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UPS monitoring system

Your no-break system or UPS is reliable only as long as the battery can deliver the required performance. To monitor the state of the batteries, we can set up a monitoring system that alerts you when the batteries are due for maintenance or replacement. Find out how it works!

What is the difference between UPS maintenance and UPS monitoring?

UPS monitoring, like UPS maintenance, is a way of keeping an eye on the state of your UPS system’s batteries. With UPS maintenance, a technician will visit you annually for a check-up. When you opt for monitoring, a one-off system is set up to notify you if there is anything wrong with the battery.

Benefits monitoring

One of the advantages of UPS monitoring is that you do not need to take out a maintenance contract. Once the monitoring system is in place, you can monitor your UPS batteries yourself 24/7. So if something happens during the year, you are immediately informed. Certain values are set in advance. If your battery rises or falls below these, you are automatically alerted and can take further action!

Disadvantages monitoring

Installing a monitoring system is relatively pricey. And although you save on annual maintenance, it does not take away the fact that after 10 to 12 years your UPS battery will still need to be replaced.

How does UPS monitoring software work?

Intercel installs battery management systems from Powershield. The systems are user-friendly and easy to read out yourself. The measuring equipment is installed in the room where the batteries are located. The data is collected in a controller, and transmitted via LAN to your desktop. On your computer, you can check the state of your batteries in a graphical, clear interface. If the battery management software measures values that call for action, an e-mail is automatically sent to your service department.

Powershield’s software and monitoring systems monitor the following values, among others:

  • Individual battery voltage
  • Individual battery conductivity
  • Individual battery temperature
  • Ambient temperature
  • Total output of switched batteries
  • Ripple voltage of switched batteries
  • Voltage of switched batteries

Are there alternatives to UPS monitoring?

Instead of a monitoring system for your UPS batteries, you can also opt for UPS maintenance. If you opt for a maintenance contract with Intercel, a technical specialist will visit annually to check the state of the battery. Maintenance includes measurements, visual and mechanical inspections and minor work such as cleaning and topping up wet cell batteries. Not sure which of these two options is the best choice for you? Feel free to contact us to choose between UPS maintenance and UPS monitoring.

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