Believe it or not, the biggest threat to your UPS system isn’t faulty equipment or your system’s internal components failing. It’s you, the operator. Take a look at how you, along with the other leading causes of UPS system failure, could be putting your facility at risk.
If your UPS experiences a catastrophic failure or needs to be removed for maintenance, one piece of equipment is crucial so you don’t drop your mission-critical load – an External Maintenance Bypass. Not only do you need to know why it’s important, but also the correct procedure when switching to an external bypass.
No one expects a UPS system to last forever. But when your mission-critical equipment must keep running, the obvious question is, “How long does a UPS last?” The answer lies in understanding the lifecycle of a UPS – in particular, its key components. Continue reading “How Long Does a UPS Last?” »
Simply knowing what your UPS system does should be just the beginning of your UPS knowledge. Going a step further to learn the key components of a UPS will help you understand how it works, identify potential problems and help you avoid them. Continue reading “Why You Must Know the Four Components of a UPS System” »
Battery failure is the leading culprit behind the majority of UPS catastrophes. But despite batteries’ vulnerability to premature failure, you don’t have to be a victim. We’re going to run through the top five causes of premature battery failure and how you can prevent it. Continue reading “Five Leading Causes of UPS Battery Failure” »
Did you know that squirrels and birds cause 11% of the power supply outages annually? It’s true, and they’re not the only looming threat. With so much on the line, it’s important to protect your mission-critical equipment. Here’s how a comprehensive energy security plan can help. (This post was written by QPS Director of Technical Services and Compliance, Tom Bogucki, CPQ.) Continue reading “Birds and Squirrels Cause 11% of Power Outages” »
You may not be aware of adverse conditions within your facility that threaten to take down your critical loads at any time. That’s why monitoring your data center’s equipment is vital. Here are three facility monitoring systems to improve your mission-critical system protection. (Note: This post was written by Gary Wells, a Senior Field Engineer for Quality Power Solutions.) Continue reading “Three Facility Monitoring Systems Essential for Uptime” »
The recent headlines about power failures at prisons emphasized just how dependent high-security facilities are on emergency power. It’s why we follow these four best practices in facilities where safety depends on power for mission-critical systems. Continue reading “Four Ways to Lower Risk of Power Failure in High-Security Facilities” »
A highly efficient UPS can help cut energy costs. But if you base a UPS’s efficiency solely on its efficiency rating, you’re making a huge mistake. Efficiency ratings are often misunderstood, which is why it’s essential you understand how they work before your next UPS purchase.
The facility manager at a surgery center thought he had covered all his bases during recent renovation. But when the power suddenly went out, the surgical team was – of all things – unable to wash their hands. Yes, downtime can affect your facility in unexpected ways.