CENTIEL Strengthens Team as UK Expansion Continues
Leading UPS manufacturer, CENTIEL UK, has further strengthened its team as the company continues to expand in the UK. Aaron Oddy has been appointed as a new sales engineer with responsibility for generating new hardware sales enquiries, plus on-site surveys and the management of key accounts…
Centiel Protects Power for Central London Installation
Centiel worked with Parkeray the principal contractor and consultants: Troup, Bywaters + Anders to deliver the project which was supported by one of Centiel’s latest 4th generation modular power protection systems.
A new operational facility was required for a global firm of professional intermediaries located in the Verdi Building, adjacent to Victoria Station, London. This firm, who work in the financial, energy and commodities markets appointed Parkeray as main fit-out contractor for the project…..
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Sales Engineer, Centiel UK Ltd
Aaron joined Centiel UK in early 2020 as a Sales Engineer with responsibility for generating new hardware sales enquiries, plus on-site surveys and the management of key accounts. Aaron’s role is key in bringing Centiel’s class-leading Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) technology to the UK market and demonstrating the Centiel brand as the most innovative UPS manufacturer in the market today.
His expertise and market knowledge enable him to ensure that clients have the highest level of power protection and efficiency, placing the right product for each application.
Select the Correct IP Rating to Protect Your UPS
When it comes to power protection a UPS is an important investment and so it needs to be kept in suitable conditions to optimise its design life fully. This sounds like a fairly obvious statement to make! However, it’s not always possible for a UPS to be housed in a clean room environment. We often see UPS situated in damp, dusty or less than ideal conditions as there is no other option. Where a clean room environment is just not possible, it is necessary to consider the Ingress Protection (IP) rating of the solution to maximise its longevity and ensure it can keep protecting the critical load as it was designed to do.
IP ratings are defined by an international standard. This sets the levels of sealing effectiveness for electrical enclosures against intrusion from items such as dirt and moisture. The IP rating is made up of two letters and two numbers, the key thing to focus on here are the numbers. The first number details the protection level for solid objects and the second number details the protection level for moisture.
Typically, a UPS within a data centre has an IP20 rating due to the clean environment. This level of ingress protection means it’s ‘finger proof’. In other words, safe to touch without fear of electrocution. It will also be suitable for the dust and moisture free installation areas typically found in clean environments such as comms rooms.
The Lifecycle of a UPS: Time to Repair or Replace?
A typical UPS life cycle is generally around ten years, as manufacturers are obliged to supply replacement parts for up to ten years after cessation of manufacture. Therefore, the purchasing of UPS equipment five years before this end date may extend the product’s apparent life cycle to 14 years – after which, capacitors and/or batteries usually require replacing for a second or third time thereby making further investment in aging technology prohibitive.
Surprisingly, replacement batteries can cost 30 to 40% of a brand-new UPS system. The standard five or ten-year design life VRLA type battery will generally require replacing at four or eight years.
Replacing individual faulty battery blocks in strings is not recommended due to the different impedances between old and new and equalisation becomes a problem. Rapid chemical build-up within the new blocks will seriously affect their performance and within weeks they can become significantly ‘aged’; best practice is to replace all batteries at the same time.
Replacement of capacitors, AC and DC, is also a costly exercise and although prices vary depending on the UPS system, can amount to around 5-10% of the cost of a new UPS. Recommended replacement times vary between manufacturer with some advocating changing both at five years. Confirm this with your UPS supplier!
The priority of any UPS is to protect the critical load and keep it running as long as possible in the event of a power loss. We often talk about developments in modular technology and the associated benefits, such as improved availability and reduced downtime, however, not all project budgets allow for a modular solution.
When cost reduction is a driver for winning contracts, a standalone UPS is a good solution. Choosing a UPS that offers built-in internal batteries eliminates the hidden cost of external battery cabinets while minimising the overall system footprint. A UPS that has a small footprint and is easy to install initially, will provide a smoother handover for contractors and clients alike.
Another consideration when choosing a UPS is Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Purchasing poor quality or inferior designed products can rapidly drive up overall investment costs as batteries and other components may need to be replaced within a short time span.
Purchasing directly from a manufacturer also cuts out the ‘middle-man’ reducing cost and providing the peace of mind of full factory support and servicing, plus a 2-year factory warranty.
At CENTIEL our design team works at the forefront of technological development. We are the trusted advisors to some of the world’s leading institutions in this field. CENTIEL’s stand-alone UPS: PremiumTower for example, has an unbeatable on-line operating efficiency of 96.6% which minimizes running costs. It is currently available in power ratings of 10kW – 250kW, with a range of frame sizes that include built-in batteries to significantly reduce footprint ensuring it can fit into even the smallest comms room.