Customized switchgear at Victory Base Complex West power plant in Iraq

PowerCommand® integrates all functions into a single control system to provide enhanced reliability and performance compared to conventional genset control systems.

The interaction of genset controls and the proper matching of control capabilities require a smart, systems approach to control design. Our experience in the design, production and application of engines and alternators provides an unmatched level of expertise in the proper design of power system control electronics.

Cummins provides the PowerCommand® standard control system, which includes a simple operator interface to the gensets and integrates all functions into a single control system to provide enhanced reliability and performance compared to conventional genset control systems.

From the engine sensors to a network interface model, PowerCommand® controls optimize the reliability and performance of our power generation systems — while keeping costs competitive and providing unique system capabilities.

Unlike other manufacturers, Cummins Power Generation designs power system controls as a single self-monitoring system, not as components in a larger system. PowerCommand® controls simultaneously can operate the engine fuel system, directly control the alternator excitation system and monitor up to 150 other nodes.

When deployed as the control system for power plant operations, PowerCommand® ensures only the minimum required number of gensets is operating to provide maximum power at the best fuel economy. PowerCommand® controls gensets to operate, automatically adding or withdrawing units from operation per load demand. This mode of operation results in the highest possible fuel economy at whatever the load demand.