Our fourth and final entry in our series on understanding field service reports looks at deciphering the results of thermal image scanning. The thermal image scan is important enough that QPS believes that every preventative maintenance check should have one performed. Thermal image scanning is one of the most reliable ways to predict impending UPS component failure, and if components, or the entire UPS, needs to be replaced.
In part 2 of our blog series on field service reports we will cover capacitors, what they do, and what to look for. The capacitor in a UPS is used to store an electric charge, as well as smoothing out and filtering voltage fluctuations. UPS systems vary significantly in design and technology, and as a result, the quantity and size of capacitors changes as well. In addition, because a capacitor replacement typically requires a shutdown of the UPS system for replacement, your UPS service provider likely will recommend and replace the cooling fans in the system at the same time. Both capacitors and fans are critical to keeping the UPS running, and both are just as susceptible to failure as the other components of a UPS. It is critical to understand how each component can be damaged, and what to look for in your field service report (FSR) regarding the health of your capacitors and fans. Continue reading “Understanding Field Service Reports Part 2: Capacitors and Fans” »
We previously discussed what you should look for when reviewing a proper service contract for emergency back-up power systems maintenance. When you hire a qualified firm to perform maintenance inspections on your equipment, you need to have total confidence in that firm’s level of knowledge and level of execution of inspection and testing. But how do you know what is most important to look for when that firm shows up at your office, ready to perform maintenance? We will briefly discuss what you should be looking for, and also what to watch out for with these inspections. Please be aware that this is an abbreviated list and should not be considered comprehensive.
Many of us who deal with emergency back-up power are often asked to manage a number of complicated systems that require specific attention to parts, efficiency and power quality. It’s a lot to deal with, and it always helps to have some guidance for understanding the basics of these systems. Here are four main things that you need to understand about UPS systems as an overview.
By now we have examined flywheel UPS machines from several different angles: their history, how they work, and how to properly maintain them. We also need to examine the most obvious question: What considerations go into making sure a flywheel UPS actually makes sense for your business? Today we will examine some things to consider when looking to purchase a UPS system. Continue reading “When A Flywheel UPS Makes Sense” »
In our previous articles, we discussed an overview of Flywheel UPS systems and the types of flywheel technology on the market today. Now that we know a little more about Flywheel UPS in general, we can talk about how to best maintain them for optimum performance. We always recommend reviewing any published OEM requirement for your flywheel system to ensure that your equipment is operating at peak efficiency and reliability. Continue reading “Flywheel Maintenance- A Checklist” »
In the world of emergency power, your equipment is only as good as its ability to stay on when the lights go out. Most backup power comes in the form of generators or batteries and within these categories, the choices can be overwhelming in terms of size, load capacity, generator or UPS life, repair costs, etc. To make things easier, it helps to better understand what the main types of emergency power systems look like, how they operate, and what functions and applications they best serve before deciding what you need. Today we will look more closely at one of these emergency systems types, the Flywheel UPS. Let’s start with the basics.
Your UPS and other critical power equipment can be one of the most crucial investments that a company can make. The equipment keeps your business running when unexpected factors have the ability to negatively impact your business, employees, and your bottom line. This is why it is imperative to ensure it is adequately protected from Mother Nature and other elements that can cause unanticipated wear and tear leading to expensive repairs or even outright replacement.
It is important to discuss your needs with a true consultative partner prior to choosing the best UPS unit for you. Different UPS systems operate better in specific environments; from computer rooms, to industrial applications, and even outdoors. Specific code requirements may come into play as well, so it is important to vet out all the details prior to deciding on the right UPS system for your particular needs. No matter what your application is, there is a customized solution that Quality Power Solutions can provide.
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. Continue reading “Is Your UPS Energy Efficient? And What to Do About It” »
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?