Consistent and reliable electrical power supply is an absolute necessity for the smooth functioning of all sectors of industry. However, there has been growing uncertainty about the reliability of regular AC mains supply over the past few years. This has seen the demand for so-called ‘prime’ or primary power rental increasing. In addition, new developments in industry have also increased the demand for reliable prime power.

Equipment rental companies have to maintain a fine balance between having sufficient equipment available for rental, while ensuring optimal fleet utilisation, explains Rand-Air’s Fleet Manager, Craig Swart, adding that the company has experienced a substantial increase in the demand for its generators. In order to address this demand, Rand-Air has added 52 new Atlas Copco generators to its rental fleet, from 60 kVA up to 500 kVA.


“This additional investment was more a fleet expansion than a renewal. We do however regularly monitor our fleet to ensure all equipment complies with the very highest standards of safety, quality and reliability. The addition of 52 new generators is also a commitment to our customers to ensure that they have prime power available as and when they need it,” he says.

Rand-Air has also introduced an updated controller so that its generators are able to communicate and operate synergistically in parallel or in series. “We have invested considerably to ensure that we always provide our customers with the very latest in technology. This is particularly relevant to those with high amperage requirements. For example, running two 500 kVA in series to obtain a combined 1000 kVA output,” says Swart.

In addition, the new units now feature a distribution board (DB) as an integral part of the generator trailer. Instead of having a separate stand-alone DB, this is now permanently mounted on the generator trailer.

“Features such as the updated controllers and generator-mounted DB also bear testimony to our continual investment in customising or modifying our equipment to better serve the needs of our customers,” adds Rand-Air Marketing and Communications Manager Byrone Thorne. “The level of confidence which our customers place in our equipment - and the 24 x 7 x 365 availability and reliability thereof – is very important to us.”

Rand-Air has a service team of 43 field technicians, using the latest digital technology to ensure that maintenance is done timeously and efficiently. “Our team works hard to ensure that whenever our customers rent an item of equipment from Rand-Air, they can do so with complete trust and confidence, so that they can focus on their business and allow us to supply their portable air and prime power requirements. Ultimately, safety, quality and customer service excellence really ‘powers’ all that we do,” he concludes.


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