Switching between a primary source of power, usually the grid, to a secondary source (in many cases, generators), has become a crucial preventative measure, in order to avoid major disruptions or even complete loss of life.
Because power supplies are a core component within any electronics application, the power industry often has to develop power solutions years before certain applications reach the market.
What can a user do to increase the overall lifetime of a power supply? Here are five practical suggestions that positively affect the power supply and benefit its peripheral components' reliability and service life.
Downtime caused by surge events is common. All 75 maintenance and facility managers surveyed in 2013 by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) said they have experienced operational downtime caused by a surge event.
Here, Steve Hughes, Managing Director of REO UK, explains how not all electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) filters are born equal and why it may be time to reassess yours.
Off-highway equipment has always required power transmission components that can withstand heavy-duty operation over long service intervals. However, market developments towards electrification and reduced packaging are pressurising Tier 1 suppliers to innovate.
Renewable energy is one of the fastest growing markets in the world – in the UK, solar commissioning and installations have doubled within the last year and are expected to double again by 2030. To keep technicians safe, there are three main electrical hazards to avoid when installing and maintaining PV solar installations.
Despite the proposed £1.6bn funding from the UK Government for more EV charging points, many people question whether electrification of our roads is enough to allow us to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Here, Craig Burgess, Head of Proprietary Products at PEI-Genesis, discusses why the UK should adopt the centralised EV charging infrastructure that is helping Scandinavian countries lead the EV revolution.
With redundant programmable logic controller (PLC) controls and manual backup capability, Russelectric’s parallelling switchgear Emergency Power System provides backup power during a utility power loss.
When they are based in remote locations, transformers and other power equipment are vulnerable to harmonics and noise caused by insufficient dampening and exposure to surrounding electrical currents.
Consumer guilt seems to be something that creeps up on some people, possibly in line with advancing years. The biggest current guilt is the number of short journeys taken in a not particularly economical vehicle.
Design and installation of a state-of-the-art solar panel system at materials specialist Instarmac brought GWC Electrical and Adams Enclosures together to solve an electrical distribution and switchboard problem. Ultimately, minimising shutdown and downtime were key elements of this project.
Short interruptions or dips in the AC input supply voltage, although rare and whatever their cause, can result in an industrial manufacturing facility temporarily stopping production, impacting profitability. Buffer modules may be used for increased system up-time.
PULS Power is supporting a university project which is aimed at detecting damages to the grout connections in offshore wind turbines.
It goes without saying that a constant power supply is absolutely vital for a data centre. The fire that burned down the OVH data centres in Strasbourg, France in March last year proved to be a big wake-up call for facility managers around the globe.