FMJ: What role does maintenance play in the reliability of power systems? CATERPILLAR: Since they often play a critical role in the operation of data centers and other critical facility functions, power systems are designed and built to perform reliably in a wide range of conditions. Like any other machinery, though, power solutions require ongoing maintenance to maximize power reliability and safety, minimize unplanned outages, extend the life of equipment, prevent loss of productivity, and meet OSHA and NFPA requirements. Typically, the lack of simple routine maintenance results in the inability of the generator set to perform when called upon. The most common problems are drained batteries and clogged fuel filters. Facility staff can be trained to perform certain basic service procedures on power solutions, such as battery charging, filter replacement and lubrication level monitoring. However, maintenance by a dealer technician with specialized training, diagnostic equipment, tools, and access to service parts is often required to ensure the long-term life and performance of power equipment. FMJ: How does your Cat® Connect technology benefit the FM industry? CATERPILLER: Capturing reliable data is often reported as one of the top issues for facility managers. The proper technology can leverage historical and real-time data to create the visibility needed to improve maintenance practices and ensure that power systems are ready when they’re needed. Cat Connect is an intelligent suite of hardware, software and dealer services that provides peace of mind by boosting efficiency, improving safety, and saving time and money. Cat Connect monitors power system performance through real-time data that can provide alerts when maintenance is needed. It also includes advisory services from technical experts who continuously monitor power solutions and make proactive recommendations. Combining Cat Connect with a customer service agreement from the local Cat dealer is the best way for a facility manager to ensure the emergency power system is ready to perform. COMPANY NAME Caterpillar, Inc. EXPERTISE Backup and temporary power solutions CSP LEVEL Standard WEBSITE www.cat.com/powergeneration
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