Recycling and Proper Disposing of UPS Batteries – Doing Our Part

Recycling and Proper Disposing of UPS Batteries – Doing Our Part

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Lead-acid and lithium batteries have many uses in all parts of the world. Lead-acid or lithium batteries are the backbone to any uninterruptible power supply system, and a lot goes into their proper recycling and disposal.

The combination of sulfuric acid and large amounts of lead in UPS batteries can be highly toxic. Exposure to excessive levels of lead can cause damage to the brain and kidney functions, along with a lengthy list of other health risks. In developing countries, over three million people die each year due to lead contamination from the processing of lead-acid batteries.

Nationwide Power is committed to doing its part when it comes to proper disposal and recycling of UPS batteries. We have partnered with regional recyclers that deliver loads of used batteries to North American smelters each month. Proper removal and recycling of UPS batteries is included in every UPS battery quote.

Additionally, Nationwide Power stays current with the latest developments in UPS battery recycling and environmental safety. As one example, we have been closely following AquaMetals, a US based company that could be on the brink of revolutionizing the recycling process for lead-acid and lithium batteries.

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Let’s celebrate!  Our Critical Power Professionals just hit 500,000 hours worked with zero safety incidents

Let’s celebrate! Our Critical Power Professionals just hit 500,000 hours worked with zero safety incidents

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Over the past two decades, Nationwide Power has grown to have one of the largest footprints among independent providers in the critical power industry, specializing in the sales and service of uninterruptible power supplies. Safety and quality are at the core of our business model, and we consider our recent achievement a big win for the team.

Through online, classroom and on-the-job training, our Field Engineers cover a wealth of safety standards including IEEE standards in electrical safety, NFPA 70E Arc Flash, Lockout/Tagout, and PPE training. We’ve received safety awards such as the SHARP award after successful participation in the Safety & Health Achievement Program, an OSHA Cooperative.

According to our Vice President of Field Operations, Dan Sears, “Our Field Engineer team is exposed to potentially dangerous situations daily, but are committed to promoting a safe work environment for themselves and for our clients. Our field team regularly achieves long stretches with zero safety incidents, and we are pleased with our most recent achievement of 500,000 hours worked with zero incidents.”

Safety and quality are not just departments here at Nationwide Power, rather they are core values that we live be every day as we strive to provide the industry best in service, safety, reduced downtime, and customer satisfaction.

Check out what’s on the horizon as we work to elevate the training standards across the critical power industry with the Critical Power Professional™ (CPP™) designation and credentialing program.

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The Importance of Preventive UPS Maintenance

The Importance of Preventive UPS Maintenance

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Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems are designed to keep your business up and running when electricity supply is disrupted, whether during surges or a complete outage. One of the most common and most costly misconceptions is that UPS equipment requires little to no maintenance.

Your uninterruptible power supply system is a complex and highly technical piece of electronic equipment. Certain components, such as capacitors and batteries, have a very specific shelf life, and when ignored, can lead to failure in your uninterruptible power supply system. Recommending timely replacement of specific UPS parts is just one way preventive UPS maintenance will help in extending the life of your equipment.

In addition to age-based recommendations, the Critical Power Professional™ will provide performance-based recommendations as well. You should receive a Maintenance Inspection Report with a full review of the performance levels of your UPS, including environmental conditions, thermal scanning and any abnormal signs that point to early deficiency detection.

The frequency of UPS preventive maintenance checks varies based on client-specific needs and the age and condition of the system, and ranges from one to four inspections per year. Regular UPS preventive maintenance will:

  • Maximize uptime
  • Reduce outages and accidents
  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Decrease operating costs
  • Prolong the life of the UPS
  • Avoid common and easily overlooked risks

So, what is the risk of avoiding routine preventive maintenance? Given that you already have, or are considering purchasing UPS equipment, the likelihood is high that your business requires 100% uptime. Lack of UPS preventive maintenance can lead to catastrophic and costly failures. As easy as it may be to take your uninterruptible power supply system for granted, consider the true cost of downtime to your organization. Depending on the industry, the cost of downtime ranges from loss of production, loss of revenue due to an inability to service customers, loss of confidence and future revenue from existing clients, medical devices falling offline, and probably the most frequent cost: lost data.

Your company has spent anywhere from $1,000 – $100,000 for accommodating an uninterruptible power supply system to ensure 100% uptime, and now you are tasked with ensuring the system runs properly and without failure. You understand the importance of preventive maintenance, but where do you start when selecting the right company?

Finding the right service provider can be just as important as identifying the right UPS system. A qualified UPS maintenance provider should be available for both preventive UPS maintenance and emergency service. You should have a written contract outlining the service window expectations when a failure occurs. You should also look for a company who offers a full service contract over just preventive maintenance. For a nominal annual surcharge, any emergency repairs will be covered under your contract terms. The reputation of the service provider is also key. You will want to know what the average years of experience and qualification level is of the field technician who will service your equipment, and you should look into reviews of current and past clients as well. Lastly, a multi-brand provider will have experience with all major manufacturers, and their recommendations will not be limited to one particular make.

When was the last time your UPS system was serviced and maintained? If it’s been more than 12 months, then it’s time to have your UPS inspected.

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Why Wait

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WHY WAIT?

More and more critical power customers, whether their critical power assets are managed by a representative of their IT, Facilities, or Procurement department are adopting the “we’ll fix it when it breaks” mentality. The cost to maintain their critical power equipment, namely the UPS, is being lumped into the overall cost saving strategy of the business. This ultimately puts the reliability of the critical power infrastructure at risk and is a very dangerous and potentially costly practice.

Throughout my years as a critical power instructor, I have often referenced the automotive industry as being similar to the UPS industry: there are multiple makes and models, there may be more parts available for one make over another, there are customer preferences to contend with, and there are the varying Subject Matter Experts’ for each make. In continuing this reference, I will use it as it applies to the upkeep of one’s vehicle.

If the vehicle you drive on a daily basis needs new tires because they are bald, how long would you drive on those tires?  Would you:

  • Simply replace all the tires?
  • Replace the worst tire first and work your way through the whole set one at a time, in hopes to get through them all before one blows-out?
  • Hope you don’t have a blow-out as you continue to drive with the tires while saving enough money to replace all of them?
  • Wait until you finally have a blow-out, and then replace the one that failed?

In the case of your vehicle, would you risk your safety and the safety of others by ignoring a known risk? Now, imagine the tires as the batteries in your UPS system. Would you risk the potentially high cost of lost data and revenue or employee downtime? In cases of Life Safety and Health applications, would you even risk human life?

One may be surprised to find that due to not wanting to spend money, a lot of companies would rather wait for the blow-out! Whether they are old batteries, capacitors, or fans, the parts still pose a risk. The risk is ignored, however so long as the UPS unit is still running. This is very similar to the vehicle that may still be able to drive down the road with bald tires.

The average VRLA battery replacement costs $3,000 to $6,000 for one string of batteries. In comparison, the average cost of a data center outage caused by a failed battery string meets or exceeds the cost of the replacement. These costs may include other outage ramifications, such as a lack of confidence from customers, recovery time, unforeseen labor costs, potential generator fuel costs, etc.

We encourage our clients to consider the true cost of downtime to their organization when evaluating the cost of preventive maintenance and upkeep of their UPS.

At Nationwide Power, we understand that not every business is able to use capital funds immediately upon manufacturer-based recommendations.  There is however, a distinct difference between waiting for budgetary reasons and opting out of preventive maintenance altogether due to cost cutting measures.

Lastly, when preventive UPS maintenance is routinely performed, our Critical Power Professionals can proactively notify our customers of upcoming larger expenses. This provides more time for budgetary planning and less risk for your business. However, even after all critical recommendations have been made, there really is only one question that remains to be answered:

Why wait?

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UPS System & Battery Replacement and Recycling

UPS System & Battery Replacement and Recycling

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The fastest growing waste streams in the industrialized world are discarded electronics equipment due to the growing use of these products. In the UPS industry, companies do their part to help reduce the carbon footprint and support a cleaner, more sustainable environment by recycling, reducing and reusing old UPS systems and spent batteries.

Depending on the age, size, brand and condition, used UPS systems can be refurbished and/or recycled. By government and industry regulations, spent and expired batteries are disposed and recycled Per EPA regulations.

Battery Council International (BCI) – “Lead Battery Recycling Process”

Why is it important to your business?

  • Reclaiming and reusing valuable components from the UPS system.
  • Protects the environment from dangers of toxic contaminations.
  • Conserving natural resources such as metals and minerals.
  • Reduce risk of UPS system failure and unplanned downtime.
  • Fewer emergency repairs.
  • Minimize downtime and maximize value.

Nationwide Power recycles as many components of old UPS parts as are economically feasible without causing further environmental damage. This equipment is broken down by material type and recycled in bulk.

All UPS batteries are recycled according to EPA (Environment Protection Agency) and industry regulations. The spent and expired batteries are recycled in bulk and then used as a raw material input for other products.

Nationwide Power helps customers find new equipment that uses energy saving technologies and improve efficiencies. We also provide UPS battery and equipment recycling services to customers at no additional cost.

In addition, we are actively reducing the usage of paper, postage and other materials by electronically corresponding with customers and vendors which reduces our carbon footprint.

How Nationwide Power can help you support a cleaner, more sustainable environment?

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How important is it to have regular UPS Maintenance performed?

How important is it to have regular UPS Maintenance performed?

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UPS Systems are complex pieces of highly technical electronic equipment and need regular preventive maintenance (PM). The maintenance intervals can vary from one to four PM inspections per year or in some cases, even monthly.

The top main causes for UPS equipment failure are:

  • Batteries – the main component of any UPS. Batteries require at least an annual inspection and maintenance regardless of their age or warranty status.
  • Capacitors – electrical devices that stores and releases electrical energy. Similar to batteries, capacitors will degrade over time.
  • Fans – some run on their own electrical or mechanical restrictions.

Why is it important to your business?

Regular preventive maintenance is the single most cost-effective method to optimize the life expectancy and performance of UPS equipment. It is just as important in choosing the right maintenance company to oversee the ongoing condition of the UPS equipment and components. Look for a well-qualified and trained service company with a well-documented track record and reputation and one that specializes in servicing UPS equipment and components. Clearly define the maintenance tasks to be completed by trained and experienced UPS Field Service Engineer.

Regular serviced and managed UPS maintenance will:

  • Maximize Uptime
  • Reduce outages and accidents
  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Decrease operating costs
  • Prolong the life of the UPSs
  • Avoid common risks

Recommended Preventive Maintenance for UPS Components*

Batteries Standby use: Inspect semi-annually
Replace VRLA batteries every 3 to 5 years
Replace wet cell batteries as needed
Cycle use: 1200 cycles at 30% of discharge
550 cycles at 50% of discharge
250 cycles at 100% of discharge
Capacitors Inspect annually
Replace every 5 to 7 years
Fans Verify annually
Replace every 7 years
Air Filters Inspect monthly
Replace as needed
Lug Terminals For all mechanical power lugs, have an annual visual and thermal inspection

*Every UPS contains high-wear consumable components that must be replaced according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

A UPS system has many electrical and mechanical components. It’s important your critical equipment should be serviced regularly and maintained by a skilled and trained technician. Regular preventive maintenance practices reduce the risk of downtime, outages and accidents.

When was the last time your UPS system was serviced and maintained? If it’s been more than 12 months, then it’s time to have your UPS inspected.

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