Spring facility assessment

Spring Is Here…Time For A Comprehensive Facility Assessment

For most organizations, spring means new fiscal budgets and capital projects on the calendar.  The beginning of a new year is always a great time to take a step back and look at the overall big picture of your emergency power infrastructure.  Understanding where your critical power equipment stands in its lifecycle can prevent downtime and headache from catastrophes that may have been easily avoidable.  For many organizations, a facility assessment is crucial when you are evaluating your critical power infrastructure.  Through an assessment, you can be armed with enough information to determine upcoming goals and requirements for your facility and specific company needs.  A comprehensive facility assessment will allow you to review challenges that your building, location, or infrastructure may have.  In this article we will discuss some of the items you may be investigating during your review of the critical power infrastructure in your facility.

 

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Power Outages Caused by Squirrels

Hundreds of Power Outages in the US Are Caused by…Squirrels?

When you think of power outages in this country, you generally think of weather related incidents and natural disasters – things like floods, fire, ice storms, heat waves and tornadoes.

It’s true, many power outages can be attributed to these events. However, believe it or not, many of the power outages that occur in the US are not the result of bad weather, but instead the result of squirrels and other small animals.

Yes, squirrels! And incidents seem to be on the rise. In fact, the number of incidents has significantly risen since we last touched on the squirrel issue in 2014. This squirrel problem is noteworthy enough that there is even a tongue-in-cheek website devoted to tracking power outages, or “cyber squirrel attacks” across the world: http://cybersquirrel1.com/  Even the Eaton Blackout Tracker lists animal related outages as causing 5% of all outages country-wide.

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Is Your UPS Energy Efficient

Is Your UPS Energy Efficient? And What to Do About It

Energy efficiency is an important factor to consider in today’s backup power infrastructure, as it’s one of the leading causes of excessive energy cost. The national average for commercial businesses energy costs is $2.29 per square foot, per year and for some facilities may be much higher.  This figure is based on estimates from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Buildings Energy Data Book.

Do you know if your UPS is as energy efficient as it should be?  Just because your equipment is being properly maintained and routinely serviced doesn’t mean that you have the most energy efficient system.  If you aren’t sure how efficient your system is,  download the Quality Power Solution Energy Savings Calculator now and find out.

Once you’ve used our Energy Savings Calculator, you may have found out that your UPS system is not as efficient as you thought.  To resolve this issue, the best solution may be to invest in a more efficient, or properly sized system, which will give you the latest in energy efficient technology. Read more

turnkey power solutions - QPS

Why a UPS Turnkey Solution is Vital to Your Facility

“Turnkey.” It’s a term that’s used in many industries, but what does it really mean when it comes to your generator and UPS system? In this industry, a “turnkey” solution simply provides a start to finish approach with equipment and installation solutions.

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How UPS systems protect your bottom line

How UPS Systems Protect Your Bottom Line

On a recent maintenance service visit, a client asked us, “What do I need this UPS system for, anyway? We already have a generator.”

If you’re unfamiliar with UPS systems, this is a logical question. What does a business really need a UPS for if they have a generator that will kick on if there’s a power outage? For any organization with mission-critical power needs, a UPS not only provides an uninterruptible power supply, but several other important functions that protect your short-term and long-term operations.

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Nasa G2 Flywheel

Flywheel vs. Battery UPS: Which Should You Choose?

As data centers, manufacturing and other facilities look to increase power quality and reliability, they are faced with a choice of UPS systems. There are a few types of UPS units that are seen in the market today including static UPS systems that can either be coupled with a flywheel or battery system.

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Discontinued flywheel UPS system

What To Do When Your UPS System Is Discontinued

From time to time, we’ll have a client with a UPS unit that has been discontinued or is no longer supported by the manufacturer. Even if those systems appear to be running fine, waiting for components such as batteries, capacitors and fans to reach end of life means you are gambling with your critical power source.

A UPS service provider should be a solid partner to help you track your service requirements on your UPS system. Battery replacements, capacitors, fans and eventually UPS replacement are all part of a UPS system lifecycle. So, if you’ve received a notice from your UPS service team that your unit is reaching end-of-life soon, what should you do?

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How to Choose a UPS System - Quality Power Solutions

How to Choose the Right Uninterruptible Power Supply System (UPS)

For most companies, a UPS system is a critical component in their overall mission critical power systems.

Whether your system supports a data center or provides emergency power for manufacturing in a harsh environment, here are the five most important considerations when purchasing a UPS power backup solution.

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UPS Testing and Replacement

When to Replace a UPS System

When we install a new UPS system, we often are asked the question, “How long will my UPS system last?” While this may seem like a simple question, the answer is not always as clear.

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Understanding UPS manufacturers could save thousands

Strategy from Top UPS Manufacturers Could Cost You

An expensive strategy among some of the industry’s UPS manufacturers regarding UPS maintenance could limit your servicing options. A closer look into the UPS systems currently available on the market today can help to protect your business from a costly mistake.

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