Generator Condition Monitor – Explosion-Proof Design (GCM-X)
Corrective action prompted by early warning of generator overheating can mean the difference between a brief shutdown for minor repairs and a major overhaul involving weeks or even months of costly downtime. E/One pioneered the development of the Generator Condition Monitor (GCM) and in more than 1,500 applications worldwide, operators have the opportunity of taking corrective action if and when a critical situation occurs.
Building on more than three decades of proven field experience, and incorporating international requirements for hazardous area locations, the Generator Condition Monitor-Explosion-Proof Design (GCM-X) assures a new level in generator performance, reliability, and safety.
How the GCM-X Works
High concentrations of submicron particles (pyrolytic products) are produced whenever any materials within the generator are heated sufficiently to produce thermal decomposition. These "hotspots" can lead to catastrophic failure if not detected in a timely manner.
When present in hydrogen, pyrolytic products are quickly detected by the sensitive ion chamber of the GCM-X. The GCM-X warns of impending generator failure faster and more reliably than temperature sensors such as RTD's or thermocouples.
If an emergency situation occurs, upon detection of generator hotspots, the GCM-X microprocessor initiates and monitors an alarm verification sequence. If the alarm is confirmed, a verified alarm indication is given; alarm contacts are switched; and a fixed amount of the hydrogen flow automatically passes through the sampling system. Particles are then collected for laboratory analysis to determine their source.
GCM-X Features and Benefits
- Microprocessor-based with self-diagnostics
- Flameproof, intrinsically safe design
- Differential pressure transmitter for stable flow control
- Dual bar graphs for flow and output
- Separate warning and trouble indicators
- Automatic alarm verification
- Optional remote control/display and communication
- Easy installation
- Maintenance-free operation
Download the GCM-X brochure
|Technology Principle||Ionization Chamber|
|Flow Rate||Adjusted by internal valve|
|Differential Pressure||4" to 5" (102 mm to 127 mm) minimum|
|Bar Graph Readout|
|Normal Operation||80% of scale, typical|
|Alarm Condition||50% of scale, typical|
|Power - Input Voltage||115/230 VAC|
|Input Frequency||50/60 Hz|
|Input Power||100 Watts|
|Output Signal||4-20 mA current output, self-powered (0 to 100%)|
|Flow output signal||4-20 mA current output, self-powered (0 to 3")|
|Output, Relays||3A @ 250 VAC|
|Alarm, NO and NC||3A @ 30 VDC resistive|
|Warning, NO and NC||100 mA @ 125 VDC resistive|
|Trouble, NO and NC|
|Overall Dimensions||21.8"W x 23.6"D x 30.8"H|
|Weight||240 lbs. (110 Kg)|
|Temperature||32-149 F (0-65 C)|
|Area Classification||ATEX Zone 2, H2|
|Gas Pressure||100 psi maximum|
|Gas Connections||150 lbs., ½" pipe flanges, standard|