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How Generator Controls Work

9/24/2013 12:45:46 PM | by Anonymous

Controls: Generator

Generator controls are set of displays that indicate the measurement of various parameters like current, voltage and frequency through the gauges and meters. They are set in metallic bodies that are usually corrosion proof to protect from the snow or rain. By using the panel, they can be set up on the body of the generator using with small generators control. But if they are mounted on the generator, they will have vibration proof pad that help to isolate the control panel from shocks. The control panels are usually used for larger industrial generators that can be completely separated from the generator. They are typically large enough to stand on their own. They also may be wall-mounted or shelf-mounted next to the generator which is commonly inside an internal application like a data center or an enclosure.


They are usually fitted with switches or buttons that help to operate the generator control such as turn-on or switch-off keys. The gauges and switches are also grouped on the basis of functionality. This makes the panel friendly and safe for use as it minimizes the possibility of an operator accidentally executing or selecting the wrong control.


The generator control panel has been increasingly complex pieces of electronics with the microprocessor that can manipulate the input from sensors to help give feedbacks to the machine and managing itself. The feedback could be the temperature that indicates overheating. Some examples are under or over speed and high or low oil pressure. The heat sensor inside the generator control can sense the build up of heat in the generator body and they can be passing to the microprocessor in the control panel.


The microprocessor will take effective measures to regulate the performances of the machines such as shutting down. For exampled, if the oil pressure is too low or the coolant temperature is too high, this will lead to buildup of heat. Usually in the industrial situations, this kind of functionality has become increasingly critical. They are embedded in the circuitry inside the control panel and are programmed to take in the sensor inputs and can react to that with the programmed control rules effectively.


Generator controls can be combined with an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) to maintain the continuity of electrical power. This is to detect with an outage of power when the local grid falls. This is to signal the control panel to start the generator. However, it depends on the type of generator being used and the control panel that may activate the plugs for diesel with an adjustable length of time. It will then start the generator by using an automatic starter and they are similar to the one that is engage when turned on in the ignition of the car in the morning. But as soon as the engine of the generator reaches an optimum speed the starter is disengaged.


The ATS will then switches to the generator power and go back to business as usual without having to frantically scramble to figure out what caused the power loss. This aspect of a control panel makes it extremely useful in homes during industrial situations for ensuring mission-critical continuity and bad weather.

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