What is a Load Bank?
A load bank is a device that creates a sustainable electrical load safely. The load is applied to a power source to validate system design performance and capacity under any operating condition.
What Type of Load Banks are Available from ComRent?
- Resistive Load Banks to mimic the operational load that a power source will see in actual use
- Reactive Load Banks to provide a lagging load to accurately simulate electric motor start up and pump function
- Capacitive Load Banks to provide a leading power factor to compensate for power factor correction on the utility
What are the Differences Between Load Bank Testing and Plant Load Testing?
The most critical differences between load bank testing and plant load testing are scheduling flexibility, load sustainability and testing duration.
Load banks do not rely on plant availability; therefore, are able to offer power-on-demand when you need to test. A load bank's primary function is to deliver a sustainable power load to enable full capacity system testing for short and prolonged periods of time.
Constant / Sustainable Load
Quick Data Collection
Short Lead-Time Planning
Short Execution / Less Man Hours
Inadequate / Fluctuating Load
Prolonged Data Collection
Long Lead-Time Planning
Longer Execution / Man Hours
Why is Load Testing Important?
Load bank testing will save you time and money in the long run. It is how you determine the operating status of your primary power systems. It’s also how you exercise backup systems to ensure they will be available when called upon. Load testing at start-up and during commissioning and maintenance will detect problematic conditions before they escalate and cause downtime.
What Problems Can Load banks Detect?
Load banks detect a wide range of conditions that could threaten a power system. Defective equipment, design errors, flawed construction, emissions, natural aging, improper settings on system control components and the negative effects of underutilization are among the problems load bank testing can detect before they cause a power disruption.
Why Should I Rent a ComRent Load Bank When I Can Purchase My Own?
Renting a load bank frees you from the maintenance and warehousing costs of owning the equipment. Technical and compliance consultants are another expense saved by renting from ComRent. It also saves time. We'll manage the equipment, logistics and technical support details that are part of every testing project, freeing you to focus on other areas.
Where Can I Rent a ComRent Load Bank?
You may rent from any of ComRent's 18 regional offices. Visit our Contact page to find the office nearest you.
Does ComRent Offer National Service Contracts?
Yes. ComRent established a National Accounts service for customers who are managing multiple projects throughout the U.S. and internationally. The service simplifies procurement through end-to-end coordination of rental equipment, logistics and technical support. Cost consolidation opportunities are also available to National Accounts customers.
What if I need to test outside of North America?
ComRent provides load bank testing services internationally. South America, Europe, Asia and India are among the global locations where we've provided our services.
For more information, contact us at 888-881-7118 or email a member of our International Projects Team.
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What if I Have Questions Before, During or After my Test?
A ComRent representative is always available to answer questions. We offer 24/7 technical and logistical support for all projects.
Who Should I Contact?
Contact our headquarters at 888-881-7118 or submit a Request for Information form.