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Top safety accreditation for UPS Systems

17 March 2014

UPS Systems, the UK’s largest independent supplier of standby power solutions, has been awarded accreditation from ‘Safecontractor’ for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme, which recognises the highest standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

The company’s application for safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

Tom Sperrey, CEO of UPS Systems said: “Aside from the human impact, …

How to specify your UPS system

8 February 2012

Having sufficient standby power is essential if you want to protect your electrical equipment against mains failure. What should you consider when you specify your UPS system?

The nature of your organisation
The equipment used by your organisation will help to determine the type of protection you need. For example, data centres with rows of rack-mounted servers require a larger UPS to back-up their operations. While large computer rooms are usually supported by high-capacity, centrally located, online UPS …

Standby power: understanding power quality issues

31 January 2012

Typically, when we think of power failure, we think of a complete blackout. However, power failure can also mean that the quality of the supply is in some way inadequate, and each quality issue can affect electrical equipment in different ways. Here are some of the key issues:

Surges and spikes
Surges and spikes are very short bursts of very high-energy voltage. Typically they only last for a few milliseconds, and are usually caused by electrical storms or …

Planning your standby power system

26 January 2012

To ensure your business is protected against power failure you need to ensure you have a robust standby power system in place. To help you plan your system, we’ve compiled the following steps:

Stage 1: To ensure your UPS system gives you adequate protection, we’d recommend performing an initial risk assessment to determine how badly your business would be affected against power failure.

Stage 2: Next you need to classify your equipment depending on the level of power …

What should you consider when devising a standby power strategy?

23 January 2012

A standby power system is essential if you want to ensure your business continues to operate in the event of a mains failure. To create your standby power strategy, you need to understand how a power failure will affect all areas of your business. For example, to a small business, a power failure could be nothing more than an inconvenience. But for a data centre, it can cost thousands of pounds and have a negative impact on the …

Standby power systems: the total cost of ownership

22 December 2011

Whether you’re buying new standby power systems, or upgrading existing ones, it’s important to consider the total cost of ownership.

If you were to compare the initial capital costs of two UPS systems, you may find that system A is a lot cheaper than system B. On the face of it, system A may seem the better option; however, once you’ve factored in the costs for ongoing service and maintenance, the picture could change dramatically.

It’s not enough …

Avoid the risk of power failure with standby power systems

20 December 2011

When power failure strikes, it can have disastrous consequences for an organisation. With systems down, orders can’t be processed, employees can’t work, and you can’t get in touch with your customers. It can end up costing organisations thousands of pounds in downtime.

The real cost of downtime can have financial implications for your customers too, as these examples show:

After BT’s Birmingham exchange lost power, its broadband customers across the UK were left without Internet access. Besides …

UPS repair services

24 November 2011

Do you want to minimise the cost of equipment failure?

It’s likely that your UPS system will need some repairs during its lifetime. And when this happens you want a trusted partner that can get you back up and running as quickly as possible. Repairing equipment as soon as an issue occurs, can help extend its life by years.

As an independent provider of standby power systems, we have close working relationships with many of the leading UPS, …

A reliable grid?

8 November 2011

According to the National Grid, in 2010, the UK used 286TWh of electricity. Independently audited figures found that the reliability of the electricity transmission was 99.99%, and the average annual availability was 94.76%.

Yet despite having what seems to be a reliable power supply, the UK is on the brink of having to intoduce rolling blackouts. By 2015, nine of the UK’s oil and coal-fired power plants and four nuclear power plants are due to be shut down. …

Solar storms blowing the lights out

20 October 2011

We have all been there in the midst of a storm when suddenly the lights go out. Typically, we’re left in the dark for a few hours. But what would happen if a power cut wiped out entire countries for months at a time?

According to National Geographic, “Solar storms are brewing about 93 million miles (150 million kilometres) away, and if one of them reaches Earth, it could knock out communications, scramble GPS, and leave thousands …