The importance of planning the installation and delivery of the UPS system cannot be overstated. Having chosen a particular system and topology it is important to decide:
1. Will the system fit into the space reserved for it?
2. Is the proposed location suitable?
3. Can the system be transported to the location and how will this be done?
Size & Weight
Improvements in UPS technology and design have provided much higher power densities, which when combined with the flexible installation options for modern parallel systems make it much easier to find space for UPS systems. Also, because the most modern designs no longer need bulky and heavy input transformers, installation of very powerful UPS systems is no longer limited to the ground floor or basement plant room.
The manufacturer or supplier will provide details of space requirements and details of module weights in the UPS system specification.
Be sure to consider possible future expansion when choosing a UPS location and if you can allow extra space over and above the manufacturer’s recommended minimum, maintenance and service will be easier.
A UPS system is not just a big battery box. It contains electronic components similar to those found in computers and therefore requires careful handling when being transported. Additionally, large UPS equipment will be heavy and unwieldy and will require specialist contractors using ‘air-ride’ suspension vehicles and specialised lifting equipment to unload and position it.
The UPS supplier should be able to recommend handling procedures and suitable contractors with experience in this field.
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