Caterpillar Industrial Generators

The Caterpillar (CAT) brand manufacturers a wide variety of industrial generators. Before purchasing replacement Caterpillar industrial generators, learn about the different types of industrial generators and how they work. The following questions and answers are designed to help you find the right generator for your power needs.

How does a generator work?

Industrial generators use mechanical energy to push electrical charges through wires. This energy ends up powering whatever machine or unit that needs power. Industrial forms of this machinery consist of seven key components:

  • Engine: Puts in the mechanical energy; runs on different fuel types.
  • Alternator: Processes the electricity.
  • Fuel system: Processes the fuel.
  • Voltage regulator: Supplies the electricity.
  • Cooling and exhaust: Vents out extra heat and filter chemicals.
  • Lubrication: Stores oil and keeps components moving smoothly.
  • Battery: Supplies voltage to the machine.
What are some different types of CAT generators?

There are many different types of engines in generators that all accomplish the same tasks and keep energy flow going. Generators that use natural gas, marine types, and petroleum types are similar in size and function the same way, but they require different gas and power inputs. In the end, all of these different types of machinery function essentially the same way. Some examples of different models of generators are:

  • Military surplus
  • Portable
  • Standby/Automatic
  • Stationary
  • Trailer-mounted
What are the max output watts of an industrial generator?

It is important to get the electrical specifications correct when purchasing a replacement Caterpillar industrial piece of machinery. There are many different electrical aspects that determine how the equipment will function and how much power it will provide. One of the most important aspects is the voltage. You should consult an electrician or electrical contractor to ensure you are purchasing the right generator with the proper electrical specifications. An expert technician will be able to adjust the volts to meet specific electrical requirements. The frequently seen output watt ranges are:

  • 6,100-7,000
  • 10,100-15,000
  • 20,100-50,000
  • 50,100-100,000
  • 100,000 and up
What are some power sources for Caterpillar industrial generators?

To determine what type of Caterpillar fuel source is right for your situation, consider how much power you will need. Keep in mind your individual fuel storage capabilities and the logistics of how the fuel will be transported to your site. The frequently seen fuel types are:

  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Natural gas
  • Natural gas and propane combination or duel-fuel
  • Propane