are willing to give their customers exactly what they need in a reasonable amount of time.

Baldor representatives also spend countless hours every year talking to their customers. They want feedback so that they can continually improve and make sure that customers who depend on them for power get exactly what they need. We feel that customers should be provided the best products that are customized to their needs as well, so it made the decision to focus our product line on their gensets a no-brainer. When you are committed to your customers, your industry and quality you will surely rise to the top of your industry just as Baldor has.

Sources:

Baldor

USP&E

Generator Power.net

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The Power to Save Lives

Today’s post is dedicated to the ability that generators have to save lives. Yes, they can absolutely save businesses money, but in many instances they can do more. Think about all of the facilities that people depend on for life sustaining services. In addition think about all of the ways that backup or portable power can help reduce casualties.

Hospitals

Hospitals are the first type of facility on the list when it comes to saving lives. Patients who are in surgery or critical care units could literally die if the hospital goes without power for even a few moments. Patients hooked up to ventilators would not be able to breathe, while others who are on operating tables would not receive proper care and would lose blood if the power is discontinued. Hospitals save lives on a daily basis, and electricity is just as vital a tool for a hospital as doctors and scalpels are.

Water Treatment

Water treatment facilities clean water and oversee its distribution to the community. The overwhelming majority of citizens receive their water from water treatment facilities. Without the electricity that they need to operate, people would go without one of the most important things that our bodies need on a daily basis. It would not take long for stores to be out of bottled water. Soon enough people would be resorting to less clean sources of water which is one of the easiest ways to spread disease.

Power Plants

This is an interesting thing to think about. When the power goes out, the first entity to be blamed is the power plant. While it is true that providing power is their responsibility, from time to time they experience technical difficulties. If they have proper standby systems in place, these difficulties will be far easier to overcome. Not only will they still be able to provide power (likely on a limited basis), but they will be able to operate inside the facility effectively so as to be able to fix whatever has broken. Power plants supply large geographic areas with electricity. TECO provides more than just the city of Tampa with power, but many of the surrounding communities. The same can be said about Florida Power or any of the other large entities that are involved in powering the state of Florida. Even the power company needs a generator.

Military

The military currently uses generators and is thinking about new ways to incorporate them. Generators can restore utilities and provide field hospitals with power that can save lives. They are also looking into generators that run off of non-fossil fuel sources to use in the field. It is dangerous and costly to send units back and forth between bases and field outposts with fresh supplies and additional fuel for vehicles. Generators that run off of solar power or rechargeable batteries can be used in the field to provide lighting, electricity for computers and a variety of other things. These new-age generators will keep our troops safer, while giving them the tools they need to do their jobs. The technology that the military is currently developing and using will likely become available to consumers in the future. Their innovations could be the future of our business.

Standby systems and generators are useful to almost every person on the planet. Very few people choose to live without power. Between the need for lights and the climate in Florida, electricity is a must. If you want to ensure that your power will always be available, feel free to visit us online to find out about the products and service packages that we offer.

Sources:

The Press Enterprise

USP&E

Powered Generators.com

Department of Environmental Protection-Florida

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Determining Capacity: How Much Standby System Do You Need?

Considering that tens of thousands of dollars can be lost every minute that a large facility goes without power, standby systems are not just recommended; they are necessary. In essence a standby system or series of generators can be considered to be a tangible insurance policy. Instead of paying out in the event of a disaster, they save you from losing money. The issue becomes which standby system to buy.

The decision involves thinking about what you need and what you want, and then doing a little bit of math. Some would tell you that you are “sizing your generator set” when you are making this decision because you are deciding how much capacity your system must have in order to keep your facility going.

  • What you need- Some of your equipment must stay running when the power goes out so that you can continue working. Other equipment–like elevators in a building seven stories or taller or alarm systems–must stay powered by law. You must decide what specifically you need to have powered. Look at everything in your facility and get your managers involved. You won’t want to learn the hard way that you forgot about a piece of equipment. Common necessities include:
    • Lights (emergency lighting at the least)
    • Computer servers
    • Vital machinery
    • Electronic doors (either security doors or those large enough for vehicles)
    • Emergency alarms
  • What you want- Remember you and your staff will still be in the facility working when the utility company lets you down. In addition to necessities there will be some electronics that you want to keep online because they make work easier or more bearable. Don’t forget about:
    • Air conditioning (While it’s not vital, Florida can get HOT; unless you are in Gainesville or Jacksonville, even in the winter you will want a/c)
    • Additional lights (Emergency lights often only help in walkways and near exits. Is that where work gets done?)
    • Clerical Computers (It’s necessary to keep the server intact, but it will be hard to work if all of your other computers have no power)
  • Calculating your load- As promised, there is a little bit of math involved. It is pretty straight forward but let’s start by defining a couple of terms
    • Continuous rating: The amount of power your system can and will consistently supply, This number is the figure that you will use to make your final decision.
    • Maximum/surge rating: This is the absolute most power that your system can produce. This figure is higher than the continuous rating and exists to make sure your equipment doesn’t break down as your load changes
    • Single step load: The amount of power needed to start all of your equipment at once
    • Step starting: Staggering the order in which your equipment starts to conserve total power (motors take about six times their continuous rating in order to power on)

You will need to find out how much power all of your chosen equipment needs to run. Basically all of the equipment you have has its own version of a continuous rating (the voltage it needs to run is usually referred to as “rated power.”). When it comes to equipment with motors, you will need to factor in the additional voltage required to start the equipment. In an ideal world you would add up all of the equipment on your list, come up with a total and pick your favorite system. In the real world you will add up the amount of power that it takes to run your equipment and increase your total to allow equipment to start. If you want to purchase one large system or several small systems, you can save yourself some math by purchasing a standby system large enough to handle a single step load. This may require that you organize several smaller systems (a generator set) that can hook up to selected equipment to share the load. If you do not want to do this, then you will have to plan for step starting. A safe capacity estimate for step starting calculates how much voltage you need to start your piece of equipment with the highest start up needs while everything else is running. Then add about 20% to accommodate added equipment as your facility grows (every business want to get bigger right?) and momentary losses in power output that your generator will experience as additional equipment starts up. Once you have this figure, you will have a good idea of how high the continuous rating of your system should be.

If you opt for step starting, as many facilities do, you will need to have multiple transfer switches installed. The transfer switches will be set up to turn on particular equipment in a specific order, so that all of your chosen equipment can ultimately be turned on without overworking your system. Being too conservative with the continuous rating of your system or neglecting to start equipment in an order that your system can handle is not recommended. You will not want to find out which straw broke the camel’s back.

The good news is that a properly sized and maintained standby system can make sure that your facility never shuts down due to lack of power. You will need to make the decisions about what gets power and what doesn’t and obtain the power ratings for the equipment. A good standby technician or salesperson can help you determine your capacity needs after that.

Sources:

My Emergency Generator

Sustainable Facility

Scribd-Sizing Gen Sets for Large Motor Starting

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How Much Can a Power Outage Cost?

Technology makes almost every aspect of our lives easier. As technology has evolved, our society has become increasingly dependent upon these tools we use in our everyday lives. Whether at work or at play, we need technology. Just as we are dependent upon technology, most of these innovations are dependent upon electricity. Without electricity to provide power, these tools become obsolete. As a result of technology’s role in our lives, we are dependent upon electricity. In its absence many of our daily activities become impossible until electricity is restored.

When the power goes out, businesses tend to feel the loss in their bottom lines. Even a few hours without power can cost a business a significant amount of money. The losses can be directly measured via lost sales, manufacturing time and, for some businesses, even inventory.

When power is not available, many businesses have to close. They are without lights, computer systems and all of the other things that make doing business easier. Not only is it unfeasible to bring customers into a building that doesn’t have power, it is generally difficult to receive payment and track sales without the assistance of a computer. These examples of lost sales could potentially affect any retailer or restaurant that suffers a blackout. For warehouses and manufacturing facilities, operations tend to cease immediately. Manufacturing equipment and computers that track shipments cannot operate without power, which makes these businesses obsolete in a power outage.

But how much can a power outage cost? The immediate impact is different for every business, but consider these figures:

  • A Massachusetts restaurateur estimated that he lost $3,000 in sales based upon one afternoon without power.
  • A report by the Consortium for Electric Infrastructure to Support Digital Society studied several hundred businesses in the United States concerning monetary losses that are associated with power losses. They estimated that businesses in the Digital Economy (online businesses from financial trading to data storage) and Manufacturing Industry lose $45.7 billion dollars a year due to power outages. This figure is comprised of lost sales, time and damaged equipment.

Realistically no business can go without power. Even short outages can immediately set a business back. If equipment needs to be restarted, data entry needs to be looked over to make sure nothing was missed or any other catch-up type activities need to be performed money is lost. In addition to what can be measured, it is difficult to measure the opportunity cost of blackouts. If you operate in Tampa, Florida but your customers are in Jacksonville, they might not understand that your lack of power supply is the reason that things are not getting done. They might take it out on you by decreasing their business with you.

Whether you can measure your losses precisely or not, you know that lost power means lost money. Some estimates say that just one second of lost power for an industrial facility can cost over $1,000. That is a precise enough number to make buying a standby system a worthwhile investment.

Sources:

ACF Standby Systems

The Eagle Tribune

The Consortium for Electric Infrastructure to Support Digital Society

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Transfer Switch: Automatic or Manual

When it comes down to it, your generator needs a little help from its friends. One of its best friends is a transfer switch. Transfer switches control the flow of electricity into your facility. They “transfer” the power source for your facility from the utility provider to the standby system. The standby system then takes over your electrical load and makes sure that you weather the storm.

Transfer switches are a good thing to have. Not only do they make changing power sources easy and help kick your generator into action, but they are also helpful to utility workers. Most of the time power is sent from the power lines to your house. Sometimes your standby system can send power back through the power lines, a process called backfeeding. If this happens, a utility worker who comes into contact with the line may be injured by the unexpected electricity. Transfer switches help to alleviate this risk and make things safer for everyone. Think about transfer switches like electrical middle men, they communicate between different sources of electricity and make sure that everything runs smoothly.

You have two options when it comes to transfer switches:

  • Automatic Transfer Switches- This options does all of the work for you. When properly installed, the transfer switch monitors the electrical feed from your utility provider. If the feed drops off for a set amount of time, the switch cues your generator to warm up and take over supplying power. Automatic transfer switches can be set to provide power to selected circuits in the event that your standby system is intended to power particular parts of your facility but not the entire thing.
  • Manual Transfer Switches- Manual switches require a little bit more work. They are set up in advance like an automatic version, but need a person to physically go and change the power source from the utility provider to the generator. Most often these switches are used with portable generators but there are cases where larger standby systems have manual transfer switches.

So which one is best for you? While either option can work and ensure that you have access to power when you need it, we will make a case for automatic transfer switches. They have some distinct advantages:

  • Ease of use: once properly installed the automatic switch will continually monitor the utility providers feed for you and then turn the generator on when it is needed. A manual transfer switch requires more effort so ease of use is a definite plus for automatic switches.
  • Accessibility: Accessibility–or lack thereof–for manual switches is a concern. When power goes out, you will have to go to a manual switch in order to regain electricity. If the switch is outside, that means you are going outside, even if a severe storm is the cause of the electrical outage. Even if it is just a blown transformer, it may happen at night and you will be sent out into the dark to flip the switch.
  • Reduced risk of overloading your generator: While many manual switches today are wired into your facility to provide electricity to particular areas, not all are. If you have an older, or lesser quality manual transfer switch you will have to locate breakers and choose which ones to turn off or keep on. If your original analysis revealed that your generator only needed enough capacity to keep necessary functions intact (computer servers, emergency lights, etc), then you likely do not have a system capable of powering the whole facility. Without turning off breakers, that is exactly what your generator will try to do which can lead directly to a broken generator. You don’t want a broken generator any more than you will want to hunt for breakers during a power outage.
  • Constant Analysis: We mentioned that an automatic transfer switch would monitor the utility and transfer your electrical supply from it to a generator as needed. Imagine a power outage at 2 AM, you are the facility manager, you live 20 miles from work and someone calls you in the middle of the night telling you to drive over and manually turn on a switch. At that point you will wish that you had opted for the automatic transfer switch.

The type of switch that you use is a matter of personal preference. While automatic transfer switches can make things a little easier, a manual one will do the job if used correctly. If you are making a purchase we would recommend that you go with an automatic switch. If you have an older system, you can have a manual switch replaced with a newer automatic version. If you have more questions about switches we address them here.

Sources:

Generator Joe

EC&M

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ACF Standby Systems is Hiring in Florida

We are happy to say that our business is alive and well despite the current economy. As a result of that success, we are in need of some new team members. We are currently hiring for positions in the state of Florida. Two of our positions will work in South Florida. Both positions will require the ability to travel in and around South Florida so if you are familiar with Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines, Kendall, Homestead and all surrounding areas then you might be a great fit for our company.

At ACF Standby Systems we sell, install, maintain and repair standby systems and portable generators. We focus on commercial customers and provide backup power for facilities of all sizes. One of the great things about joining our team is the ability to get out into the field and provide peace of mind for customers who, quite frankly, have issues to worry about that do not include power. Our customers focus on their business, and we focus on making sure that they have the power they need to keep that business up and running. Regardless of what complications their electrical infrastructure or our Florida weather might throw at them, our products and services help facility managers ensure that things run smoothly.

We are looking for new team members who will work both in sales and as service technicians for the standby systems and generators we provide. Regardless of which position you think you would best fit we do have a few requirements. We want team members who:

  • Come to work every day with a “can do” attitude
  • Are prepared to work as part of a team toward common goals that make our customers happy every time they interact with us
  • Are focused on the needs of our customers and how they can fulfill them while adhering to all company policies
  • Are willing to be flexible with both travel and scheduling to make sure that we provide the best backup power products and service in all of the markets where we do business.

If this sounds like you, and we hope it does, then read over our position listings and decide which one you are best suited for. We have job listings for: New Product Salespeople in the greater Orlando area, Aftermarket Salespeople who will work throughout South Florida and Service Technicians who will focus on our customer needs in South Florida.

Job Listing: Aftermarket Sales

This job will require that you not only know about generators and how gasoline and diesel engines work, but also about your customers. You will need to know which products and additional service lines will best fit their needs. Your job will be to maintain a relationship with your clients and sell them additional products and services as needed. In most cases you will evaluate the client’s needs and develop sales proposal. You will be selling to plant engineers, maintenance personnel, contractors and company executives. You will have to know how each individual client thinks about their business and be able to relate to these needs as they can be fulfilled by our products and services. Other job requirements include:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in engineering)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Software
  • Basic Marketing Knowledge
  • Ability to travel within your assigned geographic territory to meet with customers
  • The ability to pitch our products and accommodate changes in the market

We are posting this job listing for sales representatives who will work in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Kendall, Pembroke Pines, Homestead, and Boca Raton.

Job Listing: Generator Service Technician

This job requires knowledge of both mechanical and electrical operations. You will be working on engines and on the components of the generators that produce electricity. In many cases you will provide scheduled maintenance but repair work may come up from time to time. You will need to be able to move up to 100 pounds, use tools necessary for servicing engines and be comfortable working in conditions that are sometimes hot and humid. We will consider hiring candidates who have: work experience, education or a combination that has prepared them to service our products. Other requirements include:

  • A clean driving record
  • The ability to travel and work onsite
  • Basic mathematics skills
  • Physical endurance that allows you to stand, sit and bend for extended periods of time
  • A High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED)

We are posting this job listing for service technicians who will work in: Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Kendall, Pembroke Pines, Homestead, Boca Raton

Job Listing: New Product Sales

Employees in this position will be responsible for selling new standby systems, generators and complementary products in Central Florida. This assigned territory will be the Orlando market. This position requires travel and the ability to prospect customers and pitch our products. You will have to have knowledge of basic mechanics as it relates to engines and electricity and the equipment that we sell. You will also need the ability to close sales to maintenance personnel, contractors, executives, plant engineers and anyone else who is responsible for purchasing equipment for facilities.

If you feel that you would be a good fit for one of our positions fax your resume to (813) 621-6980 or email it to our HR department at careers@acfpower.com. ACF is an equal opportunity employer and provides a very competitive benefits package.