SECTION III. OPERATION UNDER USUAL CONDITIONS
In addition to this section, manuals FM 20-31, Electrical Power Generation in the Field,
and TM 9-6150-226-13, will provide useful and detailed information relating to electrical
generators and DISE/PDISE equipment used with the power distribution panel.
2.4 ASSEMBLY AND PRFPARATION FOR USE.
The power distribution panel and associated cables are heavy and may be awkward to
handle. Use correct lifting procedures and/or assistance from personnel to avoid injury.
Considerations and calculations for field load equipment may be complicated. The
commander should appoint a qualified soldier to plan the power network The soldier
shall consult and plan the power network with personnel familiar with electrical power
distribution principles and calculations when available to the unit.
When installing the power distribution panel at afield work site, one must first determine the physical location
and electrical requirements of the equipment to be powered. Analyze each Intematonal Standardization Organization
(ISO) container, Tent Extendable Modular Personnel (REMPER) tent, and van for its amperage needs to plan necessary
cable runs. If data on quality of amperes needed by consuming is unavailable, one will have to estimate possible needs.
Refer to FM 20-31 as a guide when making these estimates.
After you have determined quality of cables and location of user's equipment, study the terrain to determine the
best way to route the cables to the Distribution Illumination Systems Electrical (DISE) equipment serving the ISO
containers and TEMPER tents. Be familiar with tactical considerations or other factors that may restrict location of power
sources relative to power consuming equipment.
Before actually installing the power distribution panel, one should develop a power distribution plan. This plan
must take all factors mentioned into consideration. A good plan must allow for terrain and tactical constraints while
providing adequate distributed power.
Load Considerations. Ensure that the total amperage of the load does not exceed the rated capacity of the
power distribution panel or its individual branch circuits.
Generator Considerations. Choose the proper power source(s) to supply the power necessary to support the
total load amperage.
Equipment Selection. The electrical values in Table 2-2 are an example based on a supposed situation;
however, the procedures for this example are a method for you to correctly select the equipment needed for your
particular field situation.