Monthly Archives: May 2012

  1. Power cuts biggest cause of business disruption in the UK

    Tom Sperrey, Managing Director of UPS Systems plc: According to Sungard Availability Services, power cuts were the single biggest cause of business disruption in 2011, with incidents in 2011 rising

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  2. PowerBox: self-contained standby power

    Are you looking for a self-contained uninterruptible power system to provide flexible and reliable standby power for your business? UPS Systems plc is one of the first standby power providers to stock,

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  3. Testing times for diesel generator maintenance

    UPS engineer Mark Trafford: It was another early start today time waits for no UPS engineer! With all the equipment and tools ready, we travelled up to Manchester where we were to test a 60kVA generator on load as part of a diesel generator maintenance programme. During a generator test it is essential to check that the generator will be able to cope with the load it is designed to support, just in case of the unlikely event of a power cut. When planning generator maintenance, we acknowledge the possibility of a power cut even if our clients don't! We checked the status of the automatic mains fail (AMF) panel first, as, obviously when we are testing the generator, it means that it won't work in the event of an outage an ironic situation that we prefer to avoid! A typical generator maintenance test takes at least three hours so we do not want to leave a customer without energy for that amount of time while we complete the testing! We carried out the following diesel generator maintenance pre-test checks: coolant; oil; electrical/mechanical; and battery. We then simulated a power cut to test the generator, incrementally increasing the energy load (starting at around 10%) and recording the voltage thereafter at regular intervals. The oil pressure and coolant temperature was also recorded. We eventually increased the load to 66kW (or 110%) for about 45 minutes, and then allowed the generator to cool down very gradually. After three hours of testing I was glad I had my ear defenders with me the noise was deafening! The data we collected today as part of the generator maintenance programme will later be sent to the customer electronically to keep him up to date with the safety and efficiency of their UPS unit.

    UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) repair requires replacement battery

    In the afternoon we received a call-out request from a contract customer, who requested a visit for

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  4. UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) Service Engineer goes back to school

    UPS Engineer Mark Trafford: I like variety, and being a field UPS service engineer ensures that no two days are ever the same. It was an early start again today with a full day planned, but not quite like you might expect, because this morning it was back to the classroom as we attended a training course to bring us up to date with the latest in UPS service and maintenance techniques. At UPS Systems plc we strive to be the best engineers that we can, which means that we take learning very seriously. We are constantly learning about new products

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