In a power cut, power outage or surge, your business’s electronic equipment is at risk. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is an essential battery backup, stepping in to provide vital energy when you need it. A UPS delivers battery power required to backup systems, power them down or switch to a more stable supply.
A UPS is at the heart of business continuity for organisations of all sizes. Here we describe what a UPS is, how it works and why it provides essential protection. Does your business need a UPS? Let’s find out.
Uninterruptible power supplies provide a steady supply of emergency power when the primary source drops or is cut off during a utility power outage. They also offer surge protection from energy spikes that can damage any mains equipment. In addition, UPS systems protect business-critical equipment, infrastructure and systems, such as data centres.
A UPS is essential to business continuity plans and ensures your business can remain productive, profitable, and data safe and secure during a crisis. It also enables you to safeguard systems and power them down, ensuring they last longer.
Every business that uses mains-powered systems, servers and storage can benefit from a UPS system. UPS systems come in all sizes, from small units for an individual computer system to those large enough to power entire data centres. When choosing a UPS, you’ll need to ensure it’s large enough to power your systems with enough run time for you to react.
Here are some business-critical applications that UPS systems can protect in a power outage.
At Carter Sullivan, we specialise in UPS systems for organisations of all sizes, from SMEs to stadiums. Here are some of the specific use cases and sectors that benefit from our UPS expertise, insight and support
We’re a team of experts that can work across all sectors. It doesn’t matter what your business does; every UPS design process is the same. It begins with a free on-site survey where one of our experts will explore your current power requirements and specify a UPS that will deliver the protection you require.
UPS systems spring into life when the power is cut, the voltage falls below a certain level, or it spikes. When shopping for UPS systems, you’ll see they’re split into two types: single-phase UPS systems and three-phase UPS systems.
The difference between the two systems is how consistently the power is delivered, and the total amount of power supplied.
Single-phase UPS systems use two wires to provide power, with one delivering it the other taking it away. When the system is in use, power pulses, coming in peaks and dips. Power is shared across three wires that work out of phase in a high-efficiency three-phase UPS. The result is more consistent power delivery, higher output voltage and supply with no dips or losses.
So, why bother with a single-phase UPS? These systems are cheaper and more efficient, mainly when delivering low power. On the other hand, three-phase systems are more expensive and suitable for business-critical applications with high power requirements, such as data centres and server rooms.
You can learn more about the differences between single-phase and three-phase UPS systems in our detailed blog here.
Don’t worry; our UPS experts will explain the differences between systems and help design one suitable for you. We’ll explain the difference between single-phase and three-phase UPS systems, double conversion and line-interactive systems.
While there are several UPS brands on the market, only a few have a proven pedigree, and we’re proud to call them partners. We have established close relationships with Eaton, APC and Riello, the world’s leading suppliers of UPS systems.
Why does this matter? Our partnerships provide us with unrivalled expertise in technology and technical insights that our competitors can’t match. Our partnerships with Eaton, APC and Riello enable us to offer UPS systems from all manufacturers at market-leading support.
As an official installer of Eaton products, we have up-to-date information on every product. We regularly put all UPS systems through their paces at our dedicated training centre at our headquarters in Bedford.
Designing and installing a UPS is just the start. Every product needs a complete package of aftercare, servicing and support. We offer all customers comprehensive UPS maintenance, aftercare and support packages that provide total power protection.
Our trained technicians will ensure your backup power is there when you need it. We have engineers across the UK who complete annual maintenance according to the manufacturer’s schedules. We also offer all customers free site audits and condition reports to ensure your mission-critical systems will work in a power failure.
You can learn more about our industry-leading support packages here.
A UPS system provides peace of mind and protection for your critical power systems. Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more about how a UPS system could benefit your business. Our expert advisers can provide impartial advice on whether a UPs is suitable for you. If you’re interested in taking things further, we can arrange a free site survey where we can sketch out a total power protection system together.