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Eaton and EMC collaborate to deliver integrated VSPEX

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:47 -- Laura Varriale
Eaton UPS

Eaton has integrated its power management system with EMC’s VSPEX infrastructure platform. The integration aims to simplify the deployment of private cloud and end-user computing solutions.

Eaton’s 9PX uninterruptible power system (UPS), managed ePDU rack-based power distribution units and intelligent power manager software were one of the first components to receive lab verification from EMC for VSPEX interoperability.

Eaton delivers power management, monitoring and protection options to the platform. VSPEX customers utilise Eaton’s software to automate disaster recovery and business continuity processes directly from the server management platform including the consolidation of non-critical workloads to transparent live migration of virtual machines and movement in the event of an extended power event.

“Our collaboration with EMC highlights the capabilities of Eaton's integrated power management solutions, building on the scalable benefits of VSPEX to help customers obtain command and control over IT assets through power management in order to drive business value,' said Herve Tardy, vice President and general manager of distributed power quality division at Eaton.

Part of the collaboration is working with technology distributor and supply-chain services provider Ingram Micro to facilitate technology design and integration of the VSPEX solution with lab-tested Eaton components.

“Eaton and EMC understand the importance of streamlining the integration process in order to support its channel partners with a consistent, reliable solution for end-users to accelerate virtualisation and converged infrastructure deployment”, said Ronald Villa, director of storage business unit at Ingram Micro.

Yancey Power Systems partners with Toshiba

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:41 -- Laura Varriale
Toshiba UPS

Yancey Power Systems has secured a deal with Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) to distribute TIC’s uninterruptible power system (UPS) solutions.

The partnership adds Yancey to TIC’s expansive UPS distribution network and includes UPS, input/output switchgears and power distribution units. TIC produces single-phase with a range from 1 to 22kVA and three-phase UPS solutions with a range from 15 to 1000kVA and 100 to 6000kVA. The modules are integrated in Caterpillar generators and used in critical industries.

“With a lengthy company history and strong customer base, Yancey Power Systems makes for an ideal Toshiba UPS distributor,” said Greg Mack, vice President of the TIC Power Electronics division.

“The Toshiba UPS product offering not only complements our power systems solutions but allows us to further ensure reliable and consistent power delivery to our valued customers,” said Eric Arnold, vice President and general manager of Yancey.

Yancey’s portfolio of customers in the critical power industry includes FedEx, NAPA, Wellstar Smyrna, and Waffle House. “Toshiba is one of the most recognized brands for high quality, space saving products. The UPS system helps customers lower operating costs and provide an industry leading three-year on-site warranty”, added Arnold.

Tackling rogue traders with engineer certification

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:50 -- Tildy Bayar
Tackling rogue traders with engineer certification

To combat a growing number of ‘rogue traders’ providing unauthorised maintenance services to its customers, UPS and standby power systems manufacturer Riello has launched an engineer certification programme.


The Riello Certified Engineer programme aims to protect customers who require third party UPS servicing and approved spares by allowing them to check their chosen engineers' training status.


To achieve Riello Certified Engineer status, engineers from Riello resellers must successfully complete comprehensive training on the commissioning, maintenance and servicing of the firm's UPS products. On completion of the training, engineers are given an ID card with a unique identification number which customers can use to search a dedicated website to verify their certification status.


Leo Craig, Riello general manager, said, “Several other UPS manufacturers have chosen to tackle the problem of unauthorised maintenance by instigating ‘closed protocol’ systems.” In such a system, a service engineer needs licensed access to the software that communicates with the UPS, while in an ‘open protocol’ system third-party service companies can install and maintain the system.


“We chose not to take this approach because we felt that it would stifle competition in the market,” Craig continued. “Instead, we’ve created a comprehensive network of qualified service partners ... which we hope will offer our customers the reassurance they need.”


 

Schneider Electric launches new data centre UPS

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:06 -- Tildy Bayar
Schneider Electric launches new data centre UPS

French energy management firm Schneider Electric has announced the launch of a new three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS), called the Galaxy VM.


The UPS will be integrated with the company’s energy management solutions for data centres and industrial applications, Schneider said. It can be integrated in existing monitoring environments and works with Schneider's data center infrastructure management application StruxureWare, as well as with building management systems and the Modbus protocol.


When operated in so-called ‘ECOnversion’ mode, which combines input harmonic correction, double conversion online and ECO mode technologies, the UPS offers 99% energy efficiency, Schneider said, saving over $28,000 per year.  


The unit features swappable battery modules and fans which can be removed without the usual switch to maintenance bypass, as well as options for top and bottom cable entry and casters for mobility.


Pedro Robredo, VP of secure power at Schneider, said the product represents the company's best, embodying 45 years of power protection design while incorporating the latest energy efficiency technologies. “Facility and IT managers can count on Galaxy VM to work with existing systems, while helping drive business results by reducing energy consumption and its related cost,” he said.

India’s UPS market to grow by 12% per year

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:03 -- Tildy Bayar
India’s UPS market to grow by 12% per year

Revenues from India’s uninterruptible power supply (UPS) market are forecast to grow twofold by the end of 2018, according to new analysis.


In a new report, India UPS Market Forecast & Opportunities, analysis firm Research & Markets predicts a compound annual growth rate of around 12% between 2013 and 2018.


Key market drivers identified in the report include, of course, the nation’s growing power demand coupled with its recent disabling blackouts, although the relative severity of regional power shortages are driving UPS demand locally rather than across the board.  In a measure of the market’s attractiveness, foreign players are buying up Indian companies in order to access their distribution networks and value chains.


Analysts say India’s home UPS market (600VA to 1kVA) has traditionally sold at least one UPS for every three desktop computers, but its growth has been slowed by the increasing popularity of laptop computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, which do not need constant power. According to the report, both domestic and foreign UPS firms are focused on introducing new products to combat this drain and capitalise on potential new markets.


In its latest market report, IMS Research estimated Indian UPS revenues at $630m in 2013 and predicted revenues of $834m by 2016, with expected growth of 6.3% this year.


IMS also said growth in the commercial segment will make up for the slowed home market.

Data centre UPS systems go green

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:49 -- Tildy Bayar
Data centre UPS systems go green

As part of a European project, power systems firm Emerson Network Power is to develop ‘greener’ UPS backup power systems for data centres.


The European Commission’s Product Environment Footprint (PEF) project aims to develop standards for environmentally friendly data centres. It will define a method for gauging the facilities’ environmental impact and track the energy used and wasted during operations.  The project’s larger aim is a single European market for green products.


The PEF was adopted by the Commission last year and is undergoing a three-year trial, which entered its second phase in late March.


According to Franco Costa, Emerson’s vice president and general manager for power systems in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the company will be submitting products to PEF for testing with performance benchmarks, and working with partners and stakeholders to validate compliance and verification. He added that Emerson’s next-generation UPS systems will be committed to the new standards.


In another forward-looking move, in January Emerson launched its ‘Data Centre 2025’ initiative, with the goal of engaging industry thought leaders worldwide to develop a vision for the data centre of the future.

Mitsubishi UPS offers 96% efficiency

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 13:09 -- Ruth Williams

Mitsubishi Electric has extended its UPS range with a three-phase, online double-conversion system called the 9950A. It is designed for 400V power infrastructures and features Mitsubishi’s insulated gate bipolar transistor technology to enhance performance and reliability of switching operation.

The 500kVA UPS can supply clean, continuous power to connected data centres or other critical equipment with an efficiency of up to 96%.

The 230/400V electrical distribution infrastructure has a benefit over a 120/208V system that it eliminates the need for transformers and extra circuit breakers, this reduces failure points while also occupying a smaller footprint. It still offers the power efficiencies of the power distribution.

The 9950A can be paralleled with up to eight units for N+1 redundancy in backup conditions.

Hitec appoints new CEO

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 12:23 -- Ruth Williams
Ivo Mönnink has joined Hitec to expand the company in new markets

Hitec Power Protection has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer called Ivo Mönnink to bring Hitec into new markets and expand the company’s global presence.

Hitec has close to 1700 UPS units installed worldwide including the Diesel Rotary UPS System, called the Hitec QPS, which is built to reduce plant space with the highest power density per square meter in the industry. 

Mönnink has been brought in to continue this technology leadership. "Hitec doesn't just manufacture and sell dynamic uninterruptible power supplies -- they invented them. For more than 50 years, the company has produced the market's most advanced solutions for keeping mission-critical infrastructures reliable and running at peak efficiency," said Mönnink.

Prior to Hitec, Mönnink worked at Netherlands-based FERM B.V, a power equipment provider; he was Europe Managing Director at Chicago-based Pregis Hexacomb, a packaging company. He also brings commercial, branding and communications expertise to Hitec from roles at Nike and Unilever.

AC/DC power option from Emerson

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 17:29 -- Ruth Williams
LCM300Q-T-4

Emerson Network Power has released a 300W AC-DC power supply for manufacturers of industrial and medical equipment to be able to use a single output power option. Called the LCM300Q-T-4, it features a digital control, which enables firmware updates to modify parameters such as peak load handling, voltage control, and to create unique fan speed profiles.

The new model offers a 24 V output, which can be trimmed to ±20%, with 5 V standby. It has efficiency greater than 91% at full load, a typical power factor of 0.98, and a power density of 7.1 W/in3.

The unit is safety approved for use in industrial and medical settings such as light industrial applications and factory automation, including battery charging; medical, dental and laboratory applications; as well as for telecom and datacom equipment.

Lead-acid growth for Hitachi

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 18:02 -- Ruth Williams

Hitachi Chemical Co will increase its production capacity for industrial lead-acid batteries by next January by expanding facilities of the subsidiary company Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co.

Some US$12 750000 (one billion yen) will be spent on constructing a building with a new assembly line at Shin-Kobe's Nabari Works in Mie Prefecture, the main site making lead-acid batteries.  It is estimated cell production capacity is likely to increase by 50%.

The site will make back-up power source batteries, the LL-W series of which demand is growing for in offices and factories at risk of power failures.  Joining 192 LL-W batteries together can produce 40kw of electricity for around ten hours.

Shin-Kobe Co. accounts for roughly 30% of the domestic market for industrial lead-acid batteries.  The LL-W products claim a battery life of 17 years, one of the world's longest, and are a fraction of the cost of a lithium-ion counterpart. 

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