Product Exclusive: Ultra-wide temperature UPS from Falcon Electric

New uninterruptible power supply is designed to withstand heat up to 65 °C (149 °F) and down to -22 °F (-30 °C ). Falcon Electric SSG-RP Series ultra-high temperature UPS has been designed to operate reliably in temperature environments beyond the capability of standard commercially available UPS products. It is a true double-conversion on-line UPS, providing clean, tightly regulated, sinewave output power even when operating from a dirty incoming ac power source, acting like an electronic firewall. This is a Control Engineering September 2010 Product Exclusive.


Falcon Electric Inc., a manufacturer of uninterruptible power systems (UPS) and power conversion solutions, announced the new line of Falcon SSG-RP Series Ultra-Wide Temperature UPS, with models from 1 k VA to 3 k VA. The SSG-RP Series ultra-high temperature UPS has been designed to operate reliably in temperature environments beyond the capability of standard commercially available UPS products. Having an operational temperature range of -22 to +149 °F (-30 to 65 °C) makes the SSG-RP Ultra ideal for use in protected locations where temperature control is a problem.

In 2007 Falcon Electric developed a commercially available, off-the-shelf (COTS) military/industrial grade product, rated to 55°C. The SSG-RP Ultra LCD display has been replaced with a high-temperature LED display, internal components have been upgraded, and special batteries with a wide operational temperature range have been incorporated.

“Compared with the type of UPS they first deploy — a ‘switching’ line interactive UPS rated to 40 °C — this regenerative on-line UPS is designed to shield internal components from extreme temperatures,” said Falcon’s vice president of engineering, Mike Stout. “This translates to a much lower cost of maintenance, both in terms of the money spent on new batteries and the time it takes to get a service person on-site.  It’s a more reliable device that works in extreme heat and cold conditions.”

The SSG-RP Series Ultra-Wide Temperature UPS’s batteries come packaged in a separate 2U enclosure and are “hot-swappable,” allowing exchange while the UPS is still in use. The wide-temperature range VRLA batteries used have a projected 10-year service life when installed in a 77 °F environment and a projected one-year life when installed in a 140 °F location. Due to the unique characteristics of the batteries, recharging is performed over the entire operational temperature range of the UPS.

It is a true double-conversion on-line UPS, providing clean, tightly regulated, sinewave output power even when operating from a dirty incoming ac power source, acting like an electronic firewall.

For unattended OS shutdown and easy monitoring of the UPS system, Falcon’s UPSilon shutdown and management software supports Microsoft Windows platforms, including Vista, as well as Novell NetWare 5 & 6, Linux, and FreeBSD. UPSilon for UNIX is available at an additional cost and supports most popular UNIX platform and OS versions.

For remote monitoring and management of industrial networks, including humidity, smoke, physical entry, and water detection, users may purchase an optional USHA SNMP/HTTP agent board that installs inside the UPS, providing a TCP-IP addressable, 10/100 Ethernet communication node. The USHA supports IPv4, IPv6, SNMPv3, and RADIUS.

The SSG-RP Series Ultra features Remote Emergency Power Off (REPO) and operates in compliance with NFPA-70 and NEC 645-11.

 Falcon Electric

- Also read:

Wind power control systems go to (temperature) extremes;

High temperature UPS includes 10-year-rated batteries; and

Falcon Electric introduces secure UPS power monitoring and management system.

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Headquartered in Irwindale, CA, Falcon Electric Inc. has been dedicated to offering the latest in technology, superior engineering standards, and unmatched technical support and customized solutions, for more than 20 years. Markets include military/aerospace, scientific/labs, industrial automation, computer, telecommunications, and other industries.


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