1. Read how the G500QX Scania engine gave solution to Brightstar's critical power problem
UK-based BFM Staffs Ltd is a renowned multi-service electrical company that provides a wide range of facilities management services for clients large and small throughout the UK. For client, Brightstar, this included the supply and commissioning of stand-by power at the company’s large offices in Crewe, Cheshire.
As the UK arm of the world’s largest specialised wireless distributor a reliable back-up power solution is critical. Loss of data in the event of a power failure would be hugely detrimental in the fast paced working environment - which involves working with the major mobile phone brands. BFM Staffs prides itself on supplying the best solution for clients. At the Brightstar site an additional unit was hired in to ensure power could be supplied to all essential services in the event of a failure. However, the latter proved to be an expensive solution. Mick Burgin, MD at BFM Staffs, therefore looked for a new generator capable of providing full power to the whole site if necessary.
Having undertaken work for JCB Broadcrown he obtained a quote for one of the company’s new range of plug and play generators; the 500kVA G500QX from dealer Gunn JCB. A deal for the unit, which was specified with an Automatic Transfer2 Switch (ATS), was agreed and it is now situated on the outside of the building adjacent to the plant shed. The optional ATS panel communicates with the generator to start power automatically in the event of the utility source failing.
At the heart of the G500QX is a reputable Scania engine and an intuitive Deep See Electronics control panel which works with JCB LiveLink Telematics to enable remote monitoring of the generator from an internetenabled phone or computer at all times. Mick commented;
“We have seen first-hand the standard of workmanship that goes into building the JCB generators and when we did the figures it transpired that the generator would pay for itself in 3 years. The JCB has enabled us to improve reliability and ensure a resilient electrical infrastructure for our client. With JCB’s LiveLink and the knowledge and experience of the engineers, we have confidence that if a problem does occur it will be sorted quickly and efficiently and, in most cases, before we are even aware there is a problem. We would recommend a JCB every time.”
2. The JCB G275Qx Generator helped Linroyale Potatoes facility storage to save £15,000 per year
Passion for good, fresh food and a field to fork philosophy drives family owned business, Linroyale of North Lincs, to produce the finest quality potatoes. The firm specialises in washing, grading and packing potatoes; selecting the best from each crop and preparing them for retail.
The company applied the same ethos to choosing a new generator – deciding the best of the crop was a JCBG275QX. The generator delivers 250kVA (200kW) of prime operating power at 50Hz to the modern processing facility which is located in the prime fruit and vegetable growing region between Lincoln and Doncaster.
“Fuel is the number one cost. It is a killer for me. I’ve looked at the figures with the JCB 2 2 generator and it’s a £15,000 to £16,000 a year saving. If you look at it every two years you could buy a new generator just with the savings. It’s that cost-effective for me.”
Stewart Clark, Managing Director
For Managing Director, Stewart Clark, the JCB has renewed his faith in generators as a prime power source following two bad experiences with competitive models. With the first he encountered perpetual breakdowns and poor fuel economy whilst the second eco-friendly unit lasted 450 hours until the engine exploded. Desperate to seek a solution – and as an owner of fuel-efficient Scania trucks – Stewart searched the internet on he off chance of finding a Scania generator. His search led to JCB Power Generation and a comprehensive range of top quality, fuel efficient generators featuring Scania engines in the power category required. Via Watling JCB, his local dealer, he negotiated a deal for a G275QX to include a service contract and 5-year warranty. The generator, which features LiveLink telematics as standard, has not only provided reliable, efficient power round the clock, but has helped him to monitor load phasing, fuel efficiency and any potential faults.
“LiveLink has been a revelation to me. I can go on my computer in the morning and monitor what fuel the generator has used overnight. I know exactly how many hours it has run and what power it has generated at the click of a button. I can see any fluctuations in power and remedy what has happened much quicker.”
Indeed Stewart has a perfect example of just how beneficial the LiveLink telematics has proved to be. A routine check on the system from home one weekend showed that the generator was working much harder than normal. This was causing the coolers in the potato warehouse to work abnormally hard; particularly strange for a weekend when the load on the generator is generally lighter. Upon physical inspection of the storage area a batch of bad potatoes was discovered and disposed of. Rotting vegetables produce heat which was forcing the coolers to work harder. The discovery – thanks to LiveLink remote monitoring – managed to avert potential customer issues and enabled normal working loads to resume immediately.
“The generator has run already for 2000 hours and has not missed a beat. We can prepare for routine maintenance or a service in advance thanks to the Telematics. Fuel consumption is one of the biggest bonuses. The JCB genset literally sips diesel; it’s unbelievable. We can run two stores at just 10.7 litres per hour – before we were up to 26 litres/hour. You can’t get any better than the way JCB has treated me. I would recommend JCB to anyone purchasing a generator of any type.”