What Are Critical Power Systems and Where Do They Play a Role

When lights go out, machinery stops, computer screens darken, and production comes to a halt.

Any power outage causes worry about safety, injury, and lives. Whether a power outage lasts minutes or days, business operations must go on continuously and consistently.

Uninterruptible Power Supply System (UPS)

The technology continues to improve as the need for uninterruptible power to crucial systems and operations becomes more critical.

Energy spikes, surges, or dips cause irregularities and fluctuations that adversely affect your data and the equipment. An uninterruptible power supply system provides a consistent and uninterrupted power flow protecting against those effects.

A UPS system can be a triple-phase or a single-phase configuration powered by a flywheel component or an array of batteries.

Generally, an uninterruptible power supply system can be the little box that protects your personal computer from the mega-ton, megawatt models that can power big business.

Types of UPS systems 

The main types of UPS systems are:

  • Standby UPS System: It is also referred to as an offline UPS. It has a battery, low-pass filter static switch, inverter, and surge suppressor. The system maintains standby mode unless there is a main power failure.
  • Line-interactive UPS System: It has an inverter and a battery that is always connected to the output, and in case of power failure, a switch changes the flow of current. The continuous connection ensures superior filtering.
  • Double Conversion UPS System: it has a backup battery charged by the input current and powers the output inverter for a seamless switch.

The Importance of an Uninterrupted Power Supply

An Uninterrupted Power Supply protects against energy surges and other variations such as voltage drops or frequency distortion.

Advantages of Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems

  • Continuity: Ensures no power outages to critical equipment such as computers in hospitals and factory production lines.
  • Consistency: Electronic devices within an uninterrupted power supply tell it when it requires work and supplies alternative energy as needed, eliminating surges or glitches and allowing time to safely shut down main systems when needed.
  • Protection: It safeguards against the electricity oddities such as spikes, dips, surges, and failure as the UPS senses and switches the alternative power before the glitches cause damage.
  • Filter: A line-interactive UPS refines the power as it comes, then adjusts its output such that internal systems get a clean, consistent supply.

Places That Require Critical Power Supplies

These are some of the industries that can benefit from UPS Systems:

  • Medical centers and hospitals 
  • Data and call centers
  • Utility companies
  • Electronics manufacturers
  • Banks
  • Universities
  • Production-based manufacturers
  • TV stations
  • Telecommunications and cable companies

Are you planning to install a UPS system? For over 35 years, Ham’s Electric, Inc. has been providing critical power services in Upland, California, where we are based. We deal with hospital systems, computer facilities, telecom installations, and critical power systems. We have successfully installed various medical systems, including NICU, ICU, MRI, cath labs, switchgear, nurse callers, fire alarms, surge protectors, and telecommunications. For more information, call (909) 982-7344.