Many people only see dignitaries or owners of building construction projects cutting a ribbon to open a new facility. But for the engineers, builders and on-site managers involved throughout the project, it’s the work that takes place before that ribbon is cut that matters the most.
Whether constructing a new facility or modernising an older one crucial decisions must be made during the design and build phase. A significant consideration is the power source. For applications where electrical interruption is not an option, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system and an on-site backup generator ensure uptime during power disturbances and outages.
UPS systems condition incoming utility power and bridge the gap between utility failure and generator start-up. Products can vary from energy storage technology, size and power density, topology and operational efficiency. Due to each facility having a unique set of needs; you require different solutions.
Consider these three factors during the selection process to ensure that you choose the correct equipment.
1. System Performance
Conducting an in-depth analysis of UPS systems’ features, topology and power protection performance is the first step in determining which UPS product best suits for your facility.
In addition to thoroughly reviewing product spec sheets, be sure if its capabilities to handle overloads and steps loads, which are common in manufacturing and industrial applications.
For decades, the industry standard for UPS runtime was minutes, not seconds, but improvements in the technology have led to faster start-up times for on-site generators. When seconds count, minutes don’t matter. By choosing a UPS with less runtime, operators can reduce operating and maintenance costs and while still maintaining reliability.
With electrical equipment, reliability is measured in how likely the system is to fail.
It’s important to keep in mind that high reliability is not achieved through the selection of one piece of equipment but overall electrical system design. In mission critical facilities, UPS reliability is vital. Don’t just take a vendor’s word about their product’s reliability – request scientific research, studies or whitepapers that support their claims.