Energising Irish Businesses: Ensuring a Dependable UPS
Co-authored by Giovanni Zanei, senior director AC Power global offering & EMEA business leader, and Flora Cavinato, director, global service product portfolio, at Vertiv
For Irish enterprises, a dependable uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is crucial in protecting against power outages, brownouts and other disruptions that can damage electronic equipment and hinder operations. The absence of a UPS can lead to serious consequences, including lost data, ruined hardware and total system breakdowns. These factors impact productivity, revenue, brand reputation and safety, particularly in vital environments such as hospitals and airports.
This article delves into the key elements of preserving a UPS to safeguard its optimal performance. It will cover the process of choosing the right UPS to meet your power requirements, correctly configuring the system, implementing regular maintenance and employing effective troubleshooting techniques – all essential in maintaining a smoothly operating UPS.
Exploring the benefits of a reliable UPS
A UPS offers multiple benefits including providing a temporary power source during an outage, which allows equipment to continue operating without interruption. This enables businesses to maintain operations, save data and safely shut down equipment. It’s especially important for businesses that depend on critical systems like servers, phone systems and medical equipment. For example, a data centre supporting numerous Irish businesses relies on a UPS to provide continuous service during power outages and prevent data loss.
Additionally, a UPS helps protect against power surges and voltage fluctuations, which can damage equipment and shorten its lifespan, leading to expensive repairs or replacements. A UPS serves as a buffer, absorbing energy and regulating the power supply, thereby safeguarding electrical equipment from harm.
Selecting and configuring the ideal UPS
Selecting the right UPS and ensuring optimal performance is crucial for any business. The first step is choosing the appropriate UPS based on the business's power requirements and configuring it correctly.
Of course, requirements can vary greatly, depending on the size of the operation, autonomy time needs and equipment types. Whether it's a small retail store or a large manufacturing facility, it is vital to select a UPS capable of meeting specific needs. This involves considering factors such as required power, equipment connected to the UPS and potential duration of power outages.
But, selecting the right UPS is only the beginning of safeguarding the power source. A range of project services – including proper installation, control settings, equipment start-up and application testing – are required to maximise UPS performance. These foundational steps are as important as the UPS selection itself, enabling optimal performance and operation throughout the UPS's lifespan.
Leveraging new technology to power better performance
Technological innovations can enhance UPS efficiency and durability. Advanced battery management systems can extend battery life and advanced power management control can optimise performance and minimise energy losses. Additionally, new technologies like fuel cells are being developed to improve UPS efficiency and reliability and lower carbon footprint.
Innovations such as high-frequency Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) and digital signal processing systems (DSPS) are being developed to improve UPS speed and control. Not only do these technologies increase power capacity but they also allow for faster switching between operational modes. These advancements are being incorporated into next-generation UPS systems with direct digital controls and power metrics, providing significant benefits in maintaining optimal UPS operation and performance.
Moreover, as energy costs can vary throughout the day, a UPS with battery backup enables businesses to store energy when it's cheaper and utilise it when costs are higher. This can result in significant savings on energy bills and help mitigate financial pressure caused by rising energy costs, particularly useful during times of high energy prices.
Guaranteeing lifecycle operations
Routine maintenance is crucial for a UPS to function at its best. Over time, some components can age and require replacement. Regular maintenance helps replace these components before they fail, preventing costly downtime. Early identification of potential issues also allows businesses to address problems before they escalate.
Remote monitoring and diagnostics are also becoming increasingly relevant in UPS maintenance, allowing businesses to keep their UPS monitored in real-time and analyse equipment data continuously for early detection of anomalies.
Additionally, connectivity provides valuable information on UPS usage, which can be leveraged to optimise performance. UPS vendors offer an array of services, including for example service contracts supported by direct field engineers and designed to minimise downtime and maximise efficiency and total cost of ownership.
Securing mission critical equipment performance
So, it's evident that a UPS is essential for Irish businesses and it's crucial not only to have a UPS in place but also to enable its proper functioning and that it is fit for the equipment and application. Employing a UPS with the latest technologies allows for maximum efficiency, grid support, lower energy costs and increased load protection.
Managing a UPS involves more than just purchasing and installing it. A holistic approach to its management is necessary, from initial purchase and installation through regular maintenance, repair and eventual decommissioning and responsible disposal. It involves considering its role within the broader context of the supply chain. As a key element of a business's infrastructure, the UPS system's performance and reliability directly affect the efficiency and dependability of the entire operation. By integrating UPS management into supply chain strategies, organisations can ensure better coordination between suppliers, manufacturers and end-users. This can lead to improved risk management, reduced downtime and increased resilience in the face of potential disruptions.
Working with the right vendor who can act as a long-term partner, is crucial too. From product delivery and installation to remote and direct maintenance, together with local support teams, vendors are strategic partners who play a critical role in ensuring your equipment performs optimally.
A bright future for those who get it right
For Irish businesses to thrive and safeguard their operations, it's essential to invest in a reliable UPS system. Choosing the right UPS, leveraging new technologies and managing lifecycle operations through regular maintenance and services are all critical factors in making sure any business is prepared for any power-related challenges. By taking these steps, you can help protect your business, reduce operational costs and contribute to a more sustainable future.
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