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APC Upgrades UPS Products with Integrated Parallel Feature

APC by Schneider Electric has announced upgrades to its MGE EPS8000 uninterrupted power supply (UPS) product family.

The upgrades include a new Integrated Parallel feature, which allows customers to easily configure up to 3+1UPS modules without a centralized static switch cabinet, APC says. The company says this raises availability compared to single-module systems.

The feature also offers a smaller footprint than traditional SSC-based designs and an online efficiency of up to 94 percent at full load, APC says, describing the updated UPS as a low-CapEx product for growing enterprises.

The product line is able to support environments such as data centers and computer rooms, as well as industrial, medical imaging, factory floor and electrical room applications, APC says.

Each MGE EPS8000 Integrated Parallel module comes equipped with local paralleling boards that communicate with each other to create a synchronized output voltage. UPS controls reside in each MGE EPS8000 Integrated Parallel module, rather than in a centralized location or switchgear.

When one module is removed from the parallel bus for service or an internal failure, this feature enables the remaining UPS modules to immediately accept the load of the failed UPS module. By enabling one module to be removed without requiring the critical load to be connected to straight utility, this feature mitigates system downtime and improves efficiency, APC says.

The upgrade also includes a new, touch screen-capable 12-inch Graphical User Interface, which enables users to monitor metrics including load and system voltage at the system level. The GUI also displays module status, the current number of modules on the parallel bus, and the number of modules needed in order to maintain redundancy in the system.

The UPS features 100 percent step-load capability. It interfaces with leading universal communication protocols and incorporates four communication slots in a rack mount, multi-slot case to support SNMP, J-Bus/ModBus and RS232-RS485 protocols for easy interfacing with most devices, APC says.

Last July, APC announced the newest product in its Next Generation Switched Rack PDU with Metering-by-Outlet Technology range.

In 2010, the company launched what it called the industry’s first UPS software to provide energy reporting for IT equipment. PowerChute Business Edition 9.0, which provides safe system shutdown and UPS management, reports on the energy being consumed, cost of the energy and CO2 emissions produced on a per Smart-UPS basis.

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