Southwest Wastewater Plant Increases Reliability and Decreases Maintenance With Industrial UPS

Falcon’s industrial-grade UPSs demonstrate a high level of reliability, especially for water and wastewater treatment plants.  With the intense summer heat now upon us, wastewater treatment plants need wide-temperature uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) rated to operate dependably at extreme temperatures.

One of Falcon Electric’s water treatment customers faced system failures and losses due to effects of high temperatures and inadequate office-grade UPS power protection. Fortunately, this customer, a large water treatment plant based in a fast-growing Southwestern city, discovered the solution with an online industrial UPS. This plant produces 40-million gallons of drinkable water every day through its multiple-stage process, taking untreated water from a number of sources and turning it into pure, clean water.

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UPS systems keep water facilities operating reliably

As the availability of clean, abundant water continues to be a concern ­– especially in the Southwest – protecting the networked systems and devices that clean and distribute this precious resource is vital. Power dependent equipment such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) networks control the entire water-treatment process and require clean, uninterrupted electrical power.  Like SCADA networks, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), remote terminal units (RTUs), sensors, and variable speed drives are also sensitive to any kind of power disruption.

Environmental Science & Engineering magazine discusses the importance of deploying an industrial UPS to keep water facilities operating reliably

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Falcon Electric Solves Complex Power Requirements

Technological Achievement: Supporting the North American Eagle Challenger Break the Land Speed Record

NorthAmerEagle2Protecting mission-critical applications such as emergency call centers as well as industrial processes and transportation technologies against power outages is our lifeblood.  So is powering critical military systems. In fact, we at Falcon Electric take pride in solving complex power requirements.  We also occasionally donate our rugged UPS products to worthy nonprofit endeavors, especially when they help to advance science and technology beyond its current state. We donated our online UPS to convert frequency and furnish auxiliary power for the North American Eagle supersonic land speed challenger. You can discover the latest progress here at North American Eagle’s website:

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A UPS for All Seasons

Falcon SSG Industrial UPS Series:

The next time you are traveling in adverse weather conditions consider the fact that many of the traffic signs reporting current conditions on a toll way or freeway are backed up in the event of a loss of utility power, by an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Not just any UPS, but one that must be able to operate in all weather conditions including freezing weather. Falcon Electric’s SSG Series of Industrial UPSs may not be able to get you home faster, but through their superior design are essential when backing up power sensitive microprocessor based equipment operating in harsh, wide temperature environments. Continue reading

Industrial Production Operates 24/7

Industrial Production Operates 24/7 with Scalable, Redundant N+1 UPS

FN Series Scalable, N+1 Redundant UPS can be vital to protecting critical systems with reliable power 24 hours a day.  Many industrial applications must operate 24/7. Industrial production cannot stop otherwise thousands of dollars and materials will be lost. The solution is an on-line UPS with redundancy, plus scalability for expansion. If one UPS is not operational, the other will take over.

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MILCOTS UPS: Powering Military Applications Part 2

MILCOTS UPS: Meeting Mil-STD 810 for Shock and Vibration

Another problem that may be encountered is the UPS’s ability to withstand shock and vibration. The Department of Defense has issued MIL-STD 810 that details the manufacturing and performance guidelines specifying allowable parts and environmental condition ranges in which mobile equipment and computers must operate to meet compliance. In addition, the Army requires mobile-based equipment to pass the Munson Road Test. A Mil-COTS UPS sold to the military will have been tested to various levels of these standards providing an added level of assurance as to their suitability for use in harsh heavy industrial environments.

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MILCOTS UPS: Issues for Powering Military Applications


In today’s military applications, the diversity of environmental factors that can render a computer-grade on-line uninterruptible power supply (UPS) inoperable is only exceeded by the number and magnitude of power quality related problems that are often encountered. Most on-line UPS products have been designed for installation in a fixed and protected environment with a controlled temperature range of 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C). Continue reading

Protecting Pipeline SCADA Systems with Industrial UPS pt2.

A commercial-grade on-line UPS having a UL or ETL Listing for operation over a 0°C to 40°C temperature range typically has been submitted by the manufacturer to a safety agency for an engineering evaluation. As part of the evaluation, a temperature profile is taken of the highest heat generating components and heatsinks to assure they do not exceed their maximum temperature ratings, while the UPS is operated at the maximum temperature specified by the manufacturer. A UPS incorporates many high power components that can overheat and not only cause the UPS to fail, but present a risk of an internal UPS fire.

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How to Protect Pipeline SCADA Systems with Industrial UPS

Protecting oil and gas pipeline SCADA systems is critical.  Our VP of Engineering, Michael Stout, contributed an article to Pipeline & Gas Journal.  This blog focuses on assisting industry professionals—here are helpful excerpts with updated information.  This is a series in 2 parts:  

Part 1: The management of complex gas and oil pipeline systems demands constant, reliable system-wide control. Typically this is accomplished with system-wide monitoring and control using sophisticated System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) equipment. The remote Continue reading