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The Three Major Types of UPS System

Offline Systems – This unit charges the battery while the mains is on and only switches over when the power fails. An offline system will only activate after the power fails, which means that it won't truly support your equipment as it will switch off in the meantime. An offline system tends to be inexpensive and more efficient than other UPSs as it isn't always on. It should be noted that offline systems are not suitable for critical loads.

Line Interactive Systems – Line interactive technology exists between offline and online. The load is fed from mains during normal operation, however, unlike an offline UPS, this technology incorporates filters to provide voltage stabilisation and help suppress spikes and transients.

Transformers enable a UPS to maintain a steady output voltage to critical systems – without switching to and from battery power – whilst the mains voltage is within the range of approximately +20% to -30%, resulting in far fewer load breaks and reduced battery wear.

Online Systems – In an online UPS, the batteries are always connected to the inverter, so it isn’t necessary to have a power transfer switch. When a loss of power occurs, the rectifier just drops out of the circuit and the batteries keep the flow of power steady and unchanged.

If the mains supply falls outside pre-set parameters (typically +10% to -20%) or fails entirely, the battery begins to discharge, and the load is unaffected.
The important thing to note here is that power always flows through the UPS – the only difference in the event of a mains failure is that the battery will discharge, so there will never be a load break.

We offer all three of the major types of UPS system, you can find them here. 

If you have any questions about which UPS Systems would be best for your requirements, please contact us.

What to consider when buying a UPS System

Now the power grid has aged, with new nuclear and renewable replacements yet to fully come in, combined with an increase in thunderstorms, are going to become more frequent. This is a threat to electrical equipment and any data stored on that equipment. Even a short power outage can cause business interruption and data loss. A UPS system offers power protection for businesses allowing equipment to switched off safely and data to be protected. Even homes can benefit from a UPS to protect any plugged in electrical equipment from these risks.


It is important to consider the following factors when deciding which UPS best suits the power protection requirements of a home or business owner:


  • Energy efficiency – A high-efficiency charging system and an automatic voltage regulator within certain UPS devices helps reduce power consumption. Some UPS devices offer “green” features such as power saving outlets that automatically turn off idle peripherals. 
  • Connectivity – Home UPSs can act as important enablers of home network remote management and availability, monitoring a network connection and of automatically cycling power to a smart outlet in order to reboot a hung modem or router. Users no longer need to be at home to physically unplug and restart the frozen device.
  • Load – The number of devices (and how much power they use) that are connected to the UPS is known as the load. The more devices you are supporting the more power you need to be stored in batteries. 
  • Runtime – How long the UPS will support your equipment if the power goes down. The time it takes to guarantee a safe shutdown of a connected computer system so that no data is lost is often all the time that is needed. In other cases, the UPS may need to keep running until the power comes on. This can only be achieved with small loads, as large loads require lots of batteries and it is easier to use a generator instead. 
  • Size and weight – UPS systems come in all shapes and sizes. Once you know your load and runtime requirements it is easy to find one that suits your needs. The size and weight of a UPS are normally determined by these two factors.
  • Storage medium – The batteries inside of the UPS provide the power when the mains fails.  Most UPSs that are used in homes and small offices today contain lead-acid batteries.  However, Lithium-Ion batteries are quickly growing in popularity as they are lower cost and smaller footprint options.
  • and most importantly (for many homes and small businesses) Price – UPSs for homes and small offices can range from under £100 to several thousands of pounds depending upon the requirement and configuration. Many different brands of UPS exist across the industry and it is important to remember you get what you pay for. While it won't be necessary to go for a high-end UPS for a small business or home, but it is still worth avoiding the cheapest end of the spectrum.  Making a decision solely based on price can be risky as poor quality internal components can result in a failure to protect the attached equipment. Computer Power Protection only supplies quality products and with connections across the industry, we can find the UPS for you. 

For more information on how to make UPS selection easy and stress-free, contact us here. 

Career Opportunity at Computer Power Protection

We are looking for a new member of our team:

Service Administration Manager


The Role will include :

·         Renewing with customers (directly) Annual Service Contracts

·         Liaising/placing orders with contractors/suppliers re: products, service visits and planned works

·         Quoting customers for remedial works following engineers visits/call outs to site

·         Controlling smaller projects & schedule timing of deliveries/works & RAMS

·         Quote for new service contracts & Liaise with sales department

·         Being on the front foot resolving & managing customer & contractor issues

 

The successful candidate will already have at least 2 years experience in a customer facing role and will be used to a target orientated environment

The role requires the ability to take & manage incoming enquires & work in a small team but also be part of a larger business.

Key attributes are the ability to :

·         Problem solve & be self-sufficient showing strong communication skills

·         Be confident handling complaints & service issues

·         Build rapport with customers, suppliers and team members

·         Account manage certain large customers and contracts

·         Be diligent and quick in response to service issues

·         Win the respect of their peers to champion and lead the role in this key service role

Training will be provided both externally and internally as well as the ongoing support of our existing sister company ‘s service depts.

The company also offers a Group Life Pension Scheme & Whole of Life Cover & there will be a performance bonus/commission as part of the role.

Start Date : ASAP
Hours:   9.00am - 5.30pm
Salary:   Dependant on experience

Please forward your CV to alex.young@dcresponse.co.uk

or send via post to :

Alex Young
Data Centre Response Ltd
Unit 71, Shrivenham Hundred Business Park,
Majors Road,
Watchfield
SN6 8TY

 

 

Manufacturer Focus: Eaton UPS


Eaton are one of the world's largest power management companies supplying energy-efficient products to effectively manage electrical as well as hydraulic and mechanical, power reliably and sustainably. Eaton provides comprehensive power quality and backup power solutions, consistently delivering the quality of products demanded by today's businesses.


The Eaton UPS range, know as Powerware includes a wide variety of products to cover almost any critical backup power requirement. Eaton UPS solutions are well known by Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) users and industry experts for delivering highest customer value and satisfaction. Eaton UPSs are designed to deliver high quality backup power from desktop PCs to large data centres.


Eaton UPS Powerware systems focus on ensuring that there is confidence in their power and electrical products. This is to make certain that problems with power will not disrupt the flow of data, so operations will remain unhindered when faced with power supply issues. The teams that create Eaton UPS systems do so by learning the specific needs of our customers and answering to any possible issue.


Ongoing research and development in power solutions for over 40 years have gone into all their power protection products. In that time, their products have received critical praise and a slew of awards for business ethics, employee happiness, innovative products, and team diversity. Eaton products are top-ranked for various power product categories and have worked with small and large companies to create comprehensive solutions to power supply problems.


Computer Power Protection have been an approved partner for Eaton products for well over 10 years. We supply any Eaton UPS you could require, from small home or low voltage (110V/120V) units to UPSs designed for data centres. As an approved distributor for Eaton UPSs, we can advise you on what UPS would suit your requirements and arrange a service for any new or existing UPS system you might have.


Eaton UPS Applications:


If you have any question about the right Eaton UPS for your application, please contact us here.

What is Power Protection?


Power failures are common events that happen constantly across the country, with 93%  being unplanned. These last anywhere between seconds to hours (and in extreme cases, days.) Power outages are not the only issues that a business may have to deal with but also from sags, surges and spikes, etc. that can affect the life and performance of electrical devices. Spikes, for example, are rapid voltage transitions which can be caused by lightning strikes or equipment switching heavy electrical currents. Complete loss of power is called a blackout, brownout conditions also exist. Brownouts are a drop in the voltage and can be intentional or unintentional. They occur when the mains supply capacity is insufficient for its present load. Depending on the speed of the response, brownouts can last for several hours in exceptional circumstances. Blackouts and brownouts have the potential to cause chaos for companies, resulting in operational or economic and operational mishaps. The average business experiences 5.7 outages per year, so without power protection, it will cease to function in these periods.


Power protection products, such as uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and generators can save companies thousands that would otherwise be lost in a power cut. A UPS is designed to sit between the A/C mains and the load (the electrical devices.)  Not only does the UPS protect from blackouts but other power issues as well such as spikes and brownouts. A correctly specified and installed UPS system with matching generator units can protect businesses, maintaining automatic 24/7 power support for as long as is necessary. By turning to power protection products, such as uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), companies can save thousands that would otherwise be wasted when a power outage, brownout, surge or spike occurs.


Power protection's role has become increasingly critical over the years, reflecting the rise in data centres and constant manufacturing practices. This is likely to be exacerbated as the UK power grid faces growing pressure. According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), demand for electricity is expected to increase by 1% per annum until 2022/3. Projects to deal with the energy gap are challenged by several issues like the lead time for building new power stations, the requirement for significant investment in an industry where wholesale electricity prices are expected to become more volatile, combined with the uncertain nature and size of energy demand.


If you have any questions about power protection, please contact us here.

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