One of the many applications for Harland Simon UPS Lead Crystal® batteries is the manufacturing industry. We spoke to our Proposals Manager, Phillip Smith, about how a UPS system fitted with a Lead Crystal® battery can overcome the key challenges faced by the industry.
What are the main challenges facing the manufacturing industry?
In today’s modern manufacturing environment automation and high availability production lines are commonplace. These production lines, in operating efficiently and returning the maximum output, are required to operate on a continuous basis with limited periods allowed for shut down for maintenance.
The key resource in ensuring a constant production environment is a stable and reliable power supply. This provides power for motors and production line equipment, and power to support the complex control systems managing and controlling the production line.
In the manufacturing industry, power problems or a complete failure will result in a wide range of issues, including physical or electrical damage to control or production equipment, lost production, spoilt product, wasted raw materials, extended outage whilst machines are reset, cleaned, or repaired and Health and Safety occurrences including risks to staff, release of chemicals and environmental pollution. It’s therefore imperative that these processes are protected with a modified and tailored UPS system.
How can these challenges be overcome?
UPS systems can provide secure and reliable power to support manufacturing plants around the world. These systems can be installed in air conditioned clean server room environments or indeed designed with high ingress protection enclosures so that the systems can sit in harsh environments next to the plant.
UPS systems provide continuous power in the event of disruption until power is restored or generators are started and protect sensitive electronic equipment against the main power issues. Additionally, UPS systems allow the safe shutdown of control equipment, preventing damage and loss of data and supply power for emergency operations, ensuring that plant can shut down safely, and processes can be halted.
What benefits does having a UPS system in place bring to the manufacturing industry?
The investment in a UPS system can be offset against the costs of power failures and the effects on the manufacturing processes. Costs such as lost production time whilst power is unavailable and whilst production is restarted, wasted expensive materials, damage to machines or control systems can all be alleviated.
How can the specific features of Lead Crystal® Batteries help this industry with its power supply challenges?
The main feature of a Lead Crystal® battery that would be beneficial to the manufacturing industry would be its ability to perform under extreme hot and cold temperatures, as the technical advances of Lead Crystal® batteries mean that they can function in temperature ranges of -40°C to +65°C. Whilst this in itself may not be unique to Lead Crystal® battery technology, for complex manufacturing processes, this feature will prolong the life of the Lead Crystal® battery as damage due to extreme temperatures will be minimalised.
Furthermore, the Lead Crystal® battery will deliver from 40% to 80% of its rated capacity at -40°C to -10°C, and will not lose discharge ability under sub-zero conditions like other batteries do. The temperature controlled element of a Lead Crystal® battery means that inconsistencies in temperature should no longer be a worry for companies looking for a reliable power supply; with a Lead Crystal® battery, functionality will continue at both extreme high and low temperatures.