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Top Loadbank Hiring Queries You Should Not Skip

by James Spencer Blogger

Hiring a load bank is one of the most effective ways to ensure continuation of operations and sustenance of operative parameters, even in case of power outages at various business and production facilities. However, hiring a quality load bank is easier said than done. Load banks are critical machines with a string of technical features that help in evaluation of the power backup facilities at business and operational units. Thus, when things come down to searching for loadbanks - both resistive and reactive, the stakeholders need to be cautious and watchful enough to have the best appliance at their disposal, which will meet their requirements to their fullest satisfaction.

Before hiring a loadbank, it is important that the stakeholders ask a few questions that will cement its competence and credentials of. These questions will also ensure the stakeholder has zeroed in on the right appliance.

How big is your inventory and what kind of load banks are there in your stock?

Load banks are not hired for short terms. Thus, it is imperative to know if the inventory of the hire service provider is large enough to provide backup, in case one load bank gives in. Also, it is important to know the type of load banks the service provider has. This is because these machines come in 4 varieties - reactive, resistive, combined (resistive/reactive),electronic.Thus, it is imperative to know the type of load banks the service provider has, to be sure that they serve the desired purpose.

What is the standard delivery timeline that you maintain?

Loadbanks are critical machines that are needed to be delivered on time to data centres and production facilities rather quickly - for power outages take place without any prior notice. That’s why the delivery timeline for these load banks are extremely critical. This has to be cleared well in advance before the hiring.

What equipment do you have for testing multiple components to ensure operability?

Load banks are found for both DC and AC systems, subjective to the requirements. While DC systems are used for testing batteries, the AC load banks are used for testing the UPS system. Thus, for carrying out the testing process, the loadbanks  are supplied with quality cables for ensuring effective transfer of charge. So it is imperative to ask whether there are sufficient provisions and equipment with the service to conduct these tests. It is also imperative to know that the technicians maintain the testing standards, placing the resistive loadbank not more than 20 metres from the USP terminal or the output power distribution unit (PDU).

Do not forget to ask whether they test the Remote Power Panel (RPP), the bus track, the UPS, the substations, the rack mounts and the generator for peak performance.

What Safety measures do you take during transportation of the Loadbank?

Loadbanks are made up of critical components that need to be protected. Thus, it is important to know the safety measures the hire service provider takes while transporting the loadbank to your facility. Ensure that the transportation vehicle used is properly maintained and they have the accessories that protect the loadbank in transit.  

What safety precautions do your personnel take during load bank testing?

When it comes to conducting load bank testing, certain standard safety procedures are to be maintained. Thus, the technician has to be trained and familiar enough with those procedures. So ask whether the load bank will be associated with a technician and if so, what safety standard the technician will maintain. Ideally, the techie is supposed to be in protective gears or PPE.

Thus, before you hire a reactive or resistive load bank, you need to ask these questions to ensure you are ’banking’ on the best hire service provider.


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Created on Apr 1st 2022 01:23. Viewed 80 times.

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