The FleetZOOM FZ300 Remote Telemetry Unit (RTU) monitors your standby generator
and picks up available alarm and status signals from the generator control or
genset annunciator panel. If an alarm or status change occurs the wireless
monitoring unit transmits the signal to the monitoring website where the
condition is recorded and then distributed to as many email addresses, cell
phones via text message, or pagers as you like.
Ideal for both standby generator and mobile generator management, the FleetZOOM
generator monitoring solution enables remote generator management to make sure
your emergency power system is in top form and ready to go at a moment's notice.
Remote generator monitoring ensures critical equipment is ready while extending
life and reducing maintenance costs.
When the status of your standby generator changes, notifications and alarms are
instantly sent via SMS to cell phones, pagers, PDA's and by e-mail.
The included monitoring web site service provides management tools, live status,
event and alarm history, maintenance and service logs, as well as mapping to
show the location and status of all of your standby generators on one easy to
use web site!
Provides live information from the monitored generator. Cranking battery
voltage, wireless signal strength, ambient temperature, and live status of all
monitored generator signals are displayed. The system typically monitors
all signals on your generator annunciator.
Live data visualization enables generator owners and operators to spot trends
before they become problems and confirm equipment health and performance.
Calendars to the left of the graph enable an easy to use date selection tool to
narrow or expand the range of displayed data.
Provides both summary and detailed statistical reporting for every event type
and compiles total generator run time, power outage time, and all other signals
monitored at the generator or transfer switch over any selected date range.
Report data can be exported with a single click using the icons above the report
into a variety of formats: spreadsheet, text, csv, xml, html. Additionally
reports can be printed directly from the website with the single click of the
print icon. These reports make running aggregated statistical reporting of all
signals on your generator set annunciator fast and easy.
The examples above are just a few generator monitoring website
features. Please contact a product specialist using the button below to learn
about all of the generator monitoring system features the solution provides.
Banks, hospitals, data centers, commercial buildings and municipal water and wastewater
pumping stations all depend on reliable power for their operation. When utility power
fails, commercial standby power generators provide backup power to many types of essential
enterprises. A FleetZOOM emergency generator monitor ties into the generator control panel which provides settings for the mode of the
generator. Electronics inside the generator control automatically start the generator
when power fails. Once the generator has reached operating RPM and the generator control
unit determines the unit is "ready to load," the automatic transfer switch will disconnect
the building's load from the utility power grid and connect generator power to the building.
Most generator installations include a
remote annunciator panel
that displays the status of the generator and generator switch.
Signals displayed on the
can be monitored remotely with the FleetZOOM FZ300 equipment monitoring unit.
In some cases, such as hospitals and other public facilities the NFPA and fire code mandate
the use of a generator annunciator panel visible to a staffed location inside the building which serves
as their remote generator monitor. Because power is critical to
many operations, a backup generator monitor and continuous real-time status and alarm information from the generator is
a necessity for a business or enterprise to function. Facilities managers directly benefit
from the FleetZOOM generator monitor for their standby generators with improved reliability, reduced generator
maintenance costs and fewer issues with backup power.
Commercial standby generators vary in size, but generally, large enterprise backup power generators
range from 100 kW to 2MW, with 200 kW to 500 kW being the most common. Larger backup power
requirements are met by generator paralleling. With a paralleled power generation system, multiple
generators are synchronized at the generator control. They are wired together (in parallel) so
their power output can be multiplied. It only takes two generators to create a paralleled system,
but systems with up to eight generators are common for large data centers.
The FleetZOOM FZ300 genset monitor can be tied together with
both the generator annunciator and the network control that manages the paralleled generators.
Paralleled generator systems are complex so continuous status monitoring by facility
maintenance personnel is essential to reliable operation.
Although most of these larger gensets are Diesel generators, natural gas is used at some
installations. Natural gas does not provide as much energy from combustion as Diesel, therefore
the same size engine operating on natural gas will not be able to provide as much power output
as the Diesel generator. An FZ300 used as a Diesel generator monitor works the same as the natural gas version, but FleetZOOM
devices used for Diesel generator monitoring can also report fuel level if a level transducer is installed, or report
low fuel through use of a digital input if a low fuel level switch is installed
in the fuel tank.
Preventative maintenance for gensets is another important reliability and longevity
boosting practice for generators. Most local generator service companies offer preventative
maintenance agreements, or PMAs for generator maintenance. These agreements are a
big part of any good generator management program, and are tailored to each generator application and involve scheduling
oil changes based on generator run time and the time between oil and filter changes. Other
maintenance, such as Diesel fuel treatment, emissions testing, load testing and scheduled engine
maintenance are often included. Centralized monitoring of service intervals with automatic
reminders, based on both run time and calendar date, are important
components of the generator monitoring system offered by FleetZOOM. Coordinating these services is
especially beneficial for mobile generators where the FleetZOOM FZ330 can
be used for generator tracking. Savvy generator owners often request that their generator service
company incorporate generator remote monitoring service into their preventative maintenance agreements.
Due to the size of the engines used in typical commercial backup gensets, a large generator
battery is required. In fact, most of the larger gensets require multiple banks of generator
batteries to start the genset. If the batteries are not in top form, the generator will fail
to start. This happens more frequently than some facility managers would like to
admit. Emergency generator monitoring systems like the FleetZOOM FZ300 will watch the generator batteries which are
essential for reliable starting of the genset when it is needed. This degree
of standby generator monitoring goes beyond simple voltage monitoring. Ideally the monitoring of the
batteries should be done continuously, but specifically while the generator is starting,
so a determination can be made by an intelligent remote monitoring unit of battery
strength. With genset monitoring, generator maintenance personnel can be notified at the first sign of weakness during
engine cranking so the batteries can be replaced if needed. It's amazing that typical
backup generator systems costing hundreds of thousands of dollars fail to meet the needs
of their owners simply because batteries are not properly maintained, but this is a common
failure point in emergency power systems. Monitoring battery status 24x7 is essential
to reliable standby power availability that is ready for utilization at any given moment.
An emergency generator remote monitor like the FleetZOOM FZ300 will cover the batteries, status, power, and report
any alarms should they occur.
Maintaining warm engine coolant and oil temperature for standby generators while the engine
is off is essential for their reliable fast loading in emergency situations. Most people
understand that high coolant temperature when it comes to your car is a bad thing, but on a
standby generator, low coolant temperature is equally as bad because in some cases the
generator won't be able to start fast enough to take over the emergency load within the
amount of time it was designed to do. Low coolant temperature is a key fault to watch
for on gensets and you'll usually find that signal shown prominently on
the generator remote annunciator. Most standby generators have a block heater powered from utility line power. This block
heater keeps the entire engine block, including coolant and oil, at an elevated temperature
so the engine can be utilized at full rated load within seconds after starting. If the block
heater fails, the engine will endure much greater mechanical wear during startup, causing
more costly overhauls, and even worse, there is an increased chance the generator won't
start fast enough to meet the needs of the emergency power load.
The FleetZOOM remote generator monitoring system immediately notifies generator operators about these overcrank or "fail to start"
conditions. In most generator installations a low coolant temperature alarm is
displayed on the generator monitoring panel and notifies generator operators when the block heater has failed and no longer maintains
the engine block at elevated temperature. This is another important status signal that a
real time, continuous generator monitoring system that FleetZOOM provides keeps tabs on, and immediately notifies
generator maintenance personnel of the issue.
The use of a standby generator monitor adds more life to power generation equipment and reduces maintenance costs. A
complete standby generator installation is a complex system, both in terms of mechanical and
electrical components. Common preventable, or easily corrected, problems include low fuel level,
dead or weak batteries, block heater failure, leaving the generator in manual start or "not in
auto" mode. All of these conditions can be continuously monitored with
the FleetZOOM wireless generator monitoring kit. If any of them occur, alarm generator maintenance personnel immediately
are alerted so problems can be addressed before the generator needs to provide backup power.
With the web based generator monitoring software that is part of FleetZOOM service, generator owners can keep tabs on
their generators in real time, 24x7x365.
With so many preventable and easily resolved issues that impact
standby generator reliability, it makes sense for genset
owners to utilize wireless generator monitoring. FleetZOOM provides a complete system
for the remote monitoring of generators that provides continuous real time monitoring and instant
notifications at the first hint of a problem with your genset.
The FleetZOOM FZ300 remote terminal unit (RTU) is a compact cellular transceiver
for monitoring generators that sends live data to the generator monitoring web
portal, providing real-time status and alarms.
The FZ300 features 14 digital inputs that are connected to dry contacts (relays)
on the generator control or other interface. In addition to alarming on status changes, the system keeps track
of generator run time and engine start events, providing remote annunciation of
generator set status.
The FZ300 monitors the voltage of the generator's cranking batteries which
enables the system to alarm on low battery conditions.
No software to buy, install or maintain; all mapping and data features are
accessible over the FleetZOOM monitoring web site from any computer with
Proactive service reminders are automatically generated and sent as equipment
reaches service intervals based on run-time. Service logs and manuals available
over the monitoring web site reduce paperwork and automate record keeping while
providing up to the minute service records for all of your monitored equipment.