How long could your manufacturing business go without power? Take steps now to ensure your essential businesses can continue no matter what’s going on in the world.
The term critical power refers to any power source used by an environment or facility where losing power would result in life-threatening circumstances. Typically, these facilities are hospitals, banks, airports, communication networks, food processors, and military operations.
These facilities require a continuous, uninterrupted source of power. If hospitals or communication centers lose power, the results could be disastrous.
How do you protect critical power? Start by being prepared for any disaster or natural event.
There are two primary ways to protect critical power:
Most businesses need a disaster prevention plan. You might think critical power only matters to certain businesses, but imagine what would happen if you lost power.
You could lose crucial business information and the ability to communicate with your vendors, customers, and suppliers. Private information could be exposed if your data encryption goes down. A disaster prevention plan means you won’t be in a panic if that happens.
A professional energy audit is the first step in protecting your power source. Ask your power supplier or consultant for an assessment of your current situation. Use a consultant who specializes in mission-critical power. Use the audit to determine which functions are necessary, and make them the priority of your disaster prevention plan.
When choosing a UPS, you have the option of a centralized or decentralized system. Both have benefits and disadvantages.
A centralized setup is one large UPS that protects many loads at once, while a decentralized UPS delivers power from multiple smaller sources.
In a centralized system, you place all your maintenance, security, and repairs in one isolated location. This separates your power source from your main building. This enhances security and simplifies the power startup. The downside of a centralized system is a higher upfront installation cost. It also requires a more complicated setup to direct power to your business.
A decentralized system has a lower cost of entry and installation. It’s easier to maintain and can often be self-serviced. It is easier to move if you change location. On the downside, it can be less secure.
Standby generators may be an old-school solution, but there is a reason they’re popular among homeowners and business owners.
A standalone generator can't handle the electrical load your business requires. An installed standby generator, however, delivers the power you need. It works in most conditions.
New generators come with a wealth of features that make them safe and easy to use. You choose your fuel source, and your professional installer does the rest.
If you need guidance setting up your energy audit or disaster prevention plan, talk to Davis Infrastructure. We specialize in ensuring power distribution to mission-critical businesses in all industries. We have worked with data centers, government projects, military installations, and traditional manufacturers. Call us today to get the power and protection you need.