UPS Devices

This procedure refers to control of restricted materials known as Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS).

This procedure refers to control of restricted materials known as Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS).

Introduction:

  • UPS sizes are based on the amount of power consumed by the attached equipment.  If you need some assistance, APC publishes a free estimating tool.
  • If your building is on a dedicated generator, a small UPS (less than 6kVa) is recommended as it may take up to 15 minutes for generator to start and provide full building power. 

Devices less than 6kVa in capacity:

  • Typically used for single office electronics (computer, monitor, printer, etc).
  • Most brands are acceptable with APC as the predominant user preference.
  • These devices can be purchased from the University computer hardware and peripherals provider(s).
  • Device batteries should contain either gel or 100% encapsulated lead acid.
  • Though the device life expectancy depends on many factors, the University recommends replacing the device at least every 3 years.
  • Old devices cannot be thrown in the trash.  They qualify under state law as "universal waste" and require specific disposal procedures.  Please complete a work order request for electronic recycling.  At this time, the disposal is at no charge to the department.

Devices greater than 6kVa in capacity:

  • These devices are typically used for mission critical equipment such as servers, telecommunications, and scientific/medical equipment.
  • As electrical, mechanical, space, maintenance, and replacement must be addressed prior to selecting the device, please complete a work order request form requesting to purchase a UPS. 
  • We advise beginning the discussion at least 8 weeks prior to your anticipated delivery requirement.
  • Depending on the environment, additional costs such as an electrician, may be required and are the responsbility of the requesting department.
  • The University is working on a manufacturer standardization.  More information to follow.