The 70’s Called, They Want Their Load Bank Back

The air-cooled test bay has been an important piece of equipment for many years. All of our portables and small air-cooled standby generators pass through for their 100% load tests. After many years and thousands of units, it was time to update.

THE OLD

The previous load banks have been with the company since the 70’s. They would tell us amperage, single phase readouts, and hertz.

As the Big-Dogs have gotten larger we needed more testing capacity and the load banks hung too low. This reduced efficiency since some units had to be tested in the liquid-cooled test bay.


FIRST THINGS FIRST – DEMOLITION

We removed everything that was no longer needed, the load banks, the old venting, and sound-proofing.


THE SEA OF RED

During construction, we had to move testing to our old liquid-cooled test bay. Normally the units would be on the conveyor rollers and pushed through the test bay. We had sea of HPS units waiting for their turn to be tested.


THE NEW

The new load bank has a home outside. Don’t worry, it will get used to the Minnesota winters.

The new system allows us to test single and three phase units. We have also added a second station to accommodate our second air-cooled assembly line we will be adding later this year.


We have more exciting changes and updates happening! Stay tuned!!

– Big Dog

A Simple Machine Helps Generators Move

Until recently, moving a large liquid-cooled unit around the facility would take two or three people. Our manufacturing engineers were on the task to improve how we transport these huge generators. One of our testers, Matt, was happy to show off what has made his job a lot easier.


Before, the larger units would have large casters on the bottom of the frame. One person would steer, while another pushed. If it was a DR130 or larger, it could easily take three people to move it.


Introducing the Cart Caddy

Now, as you can see in the video, the Cart Caddy effortlessly pushes the DR130 out of the test bay. The Cart Caddy may be a small machine, but it can definitely pull, well in this case push, more than its weight.


This is just one of the many improvements we are making to our facility and processes to provide you with better generators more cost effectively. Stay tuned, we are always improving!

– BIG DOG