Complex machinery is known for having notoriously complex systems. These systems can’t easily be inspected by the average person. Industrial generators are a typical case of this exact situation. There are mechanics you can use to constantly monitor your industrial generator’s operations, check for efficient functioning, and get an alert when professional intervention is required. One of the best ways to do this is to invest in a generator controller. Speak to us about your options for a generator controller in Brisbane and you may discover a solution that makes your life so much easier.

Why do I need a generator controller? 

Industrial generators are huge mechanical machines that have many moving parts built into them. That means that they are prone to overheating because they speed up and slow down for various reasons. These parts are also prone to factors such as fatigue, weather conditions, and wear and tear. This is one of the reasons why you need a professional to install your generator because of all the moving parts and the maintenance they need. Generator controllers can also detect changes in physical attributes like heat and speed and generate signals accordingly with built-in sensors. Therefore, you can use them to control the generator or through the use of a control panel. Ultimately, the controller helps the generator owner with the process of generator remote monitoring.

What is a generator controller? 

A generator controller is an addition to your industrial generator that uses microtechnology processing techniques that track precise measurements and constantly make value adjustments. The controller does all these things to optimize the performance of your generator. It is one of the modern developments that are improving the use of your industrial generator. It is basically used to monitor and control a diesel generator’s parameters and provide system protection functions. The most modern controller design provides real-time monitoring of volts, hertz, and amperage in addition to the basic engine/generator safeties and auto-start functions. Complex controllers typically installed on larger generator systems provide engine safeties and shutdowns for low oil pressure, high temperature, engine start over-crank, over/under-speed, low coolant level and also have indicators for low fuel level, KVA output, KW output, power factor (PF), engine & generator gauges in real-time. Some controllers can be mobile devices and in other cases similar functions can be handled by the controller in the control panel. Here is everything it offers:

  • High-end monitoring
  • Auto switch capabilities
  • Oil pressure and coolant level monitoring
  • Temperature monitoring
  • Automatic transfer switch interfacing
  • Automatic start and stop

What is a control panel? 

The control panel is usually a set of displays that are constantly reading and showing data or measurements relating to voltage, current, and frequency, through gauges and meters. These meters and gauges are set in a metallic body case that is tough against any environmentally caused corrosion. The panel can be set up to feature as a part of the generator’s infrastructure. Where it is easily accessible to the owner and the technicians required for generator servicing in Brisbane. Control panels for a larger industrial generator are usually much larger and more complicated. This means they may need to be installed as a completely separate unit to the generator and they are typically large enough to stand up on their own. These units could be placed on a nearby shelf or mounted to the wall for easy access next to the generator and this is the common installation style for enclosure or internal applications like a data centre. The display section will have a couple of buttons and switches to help you operate the generator.

How does a control panel work? 

The control panel is made of sensors and microprocessors which constantly track the machine’s performance and they give feedback to the machine to manage itself. An example of this is how the control panel constantly tracks temperature and immediately alerts the user to indicate overheating. There is a heat sensor inside the generator that senses the build-up of heat in the generator body, and it will pass this to the microprocessor in the control panel. The microprocessor is then programmed to put in place the necessary measure to improve or regulate the generator’s performance. This level of functionality is becoming extremely critical for industrial generators. Control panels can also be linked to the Automatic Transfer Switch to maintain the continuity of electrical power. The automatic transfer switch is another element of automation because it detects power outages and then signals the control panel to start the generator.  When the electrical outage occurs, the ATS starts the backup generator. This disruption triggers the generator to prepare for the incoming electrical supply. Once the generator is running at the proper speed, the ATS switches the emergency power to its load. This transition enables the generator to service the previously determined critical functions of the site. After the primary power supply returns, the ATS will then revert the electrical route to the standard source.  The ATS then triggers a cool-down period for the generator. This step is fundamental to improving the functionality and expected lifespan of a unit.

Professional installation needs professional maintenance   

You will spend a considerable amount of your budget on the installation, and it would be pointless to waste that money on an unqualified technician. A professional is sure to maintain its performance and quality. Save yourself precious time and money by giving us a call on (07) 3710 8212, and we’ll install and maintain your generator. We can offer more information about our generators, maintenance, installation, or site inspections. We would again like to emphasize that a PROFESSIONAL is the best person to handle this and all other generator servicing needs in Brisbane. This isn’t just because it’s safer; it’s also because the law requires it, and it’s all for your benefit. Reactive Generators is available in Brisbane, the Gold CoastSunshine Coast, and Ipswich.