The interruption of power poses a significant threat to industries around the globe, including health care, banking, information technology, data centers, and manufacturing, to name just a few. During a power outage, sensitive data can be lost, web services can be severed, critical financial transactions can be interrupted, and manufacturing can come to a screeching halt.
Enter the uninterruptible power supply (UPS). A UPS system regulates the flow of electricity, preventing any disruptions or loss of data. They’re a must for any business or organization where power loss is not an option. Unlike an emergency power system generator, a UPS provides instantaneous protection from power interruptions by providing energy, typically stored in batteries.
When toughness matters
Not all UPS systems are created equal, however. Industrial UPS systems are engineered to withstand more rigorous conditions than their commercial counterparts.
Picture a chemical processing plant. Sensitive chemical processing requires strict power regulation. A surprise interruption of power could easily lead to chemical instability and unwanted reactions, causing dangerous working conditions and potentially expensive damage to processing equipment.
In a chemical processing or manufacturing plant environment, workplace temperatures are usually higher and feature a greater concentration of air contaminants. An industrial UPS system is engineered to operate in extreme temperatures and tolerate certain amounts of dust. Finally, power requirements vary wildly between facilities. For example, a corporate office setting requires far less power than a manufacturing plant.
Let’s get physical
The physical conditions in which the UPS system operates are important factors to consider. Industries like oil and gas, manufacturing, and chemical processing require a heavy-duty UPS able to handle large load fluctuations to safeguard a facility’s equipment.
Industrial UPS systems are sturdy and are structurally engineered and designed to monitor and eliminate major problems in the system. These UPS systems can be personalized based on a specific facility’s requirements. Considering the complicated nature of the facilities in which they’re found, the industrial UPS system is more intricate to install and maintain. On the other hand, a standard UPS system has a relatively straightforward design.
Takes a licking
Industrial UPS systems have a significantly longer lifespan than their commercial counterparts. An industrial UPS usually lasts around 15 years, but how long it lasts depends on several variables, including the batteries, fans, and capacitors. While some UPS systems can last 15 or more years before being replaced, these components are subject to failure earlier. To avoid downtime or damage to critical equipment, understand the lifecycle and maintenance requirements of these key components.
To support and service
A standard UPS system doesn’t require much in the way of technical support. On the other hand, the industrial system can require a comprehensive program that includes support and maintenance services.
Trust the experts
If you have questions or concerns regarding your industrial UPS system, contact EPC Electric. We provide installation, replacement, and upgrades on all brands and types of UPS systems. Our work adheres to the strict guidelines of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). At EPC Electric, we follow strict safety protocols to protect the wellbeing of our technicians, our client’s personnel, and the general public.
Since 1984, Emergency Power Controls, Inc. has set the service standard for ensuring power to facilities like hospitals, military bases, data centers, and more. When it’s absolutely critical that buildings maintain power, clients rely on EPC for both commercial and industrial-grade power systems.