Further Improved ATS Panel

After asking for feedback regarding our updated Automatic Transfer Switch panel (ATS), we have further improved the design of this panel with engineers in mind.

We have now added terminal connections on the back plate for connecting the load and also a 16A generator charger supply. This also includes a generator start signal for when the ATS is being used with mains and generator.

Our ATS Panels are suitable for Mains to Mains or Mains to Generator Transfer and are user configurable through the display. They can also be fitted (Bayed) on top of RB1 EMBS panels if the width is the same. We can cater for single/three phase up to 250A.

These are available in either cream or black measuring 600x600x300mm (HxWxD).

Please contact us today for a quote.

Why should you install an External Bypass Switch for your UPS System?

UPS System Bypass Switch

Whether you already have a UPS system or are planning to install one, you should consider your bypassing arrangements. Maintenance of a UPS system is unavoidable. No matter how efficient the system or well-designed it is in terms of maintenance access and a modular UPS design, there will come a time when the system has to be powered down and removed from the circuit. Without a UPS maintenance bypass switch, this also means that the load also has to be powered down, which can be very disruptive to your business.

Your UPS system may have an internal maintenance bypass switch. This will be sufficient for your maintenance purposes and should prevent the UPS system from exposing the UPS maintenance engineer to live voltages. The system is still live and only partially isolated as an internal bypass doesn’t allow the UPS system to be turned off and removed from the circuit.

An external UPS maintenance bypass switch sits in line with the electrical cable installation between the distribution board from which the UPS system draws its mains (or generator) power and the output distribution arrangements. Above 3kVA all connections are hardwired for electrical safety reasons and to meet the electrical regulations. Below 3kVA they may be hardwired or plug-and-play using IEC-type cable connectors with or without locking clamps such a mechanism.

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Ups system maintenance bypass switch

On the output of the UPS, your installation may run from a further distribution board to which are connected your critical loads either directly or via a power distribution unit (PDU) arrangement. In the electrical installation, the UPS bypass switch is often installed ahead of the uninterruptible power supply delivery. The bypass switch is a part of the electrical switchgear arrangements and installation. UPS bypass switches have two further connections, for the UPS input and output cables.

UPS bypass switches may use a manually turned rotary switch or circuit breakers for the switching arrangement. It is important to check that the switching mechanism is a make-before-break type as opposed to the break-before-make type. The latter would expose the critical load to short breaks in supply as the switching between UPS output and mains power (and the return) occurs.

It is also important to ensure that the UPS maintenance bypass switch is manufacturer certified as the switching arrangements can affect UPS operation by placing a short on the UPS output and/or activating an alarm code. Some UPS manufacturers require the fitting of a communications cable between their uninterruptible power supplies and the external maintenance bypass switch to avoid alarm activation and ensure the UPS can report on the correct state of its bypass arrangement. Such signalling arrangements are often overlooked and yet the provision for signal contacts (normally volt-free) should be built-into your UPS maintenance bypass for remote monitoring via a Building Management System (BMS). You may even consider adding a local GSM modem for external maintenance bypass status reporting.

In a parallel uninterruptible power supply configuration, each UPS system can be installed with its own external UPS maintenance bypass or a single wrap-around one for the entire system. The latter will have to be sized for the whole of the parallel UPS system output and will therefore be most costly to purchase and install (due to the more significant Amperage and cabling requirements).

RB1 design and build Bypass Switches for a wide range of applications including those designed for a wide range of applications including those for UPS Systems. Do not hesitate and Contact us now for your UPS Bypass Switch.