Last Updated on August 10, 2021
Trystar has announced that its line of wall-mounted generator docking stations (GDS) has received International Building Code (IBC) Special Seismic Certification after passing a series of rigorous seismic simulation tests of their mechanical and electrical integrity.
The IBC Certification is required for docking stations in critical installations such as hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, urgent care centers and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in states including California, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Alaska as well as cities in seismically active areas like Memphis, Tenn. A number of states in the northeast are also considering adopting the standard.
“Trystar partnered with California-based Junker Engineering to develop the testing protocols and supervise the actual testing, which was performed by a certified laboratory in Pennsylvania,” explained Trystar Master Electrician Steve Heimerman. “A total of 10 different GDS units were included in the testing, each selected as representative of a specific size/type in the product line.”
The units were mounted on a fixture and instrumented with multiple accelerometers. Then a series of tests were performed to gather data on resonant frequencies of the individual units before subjecting them to the seismic simulation. After the seismic simulation each unit was inspected for both mechanical damage and electrical functionality.
“It is worth noting that all of the test units were standard production models and not modified in any way,” Heimerman added. “With that experience behind us we are confident that the next series of products scheduled to be tested, our pad-mount GDS units, will perform equally well.”
That testing should be finished by mid-2021.
“Our goal is to have all of our permanent power products IBC certified over the next few years,” Heimerman said.” The IBC Special Seismic Certification is part of Trystar’s application to the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) for their certification. OSHPD certification will make Trystar one of only two GDS manufacturers with products meeting that standard.
Generator Docking Stations are designed to safely connect and disconnect a portable generator to a building, lift station, or portable equipment. During a power outage, a generator docking station allows power to be returned to a building without an electrician, which helps protect buildings from the risks and costs of power loss.
Usually, during a power failure or emergency, electricians are in high-demand, resulting in shortages and additional fees. Generator Docking Stations make it easy to restore power to a building with minimal delay.
Generator Docking Stations can also be used to support temporary and emergency power needs for pandemic response, mass casualty disasters and other urgent needs, including medical testing and screening centers and temporary hospitals.
Trystar designs and manufactures a wide range of portable and industrial power products including panels, I-Lines, transformers, portable automatic transfer switches (ATS) and welding racks. They also manufacture single and dual-purpose generator docking stations, load bank and rotary docking stations, UL-891 rated switchboards and the industry’s largest selection of product lines in compliance with NEC 700.3(F) applications. Trystar cable products include portable and industrial power cables, welding cables, utility cables, and medium voltage cables.
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