What do specifiers frequently get wrong when implementing a UPS solution?



When specifying UPS, the type of load being supported is often overlooked and there are many issues that can have an impact on the overall performance of the system. As part of a series of video interviews, Kohler Uninterruptible Power’s, Alex Emms, discusses how to avoid costly mistakes when installing UPS.

He explains that UPSs are being used in a wide variety of applications and each application has its own pitfalls. Things to consider include:

  • The type of load
  • The environment – temperature control, dust, humidity and noise attenuation are all key issues that need to be addressed.

To view the previous video in this series, ‘What needs to be done to ensure resilience and efficiency of UPS technologies?’ click here.


UPS handbook: an essential guide

This handbook is a must read for any engineer, facilities manager, specifier or project manager involved in take care of and buying a UPS solution. As the industry’s original UPS handbook, this edition is easy to read and an invaluable reference tool.  It provides an up-to-date, in-depth explanation of UPS technology, how to specify a UPS and how to plan for a UPS installation.

  • To request the full UPS Handbook (Fifth edition), click here 

Introducing UPS Topologies

An interesting chapter is UPS Topologies where Kohler Uninterruptible Power explains the several categories of static UPS systems available and how the UPS units and modules fall within one of the three operation design architectures, namely off-line interactive and on-line.

  • To download the ‘guide to UPS Topologies’ click here

Introducing Parallel UPS Systems

In this section of The Handbook you can learn how to maximise the power security and flexibility of a UPS system with the installation of a ‘parallel module’ system comprising several UPS modules operating in synchronisation with their outputs connected together to provide a common load.

  • To download an ‘Introduction to Parallel Systems’ click here



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