A genrator control module is a type of PLC that is used to monitor and control a diesel generators parameters and provide system protection functions.
Typically on a diesel generator the generator control module is responcible for starting the engine, monitoring various generator protections and displaying warnings or shutting down the engine in the event of a protection being out of a defined range.
Many brands of diesel generator controllers are available, the most common found are:
- Deep Sea Electronics
- Power Wizard (Used on FG Wilson)
- Power Command (Used on Cummins Power Generation)
Most controllers manufacturers provide similar protections, usually within the range of controllers available the more expensive and advanced types will offer a broader range of protections.
Some controllers, like the Deep Sea Electronics, the software is available as a free download, where as others it may be available only at a cost, or in some cases, only available for dealers.