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Mecc Alte NPE 32-B/4 ... once recently the overspeed protection tripped, i think?, and i lost power. My reading of the manual suggests that the "Hz" pot sets the behavior at reduced frequency, but I don't see where to adjust for over-frequency. Ideas? Thanks.
 

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Check the RPM and set it to 1800 or 3600 RPM depending on whether it's a 4-pole or 2-pole alternator head.
 

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Check the RPM and set it to 1800 or 3600 RPM depending on whether it's a 4-pole or 2-pole alternator head.
thank you, tabora, 1800 seems to be the right target rpm, but can you point me to resources showing how to read the rpm and adjust the speed? (i used to know how to set the rpm on my '66 vw bug, but this?:confused:)
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can you point me to resources showing how to read the rpm
Read the RPM with one of these induction tachometers... It can also track your service intervals for you if you don't already have an hour meter.

What engine is driving the generator head? That's likely where you're going to adjust the speed.
You should also download your documentation at the Mecc Alte site: Download area | Alternator Manuals | Mecc Alte
 

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Read the RPM with one of these induction tachometers... It can also track your service intervals for you if you don't already have an hour meter.

What engine is driving the generator head? That's likely where you're going to adjust the speed.
You should also download your documentation at the Mecc Alte site: Download area | Alternator Manuals | Mecc Alte
Thank you. It's a Perkins/MeccAlte setup from Central Maine Diesel. [my first email about the issue was to CMD, I haven't heard back from them]. I have the MeccAlte CD they gave me when I bought the unit, which contains very detailed but complicated manuals for a large selection of different controllers. One of them looks similar to what I have. I haven't found instructions to set the RPM or the Hz directly, only discussion of the Hz control which affects the controller's behavior if it's running too slowly. There was not much in the way of a Perkins specific manual. There is an hour meter on the supplied control interface; the ebay description of the above induction tachometer says it's for gasoline engines; this is a diesel.
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The green orange and red buttons are for running the generator locally, in the generator room. The connections on the lower right are for remote-start. Currently remote start/stop is manually operated by a simple spst switch on the kitchen wall, but I have an AGS unit to splice into the remote circuit soon which will start it when the batteries get low.
(once again, I am off the grid) .... thanks again ......
 

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Mechanical or electronic Perkins? If old school Mechanical, you will have to physically adjust the gov.

That meter won't pick up anything, as it's inductive. Slow engine down slowly until you achieve 61-62HZ with no load. That will get you ballpark.


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Can you get a better picture of this area? It looks like there is no linkage and no solenoid. I'm which case it's simply a matter of adjusting those throttle stops


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OK, that's a Perkins GJ71037N.
Family Engine GJ 400D series > 403D-11
Here's the service manual: http://www.powertk.com.tr/uploads/manuels/SEBU8311/SEBU8311-03.pdf

As was stated earlier, some of those fuel injection pumps have mechanical governors that control the engine rpm. Some fuel injection pumps have a governor that is electrically controlled.
 

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So, that's a old school 100% mechanical system. Easy peasy. Screw the stop in for faster, out for slower. Should be the left one.

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thanks! will get on it when I get home or tomorrow morning. There must be some additional control somewhere attached to the MeccAlte regulator to respond to changes in load.
 

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thanks! will get on it when I get home or tomorrow morning. There must be some additional control somewhere attached to the MeccAlte regulator to respond to changes in load.
Nope, the gov. Will keep the engine at set RPM. As load is applied it adds fuel to keep speed correct, no outside controls necessary. There is often a kick down/idle speed, but this one doesn't appear to have that.

The generator head will have its own voltage regulator that will adjust itself for load.

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Awesome. Good job. 3 cyl Perkins are a staple around here on farms. Solid engines. Keep some type of slippery liquid in the crankcase and clean the filter every time it crushes itself, and it should be good for a few decades!

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thank you, tabora, 1800 seems to be the right target rpm, but can you point me to resources showing how to read the rpm and adjust the speed? (i used to know how to set the rpm on my '66 vw bug, but this?:confused:)
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I see 2 adjustment pots on the board, get the instruction sheet for this electronic governor, one may be speed & the other to pick up the drop when load is applied. I have not seen this board specifically nor am i familiar with this electronic governor but many of the older one's woodward for 1. adjust that way, they stay where they are put. Mechanical governors need to start noload around 62.5hz and will usually set at 59-60 loaded if everything is right
 
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