Power Test FCT Dynamometer System Withstands Hurricane Irma

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Power Test's Fully Containerized Transportable Dyno System, designed for severe weather conditions and unpredictable elements, proves its value during Hurricane Irma.

Power Test FCT - Nassau, Bahamas

Power Test's Fully Containerized Engine Dynamometer

We’ve been building our field-proven FCT’s for years for the U.S. military, and now we’re seeing increased demand for locations with unpredictable or volatile weather.

Traditionally, engine dyno test cells are permanent facilities and can’t be moved. In July of 2017, Power Test, Inc. commissioned a Fully Containerized Transportable engine dynamometer testing system for Machinery and Energy Limited in Nassau, Bahamas. The benefit of this FCT503 system is its ability to quickly be shuttered up and transported to safer ground in the event of hazardous weather conditions. In a real-world proof of concept, M&E LTD recently transported their portable testing facility to a secure location avoiding the destructive force of Hurricane Irma. In a mere 8 hours, they had their 1,500 HP Engine Dyno Test cell packed up and ready to roll on two flatbed trailers. Even more importantly, only days later, they were able to return to their facilities and restart their testing operations amidst the aftermath of the storm.

Fully Containerized Transportable testing systems are available in both engine and transmission configurations and include every necessary component for complete testing and evaluation. In the event of circumstances that necessitate a move, due to weather, field repair scenarios, or temporary location situations, the FCT can be dismantled and reassembled in as little as 5 hours. This versatility allows testing in regions where the risk to, or investment in a permanent facility is too great. Power Test has delivered FCT Systems in a number of variations to affected regions around the world.

“When the hurricane was approaching, we packed the two FCT containers and transported them to protected grounds,” said Javier De Arco, GM of Machinery & Energy Limited. “We were able to shield them from the rains, floods, high winds, and tornadoes that followed.” The flexibility of the FCT503 eliminated the risk of permanent testing facilities and potentially saved M&E tens of thousands of dollars in repair costs and down time.

After conditions subsided, M&E Ltd was able to return the FCT503 to their facilities in the days immediately following the storm. With mere hours of set-up, the facility was fully operational allowing the company to begin recovery efforts in an impacted region.

“This hurricane is exactly why companies come to Power Test for Portable Testing Solutions,” said Pat Koppa, President at Power Test, Inc. “They turn to us because we’ve been there, done that. We’ve been building our field-proven FCT’s for years for the U.S. military, and now we’re seeing increased demand for locations with unpredictable or volatile weather. Our portable FCT’s work perfectly for those applications.”

Power Test, Inc. is an industry leader in the design, manufacture and sale of dynamometers, heavy equipment testing systems and related data acquisition and control systems.

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