No one expects a UPS system to last forever, but when your mission-critical equipment must keep running, the question is, “How long does a UPS last?” The answer lies in understanding the lifecycle of a UPS – in particular, its key components. Read more
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.
UPS systems are extremely efficient at signaling alerts if something malfunctions. But to the untrained eye and ear, these warnings can just seem like flashing lights and loud noises. We’re going to help understand your UPS alarm, and tell you about a tool that can help you if trouble arises. Read more
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. Read more
One question that we often receive is how to provide reliable power conditioning and uninterrupted power when the environment is less than ideal. High temperatures, weather, humidity and other harsh physical elements can wreak havoc on a UPS system and batteries. Toshiba International Corp (TIC) recently secured one of the first patents on a true, outdoor UPS that is purpose built for outdoor and rugged environments. See more for their recent press release!
When a company is deciding on ideal back-up power equipment for their space, they consider many factors, such as the capabilities of the system, how much the system can grow and expand, and what equipment the system will be supporting. One of the more important aspects of this decision is also the system’s overall efficiency. If your UPS is inefficient, it can end up costing your company time and money if it is not properly designed and utilized. Let’s review the concept of efficiency for UPS equipment, ways that efficiency is measured, and how the resultant data can then be applied to make improvements and realize savings to your UPS system. Read more
Everybody wants to find their “match.” This is true in both life and in business: finding the right job, the right partner or the right community is important to us. This is also true in the critical power world. The idea of finding the right UPS “match” for your critical power applications by looking at several main factors is very important for the application to function most efficiently and effectively. Today, we will break down the three important categories to consider when making your UPS selection. Read more
Modular UPS systems are designed to be flexible, and are often more user-friendly when it comes to replacing UPS batteries. Rather than a cabinet full of large, heavy batteries, many models are designed using battery modules, with multiple batteries that are housed in an enclosure. The module can then be installed by simply sliding the enclosure into the UPS chassis. These are also often designed to be “hot-swappable”, allowing the user to replace battery modules without the need to power off the UPS system. The downside is that purchasing new UPS battery modules can be expensive. One cost effective way to replace batteries is to consider purchasing refurbished, certified UPS battery modules. In this blog, we will cover the advantages of utilizing refurbished UPS battery modules and the steps QPS goes through prior to shipment. Read more
Lithium-ion battery technology has been a frequent discussion point in the UPS industry lately, and we at QPS have had many inquiries about the technology from our clients and prospects. Some questions we have been asked include: What is the battery chemistry like? What applications is the technology best suited for? What are the maintenance requirements like? Is it a safe technology?
Join us on March 12th in Brookfield, Wisconsin as we explore the answer to these questions and more. QPS is hosting a seminar on Lithium-Ion battery technology, with speaker AJ Savant from Toshiba to discuss the chemistry, evolution, and applications for this technology in the critical power industry. This will be an in-depth exploration of this technology and should not be missed! We hope to see all of you there! Read more
We ran an article on “What Your UPS Alarm is trying to Tell You” to help explain some of the basic alarms you might experience. In this article, we will go into more depth about how your service provider should respond, triage, and resolve your issue, from when you first contact them to completion. We will also discuss the importance of understanding the provisions your provider makes for response time and resources. This gives you an expectation of what happens “behind the scenes,” so you better understand the process involved in supporting your UPS.