Power solutions company Meissner is providing customised generators alongside its uninterruptible power supply (UPS) offering to satisfy customer requirements.
Meissner sales director Graham Beyleveld says that the company started offering its own range of diesel generators to satisfy a demand from its customers by offering a technically matched turnkey power backup package.
He says that customers using Meissner UPS systems are turning to generators to give extended backup times and have been sourcing their own generators from other suppliers.
As a consequence, there have been techni- cal complications combining the two. To avoid this, Meissner decided to supply generators, on a project-by-project basis, from one of the world’s largest generator suppliers, Himoinsa, in Spain.
Beyleveld says that success was almost immediate in that the company was asked to supply a large South African hospital group with a single order of 17 generator sets. The generators ranged between 30 kVA and 300 kVA.
Since then, Meissner has supplied Himoinsa generators, carefully matched to their UPS systems, to various blue-chip corporates and mission-critical operations, such as hospitals, casinos and banks. In what Beyleveld describes as a mammoth project, Meissner provided medical aid administration company Cheiron Health with a 1-MVA, 400-V three-phase Himoinsa generator.
“The single biggest challenge of supplying the generator was the delivery and rigging into position of the unit,” says Beyleveld.
Meissner had to arrange for Joburg City Power to switch off the mains supply to that entire city block for two days for the genera- tor to be installed. A reserve generator was supplied to keep the regular operations functional during the interim and the street in front of the building was closed to traffic for the duration.
A crane had to lift the 11-t generator over the top of the Cheiron’s five-story head office in central Johannesburg. It then had to be lowered seven storeys through the centre of the building and into the basement.
Beyleveld says that the 440-t, 49-m crane took a day to assemble and is one of only two such cranes in the country.
“The project was completed without a single hitch and the system has already proved its worth on a few occasions,” says Byleveld.