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We've been a Partner with APC by Schneider Electric for nearly 20 years.  As a partner we have access to vast libraries of information, some of which we shown on this page.  When you are in need of power protection, we can gather the information of your needs and access powerful databases of information which will provide the right solutions for your current and long term needs.  Plus, we have years of experience with not only office needs but also manufacturing requirements on the production floor as well as in the production offices when it comes to power protection of your equipment.

Talk to us today to find out how we can help you achieve the best without having to sacrifice quality to achieve the protection you require for your equipment.

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As a systems manager for a large installation of servers and computers for a non-profit organization, we not only protected the equipment from electrical malfunctions, we also helped to keep devices running safely when building electrical malfunctions occurred.  Our choices allowed easy shut down of equipment without corrupting data nor loosing data which was in transmission from someone's keyboard to the data banks of the servers.  Productivity was not sacrificed.

For another installation where we were consultants replacing out-dated computer systems for engineering, accounting, manufacturing floor resources, the choice for APC proved to be the best choice to keep the engineering offices running in time for them to call us and we in turn provided them with information on what to do.  Then we dispatched a team to evaluate the situation and recommendations for further action. 

In this case, each time one of the big presses were turned on, the power surge through the building would switch the Uninterruptable Power Systems (UPS) to provide battery backup to keep 37 workstations fully functional along with the printers and monitors.  Our dispatched team discovered the production floor electrical was on the same circuits as all of the power equipment because when the building was built, there wasn't such a thing as personal computers.  Thus, lights would flicker which was the norm and no one thought differently.  Once we assessed the situation, management had the offices and office equipment rewired onto their own electrical circuits.  Yet, absolutely no issues were created for downtime of the computer system since the APC UPS systems kept all terminals functional and no data corruption occurred.

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What is an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)?

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS), offers guaranteed power protection for connected electronics. When power is interrupted, or fluctuates outside safe levels, a UPS will instantly provide clean battery backup power and surge protection for plugged-in, sensitive equipment.

APC, a flagship brand of Schneider Electric, offers UPS options for Computers & Peripherals, Networks & Servers, as well as Data Centers & Facilities.

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Does the UPS Selector recommend the lowest cost solution?

The UPS Selector attempts to determine the lowest cost solution when there are multiple options matching your requirements. It then provides other alternatives, which often differ by providing either slightly more features, more power, or more run time than your stated requirement.

Why does the UPS Selector indicate a lower power rating than the nameplate of my equipment?

Equipment nameplate ratings are never lower but often higher than the actual power drawn by electronic equipment. Nameplate ratings are required by regulatory agencies such as the EC or UL and are required to represent a power or current rating which the equipment will never exceed. As a result, manufacturers often are extremely conservative and place high nameplate ratings on equipment. It is not uncommon for the nameplate rating of computer equipment to be over two times the actual power draw. The UPS Selector power ratings are more accurate than nameplate ratings because they come from a database of actual power measurements for systems and configuration options.

Why does the UPS Selector suggest a longer run time than I have determined from past APC product literature?

There are three reasons why the UPS Selector indicates longer run time. First, past APC literature had less accurate information regarding equipment power draw and consistently overstated the power draw of load equipment. Second, many types of computer equipment consume less power than they did a few years ago so typical systems run longer. Third, APC products of the same or similar model run longer than a few years ago because continuous improvements in battery technology are yielding batteries with greater energy output in the same case size. Run time tables for typical applications as provided in APC product literature and manuals are much less accurate than the values provided by the UPS Selector.

How can the UPS Selector say my PC draws 60 Watts when I know it has a 110 Watt power supply in it?

The power supply rating of your computer is the maximum power it can supply. The actual power it is called upon to supply is set by the components inside your computer like the motherboard, accessory cards, and disk drives. Manufacturers always oversize the supply because A) it runs cooler, B) it lasts longer, and C) they need to be conservative since they don't have any contol over what you can put into the expansion slots. Therefore it is very common that a computer will only draw half of the rated value of the power supply.

What if I want to see more solution options for my system?

Back up from the recommendations to the preferences section and change your desired run time or your margin for future expansion, then re-submit. This is very likely to result in different recommendations and is a quite effective way to find other options you may wish to consider.

Disclaimer

The information provided in the APC UPS Selector is provided for general information purposes only. It is subject to change without notice and is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Different solutions address different needs; please contact an APC sales representative (Viceroy Internet Marketing USA a brand of RMWJR Technology) to discuss the best solution for your specific needs.

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