Industrial UPS Vs. Standard UPS: Differences That Determine The Investment Strategy

Nov 23, 2017 by

Today, in industries such as gas and oil, water/wastewater, maritime, mining, nuclear, conventional energy generation and energy transmission and distribution industries; we can find different types of UPS: UPS systems standard (often seen in office buildings and technical rooms) and UPS industrial systems (which are usually in hostile environments and more extreme).

For organizations that seek to maximize the security and availability of systems, and reduce their costs without sacrificing reliability, it is important to understand the difference between these two UPS implementations as distinct from each other and to focus on the total cost of ownership. for more than 20 or 25 years, instead of comparing the capital investment of different concepts.

Here is a list of some of the fundamental differences:

Physical Characteristics – Industrial UPS systems are equipped with analog instruments, and therefore the instrumentation and interface looks different than a conventional UPS; Due to its robust structure, filtration, and other factors, the industrial UPS also tends to be larger than a commercial UPS with similar power ranges.

Design – A standard UPS is designed with a variety of options. These options are sufficient to meet the needs of the user in a highly controlled environment (such as a data center, in applications for light industry) or in an electrical room inside a building. The industrial ups systems can be customized and designed according to the user’s specification, and most times it comes with a complete set of detailed design documentation that is also built based on the customer’s requirements. Customers may require a detailed bill of materials for customized UPSs, and in some industries, such as nuclear power, usually each major component requires its own quality documentation.

Level of Resistance To Hostile Environmental Conditions – In the case of a standard UPS, the temperature of the surrounding environment must not exceed 40 ° Celsius (104 ° F). The temperature range of an industrial UPS is wider, from -10 to 55 ° C (14 – 131 ° F). An industrial UPS must be able to withstand and operate in hostile conditions of high temperatures, humidity or rain; resist dirt or splashing water in places such as factories or mines; and be certified for use in areas of greater seismic activity. The industrial UPS must also be designed to withstand high levels of vibration (think of underground mining operations where dynamite is often used).

Length of UPS – generally, an industrial UPS experiences a longer life (20-30 years). Electronic components are specifically designed for a long lifespan, and suppliers of industrial UPS systems guarantee the availability of spare parts during that extended period. A renewal of the system can result in an additional 20 years of operation in some cases.

Delivery Times – Delivery times for a standard UPS are relatively short (a few weeks). In the case of an industrial UPS, the deadlines are subject to a schedule that conforms to the project development plan of a client. Since the customer provides unique specifications, each order is a new and unique UPS. In general, these have delivery cycles that are longer than a standard UPS.

Service & Support Contracts – Often an industrial UPS is purchased with a comprehensive service program that supports the maintenance needs of the equipment throughout its life cycle. If a non-standard part of the UPS is modified and put under maintenance, that part must be reproduced in a personalized way. An industrial UPS support and services contract generally covers this type of contingency. A standard UPS is updated with common parts that are in the inventory.

Both the standard UPS and the industrial UPS, seek to meet the business needs of industries around the world. Explore a variety of solutions to find the one that best suits your business continuity.

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