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Industrial-grade UPS touts extra rugged features

Posted: 25 Sep 2007  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:industrial-grade UPS  battery monitoring  Ethernet 

Falcon Electric's SSG Series of Industrial-Grade UPS Plus products—2U-high, double-conversion units in three models rated at 1.5, 2.2 and 3kVA—feature high temperature operation to 55°C (131°F), fast access to hot-swappable batteries and a frequency-converter option.

"The SSG Series' ability to withstand extreme temperatures typically found in factory and industrial environments give users more flexibility in deploying power protection devices for these applications," said Michael Stout, VP of engineering. "The SSG Series UPS can be placed in an equipment rack or installed as a standalone tower on the manufacturing floor, in close proximity to the critical load. This eliminates the need to shield the UPS from the environment. This point-to-point installation strategy saves users the time and effort required to configure and wire elaborate power distribution for the various devices that need protection and dramatically lowers the cost of installing the UPS units."

The SSG Series also touts an improved level of battery monitoring and replacement notification, as well as user-friendly, hot-swappable battery packs. The slide-out packs are replaced through the front panel, eliminating the need to remove the UPS from the equipment rack.

The SSG Series also gives users the ability to program two independent output "load segments." This feature extends the battery runtime for a specified pair of receptacles for a particular connected device, such as a controller, while cutting off the power to the remaining receptacles after a utility loss or low battery condition.

For applications that require hours of back-up, additional battery banks can be ordered and configured easily with included cables through a connector located on the back panel. Battery packs are available, which include an optional internal charger to maintain a reasonable recharge time.

For unattended OS shutdown and easy monitoring of the UPS system, the company's UPSilon shutdown and management software supports Windows platforms, including Vista, as well as Novell NetWare 5 and 6, Linux and FreeBSD. For remote management, users may purchase an optional SNMP/HTTP agent board that installs directly inside the UPS and provides a TCP-IP addressable, 10/100 Ethernet communications for remote monitoring and management. To assure easy integration into industrial and large IT installations, the SSG Series features Remote Emergency Power Off (REPO) with NFPA-70, NEC 645-11 compliant operation.

The SSG Series, measuring 3.5 x 16.8 x 21.5-inches (HWD; extended battery modules are the same size) can be configured as a rackmount or tower UPS. The product can be purchased directly from Falcon Electric or local distributors.

Pricing starts at $1,390 for the 1.5kVA model (SSG1.5KRM-1).

- Vince Biancomano
Power Management DesignLine




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