Proper Management and Monitoring allow you to get the
most out of your UPS
It is not
uncommon for IT Managers that install small rack and tower UPS equipment throughout a facility
to pay less attention to the maintenance and service of that
equipment when its out of site and away form the main data center or
network closet. Relying on the users to report alarms or
potential problems puts the organization at risk for an untimely
maintenance and service of your small UPS equipment, the life cycle
of your UPS can be lengthened and up-time can be preserved. Most
small UPS equipment manufactured in the past few years includes
easy-to-read alphanumeric displays that provide critical information
such as battery life and real-time status updates.
displays, while user friendly, are less effective when they cannot be
seen or are not being watched. In those cases, consider managing your UPS remotely by
installing a network management card in the UPS and connecting it to
the network. This allows real time updates to be pushed to a
centralized interface. In addition to push notifications, your
equipment can be remotely managed so you can shut down or reboot the
UPS remotely. These centralized management and monitoring
capabilities place control of remotely installed equipment
back in the hands of the IT Manager.
Below are some
specific suggestions for managing your Single Phase UPS equipment to
optimize life cycle and reduce overall cost of ownership.
Please feel free to contact
me with any questions.
SMALL UPS EQUIPMENT – REPAIR OR REPLACE
When do you replace the batteries and when do you replace the whole
Frequently considered disposable, small UPS units (6kVA and under) are
often tucked away under a desk or in a closet out of site and,
frequently, out of mind – until there is an untimely failure.
Keeping track of
battery life and replacing aging batteries is the key to preserving
run time in the event of an outage. While the exact duration varies
upon environmental conditions and usage, most single phase UPS
equipment has a battery life of 3-4 years. With some smaller single
phase UPS equipment (3kVA and less), it’s often more cost effective
to replace the UPS when the batteries
reach the end of their useful life.
For larger UPS
units and extended run battery frames, replacement battery cartridges
are available to allow users to easily replace batteries.
you replace your UPS or batteries, it is important to take a look at
how the demands on your power equipment may have changed since
original purchase. Its possible that your requirements are different
now and a one for one replacement may not be the best option for your
organization. Has your overall load size increased? What about your
run-time needs? Have you migrated some of your servers off-site or to
the cloud making your networking equipment more critical?
UPS units are inexpensive compared to other power and cooling
equipment installed at your site, prolonging the useful life or
ensuring the proper equipment is installed can result in significant
savings over time or in high quantities.
MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR MODULAR UPS Modular
Rack and Tower Units – 6kVA and above
modular UPS equipment available today is intended to be highly
user-friendly, it is not maintenance-free. Because down time isn’t an
option, it is recommended that customers with modular single phase
UPS equipment maintain a factory service plan to ensure 100%
up time. Additionally, customers may elect to stock some spare parts
advantage to modular UPS equipment is the user replaceable components.
If a battery or power module fails, they can easily be replaced
without taking down the load. Battery and power modules generally
have a useful life around 5 years. Intelligence modules, the other
main component of a modular UPS, are also relatively easy to replace.
Factory replacement of these modules is included in factory service plans.
Like any UPS,
proper management and monitoring is imperative to identifying
developing problems before they occur. Many customers use network
management cards to remotely monitor and manage their equipment. It
is also recommended that an environmental monitoring probe and/or a
dry contact sensor be installed with the management card so the
conditions within the rack or room can be properly monitored.
The chassis of
modular single-phase UPS has a lengthy useful life meaning that the
use of your equipment can be significantly prolonged with proper management and monitoring, and
occasional replacement of the modular components – the cost of which
are usually included in the annual factory service plan. This makes
calculating estimated annual expenses and budgeting simple with a single annual maintenance cost for
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