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Monitoring for Electric Power Generation

Electric Power Generation is a sector of the industrial market with the specific need of assuring that power sources are running properly, ready for operation and well maintained. With a range of standard configurations for this market, Monico Gateways can add generator monitoring and integration quickly and easily into an overall facility or generator monitoring system. Following are the three main categories of the EPG market we provide monitoring for.

Mission Critical Applications & Data Centers

Prime Power

Standby Power

Remote Generator Monitoring Solutions

If a BMS system is not available, then a Monico PLUS Gateway can act as the primary interface if an Ethernet network is available, making remote generator monitoring simple. The Gateway offers a pre-configured virtual color touch screen HMI over the internet. The email server can notify the customer when certain conditions occur and the Virtual HMI is available from anywhere on the network for viewing live data and detailed fault codes. If an Ethernet network is not available or the customer does not want the Generators connected to the BMS then we can also offer cellular solutions that provide a cost-efficient alternative.

Natural Gas and Diesel Generator Monitoring Solutions

A very common application for Monico Gateways is the monitoring and basic control of natural gas fueled and diesel fueled generators. We regularly provide customer interfaces for Caterpillar®, Cummins® , Generac® and MTU® equipment, and the Gateways can also be used to provide data concentration for other devices such as Digital I/O, Analog I/O, Thermocouples, RTD's, Switchgear and fuel tank level monitoring.

The Gateway can gather electrical information from the Generator Set Controller (GSC) and detailed information from electronic engines. If a mechanical engine is used, then we communicate directly with the GSC to gather complete electrical data and basic engine data. Complete fault code support is available. Gensets with mechanical engines and basic GSCs will provide about 8-10 valuable monitoring parameters plus fault codes. Gensets with more robust GSCs offer very detailed electrical information including line to line and line to neutral voltages, line currents, and various power calculations. Electronic engines will provide about 50-80 additional parameters of detailed information, and some of the larger gensets will have 4-5 Electronic Control Modules and provide up to about 220 parameters of data for monitoring purposes.

Monico Gateways are an asset to both natural gas and diesel generator monitoring systems.

Read More:
The Role of Monitoring in Industrial Automation 

Monitoring in the EPG Market
Monitoring on Industrial GenSets