Integrated Generator Systems - Lights, Switches, Buttons and Knobs
The integrated systems of a generator are very much like our brain. Our consciousness is only a small representation of all that our brain controls. Much of the real work is performed on the unconscious level. Heart rate, internal temperature, hormone regulation, and circadian rhythm all happen without us knowing. The integrated systems of a generator can be given this same label. They’re necessary for the overall function of the generator an... read more >
Generator Operating Temperature - Hello Coolant
The human integumentary system is the medium through which water evaporates to keep the body cool, and it’s also the first line of contact with the external world. And yet no one knows that the skin of our body is actually our largest organ. It goes largely ignored and underappreciated. The same could be said of the internal thermal regulatory process of a diesel generator engine - the coolant.
Most of us have been around motors our... read more >
Diesel Generator Lubrication - Maintenance Tips
Much like another of our major internal organs, the oil pan functions in a similar fashion to the liver. It is the prime filter of impurities in our system. Whatever combustion impurities exist inside the walls of the engine, none will avoid detection in the oil pan. An inspection of the oil during a routine change will inform the maintenance technician whether that combustion is complete or suffering from serious problems.
A diesel eng... read more >
Generator Battery Maintenance - The Juice
The battery is the defibrillator of the electrical generating systems world. The battery produces huge amounts of energy when called upon. That energy fuels the electric starting motor that turns over the generator until compression. Diesel fills the combustion chamber, the pistons pressure the fuel, combustion is achieved and the motor is off and running. It’s most important job performed, the battery recedes from importance until called... read more >
Generator Fuel System – Garbage In Garbage Out
If the engine is the heart of the machine, then the fuel is its blood. We use this analogy because when fuel problems exist, the engine will eventually start to sputter. Garbage In equals Garbage Out.
Technically speaking, in such situations, combustion isn't complete, or, at least, as ideal and total as it needs to be. As a result, unburned diesel will accumulate in the combustion chamber. An engine can only run as cleanly and efficie... read more >