Illinois-based Panduit has launched an industrial network UPS the technology firm claims “lowers the risk of downtime due to battery failures by 39%”.
Senior product manager Paul Schildhouse said the UPS, which is designed specifically to back up industrial managed ethernet switches, “uses ultracapacitor technology instead of batteries, eliminating the No.1 cause of conventional UPS failures, which lowers the risk of downtime”.
“The no-battery design is maintenance-free, providing 2X greater ROI and 50-70% lower cost of ownership than an ordinary UPS,” Schildhouse said.
ARC Advisory Group vice-president Craig Resnick said: "With many manufacturers and processors dealing with the issue of a shortage of skilled labour, maintaining batteries in UPS systems can often fall through the cracks, and often goes unnoticed until the UPS is needed, and by then it is too late. UPS systems that utilise ultracapacitor technology, such as the Panduit UPS, eliminate this issue for the most frequent types of power loss, which are momentary or short term, preventing the havoc on the factory or plant floor caused by temporarily losing power to HMIs and network switches etc."
Panduit’s UPS is UL508 listed, EtherNet/IP Conformance tested and listed in the Rockwell Automation Encompass Partner programme.