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Why Do You Need A Temporary Power Source?

Posted by TPC Wire & Cable Corp. on May 19, 2020

temporary-power-boxWhen it comes to an unexpected loss of power, finding yourself in reactive mode is not where you want to be. Being prepared is the only way to keep your plant fully operational in an unexpected power outage and the ability to deploy your own supplementary temporary power is now a possibility.

Having a working emergency and temporary power solution will keep equipment up and running, reduce costly downtime and keep people safe. To help begin your temporary power plan, begin prioritizing the equipment or systems that must be supported by supplemental power sources.


Time lost means money lost. Emergency and temporary electrical power solutions can minimize your downtime, meet your safety criteria and allow you to be self-sufficient while getting the job done.

We will use a food and beverage plant as an example on what to look for in order to prioritize the systems and equipment that will need an alternative power source.


  1. Diminished or lack of artificial illumination may impact personal safety.
  2. Without sufficient lighting, you may not be able to properly perform product safety related tasks such as food preparation, food handling, cleaning equipment/utensils and cleaning the premises in a food and beverage plant.
  3. Artificial light may be available if you are using a generator or other lighting source such as battery operated fixtures. However, generators aren't always reliable.
  4. If sufficient natural light is available, limit operations to daylight hours.

    Cooking Equipment

  5. Cooking equipment can be connected to an alternative power source. However, fully assess if cooking operations can continue to be performed safely- consider temperature controls, hot holding temperatures, food handling and equipment cleaning.
  6. Unless the ventilation system is operating on alternative power there will be no way to remove cooking smoke, steam, grease laden air, etc. Without ventilation, you should discontinue cooking operations.
  7. Discard Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) foods that were in the cooking or re-heating process but did not reach a safe final temperature.

    Dishwashing Equipment

  8. Review chemical label or consult your chemical supplier to determine efficacy of detergents and degreasers as it relates to water temperature. When sanitizer solutions are used, the water temperature should be at or above the minimum temperature stated in the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Food Code for that class of sanitizers. Sanitizer solutions may be used at temperatures lower than those stated in the Food Code when the lower temperature is listed on the EPA registered label.

    Water and Sewage

  9. According to the FDA's Food Code you must immediately discontinue operations and notify the regulatory authority if an imminent health hazard may exist because of an emergency such as a fire, flood, extended interruption of electrical or water service, sewage backup, misuse of poisonous or toxic materials, onset of an apparent food-borne illness outbreak, gross insanitary occurrence or condition, or other circumstance that may endanger public health.
  10. If sewage ejector pumps are inoperable discontinue operations.
  11. Contact the local health department for possible alternative options.


Prioritizing the needs of your facility plays a key part in your emergency and temporary power plan. Being prepared for a costly unexpected event like power loss is crucial to keep your plant running. If you're not prepared...you're too late. Whether the concern is food safety or costly downtime in a food and beverage plant, having quick and direct access to an alternative power source will work for all types of equipment and industrial applications in any industrial market. Not only is temporary power critical in protecting your facility but it can also be used for maintenance purposes. During planned shutdowns, shipyard maintenance, and plane maintenance temporary power is required to get the job done.



As cruise ships start to enter the ports, the demand for ship to shore and pier side power are high. Shipyards need high quality connectors with high quality cable to withstand the harshest environments while trying to maintain the ships while docked. Ship to shore power can be used for welding, power tools, grinding, and area lighting for ports, shipyards, and dry-dock fabrication areas.



Grounded Planes

As travel decreases, so does the amount of planes actively flying. When airplanes are not currently needed they are grounded and

Parked Planes

 parked until demand increases. Parked airplanes require just as much maintenance as active airplanes but involve different toolsets. They need plenty of work and attention while in storage, from maintenance of hydraulics and flight-control systems to protection against insects and wildlife. Then there’s humidity, which can corrode parts and damage interiors. In order to provide maintenance, workers require a temporary power source to operate tools and check critical sensors on the plane. 


Whether temporary power solutions are needed to protect against unexpected outages or just for maintenance, it's important to make sure your facility is equipped with the proper tools. Contact us for more information on temporary power solutions and how we can help you stay protected and prepared!


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