Why Separate Power Conditioning UPS Systems Are Needed In Labs
In the United States, there are (3) types of voltage configurations: residential/small business 120/240 volt split phase, commercial 120/208 volt 3 phase, and industrial 277/480 volt 3 phase.
Most lab instruments require a steady 120 volts, 220 volts, or 230 volts as they are engineered and built for global use. This leads to a problem where the voltage available in buildings in the United States is different than what is required for certain lab instruments such as LCMS, GCMS, GC, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, PCR, and other mid-large sized instruments.
This issue is compounded by fact that the longer a wire is, the greater the voltage drops unless it is upsized to compensate for the loss. In cases where an electric panel is on one side of the building and the receptacle is on the other side, the voltage can drop significantly below the acceptable range for the device/instrument plugged into that receptacle.
The solution is to add a double conversion, power conditioning, voltage regulating UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to every instrument in the lab. This will correct the voltage and provide the instrument exactly what it needs to operate correctly and mitigate warranty issues caused by incorrect or bad power.
The diagram below demonstrates how not having a separate UPS per instrument or only having a large facility scale UPS leads to issues due to incorrect voltage being supplied to the instrument.
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