A generator provides secure interim power redundancy if a power grid suffers an outage. This power redundancy allows businesses to maintain their operations, hospitals to retain use of their instruments and airports to preserve system integrity.
Any organisation that controls mission critical applications can benefit from having a generator available as a reliable power source.
Generators provide a continuous stream of voltage power without the peaks and dips of other devices, thus helping to regulate fluctuations. They are designed for continual use.
The benefits of generator monitoring
Installing a diesel generator as an emergency source of electrical power provides important mid to long term electrical power upon the loss of normal power supply.
Generators provide a reliable source of back-up emergency power for longer periods of time. Due to how a generator is used it is more often than not stored outside or in an area that is not normally accessed by staff. By monitoring the generator you can be instantly alerted to any change in state or mechanical issues.
Emergency stop (EPO) status
Avoiding potential damage and dangers of under-loading
One of the most common causes of damage to generators is when they’re under-loaded. That is, generators function most effectively when they’re operating at high capacity. When they're used for low capacity tasks (such as powering 10% of the voltage load), they can start to build up carbon and internal glazing.
Eventually, soot and residue from unused fuel can accumulate and clog the generator’s piston rings.
The longer this happens, the more pronounced the degradation of the diesel generator’s system. To avoid this, generators should have a capacity at approximately 70% of the maximum load.
It is not a well known fact but the less energy expended by the diesel generator, the shorter it lasts.
When generators are used at less than 70% of capacity, it places excess wear on the engine.
We monitor our diesel generator to enable us to present key operating status metrics while it is in use. The generator is some distance from our IT department so knowing when it is running as well as identifying important information like fuel level, auto-start, low battery, at rest and fault are valuable data. Spook OmniWatch helps prove our fail over tests to support our departmental and achieve our Key Performance Indicators(KPI’s).
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Add UPSs for complete energy monitoring
Organisations will often utilise UPSs alongside generators to ensure power security.
OmniWatch lets users monitor both apparatus centrally, removing the hassle of switching between each of the appliances onboard software. By doing this disparate equipment types can also adopt OmniWatch’s centrally managed 3-tier alarm process too.Read more about UPS monitoring
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