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Used Generators: Should you get rid of yours?

Posted by Carlton Griffis

Tue, 12 Mar, 2019 @ 08:24 PM

Generators are extremely critical to keep up with Technology demands.   Ensuring they operate as designed is a necessity! 

Outdated and well-used generators can sometimes be more trouble than they're worth. Relying on a 25-year-old piece equipment to keep you up and running may be a gamble if maintenance isn't perfectly performed when needed. 

Alcatex has specialized in Generators and Critical Environments since 1995. We can get you a quick quote on your old equipment and funded within a few days!

Email allisonb@alcatex.com

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Critical Environment: Problems and Solutions

Posted by Carlton Griffis

Tue, 05 Mar, 2019 @ 09:51 PM

Episode 1


Problem: Positioning a critical generator adjacent to the building in the parking lot proved costly as the location is is an area which seasonally holds water.

12 years ago, a fortune 100 Company purchased a  generator, switch gear and mechanical infrastructure positioning near the data center in a seemingly perfect and unused location in the parking lot. As the seasons change, rain begins - A severe problem arises: The 'Perfect' location was vacant prior to installation due to the water pooling that occurs after rain - a problem overlooked during planning.

The customer was unable to have the equipment serviced, as techs chose not to stand in water and do electrical work. To compound the issue, adjacent to the property is a natural river that produces seasonal spawning salmon. This geographical location prohibited any draining into the river since the water pooled in the parking area would accumulate hydrocarbons (oil, diesel fuel, lubricants, etc.).

 

Customer Reaction: Consisting of 7 years of various engineers (including Geotechs, Geophysical Engineers) and tens of thousands of dollars in research, a work order reaches Alcatex stating "Water Pooling".

 

Alcatex Solution: Alcatex recommended discontinuation of spending funds trying to find out where the water was coming from, and to move into a reactive state.

Goals:

1. Make a safe atmosphere for techs to work in by eliminating shock hazards

2. Protect spawning Salmon waters from being contaminated by hydrocarbons

Alcatex designed and engineered a catch basin to eliminate water pooling, a hydrocarbon detection system to prevent hazardous contamination to the river next door to the building, and as this is a mission-critical site, the solution was N+1.

 

Follow up:

The work was done prior to the rainy season, and as weather set in, there was no longer water pooling. The catch basin acted as it should, and the hydrocarbon detection system disallowed any contamination into the nearby river. 

Planning is an often overlooked and rushed issue in critical facilities, and can cause catastrophic problems that might not only affect the business overlooking it, but also the ecosystem around them. 

400 Ton Chiller Lift "Like a Boss"!

Posted by Carlton Griffis

Wed, 27 Aug, 2014 @ 08:59 PM

Watch how Alcatex push-pulls 400 Ton Chillers "Like a Boss"!

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But seriously, we make it look easy.

It took more than a year of planning to perform the "seamless" transition that you see here. This was performed on a production Data Center in Austin Texas for the Fortune 100 Company, Waste Managment. 

This "Trane" has left the station... 

"Don't Drink the Kool-Aid!"

Posted by Carlton Griffis

Thu, 13 Feb, 2014 @ 09:56 PM

I had the opportunity to visit a large Data Center the other day for a survey to provide evaluation of the existing Data Center Infrastructure equipment.

While on the tour, I noticed the server racks had cooling coils mounted on the back doors, some two, some three. As I investigated, I noticed that there were many unusual risky elements that could cause significant damage as well as potentially shut down the entire operation in the event of failure. At this point, I decided to stop counting all the potential risks and looked at the system from an objective point of view. That is when I realized that I had stumbled upon another trend”. The proverbial magic serum that cures all that ails in a single bottle. 

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This was unfortunately one of the many cooling solutions that swept the industry in the last few decades, and like many of those solutions, they no longer exist. This particular Customer searched the nation for all the spare parts they could buy to postpone the inevitable expenditure for a modern solution upgrade.

For now, I feel vindicated. Call me Old School, but I have always sided with proven technology, relying on the products and solutions that have experienced the maximum reliability and longevity. But keep in mind, there are only a handful of companies that meet this criteria and I have lost several projects in the past to widget dealers proposing these “trends” as the next best thing in the industry. (Who remembers Mr. Haney?)

This said, I am not completely negative about new technology and ideas that are presented as potential solutions to the Data Center. I have seen many of great ideas that should and could work, but, to me, most still fall into the category of  trends”. 

If we want to remain strong in this industry, we must continue to provide rock solid, proven technological solutions that will allow us, and the companies we support, to sleep comfortably at night and not worry about the choices we make.

Whatever you do... "Don't Drink the Kool Aid"