American Governor Company (AGC) is the world's premier hydroelectric turbine controls company, offering consistently superior parts, service, training, and technical support for legacy governors as well as complete custom-engineered digital conversion packages. American Governor personnel have over 600 years of combined governor experience and have provided parts, service or training to over 1500 power plants worldwide. The experience, integrity, responsiveness and technical capability of our team explains why we have developed a strong and loyal following in the hydro industry. AGC is committed to keeping your governors - new or old - running reliably and efficiently for as long as you wish to keep them in service.
For legacy governors ranging from mechanical flyball to analog electric to early digital governors, we offer new and refurbished parts, experienced field service and expert training. With our huge inventory of new and reconditioned governor parts, we can often provide the part you need overnight. AGC's fully-equipped Training & Repair Facility is ready to support all of your governor and accessory system repair needs. We have overhauled or repaired dozens of Woodward and Pelton PMGs and over 150 Woodward XX-Herringbone Gear Pumps. From motor rewinds to distributing valve bushing and plunger replacements, we can take care of all your repair and refurbishment needs.
AGC is also a leading provider of digital governor systems and hydraulic power units. Our custom-engineered systems are built around industry-standard PLC and hydraulic technology, our proven governor algorithms, and your specific needs. All our digital governors are fail-safe and some feature electronic and hydraulic redundancy to continue operation in the event of a single point failure. We can incorporate other unit control features like unit start/stop sequencing, automatic synchronizing, synchronous bypass valve operation, six-needle sequencing, pump-turbine control, and downstream flow control modes. Operator interfaces range from a local color touchscreen to a complete PC-based plant monitoring system. All our digital governors and control systems are completely tested on our Turbine Simulator before leaving our factory. Various other field devices are also simulated to ensure the system hardware and software are working properly before the equipment arrives at your power plant, reducing start-up and commissioning time.
AGC offers a full range of factory and on-site training classes. On-site classes are specially designed to cover the particular equipment at your site and your specific training needs. On-site training classes include an overhaul and calibration of one of your governors.
Each June, we offer our highly-rated Governor School, a three-day training workshop combining fully-operational governors and cutaway displays with in-depth classroom sessions to provide an intensive learning experience. With the opportunity to learn about many different governor types, attendees rave that this is a training class unlike anything they have ever experienced. We also offer a series of Focus Classes with smaller class sizes and an exclusive focus on one particular governor type. These two and three-day training seminars offer advanced training and more hands-on learning opportunities for all attendees.