An Olympian generator set from Energy Power Systems Australia was supplied to the Thiess group to get their concept service vehicle project back on track.
The Thiess group is a world-class mining service provider mining in excess of 60 million tonnes of coal per year.
Thiess’ Mount Owen open-cut coalmine commissioned Starline Motor Bodies to build a new concept service vehicle to enable their engineers to perform on-site service work on their fleet of mining equipment.
An error in the generator set specifications was detected during the vehicle’s assembly, following which Thiess turned to Energy Power Systems Australia’s (EPSA) Electric Power division, which is also responsible for sales and marketing of the Olympian generators range.
EPSA’s Electric Power division has established a reputation for solving tough challenges and according to Olympian NSW Sales Representative, Ken Fackler, Thiess’ predicament called for some re-engineering miracles.
For instance, the original specs for the onboard generator set were underestimated for the load of the welding gear, lighting equipment and a compressor.
The chassis was built to accommodate a 22 kVA generator set between the cab and the body, but the compressor ordered was a new model that featured variable speed drive, creating problems for the gen-set’s harmonics and rendering the 22 kVA unit too small for the task.
After running the Caterpillar Generator SpecSize software programme, Ken recommended a 44.5 kVA Olympian GEP 44.5 generator set.
The Olympian range of standby and prime power generator sets feature robust designs for reliability and dependability worldwide in addition to meeting stringent European standards for exhaust and noise emissions.
Among the changes made to the project included re-engineering the standard configured unit to fit into the available space.
Extensive modifications made to the unit included moving all the integrated electronic controls to the end of the body and incorporating a roller shutter into the sound attenuated enclosure for access.
Stringent mining regulations required the modified unit to be re-wired with all the wiring harnesses enclosed in sealed conduit while the isolation switches and circuit breakers had to be beefed up considerably to cope with the extra power.
According to Bruce Robinson, a Thiess electrical engineer involved in the later stages of the project, the technical support received from Ken and his team at Energy Power Systems Australia to sort out the problems was excellent.
The service vehicle has been operational for nearly 12 months now without any problems, says Bruce.
Olympian generator sets are manufactured at Caterpillar’s ISO 9001 certified facility in the UK and represent a lower entry level product range that boasts CAT performance with exceptional fuel efficiency and proven performance for standby and prime power applications up to 550 kVA.
Available for use with diesel fuel, propane or natural gas, Olympian generator sets deliver dependable, clean economical power even in highly demanding conditions and can be configured to meet the needs of any application.
Olympian prime power and standby generator sets are backed by Caterpillar’s extensive nationwide support network.