Critical Power involves granting conditioned and reliable power to essential loads in the Industry and Infrastructure spaces. These solutions comprise use of Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPSs) to provide power to critical equipment until the backup comes online. The UPSs ensure that power is clean, i.e., free of fluctuations that can damage sensitive equipment.
Many facilities with critical systems provide generator backup. While generators protect for events originating at the utility grid, ‘Critical Power’ solutions provide layered system protection. These solutions protect them from local events and, in the case of utility events, providing power until the generator is online.
The risks associated with power interruption aren’t always readily apparent. Understanding these risks and the cost of power related events in facilities is essential. These costs can take the form of:
• Loss of business and production capacity
• Idled workforce
• Required intervention of maintenance staff
• Damage to or loss of product and materials
• Damage to process or facility equipment
• Loss of facility and process information (data)
• Possible impact on people (workers/customers) from inconvenience to compromised safety
In Industrial and Infrastructure applications, the purpose of Critical Power systems may not be to keep operations running during a sustained outage, but to provide a safe and reliable shutdown or to keep essential monitoring systems available.
Read here, to know how Critical Power solutions can play a crucial role in Industry and Infrastructure applications.
Industrial Control Systems
UPS Systems have always had a place in industrial control, particularly in critical systems requiring the highest availability. Modern control systems are becoming service oriented architectures. These systems constantly provide information for improved diagnostics and reliability. Critical Power solutions keep the brains of these systems alive during power events.
Facility Control Systems
Controllers that feed modern building management systems (BMS) and energy management and control systems (EMCS) play a critical role. The controllers as well as building instrumentation and energy metering are only as good as the power feeding them.
Industrial Networks & Communication
Modern industrial networks are supporting more and more information exchange. This has led to the need for networks with unique controls along with enough bandwidth to carry critical data. Protecting these networks with Critical Power solutions is essential.
Modern control room environments are more essential to continuous operation than ever. Critical control rooms exist in utility, manufacturing and transportation facilities to name just a few. Critical Power solutions are key to keeping the IT infrastructure available during power events.
It is essential to identify the critical power loads that are important to keep in operation during a power event. These vary by industry and are ultimately identified by best practices and risk assessments in a particular segment. Examples include – hospital operating theaters, UV lights in water treatment plants, radar equipment for airports and others.
Hence, Critical Power solutions represent insurance for processes, assets and facilities.