Drake Controls is an authorized full-service distributor and service partner for Woodward, Inc. specializing in delivering complete machinery governing and protection solutions for industrial applications. As a Woodward Recognized Engine and Turbine Retrofit (RER and RTR) partner, Drake Controls delivers fully integrated control and protection systems for engine driven generator sets as well as steam and gas turbine driven machinery trains.
An example of Drake Controls’ value proposition and primary focus presents itself in protecting critical equipment from often catastrophic risks. A turbine is engineered to run at a specific speed while carrying a certain load – say a pump or compressor. If the coupling that connects the turbine to the compressor breaks, it will continue turning with the force required to carry the expected load, but because the load is no longer connected, it will suddenly have enough energy within it to drastically increase its speed. This is often referred to as an ‘overspeed’ or runaway condition.