Emergency power generators

Joe Greco jgreco at ns.sol.net
Thu Jan 21 19:17:56 UTC 2010

> On Thu, 21 Jan 2010, Mike wrote:
> > site owners a solution to test and verify generator operation. Does anyone 
> > have any pointers to possible solutions or vendor white papers I could look 
> > at? We probably want to verify start, read voltage to verify output, and 
> > maybe even gauge fuel in the tanks if thats possible.
> Start with the generator owner's manual.  You'd be amazed at what helpful 
> maintenance suggestions can be found there.  Sometimes they're even 
> online... :)

Seriously, "talk to your vendor."  You can frequently get gear with 
remote reporting, some of it will do dry contact or even talk RS232.
If you can not, a lot of it can be measured anyways.

If your gear doesn't "support" it, talk to generator service guys who 
are well-thought-of in your area.  I'd place good odds that they'll be
happy to outfit you with a computer-readable fuel level indicator, 
oil pressure, remote test, etc., etc., though they may be smiling their
way to the bank and thanking you for all the custom work.

... JG
Joe Greco - sol.net Network Services - Milwaukee, WI - http://www.sol.net
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