New products and modifications to improve your business’s power quality – what will 2015 bring?

2015-03-02 - A new year brings new products and modifications for power protection systems. New products, such as industrial light UPSs and modifications to voltage conditioning systems, will assist in enhancing power quality to new levels of efficiency and reliability.

This year, the PCS100 Active Voltage Conditioner will be split into two products (PCS100 AVC-40 and AVC-20), specifically engineered to fix different types of common utility power supply problems. The PCS100 AVC-40 will be designed for sag correction where the network is stable but affected by external factors such as the weather. The PCS100 AVC-20 will provide continuous voltage regulation where the network is weak and unstable.

The PCS100 AVC-20 will cater to businesses with smaller power protection requirements or protect villages in developing countries from voltage disturbances. Rated at up to 3 MVA, the PCS100 AVC-20 will ensure continuous voltage regulation to 100 percent for voltage fluctuations of ±20 percent of the mains voltage.

The PCS100 AVC-40, rated from 150 kVA to 3.6 MVA, will ensure quick and full correction of three-phase voltage sags down to 60 percent of the nominal voltage and of single-phase voltage sags down to 45 percent of the nominal voltage for 30 seconds.

Both PCS100 AVC-40 and AVC-20 products will feature a large LCD touch screen, through which the device can be operated and detailed event logs accessed. An integrated web server allows remote access, and emails can be sent to those concerned when a power quality event occurs.

An entirely new product line of industrial light UPSs called PowerLine DPA will be revealed in the second half year of 2015. The UPS will be an online double conversion UPS (uninterruptible power supply) system that will secure the power supply to critical industrial control processes and avoid downtime costs, lost data, damaged product or instabilities in the supply of chemicals and steam for example.

The Powerline DPA is engineered to comply with project specific requirements. Its pre-configured options, tailored for industry, allow agile implementations with short lead times. Its robust design is suitable for industrial plant environments that have high ambient temperatures, dust, moisture and corrosive contaminants. The modular architecture of the PowerLine DPA allows high availability, easy serviceability, flexible scalability and a low total cost of ownership (TCO).

The Powerline DPA will cover applications from automation and control systems energy management systems through to communication and security systems. The new product line will also provide benefits such as high reliability, robust design, and safe and easy maintenance that will reduce the mean time to repair.

Additionally, the Cyberex® PowerBuilt™ Industrial UPS portfolio will be expanded to provide protection up to 80 kVA, both UL and IEC compliant. This online double-conversion industrial UPS is designed to support the continuing demand from downstream refining and petrochemicals, upstream oil and gas, power generation, and the growing regulatory and safety needs of today’s industrial complexes.

On the service front, we are committed to strengthening the Critical Power Multi-brand Services business, formally known as JT Packard, and will continue to provide mission critical power and facility management services for datacenters, hospitals, telecommunications and commercial buildings.

ABB’s Power Protection Research and Development team are constantly improving the technology of the platform. Setting trends for hardware and control platforms, ensuring the highest reliability, efficiency and the smallest footprint, will shape the future of power protection in commercial and industrial applications.

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