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There's a new trend in generator technology you may not have noticed. You need to make sure it doesn't trip you up.
Many generators today are being sold without traditional contact closures to report alarms. Closures/relays are sometimes available for a substantial added fee. Generator manufacturers who do this usually expect you to use their Modbus/IP interface instead.
In some cases, manufacturers are doing this to drive sales of their own Modbus-capable monitoring software. This can work, but you'll end up with a big extra expense and an extra monitoring system you have to worry about.
You could just buy the optional contact closure module, but that's expensive, too. Even worse, you're still on the hook for some kind of RTU to process those contact closures at the site.
And don't even think about leaving your generators unmonitored. They back up your battery plant during power outages. If you don't take care of your generators, your sites will eventually go dark.
What you need is an elegant way to handle the generator Modbus outputs that are available at no additional cost. If you have a typical Modbus/IP generator, your RTU doesn't need any special ports. If you have Modbus over RS232/RS485 instead, make sure you have a compatible serial port on your RTU.
Your RTU will communicate with your generator via Modbus, extract alarm data, and then report those alarms in the way you need. It could send you a text, send you an email, report to an SNMP manager, or whatever notification method works best for you.
The NetGuardian 480 G4 by DPS Telecom can mediate your generators' Modbus registers via LAN. No need for expensive contact closures or Modbus-capable software. Plus, the NetGaurdian 480 G4 is a full RTU. Monitor your other equipment with one device that integrates seamlessly into your network.
Don't wait until there is a problem with your generator to find a solution. Call (800) 693-0351 today to get your generator monitoring solution in place.
NetGuardians as well as legacy RTUs monitor conditions at remote sites. Your energy company receives comprehensive network reports all from a single source.
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