An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) has three monitoring points of interest: incoming AC power, outgoing AC power and the DC bus that interfaces with the battery or capacitor bank power storage system. The PQube 3e power quality analyzer is ideal for monitoring one or all three of these points of interest. UPS monitoring can be done for evaluating and testing a UPS and permanent monitoring for UPSes installed in critical locations, such as data centers, critical server racks and computer systems, semiconductor manufacturing and more.
The PQube 3e power quality analyzer can be used to:
- diagnose problems with critical load protected with a UPS
- prove the proper response of your UPS in unplanned outage conditions
- measure UPS efficiency
- investigate and verify storage response time
Using modules and current transformers (CTs) available from Powerside, the PQube 3e quickly installs for temporary or permanent monitoring of the UPS. The CTs are split-core and can be installed around the insulated cables. The voltages can be measured by leads that connect to the various monitoring points and can be directly wired to the PQube 3e and its modules.
Get a 360-degree view of your UPS in operation
UPS monitoring can provide many benefits:
- Data files retained in the PQube 3e serve as a record of whether or not the UPS is operating in compliance with its technical specifications
- ENV2 environmental sensor(s) can be used to monitor the temperature in and around the UPS
- DC bus in the UPS can be monitored to evaluate battery storage characteristics and trends
- If the PQube 3e is networked, emails can be sent to alert on outages and problems with the UPS
- Power system harmonics can be recorded, analyzed and used to troubleshoot frequent component failure
- Data can be consolidated into reports using the Powerside Report Writer software
- Data files are available in CSV format, allowing the customer to do their own data consolidation, graphing and reporting
Powerside customers have deployed 80,000+ PQube 3 systems in a wide range of mission-critical monitoring applications. The system is adaptable and easy to use.
UPS monitoring with the PQube 3e gives transparency into the operation of your UPS and alerts you to outages and problems.
How to install UPS monitoring using a PQube 3e
The PQube 3e and its modules are quite compact and can be installed in various convenient locations, including a server rack.
|Purpose and Notes
|PQube 3e (PQUBE3-PQ-E08N-E06N-XXXX)
|Records AC, DC power disturbances, HF impulses and 2kHz~150kHz voltage conducted emissions. Class A IEC 61000-4-30 Ed3, 14 current channels four-quadrant energy, Class 0.2 accuracy. Modbus, BACnet, DNP3, (S)NTP, SNMP, emails. 32GB internal memory.
|Used to input the incoming AC voltage into the PQube 3e.
|Used to input the DC bus voltage into the PQube 3e.
|6 – 9
|CTs need to be sized for the ampacity of the UPS load. At a minimum, it is recommended to measure the incoming and outgoing current of the UPS. Further, neutral currents and ground currents can be monitored with the addition of more CTs.
|1 – 2
|Optional. This plugs into the PQube 3e via its USB cable and continuously records temperature, humidity, pressure and vibration.
The PQube 3e and its modules use CTs and voltage leads to provide 360-degree monitoring of the AC and DC circuits of the UPS.
How to analyze actual UPS monitoring results
Powerside recently performed thorough testing on a UPS system and recorded the results using a PQube 3e. The following GIF graphs were auto-generated by the PQube 3e, and the sidebar annotations are our comments.
This is a graph auto-generated by the PQube 3e following an intentional 1-second interruption of incoming power to the UPS. The UPS performed normally in this case. AC current and voltages are in RMS.
This is another GIF graph auto-generated by the PQube 3e following an intentional 1-second interruption of incoming power to the UPS. The UPS battery malfunctioned in this case. AC current and voltages are in RMS.