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Our customer requested a variety of colours for the canopies, they asked we delivered.

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Don’t you just love it when all the pieces come together.

This AJ165 Perkins powered generator is getting ready for installation into a 20ft ISO container.

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Two Cummins gensets going through testing earlier today getting ready for final checks before heading to our customers in the UK.

1 x AJ1100

1 x AJ2000

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Another container build coming along nicely in our heavy fabrication factory.

For further information on our fabrication facilities click the link https://ajpower.net/about

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Don’t be green with envy, contact us about your power generation needs today on sales@ajpower.net

This Perkins AJ110 is for a customer in the UK

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2 x AJ550 Scania powered gensets in 20ft ISO Enclosures 85dBA@1m going through the final stages before being despatched to Western Africa

For further information on our capabilities in the region please contact us on sales@ajpower.net

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Our largest machines are assembled in an ultra-modern high bay assembly plant with the most advanced testing facilities available for multiple units up to 4000kVA capacity (low or high voltage).

Our ultra-modern large machine assembly hall facilitates the production of our 9 Series range. The 12 metre high building incorporates a 32 tonnes gantry crane and two state-of-the-art fully acoustic test cells. The assembly hall facilitates the building and testing of generating sets from 800kVA to 4000kVA at low voltage, as well as high voltage capabilities.

High voltage systems should not be taken lightly. AJ Power has the experience and the expertise to provide medium and high voltage generating sets in the range 3,300 Volts to 13,800 Volts. In Medium Voltage environments, safety is essential. We have specialist and experienced staff who are trained and authorised to work with Medium voltage generators. We have Senior Authorised Persons (SAP) engineers that are responsible for the safety of themselves and others in MV areas. The Senior Authorised Person must take steps to ensure MV equipment is safely isolated and safe to work on and is ultimately responsible as a senior figure for overseeing the work of Authorised Persons. AJ Power can design and build and test medium voltage units to your specification.

We can also design and deliver a complete MV System including:

  • Full Site Fault Level Study service
  • Supply of Step up / Step Down
  • Transformers Supply of Neutral Earthing Resistor / Neutral Earthing
  • Contactors Supply of MV Switchboards / Packaged Switchboards in Containers
  • Supply of Battery Tripping Units (BTU)
For further information on our large assembly please contact us on sales@ajpower.net or visit our 9 Series by clicking here
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The AJ Power team were delighted to meet with Jonathan Knott – HM Trade Commissioner for LATAC, Department For International Trade and his colleague Cristina Irving Turner.

Our LATAC Sales Executive – Jorge Arroita along with our Sales Director – Andy Mackey met virtually with Mr Knott to provide an overview of our business – products and services and more specifically the work that we do in the LATAC region and how we can foster new business opportunities.

We discussed the challenges and successes we have had especially within the South American market, our growth plans for the region and products we feel can provide reliable solutions to an energy infrastructure that can at times be unreliable.

After the year the global markets have experienced it was no surprise that COVID was also covered and how we managed our way through the pandemic in order to continue to meet our customer’s requirements. We also spoke about how we continue to work with our partners in the region, the excellent work they do and the projects they are working on in order to give him and his team a synopsis of the work that is being carried out in the diesel power generator market.

We would like to wish Mr Knott every success in his new role and look forward to working with him and his department in the future.

For further information on our products for the LATAC region please contact us on sales@ajpower.net

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AJ Power are delighted to confirm that we have retained certification in ISO9001, IS014001 and ISO 45001.

IS0 9001 demonstrates that AJ Power have consistently provided products and services that meet our customers and regulatory needs.

ISO 14001 is the standard for environmental management systems (EMS). The EMS helps us to control environmental aspects, reduce impacts and ensure legal compliance.

ISO 45001 demonstrates that we have a continuous commitment to improving our employees’ safety, reducing workplace risks and promoting workplace safety.

These globally recognised qualifications ensure that AJ Power are meeting best practice processes across management quality, health & safety and environmental systems and they are embedded into the culture of our organisation. As a customer of AJ Power you can rest assure you are in good hands when you choose us as your preferred supplier of diesel powered generators.

For further details on our products and services click here to check out our range of products

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As a volume manufacturer, the use of modern automated techniques ensures the name AJ Power is synonymous with the efficient and economic provision of quality electric power generation.

Our superior products are not a matter of chance, but of sound engineering processes and superior components. the company continues to grow so do the services we offer to our customers. An investment of £7m has enabled us to expand our manufacturing capabilities with a new state of the art factory for large scale fabrication.

The fabrication factory houses CNC plasma cutting machines, tandem brakepress, wet paint booth, shot blasting booth, powder coating booth and curing oven, along with new storage facilities for components.

Capabilities:

• Plasma cutting depth up to 40 mm CNC programmed

• 9m Brake Press

• Folding thickness up to 10mm CNC programmed

• For baseframes/fuel tanks/container parts

• Overhead Rail System

• Shotblast, pre-treatment + prime

• Topcoat Application

• Gas Curing Oven

• Wet Spray Booth (gas heated) 16m x 7m

• Containers and other large items

Warehouse:

We hold around £10M of stock engines, alternators, radiators and canopies which enables a quick build and fast delivery from 10kVA through to 4000kVA. We also offer you a choice of engines and alternators and all our generators are Made in the UK. This means we can be flexible in meeting customer requirements for our product, in terms of both the lead time and size of the generator. We work closely with the customer to ensure they can meet their requirement. If you need a diesel generator quickly AJ Power can help.

For further information on our fabrication capabilities please contact us at sales@ajpower.net

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All of our generators up to 938kVA - 7 Series are produced on powered automotive style assembly tracks by skilled operatives prior to load and functional testing in advanced test cells.

Automated Assembly Tracks

Our 3, 5 and 7 Series ranges (up to 938kVA) are produced on four automated assembly tracks. Manufacturing a diesel generating set requires an extensive assembly line and our highly qualified experts assemble the components using the latest technology

Control Systems

With our ‘hands on’ experience of utilising industry leading control panels such as Woodward, ComAp, Deif, Deep Sea, Schneider and numerous others, our Electrical Engineers can design and commission bespoke control systems to solve challenging control requirements, regardless of the complexity.

Advanced Test Cells

All AJ Power products undergo comprehensive testing prior to despatch using microprocessor controlled load banks. The company has an accredited on-site facility for noise testing in compliance with CE and undertakes electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing of its products.

Test Cells Capabilities Main Factory:

• 5 individual fully computerised test cells Recording results specific to each unique genset serial number, 1 dedicated to R&D

• Gives access to a wider range of projects, with lower risks thanks to our in house technical experience

• Unique test certificate for each machine

• Provides tracking record as well as proof of our accountability

• Customer Witness Testing

• Reduces safety risks and increase reliability

Solutions we can provide include:

• Multiple synchronised generators (including Load management and N+1 redundancy solutions)

• Mains Parallel Generator(s) for Short Term or long term paralleling options

• Utility Protection relay panels including panels to meet G99 and G10 (ROI) utility requirements

Bespoke ATS (Automatic Transfer System) Panels

• Load Distribution Panels

• HMI Interface Panels

• PLC Systems for complex circuit breaker switching requirements and load management controls

• Remote monitoring

Medium Voltage distribution (up to 13.8kV), Transformers and Neutral earthing arrangements

For further information on our facilities please contact us at sales@ajpower.net

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Our electrical engineers offer electrical designs and builds to meet your project needs, along with testing, install and site integration followed by final commissioning.

As our electrical division evolves to meet the growing demands of the market place you can be assured that you will continue to receive the same level of service, expertise and commitment to your projects.

We will continue utilising industry leading control panels such as Woodward, ComAp, Deif, Deep Sea, Schneider and numerous others, our Electrical Engineers can design and commission bespoke control systems to solve challenging control requirements, regardless of the complexity.

The Electrical Division Solutions include:
• Multiple synchronised generators (including Load management and N+1 redundancy solutions)
• Mains Parallel Generator(s) for Short Term or long term paralleling options
• Utility Protection relay panels including panels to meet G99 and G10 (ROI) utility requirements
• Bespoke ATS (Automatic Transfer System) Panels
• Load Distribution Panels
• HMI Interface Panels
• PLC Systems for complex circuit breaker switching requirements and load management controls.
• Remote monitoring
• Medium Voltage distribution (up to 13.8kV), Transformers and Neutral earthing arrangements.
• Witness testing
• Complex control System bespoke to your needs • FAT Testing
• Commissioning
• Electrical After Sales Support

This is an exciting time for our Electrical Division as we expand our research capabilities which ultimately will produce new products for the marketplace to benefit you our customers.

For further information on our electrical solutions please contact our sales team on sales@ajpower.net about how these solutions can benefit your project needs.

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Financial Accountant (One Year Maternity Cover) – Reference: FA/0521

An opportunity has arisen for a Financial Accountant based in Craigavon. The Financial Accountant is an important role within the finance team and will be responsible for the completion of monthly financials, financial forecasting and planning. This role will last for approximately 12 months.

You will work with an international, result-driven and energetic team of professionals. We offer a dynamic work place with a positive atmosphere. Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

For further information on the role please click here.

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All AJ Power products undergo comprehensive testing prior to despatch using microprocessor controlled load banks.

Advanced Test Cells

The company has an accredited on-site facility for noise testing in compliance with CE and undertakes electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing of its products.

Test Cells Capabilities In our Main Factory:

• 5 individual fully computerised test cells Recording results specific to each unique genset serial number, 1 dedicated to R&D

• Gives access to a wider range of projects, with lower risks thanks to our in house technical experience

• Unique test certificate for each machine

• Provides tracking record as well as proof of our accountability

• Customer Witness Testing • Reduces safety risks and increase reliability

Our largest machines are assembled in an ultra-modern high bay assembly plant with the most advanced testing facilities available for multiple units up to 4000kVA capacity (low or high voltage). Our ultra-modern large machine assembly hall facilitates the production of our 9 Series range. The 12 metre high building incorporates a 32 tonnes gantry crane and two state-of-the-art fully acoustic test cells.

The assembly hall facilitates the building and testing of generating sets from 800kVA to 4000kVA at low voltage, as well as high voltage capabilities.

To find out more about our testing facilities please contact us on sales@ajpower.net

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After 38 years in the power generation sector, 99 countries, endless conferences, events and customer visits, Andrew Ridley has retired.

38 years in the Power Generation Business

In 2008 Andrew joined AJ Power to head up the Sales Team of the Massey Ferguson Power Series brand of generating sets.

His first meeting with the Massey Ferguson corporate team was at the Stoneleigh facility that he was to visit many times. He gave a PowerPoint presentation with a map of the world showing the number of countries he had visited in his working career - 70. Little did we know that he would add another 29 in his twelve years of representing the MF Power Series brand.

On his retirement, Andrew commented “I have had the good fortune to meet many great people and make some good friends across my career. During my time at AJ Power I have had the support of all the great staff and the confidence that I am selling a quality product.” When we asked him what he would miss he said “I’m going to miss climbing onto an aeroplane to meet new people or old friends. But after 49 years working I am looking forward to my retirement. “

Commenting on his retirement Sales Director Andy Mackey said “Andrew joined AJ Power with a wealth and knowledge regarding the diesel generator sector and his contribution to our overall sales department and the guidance he provided to team will be sorely missed. It has been my pleasure to work with Andrew and while I am saddened to see him leave I am confident that he will find the same success and happiness in retirement that he experienced during his time here. “

Everyone within the AJ Power Group wishes Andrew a well deserved retirement and we look forward to hearing about that 100th country he adds to his travels.

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We are delighted to welcome two new senior members to the AJ Power Electrical Division, combined they bring over 60 years experience in the electrical and electronic engineering power generation market, Dr. John Morrow and Ciaran Corry.

AJ Power mechanical and electrical divisions offer our customers a complete turnkey solution. Our mechanical division provide design, manufacture and project management which is complimented by our electrical engineering division. Our electrical engineers offer electrical designs and builds to meet your project needs, along with testing, install and site integration followed by final commissioning.

These range of services provide our customers with the peace of mind that they are receiving a quality assured product which meets their needs. Our electrical engineers have experience with all the major controller manufacturers systems which allows them to write control programmes and commission when required.

AJ Power has always been committed to investing back into the business and recently our £7m fabrication factory has enabled us to offer more services to you our customers, next in the development plan is the introduction of our Research and Development Centre.

We are delighted to welcome two new senior members to the AJ Power Electrical Division, combined bring over 60 years experience in the electrical and electronic engineering power generation market, Dr. John Morrow and Ciaran Corry.

Dr John Morrow, BSc, PhD, CEng, MIET, MIEEE
Professor Emeritus
Director of Research

We are delighted to welcome John Morrow as Director of Research with responsibility for the future strategic direction and development of the company’s low carbon hybrid and distributed generation products.

John brings to the company a wealth of experience of nearly 35 years spent in academia at Queen’s University School of Electrical, Electronic and Power Engineering. He also has practical experience in the fields of energy storage and infrastructure.

John has published over 200 academic papers and developed one of the world’s first digital control system for generating sets.

Ciaran Corry CEng, MIET,
Electrical Engineering Manager
We are delighted to announce the addition of Ciaran Corry to our senior management team. Ciaran joins our team with over 26 years’ experience in power generation after graduating from Queen’s University in 1994 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

He joined FG Wilson as a graduate engineer and over the next 25 years he had various roles within the organisation, including Test Engineer, Commissioning Engineer, Design Engineer and Engineering Manager.

He joined Finning UK Bid Team in 2019 as a Consultant Engineer where he reviewed technical specifications and prepared tenders for large datacentre projects. Ciaran brings an extensive knowledge of generator control systems including basic Auto Start controllers, Synchronising controllers and complex redundant PLC/SCADA systems.

For further information on our Electrical Division and our capabilities please contact technical@ajpower.net

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At AJ Power, we have designed and manufactured over 15,000 gensets using 95% UK and 5% USA manufactured Perkins engines ranging from 10kVA through to 2500kVA.

As one of the world’s leading providers of diesel engines, Perkins are passionate about delivering excellent products and services that exceed customers’ expectations which can be deployed across several sectors including agricultural, construction, material handling, financial industrial.

That’s what makes it a great fit with AJ Power. Perkins have provided over 21 million engines since their beginnings back in in the early 1930 and at AJ Power we know when we recommend a diesel generators powered by Perkins engine we are providing our customers with a genset that will exceed their needs.

The Heart of Every Great Machine Perkins have worked with generator set manufacturers to bring light, warmth, protection and of course peace of mind to thousands of people. Perkins engines are used throughout the entire AJ Power range.

Variety of Applications

One of the first advantages is that a Perkins powered generator is suitable for many applications including both a residential and commercial setting.

Economical and Noise Levels

The engines are known for their exceptional reliability and lower noise levels and any sound that is emitted can be managed with one of AJ Power sound attenuated enclosures.

Maintenance Regular

Maintenance is the best way of ensuring your engine lasts as long as possible. There are regular checks that you should carry out in line with the recommended schedules. Major Service intervals are typically every 500 hours for minor services and in multiples of 500 hours for major services.

AJ Power currently use Perkins engines across all our 3,5,7,9 ranges 10kVA through to 2500kVA. We also offer a range of options customers can have on a Perkins powered generator ranging from control panels, a choice of alternators and compact or canopy option. We can synchronise machines, provide tropical radiators and containers depending on your power project needs.

To find out more about our Perkins powered diesel generators please contact us at sales@ajpower.net or visit some of our Perkins projects to find out how AJ Power Perkins powered diesel generators provided a solution for our customers:

Electrification of a village, Africa

Water Authority Project, UK

Telecoms Project,Eastern Europe

Shopping Complex, Asia

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AJ Power’s weather protective and sound attenuated enclosures deliver durability and security for your generating set along with a high specification on each enclosure.

  • Maximised service access Digital control system
  • Galvanised canopies High ambient cooling capabilities
  • They are designed to minimise noise and maximise ambient clearance with air
  • Gas spring assisted side doors (3 Series) Maximised service access
  • High ambient cooling capabilities
  • Our sound attenuated enclosures are fabricated from 1.5/2.0mm hot dipped galvanised steel and pre- treated before powder coated using polyester powder to a thickness between 60-100μm. This minimises the risk of dust and moisture ingress.

For further information conact us at sales@ajpower.net

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Today marks one year since the UK’s first national lockdown.

The past year has impacted everyone and today we take time to reflect and remember those who lost their lives during this pandemic. From a professional point of view we once again want to say thank you for your continued support especially over the last year.

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Mining operations are often in remote locations. Access to the public electricity grid can come at a high cost and logistically be difficult.

Diesel generators still remain the most immediate and portable solution for this sector. It is critical that they are engineered and constructed to a high level to deal with the arduous conditions of a mine. Downtime has an immediate impact on the mine’s bottom line!

Examples of the mining solutions offered by AJ Power:

• Available voltages 525-690V, 3.3KV, 6.6KV, 11KV.

• Multiple Sync options (up to 32 units) such as load demand start / stop, improved fuel efficiency and options for reserve capacity.

• Carefully selected engine, alternator and control options to provide a value solution based on load requirement.

One client who choose AJ Power gensets was a gold mine operator is based in Africa. A scarce, valuable commodity. Not only does this customer mine the gold but they process the ore to produce the final product. A very energy intensive process. They have 18 x AJ Power manufactured generator sets on site, which they chose due to our fast lead time and local support with our in-country distributor.

AJ Power is proud to be a United Kingdom based manufacturer with all of it’s branded product engineered and assembled in the UK from Western sourced components.

For more information on our solutions visit https://ajpower.net/products

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AJ Power are delighted to announce a new partnership with Tutt Bryant in Australia.

Tutt Bryant Group Limited is an industrial services organisation providing equipment sales, hire, parts, service and engineering solutions to the construction, mining, engineering and trade sectors throughout Australia.

Tutt Bryant Group Limited, a privately held company with origins dating back to 1938, with a name long associated with quality, excellence, professionalism and innovation throughout the various business sectors in which they operate. The Tutt Bryant Service network covers more than 23 fixed locations across Australia with 24/7 emergency field service support.

Tutt Bryant Equipment have fully equipped service centres to provide fast infield, workshop maintenance and servicing repairs from each of their Capital city locations; Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, as well as a number of regional and urban areas. They provide Engineering support to deliver on feasibility studies and conceptual designs. Leveraging from their experience, their goal is to provide a solution which enhances installation and operational efficiencies, utilising the latest technology, all whilst reducing the project risk profile and avoiding over engineering.

Commenting on the new partnership Andy Mackey, Director of Sales and Marketing at AJ Power said, “This new partnership enables AJ Power to continue to build upon the success we have in the Australian region. Building strategic partnerships are the key to our business model and working with likeminded organisations enables us to provide our products and solutions worldwide. We already have a strong presence in the Oceania region and this partnership with Tutt Bryant in Australia helps to reinforce the growth we believe this region offers. We look forward to working with the Tutt Bryant team to provide power solutions to meet the demands of their diverse customer base across Australia.”

For further information on AJ Power products please visit ajpower.net or for information on Tutt Bryant please visit www.tuttbryant.com.au

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Before Christmas this AJ275 was delivered to site, it wasn’t a straight forward delivery with overhead electric wires, a drop down to a tight final position but with careful planning beforehand all went to plan.

For further information on our 5 series range please click here

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In our fabrication factory today we have four containers going through production for the Swedish market, they are currently having the container floors insulated in order reduce the noise breakout from the container.

For further information on our enclosures please click here

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Currently going through production are two AJ770 with salt water heat exchangers. These gensets are for our customer in South America who builds fishing boats.

For further information on our 7 series range please click the link https://ajpower.net/products/series/7-series

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Dependable, class-leading, fuel efficient work horses.

Scania powered generators are the perfect option for a range of applications including mining aviation, healthcare, datacentres and construction sectors. The complete range offers uncompromising single-speed power packs supplying a wide range of outputs in displacements 9, 13 or 16 litres.

Providing reliability in a world where the demands for safe, dependable and cost-efficient power generation constantly grow, Scania engines are developed to meet and exceed your toughest expectations.

AJ Power offer a range of Scania diesel generators ranging from 250kVA through to 770kVA as prime and standby power, as open or in a sound attenuated canopy. Regardless of the application the Scania range will offer you unparalleled operating economy, outstanding efficiency and proven reliability. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Benefits of Scania powered diesel generators

The demand for prime power and standby power generation is constantly growing. In either case - wherever there is a critical need for dependable, class-leading, fuel efficient workhorses that require a minimum of service and maintenance - the answer is Scania engines for power generation.

Controlling emissions and fuel economy

Whichever specification you choose, you can relax knowing that every cubic millimetre of fuel is converted to productivity in the cleanest and most economical way possible.

Compact dimensions

A Scania engine is compact and impressively streamlined by default, which facilitates design, integration and installation.

Outstanding operating economy

Scania has a worldwide reputation of delivering outstanding operating economy based on high-quality products, services and support.

Engineered for uptime

Uptime depends on many factors. The robustness and dependability of engine components and vital engine systems. The simplicity of maintaining and repairing, as well as the overall durability all of which Scania has taken into consideration. Today’s engine platform features longer service life and extended service intervals, meaning a full 500 hours between oil changes and maintenance.

Exceptional step-load handling

Legendary power and reliability makes Scania engines ideal for standby power applications. In case of power loss, the engine responds instantly. Designed to handle high load variations effectively, the engines from Scania make a true difference when power supply is imperative.

AJ Power currently use Scania engines for our 7 Series. There is no denying the high standards and attention to detail that have been applied to the design of the entire AJ Power 7 Series range ranging from 250kVA to 770kVA. Ready to meet the demands of your industry, the 7 Series boasts an array of standard features plus a complete range of additional options. These engines offer high performance cooling systems, high uptime, low operational costs and long service internals - delivering power you can depend on.

If you would like to find out more about how Scania diesel generators please contact us at sales@ajpower.net or visit some of our Scania projects to find out how AJ Power Scania powered diesel generators provided a solution for our customers; please click on the following:

Scania HQ

Scania HQ 1

Table Mountain

Specialised 5MW Project

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Choosing a generator shouldn’t be a difficult decision, however choosing which generator is a lot more complex. Deciding if you need a single or three phase generator is the first step ensuring you have the power unit which is going to meet your energy needs and suitable backup power should you experience a power outage.

Before explaining the difference in single or 3 phase diesel generators, it is important to understand alternating current (AC). AC is a form of electricity were the flow of power is continuously changing direction. It is this type of current which is delivered into our homes and businesses.

What is the difference between single phase and 3-phase?

In a single-phase system, the power is supplied through two wires, phase and neutral. This means that the power delivery is constantly changing and is maximum at two points in a cycle. This is perfect for many applications such as heating and lighting but is less suitable for larger motor loads.

In a 3-phase system, the load is shared across three phase wires. This can be considered as three equal but independent single phase supplies. These three supplies have a time or phase difference of 120º. The most common 3 phase connection is called the star connection with one end of each of the three phases being connected at a common star (or neutral) point. By doing this, the three phase voltages, and hence power, peak at different times during a complete cycle. The sum of the three phases at any instant is always a constant value meaning that power is supplied constantly. This is much more suitable for large motor loads.

When Should I Use A Single Phase Or 3 Phase Power Supply?

Selecting a single phase or three phase system all depends on the power needs of a specific application. If you imagine one person carrying a load up a mountain, there will come a time that it will become too tough for one person. Now image three people sharing that load at different stages splitting the work by a third, they can carry it further and not get tired. It’s similar to single and 3 phase electricity, the following are examples of typical of items requiring single or 3 phase generators.

Single Phase

• Single home

• Power tools

• Site Lighting

• Domestic applications e.g. Houses small electric motors (under4kw)

3 Phase

• Large complex

• Electric Motor above 4kw

• Industrial/Commercial applications

Benefits and Uses of a Single Phase AC Power Supply

Single phase power supply units have a broad array of applications. Units that have a limited power need up to 3000 watts typically make the most efficient use of a single phase AC power supply. Generally, benefits of selecting a single phase system include:

• Broad array of application uses

• Most economic AC power supply for up to 3000 watts

• Fewer design costs

• Less complex designs

Benefits and Uses of a Three Phase AC Power Supply

Typical applications for 3 phase systems include data centres, mobile towers, power grids, aviation, and anything with a load greater than 3000 watts. Three phase power supplies offer a superior capacity for higher load systems. Some of the benefits include:

• Reduction of copper utilisation

• Ability to run higher power loads

• Constant power delivery to motor loads

Regardless of whether you need a single phase or 3 phase generator you can be guaranteed that AJ Power can provide a diesel generator to meet your project needs in addition you will have the support of our experienced team.

All our gensets are designed and manufactured at our HQ in the UK. We offer our customer a choice of engine and alternator which ensures you have the best option for your power needs.

For further information on which best suits your needs contact are sales team on sales@ajpower.net or visit our website at https://ajpower.net/products

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At AJ Power we are tasked with manufacturing large numbers of generating sets for blue chip companies that will operate in very arduous conditions.

For one particular customer we supplied to in the Middle East over 250 units consisting of two sound attenuated models, containerised AJ1100 and canopied AJ550. Most of the units have been running constantly for three years at Prime Power without major overhaul.

With our customer’s team carrying out meticulous OEM servicing and maintenance we recently had a report on the fleet running hours. We were astonished to read that the cumulative hours run totalled in excess of 3 MILLION as of 25th October! So in the words of a certain President, that truly is a really big number.

This Product life is a testament to the superior design and robustness of the AJ Power product and reinforces the benefits that can come from following Manufacturer’s service schedules and use of OEM parts.

To find out more about our products please click here or contact us at sales@ajpower.net

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There is nothing scary about AJ Power diesel generators when it comes to noise levels. Our weather protective and sound attenuated enclosures deliver durability and security for your generating set while helping control noise levels.

This is achieved through designing the generator with the end user in mind. Our range of canopies are manufactured of pre-treated galvanised steel and coated with polyester powder coated paint. The canopies are designed with low velocity airflow to prevent the ingress of water, sand and dirt. This is extremely advantageous to the operational life of the engine and alternator and will ensure your AJ Power sound attenuated generating set will operate in even the harshest conditions.

- Noise Absorbent Materials

- Servicing Made Easy

- Convenient Cable Access

- Internal Exhaust Silencer System

- Innovative Design

- Corrosion and Damage Resistant

Why you need sound proof generator

In many areas of the world there are directives in place that must be met in lines with acceptable noise levels across commercial and resident zones. Noise pollution can harm people’s lives and in addition can be a major cause of environmental pollution. Therefore meeting these noise directives is a demand in society and the prevention of noise is a rising concern in all markets. In some circumstances an open set may not meet the permissible levels and an alternative solution must be implemented.

This is why you need a sound proof generator. You don’t want a nightmare of noise pollution to work through once your generator is in place. These are fundamentals which are discussed by the AJ Power sales team at the time of the initial enquiry. No Tricks Just Treats the only thing that should scare you this Halloween and beyond is not choosing a diesel generator that you can rely on in your time of need.

You don’t want to have to stop work because you are making too much noise. By choosing AJ Power sound attenuated enclosures for your diesel generators solution you are guaranteed;

• That your diesel generators has been Made in the UK

• Base Frames and heavy duty enclosures are designed and manufactured in our fabrication factory at our headquarters in the UK

• All diesel generators are fully assembled and tested in our UK headquarters prior to despatch

• All products are tested pre despatch by an AJ Power engineer and maintained by our approved regional partners

• Machines are CE approved (where applicable)

• ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO45001 approved

Take a look at some of the projects we have worked on with customers to meet the noise levels.

Want to find out more give our sales team a call and have a chat about your noise requirements contact us on sales@ajpower.net

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We have all heard this quote many times and no one can argue that if we don’t prepare correctly, things can go wrong or take an unexpected turn of events that we haven’t thought of and we end up firefighting to get things back on track.

Thankfully in our fabrication process we take this statement, fail to prepare, prepare to fail, very seriously.

Protecting metal work which will operate in some of worlds harshest environments against, corrosion, abrasion while trying to maintain the structural integrity and increase longevity is critical to our products functionality on site. In order to achieve this, preparation is key.

Preparing the surfaces for painting in our fabrication factory is critical to the success of the finished product. To get the surfaces ready prior to powder coating they go through shot blasting to create a profiled surface to ensure sufficient adhesion of either the powder coating or wet paint. We monitor the blast profile with a blast profile gauge as it can also be too rough and cause even more issues after the final coating is applied.

This enables a better bond between the blasted surface and the paint coat. This in turns increases the lifespan and endurance of the coating and future coatings should they be required. Shot blasting also help to remove any surface contaminants or rust scale that has formed on the metal.

AJ Power have a purpose built shot blasting booth which provides us with the perfect enclosure for carrying out the surface preparation to ensure products are perfectly clean and have the required surface profile for powder coating.

For further details please contact AJ Power Sales Team at sales@ajpower.net
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4 x AJ110 , recently despatched from AJ Power HQ en-route for the German rental market

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"That's how I see business, great things are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people" Steve Jobs

Team AJ Power celebrate our 17th birthday on 1st October 2020.

A lot has changed since 2003 and especially over the last few months, however what has not changed is our commitment to provide our customers with the best generating sets, that remains as steadfast as it did back in 2003.

We continue to invest in our facilities to ensure that we are meeting the growing needs of our customers worldwide. 2020 has been a challenging time for everyone but we remain positive to the opportunities that lay ahead.

We would like to thank all our staff past and present, our suppliers and partners for their continued support and we are looking forward to the next chapter here at AJ Power.

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A Scania powered AJ375 recently left the factory heading to one of the highest mining sites in Peru which is 4100m above sea level.

For further information on which AJ Power generating set is best for your project contact our sales team on sales@ajpower.net

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At AJ Power we design and manufacture diesel fuelled electric power generating sets from 10kVA to 4000kVA, 230V - 13.8KV, for use in hospitals, banks, data centres, supermarkets and hotels, as well as for industrial, construction, events, utilities, telecommunications, rental and residential applications. Offering volume production with short delivery times. From our smallest to the largest genset you are guaranteed reliability, flexibility and efficiency. Click to find out more.

For further information on our range of diesel generators please contact our sales team on sales@ajpower.net

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Our first order for a diesel generator an AJ220 left the factory last week en-route to Taiwan last week.

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The first order for our new 3 Series AJ110 was dispatched last week and is en route to our customer in Africa. The new 3 Series AJ110 offers a compact design, reliable for use in a range of sectors including construction, residential, agricultural and commercial settings.

Click to find out more about this new range.

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Our subsidiary in South Africa, FGW Generators was delighted to welcome companies to the ADC Group meeting last week.

Agribusiness Development Cooperation (ADC) platform is a commercial agribusiness information highway that develops and empowers the emerging and existing commercial agribusiness sectors.

You can find more about the cooperation at www.agri4africa.com for more information on our subsidiary FGW Generators in South Africa please click here.

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Another project successfully passing its witness test, this AJ1900 Mitsubishi generator is destined for an airport in the Middle East.

The test was carried out in our specialised test cells with a reactive loadbank (0.8pf) and included full functionality testing and extended running at maximum output capacity. The witness test was conducted via video stream and a scada system with remote web access made available so the client could view Generator and Engine parameters with trending facility during the load run.

For further information on our facilities please click here or contact our sales team on sales@ajpower.net

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Witness test successfully completed.

Our Power Projects Team have successfully completed the witness test for these 2 x AJ2530 11kV Mitsubishi gensets with heat exchangers for a financial institution in the UK.

The tests were carried out over a week in our specialised test cells with a reactive loadbank (0.8pf) and included full functionality testing and extended running at maximum capacity.

For more information on our testing facilities please contact our sales team at sales@ajpower.net or click here

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When you choose an AJ Power diesel generators you are guaranteed reliability, flexibility and efficiency.

With AJ Power you are guaranteed:

- Diesel generators that have been Made in the UK

- All diesel generators are manufactured at our headquarters in the UK

- Base Frames and heavy duty enclosures are designed and manufactured in our fabrication factory at our headquarters in the UK

- All diesel generators are fully assembled and tested in our UK headquarters prior to despatch

- All products are tested pre despatch by an AJ Power engineer and maintained by our approved regional partners

- Machines are CE approved

- ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO45001 approved

For further information contact our sales team on sales@ajpower.net or visit https://ajpower.net/products

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24 HOUR PROTECTION 365 DAYS PER YEAR

AJ Power Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS3) is designed to continually monitor the mains (Grid) AC power supply for under / over voltage and under /over frequency for both single and three phase systems.

If a mains (Grid) AC failure is detected, a start request is issued to the generator. Once the ATS panel has determined that the generator voltage is within a healthy operating range, the switch will disconnect the load from the mains (Grid), before reconnecting it to the generator supply. When the mains (Grid) AC supply has been healthy for a predefined stabilisation period, the switch will disconnect the load from the generator before reconnecting to the mains (Grid) AC.

The ATS3 panel is designed to work with all controllers in the AJ Power range. The system simply requires a three wire connection between the ATS3 panel and the Genset Control panel. The system utilises a motorised switch which breaks the load connection with each supply before transferring it to the other. This means there is no risk of connecting the two supplies together.

The wall mounting ATS3 panels are available in the following ratings.

100A

160A

250A

400A

630A

For further information contact our sales team at sales@ajpower.net or visit https://ajpower.net/products/control-systems/ats3

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Statistically 80% of all genset “fail to starts” are due to the condition of the DC starting batteries.

Keeping your batteries and charger in good condition will ensure that the genset does start when you need it. A lead-acid battery is just a collection of cells containing lead anode and cathode plates immersed in sulphuric acid creating a potential difference. The movement of lead, oxygen and sulphate ions determines the “charge” of the battery, a battery charger then reverses the electrical discharge of the plates.

AJ Power will supply the majority of their gensets with “dry charged” batteries to overseas customers (mostly due to carriage regulations on acid) and “wet” batteries to domestic customers. A wet battery is already charged and ready to commission when received, a dry charged battery requires a certain procedure to commission and ensure battery service life.

a) Only commission a dry battery when it is needed,

b) Inspect the battery for exterior damage before filling,

c) Remove the sealing plugs, tape or foil,

d) Remove and keep the vent plugs and terminal covers,

e) Use battery grade dilute sulphuric acid with specific gravity 1.270-1.280 at 25 degrees C conforming to BS3031 or better, do not use acid from old batteries.

f) The temperature of the battery and the acid should be in the range of 15-30 degrees C.

g) After taking the necessary Health and Safety precautions, fill each cell with the acid to a level of 8-15mm above the top of each plate, fill each cell one after another and complete the filling in one operation.

h) Leave the battery for 20-30 minutes and then measure open circuit voltage, charge the battery if it is below 12.50V.

i) Refit the vent plug and terminal covers.

j) Wash the battery with hot water and dry it.

Activation

Under normal conditions batteries can be installed after filling but an activating charge is recommended, it is essential that a conditioning charge be given in the following circumstances;

1. The battery has not been fitted with 24 hours of filling and activating

2. The specific gravity has fallen below 1.260, measured at 15 degrees C (SG decreases with a rise in temperature, and increases with a fall)

3. The battery does not produce its full capacity due to low external temperatures or unfavourable storage conditions.

Remember that a charging battery vents explosive hydrogen gas and may spill corrosive Sulphuric acid.

Before fitting

Check correct polarity – there have been instances where the polarity on the posts is reversed. Check the DC voltage required by the engine/control system – 2no. 12Vdc batteries supplied can be connected in series for 24v or parallel for 12Vdc, 4no. batteries incorrectly connected can supply up to 48 Vdc!

Fitting

Securely attached the battery to the baseframe or tray provided, ensuring not to overtighten the clamps, or short the battery terminals with any clamping system.

Ensure the control panel is switched off and the emergency stop button is depressed.

Connect the positive lead first, secure the clamp and cover with the protective boot on the lead, attached the negative lead and repeat.

Power up the DC circuit on the genset and ensure the starting, DC voltage measurement and operation of the battery charger circuit (if fitted).

Maintenance

Always keep the battery top and terminals clean, coat terminals and connections sparingly with petroleum jelly.

Regularly check the electrolyte is not below the minimum or above the maximum levels, only top up with distilled or chemically pure water.

Regularly check the operation of the battery charger, the battery charge fuse/MCB and wiring.

Replacement

The condition of a Lead Acid battery cannot be determined by measuring the voltage across the terminals or internal resistance alone, a stress test (short circuit test) must be carried out. Fast charging/high current charging of a battery will shorten its usable life. The AJ Power smart trickle charger switches off once the genset starts to allow the engine DC charger to take over, prolonging the life of the battery.

If a battery needs replaced over the lifetime of the genset, ensure that a similar battery with Ah and CCA Starting Current specification is fitted. Also be aware that there are environmental regulations in different countries governing the disposal of lead-acid batteries.

If you would like any further information on our products or services contact us at sales@ajpower.net

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AJ Power recently despatched a large volume order for diesel generators ranging from 80 kVA to 165 kVA for the rental market in Bahrain.

Manufactured using pre-treated galvanised steel and coated with polyester powder paint, the units have low velocity airflow to prevent the ingress of water and sand. This is extremely advantageous to the operational life of the engine and alternator especially in the arid and humid climate of Bahrain.

The diesel generators were designed to 50 degree C ambient. In addition each genset was supplied with a range of options which provide the end user with a number of benefits including:

  • Socket outlets
  • Fork pockets
  • Single point lift
  • Extended bunded Metal fuel tank
  • Electronic governor
  • Total plus protection on the alternator winding to give enhanced protection in high humidity
  • 4 pole circuit breakers

The diesel generators are en-route to Bahrain and will be available in the market for rental very soon. We would like to thank Nass Commercial for all their work on this contract and we look forward to continuing to grow our partnership in the future.

If you would like further details on our products and services please contact us at sales@ajpower.netor visit our website www.ajpower.net

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Continuous research into our markets and sectors has lead us to develop new machines within our 3 Series family. We welcome the new AJ88 and AJ110 canopy diesel generators to our product range. Both gensets are Perkins powered coupled with a Mecc Alte UK alternator, which are now available to order.

These new diesel generators are capable of operating in the harshest of environments and under challenging conditions . This canopy is designed to operate in ambient conditions of 50°C at prime rating and 45°C at standby rating (engine and alternator derates apply). Available only as Non CE canopied machines within the 3 Series, they are available as prime or standby application at 50hz and 60hz configuration making it more versatile across a range of power needs. The diesel generators offer a compact design, reliable for use in a range of sectors including construction, residential, agricultural and commercial settings.

Alternator

Mecc Alte new C-Type alternators make the most of energy conversion to produce the maximum power to size ratio. All C-Type alternators have the advantage of the unique Mecc Alte MAUX (Mecc Alte Auxiliary Winding System) installed as standard. This enables the C-Type alternators to take an overload of >300% forced current for up to 20 seconds – perfect for motor starting requirements.

Measurements & Noise Levels AJ88

Measurements & Noise Levels AJ110


Versatility Available in 50hz and 60hz configuration with a prime and standby application these diesel generators can operate in the harshest condition for a range of power needs.

If you are looking for diesel generators which offer cleaner power, cost effective power and versatility contact our sales team for further information and a datasheet at sales@ajpower.net.

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This month we were due to travel to Chile in order to attend a mining conference, like many other exhibitions during the Covid -19 crisis it was cancelled.

However because it was cancelled didn’t stop the organizers being innovative and the Mining exhibition is going ahead but on a virtual platform.

COVIDMIN has more than 2,200 people registered from 21 countries, running between 9-11 June 2020. This is definitely a first for AJ Power and Jorge Arroita who is responsible for our diesel generators sales and partners in South America region is attending this virtual exhibition.

COVIDMIN 2020 is the first virtual mining event and offers a wide range of expert content, presentations and discussion panels at the highest level as well as a technical and training program, with the aim of helping to overcome the health and economic crisis in the sector.

The platform enables participants to attend the presentations and also network as you would at a normal exhibition, meetings have been set up with new partners and the next three days are an exciting and new way of doing business as we continue to navigate a global business during COVID-19

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Have you ever wondered what makes an engine smoke blue? What components are the key causes? What can you do to reduce your risk of blue smoke? Blue smoke is seen in the exhaust gases as burnt lubricating oil and can originate in several areas within the engine and usually means trouble.

The first area where blue smoke may appear is from within the cylinder head, worn valves or worn valve guide seals may be causing excess oil to seep into the intake stroke of the engine. Valve guide seals can break down due to irregular oil and/or filter changes. It is also advisable to replace valve springs, collets and seats, or the problem might be in the cylinder block, wear on pistons and piston rings can result in blue smoke at all speeds, loads and temperatures.

Considering on average that pistons travel 34 kmph and change direction up to 26,400 times an hour, the piston rings are susceptible to gumming without proper maintenance, this causes a loss of combustion pressure and power. In the generator application, prolonged underloading the engine (below 35% of rating) will eventually result in glazing of the cylinder bores (Wet-Stacking), unburnt fuel in the exhaust system and coking up of the cylinder head/valves/ports.

If acted upon early this can be reversed with a loadtest around full rating for a few hours. If your engine is still producing blue smoke there is one more potential culprit, gummed up or worn seals are an open invitation for oil to seep into the turbocharger, remember engine maintenance is important, using the correct oil is crucial to overall performance, don’t skip scheduled service, used genuine manufacturers parts to keep your engine at its best and use the Manufacturers distributor network for all your maintenance and repair needs, because blue shouldn’t make you see red!

See a short animation on the subject here

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“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.”- Oscar Wilde

Mimicry is found in many aspects of life and none more so than in manufacturing, the label made in the UK is used by many organisations and yet their products are not truly made in the United Kingdom.

When you buy something that has been made in the UK you are buying a product which has been skilfully manufactured as well as built to last. Yes, some imported goods may be cheaper in the short term, but the fact is that goods manufactured in the UK have an extra level of quality that you will not find in product imitating to be made in the UK.

AJ Power was establish in 2003 and we have designed and manufactured over 30,000 diesel generators and exported to over 85 countries worldwide from our headquarters in the UK. The users of AJ Power products and accessories expect nothing but the best and our engineers do not disappoint. All our diesel generators are designed at AJ Power HQ by a team of qualified and experienced mechanical and electrical engineers.

All machines are thoroughly tested before they leave our factory and we welcome our customers to come and witness this process and visit the factory which their diesel generators have been manufactured. We have a proven history of reliability, flexibility and delivery of diesel generators that are truly made in the UK.

With AJ Power you are guaranteed:

- Diesel generators that have been Made in the UK

- We use UK manufactured components

- All diesel generators are manufactured at our headquarters in the UK

- Base Frames and heavy duty enclosures are designed and manufactured in our fabrication factory at our headquarters in the UK

- All diesel generators are fully assembled and tested in our UK headquarters prior to despatch

- All products are tested pre despatch by an AJ Power engineer and maintained by our approved regional partners

- Machines are CE approved

- ISO9001, ISO1401 and ISO45001 approved

Knowing where your diesel generator is truly manufactured provides peace of mind knowing that your diesel generator has been tested to the highest standards before it is delivered to you.

If you want a product that is manufactured in the UK and the benefits that provides your project contact our sales team at:

sales@ajpower.net or visit our website at www.ajpower.net to find out more about our products and services.

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These are unprecedented times we are operating and the business landscape for many industries has changed over the last number of weeks and months. Like other organisations business travel, factory visits, onsite training sessions etc. have all been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

AJ Power have put measures in place to support our customers, as we continue to be the partner that they can rely on to deliver. We hold approximately £10m of stock at any time and this has proved to be vital as we adapt to the new normal moving forward to ensure orders are shipped when required.

Guaranteeing our customers receive the same level of service as they always have, is something the team at AJ Power have been working hard to maintain even in these challenging times. Our customers have been very understanding as things have changed globally, everyone has been impacted by this pandemic and we are all adapting to the new way of doing business.

AJ Power diesel generators have been arriving with our customers worldwide and knowledge transfer is an essential element of our business partnerships. Normally our engineers are onsite training teams but given the travel bans and lock down within many countries we have had to use technology to continue these programs.

During the last few months we have been revaluating our current forms of training delivery to ensure that our customers are getting what they need during this pandemic. We want our partners to know that although the world may have changed over the past few months they can continue to rely on AJ Power, as they support their customers.

Technology has always played a part of our communication relationship with partners whether this is via Zoom, Skype, Go to Meeting etc. So extending this to deliver our training programmes was the natural step during this pandemic. We have transferred some onsite face to face training to online for our partners so our knowledge programs can continue especially with new products and services.

Training has taken place with partners in South America recently for our control panel systems which enabled our engineers to deliver their sessions while demonstrating the features, interface and components of the products. Incorporating technology, presentations and videos we have been successfully continuing to deliver our training programmes.

No one knows how long the current situation is going to last, we may not be able to visit our partners as we normal do, but we continue to keep in contact, ensuring we are providing what they require whether that is through training, support, guidance or products.

If you would like to book a training session with our team please contact us at sales@ajpower.net

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Offering customers reliability, efficiency and flexibility.

All of our diesel generators are manufactured at our head quarters based in the UK. We operate over 3 plants on the site and each of the factories have specific capabilities in order to provide our customers with the delivery and solutions they require to meet the needs of their projects.

Take a moment to watch our corporate video here.

AJ Power offers customers reliability, efficiency and flexibility through our range of manufacturing capabilities.

Capabilities:

- Large Scale Fabrication

- Low / Medium Voltage

- Automated Production Container Design & Manufacture

- Choice of Engines & Alternators Brands

- 10kVA - 4000kVA

- Digital Control Systems

- Remote Communications

- Utility Synchronising

Our diesel generators are delivered to over 85 countries worldwide. If you would like to find out more about our services and how they can add value to your project please contact us on sales@ajpower.net.

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AJ Power specialises in the volume manufacture and bespoke design of diesel generating sets from 10kVA to 4000kVA.

Our highly qualified team has a global vision that drives the company forward combined with state-of-the-art facilities, this allow us to deliver solutions to meet your needs.

We offer our a range of services to our customers including.

Services:

- Technical Site Surveys

- After Sales Support

- Product Training

- Project Management

- Manufacture of Acoustic Containers

- Factory or Site Witness Test

- Full Site Installation Commissioning

Our diesel generators are delivered to over 85 countries worldwide. AJ Power also offer you a choice of alternators and engines to all our customers.

If you would like to find out more about our services and how they can add value to your project please contact us on sales@ajpower.net.

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Putting you in control

This LV panel houses a DSE7420 control panel, 400A ATS changeover switch and 2 x 400A circuit breakers - one for the genset and one for testing with a loadbank (shunt trip on this CB to ensure the genset is in AMF mode at all times). The DSE7420 panel controls the generator and the ATS panel.

For more information on our control panels contact us at sales@ajpower.net or click here.

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Article from Scania UK in WIP magazine Jan/ Feb 2020 edition regarding the power solutions provided by AJ Power.

The turnkey emergency power solution at Scania’s Milton Keynes Customer Support Centre has chalked up its first 12-months of trouble-free operation

In the fast-moving world of transport, delays cost money. Therefore, for Scania – one of the world’s leading suppliers of heavy trucks, buses, coaches and industrial and marine engines – ensuring continuity of service for its 24/7/365 customer support operation was a key design parameter when the company decided on a complete redevelopment of its UK Customer Support Centre. Scania has been based in Milton Keynes since 1981 and over the years its computerised systems have been extensively developed in order to provide vital specification information and data on every vehicle and engine passing through its service network today.

The fact that many of its 86 UK service points are open around the clock means it is essential for dealers to be able access to Scania’s systems at all times if operator-uptime is to be maximised. “To cover the emergency power requirements at our new 6,200-metre, three storey premises, we turned to generator set manufacturer A J Power of Craigavon, Northern Ireland,” says David Bamber, General Manager – Scania Engines. “Scania and AJ Power have enjoyed a business relationship of many years standing and today numerous Scania-powered AJ Power gensets are in operation throughout the world.

“After reviewing the power requirements for our new premises, AJ Power recommended two AJ770 (770 KVA) diesel gensets powered by Scania DC16 78A engines. The specification included an auto start panel, coolant heater, alternator anti-condensation heater, fire valve and an automatic fuel transfer system.” As part of the installation it was agreed that AJ Power would supply, deliver and position the two gensets along with two 850-litre bunded bulk tanks, fill points and double skinned fuel pipework complete with leak detection system. An integral part of the power generation system are AJ Power InSight4000 controllers.These enable the programming of bespoke fuel transfer logic, which monitors the fuel level in the gensets day tank. If the generating set reaches a low level the bulk tank will be called to pump fuel into the day tank.

Each of the gensets operates in conjunction with a fully automated customer changeover panel to provide backup power to two separate LV switchboards. Each set is backed up to one side of the switchboard, so that if the mains fails on either side the corresponding generating set will be called upon to start. A bus tie breaker routes power between each switchboard in order to ensure full backup at all times. With installation complete AJ Power engineers visited the site to test and commission the gensets and provide training on the operation of the system, before handing over to Scania its new turnkey emergency power backup system. In the 12-months which have passed since commissioning, Scania has enjoyed trouble-free operation from its new gensets.

A weekly test routine, in which both sets are run for ten minutes, has revealed no operational or performance issues. David Bamber reports there has been one occasion to date where the company has had to rely on its emergency power solution:

“There was a major power outage affecting much of the Milton Keynes estate where we are based,” he says. “The emergency back up system kicked in seamlessly; there was a momentary dimming of the lights as the gensets came on stream, but continuity of supply was maintained throughout. Most importantly, there was no disruption to any of our systems, which meant we were able to maintain a full operational service to our dealers and customers for the entire duration of the power outage event.”

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Acoustic enclosures for the entire range of AJ Power diesel generating sets.

Our canopies are manufactured of pre-treated galvanised steel and coated with polyester powder coated paint, they are designed with low velocity airflow to prevent the ingress of water, sand and dirt.

This is extremely advantageous to the operational life of the engine and alternator and will ensure your AJ Power sound attenuated generating set will operate in even the harshest conditions

For further information contact us on sales@ajpower.net or visit our canopies section of the website.

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Load Shedding In South Africa.

Our South African subsidiary FGW Generators recently featured on an eNCA story on load shedding , Click to view feature.

Our subsidiary in South Africa continue to support businesses in times of load shedding.

To find out more about their critical power solutions email FGW Generators at pat@fgwgenerators.co.zaor contact sales@ajpower.net

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Our partner in Bolivia, recently completed the commissioning of two AJ50 single phased, Perkins powered gensets for the telecommunication network in the town of Riberalta, Beni.

The town is also known as the capital of the Amazon, with a population of 90, 000 people the main attraction is the Amazon River and its forest. With its tropical savanna climate, AJ Power gensets are the perfect reliable power solution for our customers’ requirements.

AJ Power supplied each genset with a 600 litre tank with analogue fuel level measurement, which is piped to an external 2500 litre diesel tank, an Insight 3250 control panel with ethernet card. Both gensets are monitored from 600 miles away and each operate 12 hours a day thanks to a synchronised and programmed ATS3-250 amps between both groups.

If you want to know more about this project or other similar projects, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time at +44 (0) 28 3836 1000 or email sales@ajpower.net

Click to view the gensets in action.

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AJ Power recently supplied diesel generators to a major telecommunication company in South America.

We supplied generators ranging from 16.6kVA to 330 kVA. The tender was secured with our partner in Bolivia, Agencias Generales SA (AGSA).

AGSA is one the most established and recognised brands in Bolivia, and our relationship with them has been strengthened over the last number of years due to the quality of our products, flexible delivery times and customer service. Some of the challenges we face in the Bolivian market are that the generators need to perform at altitudes of 4000 metres above sea level.

This results in a drop in air pressure, and can create problems for the generator starting up. Another challenge is the availability of ambient air to facilitate heat dissipation from the generator, which results in a lot of heat being created during the combustion process and this needs to be dissipated into the environment to reduce engine temperature. At high altitudes, due to the low air density, heat dissipation occurs at a much slower rate than it would at sea levels, resulting in high engine temperatures for a sustained period of time.

The engine remains hot and overheating is a common problem in such cases. These are elements which AJ Power machines can cope with and made our gensets the first choice for these extreme conditions.

If you would like to speak to our team about diesel generators in extreme conditions contact the Sales Team on +44 (0) 28 3836 1000 or email sales@ajpower.net

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A full turnkey backup power solution comprising 2 X AJ770 Scania Powered DC16 078 canopied sets, bunded bulk fuel tanks, delivery, installation and commissioning.

When Scania GB announced plans for a new main office in Milton Keynes they contacted their long standing partner AJ Power to provide the emergency power solution.

The UK Customer Support Centre at Milton Keynes, occupies almost eight acres with the main building providing 6,200sqm over three storeys. After reviewing their requirements, the Project Team at AJ Power, recommended they would supply two AJ770 diesel gensets powered by a Scania DC16 78 engine. The specification included; auto start panel, coolant heater, alternator anti condensation heater, bunded base fuel tank, fire valve and an automatic fuel transfer system.

As the contractors and consultants for the project the AJ Power Project Team attended a site meeting to finalise the generator specification and establish the installation requirements on site. As part of the installation it was agreed that AJ Power would supply, deliver and position the two gensets along with two 850 Litre bunded bulk tanks, fill points, double skinned fuel pipework complete with leak detection system.

After the completion of the installation AJ Power engineers visited the new site to test and commission the generating sets with InSight4000 controllers and provide training on general operation of the system. Using the InSight4000 controllers internal PLC, AJ Power were able to program bespoke fuel transfer logic which monitors the fuel level in the gensets day tank, if the generating set reaches a low level the bulk tank will be called to pump fuel into the day tank.

Each AJ Power generating sets operates in conjunction with a fully automated customer changeover panel to provide backup power to two separate LV switchboards. Each generating set is backup to one side of the switchboard, if a mains fails on either side the corresponding generating set will be called to start. A bus tie breaker can also be incorporated to route power between each switchboard to ensure full backup.

AJ Power would like to congratulate Scania GB on the opening of their fantastic new Milton Keynes head office.

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FGW Generators was delighted to welcome the Irish Ambassador for South Africa.

FGW Generators was delighted to welcome the Irish Ambassador for South Africa H.E. Fionnuala Gilsenan and Second Secretary Louisa Heneghan on Friday 6 December 2019 at their Cape Town Facility.

The Irish Government recently launched their new Africa Strategy on 28 November 2019. Building on Ireland’s longstanding engagement with Africa, ‘Global Ireland: Ireland’s Strategy for Africa to 2025’ will see Ireland strengthen political partnerships with African countries and institutions. It will put in place frameworks to boost trade and investment.

Ambassador Gilsenan was visiting Cape Town to ascertain how the Embassy could continue to engage and support the local Irish business community.

Welcoming Ambassador Gilsenan to the offices was Andrew Pigott of AJ Power, who introduced the business, discussed AJ Power’s investment in South Africa and the plans for the Group in Africa. They further spoke of the benefits of having a presence in South Africa along with its challenges.

We would like to thank the Ambassador and the Second Secretary for taking the time to visit our premises and wish the Ambassador every success in her tenure in South Africa.

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AJ Power’s subsidiary FGW Generators based in South Africa, completed the installation of two AJ2500 Perkins powered generating sets for a Data Centre in Cape Town.

The cost of power outages for a data centre can be detrimental to their business and reputation. Data centre downtime is not an option for any operator, uptime is crucial which is why it is critical to have a reliable solution for backup power.

AJ Power’s subsidiary FGW Generators based in South Africa, recently completed the installation and commissioning of two AJ2500 Perkins powered generating sets for a Data Centre in Cape Town. The lead time on this project was critical, with the order finalised just shy of the Christmas break 2018.

It was then a race against time!

The two sets were manufactured and shipped from AJ Power in Northern Ireland on time in early 2019 and arrived safely into Cape Town, the first port of call in South Africa, soon after.

Upon arriving at site, the two thirteen and a half tonne sets were rigged over trees and into their respective generator rooms.

Electrical connections, fuel connections and the exhaust system were then completed to create the neat, tidy and professional installation.

This project is an excellent example of just one company we work with in this sector who understands the importance of having a continuous reliable power supply in place.

AJ Power and FGW Generators worked in collaboration to successfully complete the project.

Conveying our ability to deliver engineering excellence, built on experience.

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AJ Power are delighted to confirm that we have retained ISO9001, IS014001 and been awarded the new health and safety standard ISO 45001 (the replacement for OHSAS18001) at the first attempt.

IS0 9001 demonstrates that AJ Power have consistently provided products and services that meet our customers and regulatory needs.

ISO 14001 is the standard for environmental management systems (EMS). The EMS helps us to control environmental aspects, reduce impacts and ensure legal compliance.

ISO 45001 demonstrates that we have a continuous commitment to improving our employees’ safety, reducing workplace risks and promoting workplace safety.

These globally recognised qualifications ensure that AJ Power are meeting best practice processes across management quality, health & safety and environmental systems and they are embedded into the culture of our organisation.

As a customer of AJ Power you can rest assure you are in good hands when you choose us as your preferred supplier of diesel powered generators. For further details on our products and services click here to check out our range of products

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MTU engines are known for their power, performance and innovation and our MTU gensets start at 750kVA through to 4000kVA.

The core brand of Rolls Royce power Systems AG, one of the world’s leading providers of medium to large diesel engines. The company has a history spanning 100 years and is repeatedly at the forefront of technological progress.

Using 2000 and 4000 series engine range at AJ Power we recommend MTU on mission critical projects where fuel efficiency emissions level and load are equally as important. We use them for our large data centre projects, hospitals, power stations, airports and treatment works. With impressive load acceptance, low fuel consumption, low emissions and long service intervals. Coupled with their innovative capabilities, reliability and system competence, MTU combines unique drive system know-how and a large range of products of excellent quality, making it the perfect engine for the largest of the AJ Power range - the 9 Series.

This coupled with AJ Power’s reputation for delivery, service and engineering expertise makes us the best partner to supply MTU gensets. All our gensets are made in the UK. We hold a high level of stock which allows us flexible delivery. Our team take the time understand your needs to ensure that the genset will be fit for the project. Over 200 projects have trusted AJ Power to deliver MTU gensets worldwide for projects within healthcare, utilities, data centre and industrial settings.

MTU engines provide a range of benefits:

• Robust mode of construction for extreme operations (in terms of altitude and temperature)

• Low life cycle costs

• Proven technology

• Emissions-optimized engines

• Quite and low in vibrations

• Optimal fuel consumption

• Over average load factor over 24 hours

• Maximum availability of engine power through power regulation of altitude and temperature

At AJ Power not only are you getting the new higher output of MTU 4000 series engine, you also have a choice of alternators at LV or HV through Mecc Alte, Stamford or Leroy Somer.

This includes oversized alternators where required for derates (temperature/height) or when running in parallel against the UK grid. We can supply mechanically driven, electrically driven or even remote cooling for temperate or tropical applications with low airflow and high duct allowance options. We can supply either Woodward, Comap, Deep Sea or Deif controllers to suit all running conditions. Island, set-to-set, set-to mains, multiple set and mains with hot standby plc’s and outstations with fibre optic ring networks. This flexibility is coupled with full technical support for initial generator sizing, space planning, attenuation (plant-room or container), fuel storage, delivery, and control and load management systems.

For further details on AJ Power MTU Engines, applications and projects please contact us at sales@ajpower.net

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AJ Power can provide a control system to meet all your needs. The modern range of digital control systems offers flexibility for the user, ease of use and optimises the performance of your generating set. We can also provide special control systems for complex projects.

With our ‘hands on’ experience of utilising industry leading control panels such as Woodward, ComAp, Deif, Allen Bradley, Schneider and numerous others, our Electrical Engineers can design and commission bespoke control systems to solve challenging control requirements, regardless of the complexity.

Solutions we can provide include:

• Multiple synchronised generators (including Load management and N+1 redundancy solutions)
• Mains Parallel Generator(s) for Short Term or long term paralleling options
• Utility Protection relay panels including panels to meet G99 and G10 (ROI) utility standards
Bespoke ATS (Automatic Transfer System) Panels
• Load Distribution Panels
• HMI Interface Panels
• PLC Systems for complex circuit breaker switching requirements and load management controls.
• Remote monitoring
Medium Voltage distribution (up to 13.8kV), Transformers and Neutral earthing arrangements.

Our engineers specialise in the synchronisation of generator sets including the synchronisation of multiple diesel generators to allow more redundancy on-site or the synchronisation of existing equipment back to the UK power grid – this service includes G99 equipment installation, commissioning and testing.

AJ Power also design, manufacture and install Automatic Mains Failure (AMF) panels. Our new ATS3 is ready and available to all customers. The ATS is connected to both primary and backup power sources, it serves as an intermediary between equipment and the power supplies, acting as an electrical relay meaning that there is no need to manual start the diesel generator in the event of a power cut. The new ATS3 is IP52 and is available in ratings 100A through 630A.

To discuss your requirements further please contact our sales team at sales@ajpower.net

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With all the efforts that are made in the testing, servicing and maintenance of your genset, the diesel fuel is sometimes overlooked. Diesel fuel can be polished - filtered and enhanced using the latest technology but in the higher latitudes it is important to remember the difference between “winter” diesel and “summer” diesel blends.

A very clean sample of summer diesel is fine in the summer but in the colder climates, as winter approaches, Summer Diesel can be a real issue. During unseasonal cold weather some diesel engines will experience difficulties with starting. These problems arise from the formation of wax crystals, which block fuel filters and lines. Users who live in cooler regions must be aware of the problems that can arise from using diesel during winter.

All diesel fuel contains wax. It is considered an important diesel component because of its high cetane value. Normally the wax is a liquid in the fuel, however, when diesel fuel gets cold enough the wax starts to crystallize. If the temperature is sufficiently low, enough crystals will form to block the fuel filters and the engine can stop through fuel starvation.

Diesel suppliers will provide a fuel “blend” that is appropriate to the season in which it is supplied, they vary the cloud point accordingly, higher for summer and lower for winter (similar to antifreeze additive to water cooling systems). There are different methods of regulation and measurement in different countries but the desired outcome is still the same.

A genset full of unused summer diesel in January may experience problems however, this could be overcome with the addition of anti-waxing agents or trace heating on the fuel system but it is in the interest of the user to be proactive with the solution instead of trying to solve the problem after it happens.

Be aware of the fuel in your tank, the hotter climates will never suffer this waxing issue but they have problems of their own with the same result due to bacterial growth/ condensation contamination, stopping the engine due to fuel line and filter blockage.

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CONEXPO Latin America 2019 concluded a successful run October 2-5 in Santiago and AJ Power was pleased have attended the show as part of the Northern Ireland pavilion along with Invest NI.

AJ Power was one of thirteen companies from Northern Ireland who recently exhibited at CONEXPO Latin America, the leading exhibition for the materials handling sector in Latin America.

The show had more than 20,000 registrants from dozens of countries and attendees had access to more than 600 exhibitors and it featured pavilions from North America, China, Germany and Northern Ireland.
The four days proved very busy for Andy Mackey, Director of Sales and Jorge Arroita, Sales Executive – Latin America with some excellent contacts made in the region that we hope develop in the near future.

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When our partner in Russia contacted us about a range of generators for the mining and mineral extraction market it came as no surprise that they wanted Medium voltage gensets.

So what are the benefits of choosing a Medium Voltage machine?

When large amounts of power are required to be delivered, once you exceed 6300A on Low Voltage Machines it can be become very difficult to achieve due to the amount and size of copper conductors required. Using Medium Voltage Generating sets (voltage range 3.3-13.8kV) give many advantages over LV Generating Sets.

These include:

- Use of much less copper in the form of smaller conductors and fewer sets of conductors

- Capability to transmit power over greater distances with fewer power losses Lower voltage drops

- More efficient on-site distribution

Specialised Area of Work:

In Medium Voltage environments, safety is essential. Here at AJ Power we have specialist and experienced staff who are trained and authorised to work with Medium voltage generators. We have Senior Authorised Persons (SAP) engineers that are responsible for the safety of themselves and others in MV areas; the Senior Authorised Person must take steps to ensure MV equipment is safely isolated and safe to work on and is ultimately responsible as a senior figure for overseeing the work of Authorised Persons. AJ Power can design and build and test medium voltage units to your specification.

We can also design and deliver a complete MV System including:

- Full Site Fault Level Study service

- Supply of Step up / Step Down Transformers

- Supply of Neutral Earthing Resistor / Neutral Earthing Contactors

- Supply of MV Switchboards / Packaged Switchboards in Containers

- Supply of Battery Tripping Units (BTU)

If you would like to find about more about our medium voltage projects and products please contact us on sales@ajpower.net

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We were delighted to be part of the investor round table on Friday 6 September, at the British High Commissioners Residence in Cape Town.

Thanks to @NigelCaseyHC for hosting the conversation and @BritchamSAfrica for the fantastic work it does in stimulating and supporting the British/South African business network #UKinSA

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AJ Power are continually developing the knowledge of our partner network and this ensures that our customers all around the world are kept up to date with the latest news, developments and technical specifications of our products and services. In addition customers are also have the peace of mind that they are working with a company that understands their needs and can provide a solution, pre, during and post-sale.

This was evident recently when our training team and Sales Manager for Russia completed intensive technical training with our partner Komek Machinery.

Komek Machinery is an official distributor of reliable and high-quality equipment for the mining, construction, oil and gas, forestry, road and municipal industries. They have been providing customers with comprehensive support, services and solving most of the technical tasks of customers across an extensive network of branches, representative offices and dealers in more than 20 cities of Russia.

AJ Power has been working with Komek Machinery for a number of years and we welcomed the opportunity to transfer our knowledge to build upon the Komek teams’ expertise. The training sessions empower partners with the knowledge and understanding on the complete range of products and services offered by AJ Power in order to meet the needs of customers on the ground. We are expanding our global coverage and it is vital that we find partners who share our ethos and provide the best “local” sales support and after sales services within their regions.

Komek Machinery proactivity to ensure that their staff have all the technical information they require in order to support customers critical power needs is to be applauded and we were only too happy to provide the training. Sharing information across the network also provides us with relevant feedback from customers in a variety sectors and locations.

We continue to work closely with our partner network to ensure that a complete 360 power solution is provided from the initial assessment through to ongoing support.

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AJ Power was delighted to welcome the Minister of State at the Department for International Trade, Mr Conor Burns MP, to their premises on the 14th August.

The Minister toured the manufacturing facilities and viewed the range of generating sets which are distributed by the company to over 85 countries worldwide. He was also able to see the significant factory investment made by the company since the Brexit decision of 2016.

The company also discussed their plans to access high growth future opportunities as well as how they will mitigate risk on exit. Upper Bann MP David Simpson welcomed Minister Conor Burns to the constituency commenting; “It was a privilege to welcome the new Trade Minister to the Upper Bann constituency. As we get closer to the deadline of 31st October when the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, it is imperative that Companies like AJ Power are assured that the government will do all they can to help exports continue with as little bureaucracy as possible and are given every opportunity to widen their global markets. “

Before departing the Minister was shown the new low emissions products that launches next year. The first a Stage V generating set for use inside ultra-low emissions zones and the second a high efficiency hybrid set which has been designed for use on off grid radio base stations that are used by the mobile telecommunications industry.

Minister of State, Conor Burns said: “Our new free trade agreements will bring benefits to people right across the UK, so I’m happy to be back home in Northern Ireland this week. Successful exporting businesses like AJ Power are helping to drive our trade around the world and support jobs across the nation. “Northern Ireland plays a vital role in securing the United Kingdom’s shared prosperity. I look forward to working with businesses across Northern Ireland to help make sure they are fully prepared for leaving the EU on 31 October – and then ready to trade with the world.”

Image Caption: (L2R) David Simpson, MP Upper Bann, Minister of the State at the Department for International Trade, Conor Burns, MP and Ashley Pigott, Managing Director AJ Power.

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We have four of the following sets available ex stock.

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AJ Power were approached by a company who needed to provide backup power to an apartment block consisting of eleven apartments and a communal area. Simple enough, you would think.

However it became apparent as we prepared the solution for the customer that one ATS would not be a viable option at the main incomer, as all the electricity meters would continue operating even when the genset was supplying the load. The solution, a custom built ATS with a change-over system, eleven ATS switches (10 x 63A and 1 x 250A) which were linked together and controlled by one ATSc controller. All this was housed in a modular floor standing enclosure to allow easy connection for all the bottom cable entries. Workmanship doesn’t get much better than this, wouldn’t you agree.

For further information on our solutions to your requirements please contact us on sales@ajpower.net

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As we celebrated International Women in Engineering on Sunday 23 June it is also important to look at the whole arena of STEM and females.

If we think about key skills needed in today’s workplace: problem solving, analytical thinking and the ability to work independently these transferable skills are all related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Looking at the figures for STEM subjects, you’ll find fewer girls than boys choosing to study them in secondary school, and fewer girls choosing to make a career in STEM fields. According to WISE, women make up 23% of those cores STEM occupations in the UK and 24% of those working in core STEM industries.

They recently published that the trends are very positive, with more women working in core STEM than ever before. 61,430 more women work in core STEM in 2017 than in 2016. The number of men in core STEM fell by 45,980 in the same period. Their short term goal is to have one million women working in core STEM occupations by 2020.

Here at AJ Power we are doing our best to help meet this short term goal. Niamh Carey the only female in our engineering department is flying the flag for female engineers. She is also encouraging the next generation of young people to consider these core subjects through her role as a mentor on our HLA Programme and as an Ambassador with STEM NI. To read more about Niamh journey click here.

We also have several females promoting the mathematical strand of STEM from chartered accountants, trainee’s accountants and accounts administrators who have chosen to continue their career in the field of mathematics. Within our sales department we have qualified female engineers transferring their product knowledge to meet customer needs and requirements rather than on the product design side. (As pictured above)

An extract from the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts Delivering STEM skills for the economy Forty-Seventh Report of Session 2017–19 Report, stated, “STEM skills are crucial for the UK’s productivity, and a shortage of STEM skills in the workforce is one of our key economic problems. The future workforce relies on many more children and young people being encouraged to take STEM subjects and enter STEM careers.”

AJ Power employs a vast workforce, many from Northern Ireland’s specialist universities, designing, developing, manufacturing and testing a wide range of gensets. We pride ourselves on our highly skilled workforce across all divisions which is displayed not only in our products but also our services which we offer to customers. As a leading global engineering employer it is vital that we continue to promote STEM to young people male and female as they are the future of an innovative and dynamic economy.

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Sunday 23 June will mark 2019’s International Women in Engineering Day. This global awareness campaign, coordinated by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), aims to increase the profile of women in engineering worldwide and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in engineering and related industries.

The theme chosen for International Women in Engineering Day this year is ‘Transform the Future’ it is both aspirational and inspirational to encourage women to choose a career in engineering. It is also one part of the Women’s Engineering Society Centenary theme which is ‘Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present and Transforming the Future.’ In the UK the number of women working in engineering is still only around 12% - much lower than where it should be. This is also highlighted in our own team of engineers at AJ Power. We sat down with Niamh Carey, the only female within our engineering department, to have a chat with her about her role, her path into engineering, what advice she would offer anyone entering the world of engineering or STEM and what she felt are the developments which are going to impact engineering over the next years. Niamh has overall responsibility for the AJ Power 3 Series range of generators with electrical output from 10kVA to 64kVA and is also the principle engineer for the introduction of Stage V engines into genset production.

Niamh Carey – Mechanical Engineer AJ Power

When did you know that you wanted a career in Engineering?

Looking back on it now, a career in engineering was on the cards for me from a very young age, without being blindingly obvious at the time. Through close family relationships I developed a range of transferable skills especially in DIY with my father and grandfather who both had engineering roots.I spent a lot of time with them working on various projects from taping holes for a replacement projector bracket to building/mending model airplanes. Accompanied with my mother’s flare for fabric creativity in upholstery and dressmaking, it is really no wonder I ended up in a design role. Although I believe I can accredit the defining moment I decided to become an engineer to a Queens University, Belfast lecturer. Whilst talking to him about the Product Design Engineering degree at a university open day and watching his shocked reaction to a girl having achieved an A grade in Technology and Design at both GCSE and AS Level. In that moment I knew I wanted to prove him wrong, that if anyone was going to fight the battle for a female engineering professional, it would be me.

What was your path into Engineering?

When explaining my route into engineering, I always tell people I “fell” into it. I had a number of career options in mind when it came to subject choices in school. Unable to make a decision, I simply chose subjects I enjoyed, Art and Design, Business Studies and Technology and Design. These subjects led me hand in hand down the route of product design. With a slight drop in a predicted grade come A Level results day, I began my university journey studying a foundation degree in Product Design and Development Engineering and subsequently followed onto the Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

What does your job involve?

No day is ever the same and I have a wide variety of roles. My main role is that of a mechanical engineer who has overall responsibility for the 3 Series range of generators with electrical output from 10kVA to 64kVA. Seeing designs through from concept, manufacture and production as well as co-ordinating component updates, production changes and specific customer enquiries. In addition to this main role, I am the principle engineer for the introduction of Stage V engines into genset production. Lead engineer to 3, 5 and 7 Series product engineers and professional mentor to two Higher Level Apprenticeship students currently working towards a foundation degree in Mechatronic Engineering. CAD Manager of PDM Professional, Solidworks and Draftsight, maintaining servers, licensing, training and software upkeep as well as in-house engineering support. Conduct routine maintenance for technical compliance with CE, to include testing, compiling evidential reports and filing for certifications. I have a key role in recruitment and interviewing of apprentice, placement and graduate engineers including attendance at careers events and fairs. I have continuous collaboration with our sales and marketing department as a technical contact and I am a member of the internal auditing team ensuring companies compliance with ISO9001 (Quality), 14001 (Environmental) and the new 45001 (Health and Safety). I establish and maintain relationships with suppliers to aid product development and continued product supply which may involve UK and European travel representing both the engineering department and AJ Power whilst visiting suppliers and attending exhibitions.

What advice would you give any young person looking to get into this sector?

I volunteer as a STEM Ambassador for Northern Ireland, where I actively encourage the younger generation into pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers. Through school visits, mentoring and judging at various STEM events. I have a few pointers that I tell them on a regular basis:

University - University is NOT the only avenue. With the ever-increasing demand for engineers there are a number of routes which you can take to progress in your engineering career. For those who are put off by full time study there is the option of apprenticeships. Speak to your local regional college or sit down with a careers advisor to find out all of the options available to you. Schools can sometimes give the impression that there is no other option but to go to university straight after a levels, but for many people this isn’t the right avenue for them and it isn’t the only option!

Maths - if university is your choice studying Maths is a must. I know it can be a hateful subject at the time, it was a sticking point for myself in school too. But it is increasingly becoming a permanent subject requirement on many university courses, not just engineering. I thoroughly believe my degree would have been a lot simpler if I had that Maths grounding behind me.

Confidence… Have confidence in your ability. Figure out where you want to be and work your hardest to get there. I can guarantee, if you really want something, you will find a way to get it. Regardless of your grades. Don’t let anything get in your way.

Why do you think it is important that we should encourage young people to continue studies within the area of STEM? As the sole female engineer within AJ Power it never ceases to amaze me how many times, I have to explain that as an engineer I do not spend my day in overalls working under a dirty car bonnet. We need to continue to fight this stigma and increase the awareness of just how important engineers are to our everyday life. We hear all about the inventors who dream up the next innovation and the businesses who market and sell it to success, however we hear very little about the middle men and women, the engineers who take that dream and develop it into a product that is commercially viable. Engineering is such an exciting role with so many opportunities in a variety of industries that you will be able to find a job that you won’t dread getting out of bed for in the morning. With an abundance of grants and benefits designed to entice people into a STEM career in conjunction with the guarantee of a job due to a UK skills shortage it’s hard to find reasons not to become an engineer.

What developments are going to impact the sector in the next 5 years?

The changes in emissions legislation as well as the increased awareness of waste recycling and pollution in general to protect the environment we live in will have a huge impact. It is already changing regulations for engine suppliers to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals their exhaust systems are forcing out into the atmosphere, kicking off the introduction of Stage V. Continuous research and development of the combustion process and ways to improve it combined with innovations in materials, manufacture and production has provided a gradual increase in the mechanical output we can now expect from engines regardless of their size. This progress is ongoing and constantly moving forward, proven by the introduction of hybrid and electrically driven cars.

Niamh is a fantastic ambassador for engineering not only for females but the next generation of young engineers that we have the responsibility of shaping and moulding through our Higher Level Apprentice programme here at AJ Power. Through her work as a STEM NI Ambassador she is dedicated to share her passion about the advancement and interest in STEM subjects to as wide an audience as possible which can only result in a positive impact and transform the future skills of our young people in this sector.

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The recent investment of £7m+ enables AJ Power to expand their manufacturing capabilities with a new state of the art factory for large scale fabrication.

The new factory houses CNC plasma cutting machines, tandem brakepress, wet paint booth, shot blasting booth, powder coating booth and curing oven, along with new storage facilities for components. Using market leading ultra-sharp cutting technology to profile parts with a laser quality cut at a fraction of the cost. The CNC machines enables us to profile parts from 1mm thick through to 30mm enabling them to cut any part for our entire range of base frames.

The new state of the art Durma 4m + 4m Tandem Brake Presses allow us to fold parts for the entire range of base frames for the 3 series to 9 series generators. Each machine has a pressing force of 320 Tonne. Any out of size bespoke structure up to 4m x 4m x 12m, can be painted in the wet paint spray booth.

The new purpose built shot blasting booth provides the perfect enclosure for carrying out the surface preparation required on base frames to ensure they are perfectly clean and have the required surface profile for powder coating.

This stage in the surface finishing of base frames is critical and having such a high specification booth with full room extraction, shot blast recovery system and operator breathing equipment not only ensures base frames go through the correct process but creates the ideal environment for employees to work in.

The bespoke powder coating spray booth and curing oven which has been specifically designed to enable the painting of the entire range of base frames.

Expanding the storage facilities throughout the company allows stock to be held in order to respond quickly to customer orders. With advanced reach trucks it ensure pallets can be moved into and out of the warehouse safely and efficiently. By optimising the layout of the warehouse with high level racking, there will be more than 1500 pallet location available, ensuring a wide variation in stock to meet the ever growing demand for our range of generating sets.

The new factory is operational and adds to the current workforce of 121 worldwide. The new factory ensures AJ Power continue to meet customer expectations and manage the lead time across the 3,5,7 and 9 series, while managing the overall costs of the final product.

We are growing and the new factory is a reflection of our investment to continue that growth. We are delighted that we employ a local skilled workforce to deliver a premium product and with the expansion of the new factory we will adding to our workforce over the next couple of months and years.

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Sharing our experience of doing business in South Africa.

This week our office in South Africa had the pleasure of connecting with other businesses as part of an Invest NI IMEA event in the region. Andrew Pigott shared our successes, challenges and advice for doing business in the South African market. It was a great opportunity to network and share knowledge and experiences with other businesses. We would like to thank Invest NI IMEA for the invitation and look forward to many more events in the future.

Pictured (L - R) are representatives from AJ Power, British Chamber of Business South Africa, Invest NI and FNB Business.

If you would like any further information about our work in this region please contact us at sales@ajpower.net

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Stage V is the latest exhaust emission legislation for non road mobile machinery.

Solution

AJ Power are excited to be the first company to develop AGCO Power Engines in a Stage V genset application. Working in engineering collaboration with the sole engine supplier of the world renowned brands Massey Ferguson and Valtra.

Our designers are innovating a reliable, sustainable and uncomplicated generator set which will deliver your Stage V exhaust emissions requirements.

Developing the most efficient method of assembling the new after treatment technology with the the usual engine and alternator arrangement without increasing the overall footprint of the generating set.

We are constantly progressing with technological advances to provide our customers with the highest quality and most up to date equipment. Whilst maintaining a simplistic operation and maintenance approach for the end user.

AJ Power Stage V Product Range

Our product range will be available QTR 1 2020

AJ20*

AJ60

AJ100

AJ150

AJ200

AJ250

AJ500*

* non AGCO engines

For further information on our Stage V range as we continue to develop the range please email marketing@ajpower.net.

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The Nordic region's largest meeting place for the entire electricity and energy industry and AJ Power are attending with our Swedish office - AJ Reservkraft Sverige AB.

Come and visit our stand at A02:11 and have a chat with the team abut our new ATS and our Stage V range. The exhibition runs from the 7th - 10th May at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg.

For further information on our products or service contact us on sales@ajpower.net or call us on + 44 (0) 28 3836 1000

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The Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition

The Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition provided us with another chance to team up with one of our partners Unicorn International LCC to share the latest developments and news about AJ Power products and services.

The exhibition is the annual gathering for PAEW where they meet their partners, contractors and suppliers. It is designed to be the largest platform for stakeholders to discuss real issues and solutions pertaining to the automation, energy and water challenges and opportunities on Oman.

For further information on our products please contact us at sales@ajower.net

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First Power By Scania gensets are dispatched.

Since 2011 AJ Power have been providing Scania distributors with Scania Gensets across the Scania Range. Towards the end 2018 this range was launched as POWER BY SCANIA and the first orders of the new range were recently dispatched.

For further information on the “Power by Scania” Range please contact us on Scania@ajpower.net or give us a call on + 44 (0) 28 3836 1000.

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It's all about partnerships.

AJ Power recently attended the PowerGen Expo with our partner Euro Parts BD Ltd. During the exhibition we had the opportunity to deliver a presentation to delegates on the company and our products.

Thanks to the team at Euro Parts BD Ltd for the invite to join you it was fantastic couple of days.

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We were delighted to welcome a delegation from the IET Northern Ireland to AJ Power recently. The group had a technical tour of the factory and the opportunity to learn more about us and our products.

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Henry Ford's statement you can have any colour as long as its black (or white) does not apply here at AJ Power.

One of our customers requested that the canopy was in their corporate colour, they asked and we delivered.

The AJ175 is heading to one of our European partners and has a rating of 160kVA prime power, 175kVA standby, with a Perkins engine, it is Euro Stage 3A emissions with a noise level - 69.5 dBA at 7 metres on 100% full load.

Looking something different contact our Sales Team for further information on sales@ajpower.net

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AJ Power will be attending the Big Apprenticeship Event at Southern Regional College on Thursday 4 April. Come and have a chat with team about the opportunities that exist at AJ Power.

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UK Regulation Changes

The end of April 2019 sees the move from G59 to G99, from that date forward all new equipment connecting to grid in the UK must comply with G99. G99 encompasses and replaces EREC G59 and the changes apply not only to the application process but compliance requirement and commissioning requirements.

G99 also amends how generators are classified and therefore affects how different types (MW rating, technology type, location) or configurations (power park modules/power generating modules/power generating facility) must demonstrate compliance.

Under the new regulations generating devices have been split into four types as listed above. G59 is only a very small part now of the new regulations which includes detailed information on the connection process from design through to testing of the equipment through to the performance of the genset.

After the 27th April, any new generator connected that has not already been purchased and highlighted to the DNOP by mid-November must be G99 compliant.

For further information contact us at sales@ajpower.net or for more on our control panels click here

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Great to catch up with some of our colleagues from Woodward last week at Data Centre World.

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Data Centre World over for another year.

We had a busy couple of days meeting customers and suppliers at Data Centre World.. Thanks for taking the time to come and have a chat with the team and to find out more about our solutions.

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Working in conjunction with subsidiary company AJ Reservkraft in Sweden, AJ Power recently despatched an AJ2845 generating set for use in a recycling plant in the Stockholm area.

The recycling plant will produce biogas from organic waste for use in vehicles and generate electricity and heat from combustible waste for the local community via a combined heat and power plant. The AJ2845 is powered by a MTU 20 cylinder 4000 series engine, coupled to a specially selected oversized Newage Stamford twin bearing frame 8 alternator generating at 11,000 volts. The InSight 6000 generator control panel and protection system was installed on the set enabling automatic synchronising with the utility supply on site. As part of the contract terms, a factory acceptance test was carried out at the AJ Power factory in the high voltage test facility using transformer and high voltage switchgear. The tests included proving various load step scenarios and an extended load run.

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An AJ Power AJ220 diesel generating set was recently delivered and commissioned to a pharmaceutical and biotech organisation, Northern Ireland.

This AJ220 provides backup electrical power to a temperature critical refrigerated facility. The canopied 5 series set comprised of an AGCO Power engine, Meccalte alternator and the AJ Power InSight4000 controller; with alternator heater kit, engine coolant heater and battery charger to ensure the set is always ready for operation.

Furthermore the control panel canopy access door was fitted with lift-off hinges to allow the generating set to be positioned within the site constraints and an accommodation was made to allow the generator to be run from an external fuel tank. The InSight4000 controller provided an integrated solution for genset monitoring, control and protection; with control of mains and generator breakers located in a neighbouring switch room.

Adding the RS485 Modbus option allowed facilities management, in a single serial connection, to include monitoring of the complete solution within their Building Management System (BMS). Another expertly engineered custom solutions designed by AJ Power that fits the application and the client requirements!

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