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Logistics and Shipping Industrial Generators

This article helps define the logistics involved in shipping an industrial generator. Shipping a generator set can be defined as the transportation from the vendor to the customer site.

The logistics behind the shipping process include the science of planning, organizing and managing shipping activities.

Three examples (Figure 1) have been created to illustrate logistics behind shipping generator sets are:

• Kohler 250 kW NG – Small industrial generator with natural gas fuel supply.
• Cummins 800 kW – Mid-size industrial generator with diesel fuel supply.
• Caterpillar 2000 kW – Large industrial generator with diesel fuel supply.

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Figure 1, Shipped Generators

Kohler 250 kW NG

A Kohler 250 kW Natural Gas generator has been selected to ship. The natural gas option appealed to the customer because of environmental considerations. Below is a basic logistics check list:

• Securing and protecting generator for transport.
• Permits needed for transport.
• Unloading generator set at site.

Securing and Protecting Generator for Transport
Once the generator set is loaded onto the truck, the shipping broker assumes all responsibility for transport. Safe passage (how the generator set arrives) should be defined in the freight agreement. Some considerations are:

• Method generator is secured to truck 
• Tarp for generator set.
• Additional weatherproofing.

Unloading Generator Set at Site
To save expenses on crane or forklift and operator rental, it is wise to have the site prepared for the arrival of generator.

Site requirements define the type of lifting device needed to unload and place the generator. A cane or construction fork truck (Figure 2) can be used.

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Figure 2, Lifting Options

Cummins 800 kW

A Cummins 880 kW Diesel generator has been selected to ship. The diesel option appealed to the customer because the generator set is replacing an outdated set. Below is a basic logistics check list:

• Securing and protecting generator for transport.
• Permits needed for transport.
• Unloading generator set at site.

Securing and Protecting Generator for Transport
Once the generator set is loaded onto the truck, the shipping broker assumes all responsibility for transport.

• Method generator secured to truck.
• Tarp for generator set.
• Additional Weatherproof (Figure 3) – Generator sets are not in an enclosure can have extra protection in the following areas:

  • Radiator/Intercooler – Cooling fins of the radiator and intercooler assembly are fragile and can be damaged during shipping. Tarping provides minimum protection. For added protection fin area can be protected with plywood prior to tarping process.
  • Generator/Control Panel – The generator end and control panel should be protected by an industrial stretch or shrink wrap.
  • For extreme foul weather conditions the entire generator set and skid can be wrapped in shrink rated for transportation.

Unloading Generator Set at Site
The generator is going to be located inside a machinery room. The machinery room and outside area have the following characteristics:

• Entrance to machinery room has an overhead door.
• Concrete pad is located in gravel area.
• Gantry available to move and place generator set.

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Figure 3, Securing and Protecting Generator Set

Caterpillar 2000 kW

A Caterpillar 2000 kW Diesel generator has been selected to ship. The generator set located in a sound attenuated enclosure, 1200 gallon fuel tank capability and digital controls met all facility needs. Below is a basic logistics checklist:

• Securing and protecting generator for transport.
• Permits needed for transport.
• Unloading generator set at site.

Securing and Protecting Generator for Transport
Once the generator set is loaded onto the truck, the shipping broker assumes all responsibility for transport. Safe passage (how the generator set arrives) should be defined in the freight agreement. Some considerations are (Figure 4):

• Method generator secured to truck.
• Tarp for generator set.
• Additional Tasks – Prior to tarping, make sure all supporting devices (such as batteries) are secured and doors are closed and latched.

Unloading Generator Set at Site
The generator will be set in permanent location: Re-enforced concrete pad with hardware prepared. Access to pad is considered rough terrain. Terrain will support combined weight of crane and generator set.

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Figure 4, Securing and Protecting Generator Set

Permits Needed for Transport

Most Diesel Service & Supply genserator sets are shipped from our facility in Brighton, Colorado. The state of Colorado does not require oversize permits for most loads. However, if the drop of the trailer is greater than 1’ 6” height, a permit will be required. Some states do not allow after hour or weekend oversize load shipping. Each state has different requirements for permits. The shipper will check each state on the route to the destination for legal load size and weight limitations.


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