Research and life science laboratories perform routine as well as increasingly complicated tests every day, looking to obtain accurate results without delay. Billions of dollars are pumped into conducting research, but studies have found that a lot of money can be wasted due to one major problem – unscheduled lab equipment downtime. In fact, unplanned downtime can lead to a loss of several months on a single experiment. This brings the UPS into focus. The installation of a reliable UPS or uninterruptible power system can reduce unscheduled downtime in labs.
How a Reliable UPS Can Minimize Downtime
AC power outages, power fluctuations, surges, and so on are responsible for hardware component failure that leads to unscheduled downtime. Research labs have a wide range of automated equipment such as centrifuges, analyzers, spectrophotometers and so on. Manufacturers of such laboratory equipment usually recommend the installation of a UPS to ensure an uninterrupted flow of AC power to the device. If power supply is interrupted when an experiment is being performed, sensitive equipment may abort the test leading to a waste of time and money. Having a reliable UPS would ensure the connected device with sufficient battery back-up – ranging from minutes to hours – to complete the test.
Choosing the Right UPS for Your Lab
While calibration and reagent issues also account for a considerable percentage of unplanned downtime, installing the right UPS can decrease downtime to a great extent.
Factors to consider when choosing a UPS for your lab:
- Invest in an on-line UPS which can deliver a stable power source
- Purchase a UPS that has the capacity to provide the power required by the lab device to function effectively
- Ensure that the system has sufficient battery back-up time to support your lab experiments.
With proper maintenance, a reliable UPS can last up to ten years and even longer.