Data protection is vital in today’s industrial and military environments, especially under extreme temperature conditions. Fortunately, you can prevent downtime and maintenance costs by installing an industrial-grade uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Here are five tips on preventing costly downtime:
1. Do a Site Power Audit
Industrial equipment is only as reliable as the power it is receiving. A facility has localized power pollution from a large amount of equipment, motors, pumps, etc., operating from the facility’s electrical system. Industrial computers, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), sensors and variable speed drives can be damaged by power problems on the facility’s AC power lines. For that reason, find out what are the specific power issues. Be sure to look at temperature and humidity ranges, airborne contaminants, required battery backup time, plus any need for additional high- voltage transient or lightning protection.
2. Never Use an Office-Grade UPS. Only Install an On-Line, Industrial UPS
Most UPSs are office-grade. This type of UPS has not been designed to operate for sustained periods of time outside the 0°C to 40°C temperature range. Therefore, you’re taking a risk on its reliability to function at high temperatures over time. By contrast, an industrial UPS is designed for low and high temperatures, often from -20°C to 55°C or beyond. It uses robust components, batteries, plastics and enclosures to operate reliably in demanding environments. With an industrial-grade UPS, you will see a reduction in maintenance problems, battery replacements and downtime.
3. Check the Temperature Range of a UPS and Whether it is CE Listed
It is critical to have agency approval on the manufacturer’s temperature specifications. Many industrial UPS specifications show a reliable temperature range such as the -20°C to 55°C span yet don’t clearly indicate the CE listing. Without this, you can face reliability, code enforcement and product liability problems.
4. Make Sure you Have Batteries Made for Industrial Applications
Many UPSs under 10 kVA use Valve Regulated Lead-Acid (VRLA) batteries to provide backup. In an industrial environment, these batteries can last only nine months at 50°C. When this occurs, you are confronted with frequent battery replacements, higher maintenance costs and worry about whether they will work when needed. Instead, use new technology VRLA batteries with a 10 to 12-year service life at 25°C and four years at 50°C.
5. Look at Any Needed Options for Your Particular Environment:
• Do you need a enclosure due to airborne contaminants and/or outdoor usage?
• Do you need to ask for conformal coating of UPS components due to humidity or airborne pollution?
• Do you need to obtain extra hours of battery backup to prevent downtime? If so, make sure the industrial UPS is capable of additional battery banks, etc.
Post time: Oct-10-2017