The advent of processor based controllers including the PLC has provided a low cost alternative for up gradation of control systems when faced with the challenges of maintenance and obsolescence. A project was undertaken at the Centre of Marine Engineering Technology of the Indian Navy to design, develop and test a PLC based controller for a Gas Turbine Generator as an alternative to the legacy relay logic based control system. The paper explains the methodology adopted towards the various stages of the development of the PLC based controller using Commercially-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) items. It also brings out the salient advantages offered as a result of this transformation.

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