12 February 2014
engineering firm based in Gauteng that fabricates mechanical parts for mining
applications, required constant and clean power in order to keep machinery
running and prevent damage to equipment as a result of power outages. However,
power supply in the area is erratic and frequent outages occur, resulting in
loss of productivity as the systems are switched over to backup generators. The
company required a UPS solution to ensure a seamless transition and provide
backup power while generators are brought up and running, but had no office
space in which to implement the solution. They turned to Jasco Power Solutions
to tackle the challenge.
experienced frequent power outages which caused severe disruptions to their
operations. Generators were taking time to start up, and during this ‘lag’,
machines would stall and would have to be restarted, taking time and energy and
costing money. In addition, regular power failures increased the likelihood of
machinery breaking down due to sudden shutdowns. They needed to ensure that
when power went down, the transition would be seamless to ensure equipment
could continue to function correctly,” explains Marco da Silva, Managing
Director, Jasco Power Solutions.
is expensive to run and requires a stable, continuous power supply. If the
power suddenly fails, the shut down and start up is not only costly, it can
damage the machines as well as the product that is being worked on. With their current
instability of utility power, they required an intermediary solution that would
provide a continuous supply of ‘clean’ power in the event of an outage, to
allow them to start up our generators and continue production.
“A UPS is the
ideal solution for this challenge, as it provides backup power instantaneously
while generators are started up. However, they had an additional challenge. The
only had space for a UPS is on the factory floor, and these solutions are not
generally designed to operate in hot and dirty conditions, such as those typical
to manufacturing plants. We designed and fabricated a bespoke containerised
solution for the UPS, including a 100 kilowatt (kW) scalable to 250kW modular
UPS system, an enclosure to protect the equipment, and electrical, air
filtering, lighting, distribution and cooling to complete the solution,” da
containerised solution incorporates a hot-swappable modular Gammatronic MegaV2
UPS system that is scalable up to 250kW to meet growing power needs in the
future. These UPS solutions offer an efficiency rate of 96% with a small
footprint, making them the ideal product for this particular scenario. Additional
25kVA modules can be easily added on an as-needed basis to increase the power
capacity of the UPS, without requiring an entirely new system to be purchased.
The Gamatronic UPS is also highly energy efficient, and protects equipment with
dynamic voltage regulation, ensuring that power dips and spikes do not damage
machinery and delivering maximum return on investment.
When it became
clear that the engineering firm’s old solution was no longer functioning
effectively, they sent out a Request For Information (RFI) and quotations.
Jasco Power was selected with a competitively priced solution. The engineering
firm now has a modern solution in place that is fully scalable – if they need
to add more capacity they simply slot in another module, so the UPS can grow
with the facility.
selected not only on price, but also on our ability to deliver a non-standard,
bespoke solution with fast turnarounds. The containerised UPS system offers a
prefabricated, fully functional solution that was engineered specifically to
the requirements of the customer and was switched on and up and running within
two weeks. The solution has been up and running since September and has already
proven its worth. In addition to delivering the full solution, Jasco is also
providing emergency support and annual maintenance services,” da Silva