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New rugged UPS automatically shuts off during roll-overs

21st April 2011 - 10:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Most RUPS (Rugged Uninterruptible Power Supply) units and power conditioners remain "on" during vehicle and power equipment roll-overs due to shock, vibration, or kinetic impact during combat. UPS systems remaining on in those situations pose a safety risk to vehicle occupants, power generators, and sensitive electronic equipment. Addressing that risk, Acumentrics Corporation recently introduced the Rugged-UPS 2500 DC Series of uninterruptible power supply and/or power conditioner units that automatically sense the orientation of the vehicle or piece of equipment, and shut off. These units can also send a 12 VDC trigger signal to another system, for example, to relay an emergency alarm or activate another safety-related device. For added flexibility, Acumentrics can change the angle of activation from the default setting of ±90 degrees, and users may disable the function altogether.

"Our UPS and power conditioner systems are used in harsh physical and electrical environments," commented Jeff Boudreau, Senior Applications Engineer at Acumentrics. "We have tens of thousands of units working in military field operations. Typical applications where this shut-off feature is particularly helpful include Humvees, ships, trains, planes, tracked vehicles, and construction equipment where significant roll, inversions, or vibrations would present a dangerous situation to personnel or power sources." Boudreau also adds that the Rugged-UPS 2500 can be applied to such stationary power systems as gas, solar, and wind generators; batteries; and capacitors that need to be oriented correctly for optimum functionality. Acumentrics is the only company offering a UPS/power conditioner with an automatic shut-off capability and has a patent pending on the new feature.

The Rugged-UPS 2500 provides 2000W of nominal 28 VDC output or XX of AC output from an input range of 80 - 265 VAC / 47 - 400 Hz, or 22 - 32 VDC. This wide voltage range and frequency tolerance enables users to power up with field generators in any international standard and protects mission-critical equipment such as communications devices from surges, spikes, brownouts, blackouts, and noise.

Source: Acumentrics

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