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Implement Battery Maintenance Best Practices to Ensure Business Continuity

Written by  Brandon Schuler

The industrial uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is the foundation of an emergency power system. Unlike the commercial UPS designed to protect critical IT loads, the industrial UPS protects critical processes, control systems, and fire/life safety systems. For applications such as oil and gas, petrochemical and power generation plants, when the power is interrupted, it can cause dangerous chemical process instability, damage to process equipment, or in some cases, the complete shutdown of the facility — costing millions in lost product, damaged equipment, and lost production time. As most of us know, a UPS is only as reliable as the batteries that support it. In fact, it has been reported that nearly 37 percent of down units are due to battery failure. If a power outage occurs, even a single bad cell in a string of batteries could compromise a plant’s entire back-up system, leaving a business without protection. In order to fully