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Diesel generator set control panel and its use
June 01, 2022
Diesel generator set control panels are usually equipped with buttons or switches that help operate the generator, such as an off button or an on button. Switches and meters are usually grouped according to function. This makes the panel friendly and safe to use, as it minimises the possibility of accidental selection or wrong manipulation by the operator.
Any complex machine needs a user interface that enables the user to monitor its operation, check its efficient operation, and intervene when needed. Visually, a control panel is a set of displays that indicate the measurement of various parameters, such as voltage, current, and frequency, through meters and meters. Mounted on generators, they usually have shock pads that help isolate the control panel from vibration. The control panel of a large industrial generator can be completely separated from the generator and is usually large enough to stand on its own. These units can also be rack mounted or wall mounted next to the generator, which is common in enclosures or interior applications such as data centers.
Control panels are often equipped with buttons or switches that help operate the generator, such as an off button or an on key. Switches and meters are usually grouped according to function. This makes the panel friendly and safe to use, as it minimises the possibility of accidental selection or wrong manipulation by the operator.
How does the diesel generator set control panel work?
The control panel of a diesel generator set is becoming an increasingly complex electronic component, with a microprocessor that processes input from sensors to help provide feedback to the set to manage itself. Such as temperature/overspeed/low speed and low/high oil pressure. Typically, thermal sensors inside the generator sense heat build-up within the generator and pass it on to the microprocessor in the control panel. The microprocessor will then take effective action to regulate the performance of the machine, including shutting down. In industrial environments, this function of control panels is becoming more and more important. The microprocessor or microcontroller is embedded in circuitry within the control panel and programmed to receive sensor input and respond to it according to programmed manipulation rules.
The control panel of the diesel generator set can be combined with an automatic transfer switch (ATS) to maintain the continuity of the circuit. When the local grid fails, the automatic test system detects the outage. It sends a signal to the control panel to start the generator. Depending on the type of generator used, the control panel can activate the glow plugs (for diesel) for an adjustable time. It will then start the generator using an automatic starter that disengages once the generator's engine reaches optimum speed. The automatic test system then switches to generator power and you can resume normal work as usual, this aspect of the control panel makes it extremely useful in harsh weather home and industrial environments, ensuring mission-critical continuity.
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