February 18, 2021

Generator Logistics and Shipping


When acquiring a new or used industrial generator, it's important to understand the shipping logistics involved. Genset logistics consists of the activity of transporting the unit from the seller to the customer's site. Therefore, we prepared this blog post to help you grasp what happens after you have successfully acquired an industrial generator from a vendor. Whether you're a small, middle-sized or large industry, this guide is designed for you.

Logistics involves planning, organizing and managing all the shipping activities that result in the unit reaching your site safe and secure. To illustrate this concept better, we'll take a close look at three generator examples intended for small, mid-size and large businesses.

1. Waukesha 375 kW Natural Gas Generator (Small Industrial Generator)

Due to the natural gas option and eco-friendly contemplations, a customer selects the Waukesha 375 kW Natural Gas Generator. The following logistics follow:

a) Securing and protecting the generator ready for moving.

The generator is carefully and firmly loaded onto the waiting truck, and the shipping agent assumes the responsibility. Be sure that how your generator arrives (safe passage) is clearly defined in the freight agreement by the shipping broker. Some of the considered items include a method where the genset is secured on the truck, a cover for the generator, and additional weatherproofing.

b) Obtaining all the requirements and compliance permits needed for transporting from the relevant authorities.

c) Unloading genset at site.

The site should be prepared prior to the unit's arrival to save on extra costs on crane or forklift and operator rental. Also, site requirements should be defined, stating the type of device to be used for unloading. For this type of industrial generator, a crane or construction fork truck can be used.

2. Cummins 750 kW Diesel Generator EPA Tier 2 (Mid-size Industrial Generator)

After you're appealed by using diesel generator and choosing Cummins 750 kW Diesel Generator, below is the logistic checklist:

  • Securing and protecting genset for transport
  • Obtaining permits needed for shipping
  • Unloading the diesel generator at the site

a) Securing and protecting genset for transport.

The vendor transfers the responsibilities to the shipping agent after successfully loading the unit onto the truck. The following additional protection measures may be taken to offer vital extra protection.

  • Fragile parts such as the radiator and intercooler assembly of the Cummins 750 kW genset may require added safety. While tarping is necessary for protection, plywood can be used before tarping to shield the fin area.
  • Industrial stretch or shrink wrap is used to protect the end and control panel of the genset.
  • When experiencing extreme vulgar weather circumstances, the entire unit can be covered to weatherproof the parts.

b) Unloading the diesel generator at the site.

Medium-sized generator like the Cummins 750kW lives in a machinery room that should have the following features.

  • Overhead door at the entry point of the room.
  • The concrete pad situated in a gravel area.
  • Gantry should be available for moving and placing the generator at the appropriate location in the machinery room.

3. MTU 2000 kW Diesel Genset (Large Industrial Generator)

Large industrial generators require extra logistics as it is a significant investment, and errors in any phase can be costly. After the specifications for MTU 200 kW diesel generator are verified, the following generator logistics follow:

a) Safely loading the generator onto the truck.

In addition to ensuring that Safe package is understood and well-defined in the freight agreement, the below considerations are essential:

  • The method the generator is secured to the truck.
  • Tarp mechanism for the generator to secured tightly.
  • Ensuring that supporting devices and doors are secured and closed respectively.

b) Acquiring permits needed for transporting.

c) Unpacking the diesel generator set at the site.

The generator is placed in a permanent location. A concrete pad and corresponding hardware are prepared the way before the unit is acquired.

Which Permits are Needed for Transport

Different states have varying regulations and permit requirements for industrial generators, including truck sizes and shipping hours. Your shipping broker will check with each state on the route to the site to ensure compliance.

If you have any query concerning industrial generator logistics or want to acquire a new or used genset for your company, call us at 855-587-6937. We'll analyze your unique needs and recommend the best generator to purchase.