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Banishing Blackouts

Faced with potential disruption of its business from blackouts and brownouts at its headquarters, Batt Cables plc decided to investigate the installation of standby generators to cover three key areas of its site. Looking for a company that had the reputation and technical know-how to design and install a state-of-the-art power support system, Batt Cables turned to Scorpion Power Systems.

A leading UK cable supplier specialising in the distribution of electrical cables including, computer cable, power cable, network cable, electrical cable and accessories, Batt Cables plc headquarters is situated on an 11.5-acre site in Erith, Kent. As the centre of operations for the company’s seven stocking locations and 12 UK and overseas sales offices, ensuring that its headquarters and ‘superhub’ could operate during a
powercut became the prime focus of Brian Hill, Maintenance Manager.

Following an in depth survey of the site by Scorpion Power Systems engineers, it became apparent that there were three key areas of the site that needed a power support system. Each of these facilities has now been equipped with an appropriately sized standby generator so that machinery, offices and IT departments are unaffected when power outages occur.

To kick off the project, Scorpion Power Systems installed a Scorpion Powerhouse DV358 three-phase
generator and UPS system to support Batt Cables’s three-storey office block and ancillary buildings. As the building is situated close to the River Thames, Scorpion arranged for the generator to be sited on a raised floor in case of flooding.

“With the UPS, there is no break in power.”

Now, when an outage occurs, it is recognised by the generator’s AMF, which steps in to provide an alternative power supply. With the UPS, there is no break in power and the top of the range generator ensures computer grade power at all times.

“Following the installation of this generator, we experienced two successive powercuts”, stated Brian Hill. “Thanks to the standby power system our employees did not even notice there had been a power outage”, he said.

With the head office work completed, Scorpion Power Systems’s engineers turned their attention to the
other two key facilities on the site. A Scorpion Powerhouse DV142 threephase generator was installed into the main 9,600 square metre warehouse to provide standby power to cable cutting machines, a 20-tonne overhead crane and all other electrics such as lighting and IT equipment. Finally, a small Scorpion
Powerhouse DP22 single generator was installed to support the transport office and co-ordinates needed for computer ordering.

All three generators are equipped with a supersilent waterproof acoustic canopy, automatic mains failure and a water jacket heater to aid cold starting and a steel bund to retain any diesel spillage. The addition of Scorpion Power Systems’s Remote Dial Out to monitor for power, temperature and other important environmental conditions together with Powercare Premier Annual Maintenance Contract has ensured that
the standby power system will always be ready to take over the load should an outage occur.

“Operating as a ‘superhub’ to our large sales operation, it is imperative that we can be assured of receiving high quality power in the event of brownouts or blackouts to protect against our missioncritical systems”, concluded Brian Hill. “The Scorpion generators are providing us, our stocking locations and sales offices with peace of mind knowing that when a power outage occurs it will not disrupt our business”.

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