An effective preventative maintenance plan provides companies the peace of mind to focus on their core business. By utilizing an adept service provider, your company can liberate resources to focus on customers and entrust the UPS to your service provider. The electrical system can be multifaceted, with a vast amount of moving parts. Routine maintenance provides reliability for one of your crucial components — the uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Maintenance can be scheduled outside of your core business hours, and any necessary replacement can be scheduled in advance, with proper protocol taking precedence.
After your initial UPS investment, your next step should be to back up your mission-critical equipment with a reliable maintenance plan through a factory authorized technician. After your UPS is started up and commissioned, your trending report can begin. Every six months, your batteries and UPS should be tested to ensure the system is operating properly and software remains current. More importantly, your battery system — the Achilles heel of any UPS; may require additional attention, but with the benefit of trending reports, your maintenance results can be analyzed and properly gauge the life expectancy of various components. Research indicates the majority of outages originate from preventable causes. Your maintenance program should bring attention to anything the factory deems is outside the system parameters and facilitated appropriately.
5 Key Factors To Consider In Preventive Maintenance
- Emergency Response Plan
a. This is a top priority for preventive maintenance. When engaging a service provider, you are extending an invitation for this vendor to be part of your organization. That means having processes and procedures for every type of event — including an emergency response plan.
- Predictive (Maintenance) Analytics
a. Predictive Maintenance: Various components within the UPS, including batteries, can be trended to provide an estimated life cycle. Also included should be reports illustrating overall battery string health and fan speed.
- Scheduled Maintenance/Replacement Cycle
a. An effective maintenance schedule will depict service visits well in advance, giving ample time for the site to notify appropriate parties. If replacements are necessary, service can be provided during an open maintenance window.
- UPS Technician
a. A knowledgeable and experienced technician is vital to your operation. Factory training on your UPS model and immediate access to critical spare parts can make the difference.
- Maximize System Uptime
a. The goal of any critical system: Maximize uptime. This may be easy to say but difficult to qualify. This is the sum of our key factors. A combination of the emergency response time, predictive analytics, maintenance schedule, and an adept UPS technician all serve to maximize your system reliability and allow you to focus on your core business.