Interactive Control Podcast

Interactive Control Podcast

If you work with controls as an Operator, Engineer, Maintenance Person, or Plant Manager, this podcast is for you. Our focus is on answering real questions and solving real problems with real controls experts. We will cover topics such as unit startup issues, alarm rationalization, loop tuning, instrumentation calibration, various system overviews, component breakdowns, and more.

*Voted one of the Top 20 Instrumentation Podcasts of 2021*



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Generator Control & Protection: What’s the Difference?

Summary: In this episode I discuss Generator Control and Protection with my guest, Chris Eckert.

Topics Covered:

  • Difference between Generator Control and Protection
  • How a Generator works
  • Different methods of protection equipment and personnel
  • What operators need to be watching for and controlling toward

Guest Bio:

Chris is currently an application engineer for turbine controls and generator excitation, supporting the Nexus Controls sales managers throughout North America. He started his career in a training program of rotating assignments in several GE factory and sales office locations. Then he moved into sales, representing GE for a range of engineered equipment used by some of the largest industrial customers – primarily turbines, generators, transformers, switchgear, motor control, motors, and drives. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and is originally from the Chicago area, but currently lives in Houston, Texas.

Additional Resources:

Some bonus info about vars and power factor:

With purely resistive loads, current and voltage waves are in phase (power factor = 1.0), and the plot of power over time (current x voltage at each instant of time) is a sine wave, always non-negative

Questions or Topic Ideas?

The title of this podcast is Interactive Control for a reason. If you have a topic you’d like us to cover that we haven’t yet, please send me a message over LinkedIn or email me at and we’ll do our best to cover it in a future episode.