Product of the Month: PCI105
The Power Switch Interface
The PCI105 Power Control Interface switching module can switch from 50 to 60 Hz generator frequency when combined with any ESD5100, ESD5200 or ESD5500 series controller. This module is popular with rental fleets serving domestic and international markets, as well as generator support services.
Build it here, send it there, use the PCI105 to switch to the local grid frequency rating.
Use the PCI105 combined with a GAC controller to:
- Test products before export or import
- Operate equipment designed for another frequency
The potentiometers in the PCI105 let you independently adjust speed and/or frequency. The PCI105 also includes:
- A 10-V output from the controller’s Terminal P to provide power
- Multi-V DC
- A 50–60 Hz Switching Module
The PCI105 also pairs perfectly with ESD5XXX Series Speed Controllers.
Power Switch Compatible Speed Controllers
When developing a solution to the 50-60 Hz switch, GAC controller are designed to make the work easier. Using the 10-V input on any of these GAC ESD Speed Controllers you can create the solution at one frequency and ship to a location with another frequency without retuning.
GAC’s Newest Team Member
This month, we welcome the latest addition to our family, Terry Tackett, director of business development. Terry joins us after 15 years in the commercial and recreational machine markets.
Terry is all about family—just ask him about his daughter, Olivia. So, when a former colleague told him about GAC, he was interested in joining.
“The idea of a smaller, family-owned company appealed to me, from the family culture to the long-term growth potential for my career and company,” he said.
What GAC builds is not new to Terry, as he explained, “Engine controls and communication for a machine were the centerpieces of most solutions I was involved with in my past company.”
Terry took off running, spending his first week on the production floor and learning about the products and the GAC family. “I’m just learning which way is up!” he said. “I want to understand GAC’s products, understand GAC/Hawkeye’s true capabilities and drive new revenue for early wins and healthy future growth for the company and team.”
When asked about what he loved about business development, he said, “I like the idea of what I do making a real impact for teammates. I love what makes up sales: meeting people, creating relationships and achieving success for the betterment of all parties. My strength is building relationships, so I enjoy exploring potential relationships.”
Terry plans to start making connections once he knows who he is working to help.
“I’m not made for cubicles,” he said. “My favorite part of my job is working with people from potential customers to colleagues and all involved in our work life.”
Terry also said listening is key. “I’ve improved as a listener, a skill that’s always a work in progress! Customers will tell you their needs if you create a trusting relationship. We can then explore how GAC can develop solutions. I’ve learned this through experience, but any sales book will tell you customers buy from those they trust.”
Look for Terry to be reaching out to listen to your needs—but contact him anytime. We are aware that there are many ideas are out there, so please give Terry time to get back to you. You will be seeing him at EGSA and in an email near you!
Remember to Check the Linkage
When you think the governor system is at fault, start by looking at the linkage. When using a mechanical linkage between the actuator and the fuel system, setting the linkage length and reviewing wear and tear is crucial. The most common governor-engine linkage issues are:
- Sloppy or loose, underactive control conditions
- Overactive control
- Speed variations
What to Check For
When acceptable governor control deteriorates or changes, the linkage is one of the first areas to troubleshoot. A loose or worn linkage can not only cause unacceptable governor control, but also worn connection ends. Check for the following:
- There should be no lost motion or binding in the linkage attached between the governor and the engine.
- Binding or friction in the linkage can cause speed variation and other problems that appear to be caused by the governor.
- Any free play in the linkage will cause the governor to travel the distance of the free play before any fuel change is made. The governor will become overactive and provide less than optimum control. An overactive governor will also cause excessive wear in the linkage and in the governor.
One of GAC’s most common testimonials is “I can set it up and it runs forever!” Recently, a 25-year-old unit stopped running. One of GAC’s support engineers diagnosed the problem and discovered the issue was with the governor connector assembly. Now, the controller that is back to work at its Hickory Hill Greenhouse location is this ADC225 running a gen-set using a propane-fueled Ford 2.3L Katolight Gen Set. Here’s to another 25 years providing excellent speed control and load response!
Using a GAC solution and need help? Please contact GAC for more information.
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