So you need a new UPS system and you’ve already identified the Voltage and kW load requirements for your environment. How do you then decide which UPS to purchase and from which manufacturer?
Regardless of the size of UPS you are looking for, there are several factors below that can help you differentiate one UPS from another. Not all UPS systems are created equal even though their power ratings may be similar.
|1. Immediate and Long Term Power Requirements||If kW load is expected to increase over the next 2 to 5 years, a scalable UPS solution may be the best option.|
|2. UPS Efficiency||The efficiency of a UPS system will have a substantial effect on energy costs over the life of the product. Be sure to look at the kW rating of the system rather than kVA. Two competitive UPS products could have the same kVA rating but one may deliver more usable power (Watts) vs. the other.|
|3. Redundancy and Availability||
How critical are the IT systems being protected by the UPS to your overall business? If a power outage occurs, what is the financial impact? How would your job or your manager’s job be affected? This will help in deciding what level of redundancy is needed in the UPS design.
Ask your UPS provider:
|4. Battery Type and Upgrade Options||
|5. Bypass Options||
A Bypass is designed to allow power to continue supporting IT loads in the event something happens to the UPS or if the entire system needs to be taken offline for repairs.
There are two types of bypass designs for UPS systems:
|6. Management and Monitoring||
UPS systems have numerous options available for monitoring and management and several communication methods are available for integration into existing management applications. Here are some questions to consider:
|7. Maintenance, Warranty, and Support||
When selecting a UPS solution, it’s important to understand what level of support is available. Similar to automobiles, UPS systems require annual, semi-annual, or quarterly maintenance to ensure everything is operating properly and safely. Key questions to ask when looking at maintenance offerings from UPS manufacturers:
|8. Lead Times||Large-scale UPS systems usually have lead times of 4-8 weeks. Depending on your deployment date, equipment lead times may be a major factor in your decision-making. Scheduling start-up after the UPS has been installed also needs to be factored into the schedule. A 2-week lead time is very common for scheduling start-up services with most manufacturers.|
Hopefully, this article has provided some helpful information you can utilize when deciding on a UPS solution that best meets the needs of your organization.
Mirapath has a team of industry professionals who can assist with your next UPS project. We are with you throughout the entire process starting from calculating load requirements all the way to scheduling start up services to ensure the project is completed to your satisfaction without issues.
If you would like to discuss your next UPS project, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.