What is UPS, and how does it benefit your business? It’s an important question that every business should ask because a UPS is an asset that saves you immeasurable frustration and expense. In short, UPS stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply. The UPS is essentially an energy source that keeps your computers, telecom equipment, etc., operational until the primary power supply is restored or until your standby generator kicks on. This bridge protects your hardware, ensures data isn’t lost and allows you to continue providing the services your clients depend on without interruption.
Power grid failure is the most common reason businesses invest in a reliable UPS. However, aging infrastructure means that grid failures aren’t the only potential problem you must protect against in the modern era. Many UPS systems provide a modicum of protection against voltage spikes, overvoltage, voltage sag, oscillation, and harmonic distortion. This broad protection shields your systems from the damage that poor power quality can inflict.
Depending on size and capabilities, UPS systems range in price from around $100 for systems designed to protect a single computer to more than $100,000 for systems designed to keep data centers operational. Further, operational and maintenance costs are minimal. This makes them an inexpensive investment in the continuity of your operations. However, when you consider the cost of downtime, equipment replacement, emergency repairs, data restoration, etc., your UPS is an investment that is worth far more than every penny invested.
Among the many advantages a UPS offers, the following are the primary reasons our clients enjoy:
There are three types of UPS systems, and our team can help you select the system that is best suited for your needs. On-line UPS systems utilize a double conversion method that allows them to accept AC input, convert it to DC, and then invert the converted power into the 120V or 230V your systems require. Line-interactive UPS systems keep the inverter in line, redirecting the DC power when a power failure occurs. Finally, standby systems are the most basic and typically the least expensive. When a power failure occurs, the internal DC-AC inverter switches to battery power and switches off when power is restored.
As with all power systems, regular maintenance is essential for reliable operation. UPS systems require consistant maintenance, whether it be quarterly or semi-annully. This is a service our certified technicians can provide, and we can schedule UPS maintenance to coincide with the maintenance of your standby generator systems.
Our UPS maintenance services include:
We provide thorough documentation and dependable recommendations that can improve your UPS’s performance, reliability, and longevity. We’ll make sure that when the power goes down, your business doesn’t go down with it.
While every business can benefit from the installation of a UPS, some industries depend on these critical systems more than others. These industries include:
We invite you to contact our team at Central Power Systems and Services to learn more about the functions and advantages a UPS offers. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and help you identify the most effective solution for your needs.