Industrial UPS System – Prevent Power Outages in your Plant

What is an Industrial UPS System?

The Harsh environment in a plant facility requires a robust UPS solution if you plan to correct more than voltage and seek out UPS power storage. This is different than sizing a UPS for a data center load. The sizing and tolerance of a UPS vs. sizing a Voltage Correction device is different and requires analysis of the load center as to what they are and how they perform. A Facility Power Study and possible monitoring will be done to specifically pick up the issues in the plant. Our national team of installation professionals can provide a turn-key installation proposal that reflect delivery, installation and electrical inter-connection.

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Why not a Traditional Data Center UPS?

Not all UPS Systems are created equal. Many customers seek out a traditional data center built UPS to quickly solve a problem in their plant or process facility. Not a good idea. Many expensive capital projects have had to be reversed and replaced for this issue. In general not all consumer are informed nor are the resellers of the product. An Industrial UPS System is much more expensive and careful thought must go into the sizing of runtime storage and what form to avoid large Cap Ex and Op Ex costs in the future.

The traditional IGBT or transformer based UPS used in a data center application is used to support loads that are constant and have little affect on the output sine wave of the UPS. It is not built for those loads disrupting the output sine wave of the UPS. In a typical industrial environment, those typical UPS units will bounce in and out of static bypass because it feels things are out of tolerance. This constant “banging” into the bypass circuity will eventually cause it to fail. The whole time this is happening, the load is at risk should the power fail because the unit is not on inverter and connected to the batteries. It is also bouncing on and off of inverter, therefore there isn’t power sterilization happening. So the very reason you installed the UPS to isolate the power and be ready for battery, it is not.

These types of occurrences operationally and failures are not warranted by the manufacturer. Eventually the static bypass fails and or the inverter section. This is not the fault of the OEM of equipment. They are not built for this type of environment.
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Where is the UPS System Installed?

An Industrial UPS System is built for these harsh environments and provides a storage backup solution for plant loads. These systems can be sized for an entire facility, or focused into various parts of the plant needing sterilized power and backup storage. Smaller systems are available for PLC and controls areas that use more sensitive local equipment. Call your FGC representative for details on all of these solutions.