Electric power customers are increasingly turning to Perkins comprehensive range of overhaul products to affordably extend the life of their engines – and avoid disruptive downtime.
Reliability and longevity are hallmarks of Perkins products. However, at some stage of their life, certain components may need to be overhauled.
Overhauling your engine is the process of replacing key components, but retaining its core elements, such as the main engine block. The advantage of doing this is you achieve greatly improved performance at a considerably lower cost than replacing the engine with a new one.
For customers in the electric power sector, overhaul products are becoming increasingly popular. By carrying out preventative maintenance, such as an overhaul, customers can ensure they prolong the life of their engines, increase their return on investment and minimise the potential for downtime.
“People choose Perkins to power their generator sets because of our reputation for reliability and our engine’s durability,” said aftermarket business manager Mark Blencowe. “Utilising Perkins overhaul solutions, customers can significantly extend the life of their engines. You’ll continue to get maximum performance, while reducing your operating and owning costs.
“Many of our engines, such as our Perkins® 4000 Series, are installed in hard-to-reach locations. The physical challenges of replacing engines in these locations are very high, particularly if an engine fails and is not repairable. With Perkins overhaul products a customer is protecting the engine’s core and their investment. Overhauling involves working on the core of the engine and this isn’t a job that is done often. That’s why it’s important to ensure it’s done right – with genuine Perkins parts and Perkins approved engineers performing regular maintenance to avoid critical failure. The benefits of using our overhaul products are clear when comparing to the costs involved in replacing the complete equipment set up.”
Perkins offers a complete range of overhaul options, from the Perkins® 400 Series all the way through to the Perkins 4000 Series. The overhaul product range is made up of a number of different parts groups made up of major components, cylinder components, rotating components, valvetrain, gaskets and seals, and is further complemented with an array of overhaul kits.
“Our overhaul kits help you address some of the most common overhaul requirements,” said Ian Bradford, Perkins aftermarket product manager. “They add convenience when ordering by providing a large number of components under a single parts number, provide a cost saving compared with purchasing individual parts, and ensure you have all the right products at the right time.”
Perkins overhaul parts all meet the latest specifications. So where improvements to components have been made, customers see those benefits in the form of improved performance and running costs. Customers also have the option to buy under- and oversized parts, if required, that enable customers to regrind/rebore crankshafts and cylinder blocks, to help them get more life from their engines.
“Our products are designed with customers in mind and we constantly gather feedback,” said Ian. “As a result, we have a new range of single cylinder kits for our 4000 Series engines, as well as kits for other engines including 400 and 1100 Series. New assembly kits are also available, which provide fully assembled larger components that can easily be dropped in.”
Perkins distributors have also experienced the growing value of overhaul products to their electric power customers.
The highly trained Perkins distribution network has the knowledge, experience and tools to ensure overhaul work happens in a timely way, without problems.
Whichever overhaul option you choose, it’s vital that you purchase and install genuine Perkins parts. Non-genuine parts will not be manufactured to meet the specific needs of your engine. Any mismatch, or fitting of the wrong part, can cause serious engine damage.
“Using genuine parts ensures that your engine is returned to its original performance – or better – after an overhaul,” added Mark. “You’ll maintain confidence in the engine and generator, maximise their life, and continue to reduce your running costs long into the future.”