Archive for 1994

PS&C – Reliability…A Whole New Outlook

     

     

     

     

Quality For The Long Term

Any company can make claims of quality assurance and customer service in an effort to influence prospective customers to buy its products and services. It’s not until after the delivery of the product or service that the customer finds out if the claims are honest and valid. This fact is what makes the Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award so meaningful to everyone at PS&C.

At PS&C, our corporate philosophy is to strive to provide the most reliable equipment and services available to our customers. This means doing whatever is necessary to insure that we don’t just meet but actually exceed our customer’s expectations. The letter from McDonnell Douglas notifying PS&C of this award states, “PS&C was nominated…based on your outstanding job performance, exemplary attitude and commitment to customer satisfaction. This commitment was displayed not just once, but many times during the course of the subcontract where you proved your TQM caliber.” Such a statement reaffirms our conviction to customer satisfaction and was received with great enthusiasm by everyone at PS&C.

Along with the sale of equipment and services comes the long term commitment of out company to provide reliable power to our customers’ critical loads. Our ultimate goal is for every one of our customers to be able to make statements similar to those made by McDonnell Douglas.

Power Systems & Controls has a state of the art production and test facility located in Richmond, VA allowing for easy access to Washington, DC and the east coast. PS&C has the unique ability to support both static (solid-state) and rotary (motor generator) UPS, frequency converter, and power conditioning requirements as we are one of the few companies in the world that manufactures both types of technology. Power Systems & Controls is an employee owned company and has a long history of successfully supporting mission critical applications across the world. PS&C – The Power Is On!

About PS&C

Power Systems & Controls is a world leader in power quality and power protection technology, building systems for mission critical applications world-wide. Clients include many of the world’s leading research and test laboratories, rail and sea mass transit, advanced manufacturing, and data centers. The company was founded in 1965 by CAT. Today the company is headquartered in Richmond, VA and supports the USG and DOD, Fortune 500, and many other international organizations on a wide range of applications. We don’t just solve power problems; we engineer power solutions.

Ring Bus Load Management

PS&C recently shipped an UPS system with innovative load management. This innovation was part of the control logic installed in a ring bus UPS system shipped by PS&C. Previously, a ring bus was configured with “X” modules with “X-N” modules required to support the total load. When the number of modules removed (for any reason) from the ring bus exceeds “N”, the ring bus logic was required to split the ring bus. Splitting the ring bus puts part of the load on utility, while the remainder remains on the UPS. This happened because the PLC logic must make a blind decision to split the ring bud whenever the number of modules supporting the load is less than “X-N”.

This condition has been improved by the addition of PS&C’s optional “Intelligent Load Management System” for ring bus applications. By measuring the power required by each load node on the ring bus and measuring the output power of each module, the PLC has a complete picture of available power and total load. With a complete picture the PLC can determine the actual number of UPS modules required to support the actual load. It is not possible in a ring bus system to keep clean UPS power to the User’s load under more scenarios due to PS&C’s “Intelligent Load Management System”.

Power Systems & Controls has a state of the art production and test facility located in Richmond, VA allowing for easy access to Washington, DC and the east coast. PS&C has the unique ability to support both static (solid-state) and rotary (motor generator) UPS, frequency converter, and power conditioning requirements as we are one of the few companies in the world that manufactures both types of technology. Power Systems & Controls is an employee owned company and has a long history of successfully supporting mission critical applications across the world. PS&C – The Power Is On!

About PS&C

Power Systems & Controls is a world leader in power quality and power protection technology, building systems for mission critical applications world-wide. Clients include many of the world’s leading research and test laboratories, rail and sea mass transit, advanced manufacturing, and data centers. The company was founded in 1965 by CAT. Today the company is headquartered in Richmond, VA and supports the USG and DOD, Fortune 500, and many other international organizations on a range of applications. We don’t just solve power problems; we engineer power solutions.

PS&C Awarded Small Business of the Year

                                               

Early in 1992 NASA’s prime contractor, McDonnell Douglas, awarded a million dollar subcontract to Power Systems & Controls. This contract included planning, design, testing, equipment, installation, and training necessary to ensure an uninterrupted supply of power to the Space Station Processing Facility at Cape Canaveral. The facility will serve as a primary pre-flight checkout and processing point for the Space Station Freedom.

McDonnell Douglas and NASA engineers looked for a power protection system with the highest reliability. They concluded that a rotary UPS system, and in particular, PS&C’s Hybrid approach with matching electronics and a rotary filter, met the demanding requirements of the Space Station Processing Facility. Power Systems & Controls installed two 438kVA XC Hybrid UPS modules operating in a parallel redundant configuration and put them on-line in January 1994.

During the course of the project, McDonnell Douglas personnel were particularly impressed with PS&C’s commitment to customer satisfaction and our outstanding job performance. As a result they chose PS&C a second time by naming us their Small Business of the Year 1994. McDonnell Douglas then nominated PS&C for the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award and KSC selected PS&C out of 2200 subcontractors in early August of this award.

Power Systems & Controls has a state of the art production and test facility located in Richmond, VA allowing for easy access to Washington, DC and the east coast. PS&C has the unique ability to support both static (solid-state) and rotary (motor generator) UPS, frequency converter, and power conditioning requirements as we are one of the few companies in the world that manufactures both types of technology. Power Systems & Controls is an employee owned company and has a long history of successfully supporting mission critical applications across the world. PS&C – The Power Is On!

About PS&C

Power Systems & Controls is a world leader in power quality and power protection technology, building systems for mission critical applications world-wide. Clients include many of the world’s leading research and test laboratories, rail and sea mass transit, advanced manufacturing, and data centers. The company was founded in 1965 by CAT. Today the company is headquartered in Richmond, VA and supports the USG and DOD, Fortune 500, and many other international organizations on a range of applications. We don’t just solve power problems; we engineer power solutions.

 

Okonite Site Demonstrates Reliability

                                                            

At PS&C our goal has always been to build the most reliable UPS in the industry, and this we do with great pride. Our entire UPS package is robust and conservatively designed to easily deliver a long service life. An example of this longevity is seen at Okonite. Okonite, which is the largest independently owned producer of quality cables throughout the world, purchased a PS&C Hybrid Rotary UPS in 1970 when they moved into their new headquarters in Ramsey, New Jersey.

Okonite’s seven manufacturing facilities located throughout the U.S. produce high quality power and control cables for a wide range of industries, including: electric utilities, manufacturing, petrochemical, pulp & paper, railroads and transit systems. Many cables are designed for exclusive applications as diverse as underwater power transmission, deep well oil recovery and cables for x-ray and medical equipment. An IBM 4381 computer backed up by the PS&C Series XC UPS has responsibility for processing the incoming information from over 300 terminals located at these other Okonite plants and service centers.

Mr. Bill Blowers, MIS Director at the Ramsey Facility said that Okonite has been very happy with their decision to purchase a PS&C UPS. He said that they are now on their third set of batteries but the UPS is still going strong, even outlasting the Okonite personnel who recommended its purchase in 1970. Even though they have retired, the PS&C UPS continues to deliver unsurpassed critical power protection.

Power Systems & Controls has a state of the art production and test facility located in Richmond, VA allowing for easy access to Washington, DC and the east coast. PS&C has the unique ability to support both static (solid-state) and rotary (motor generator) UPS, frequency converter, and power conditioning requirements as we are one of the few companies in the world that manufactures both types of technology. Power Systems & Controls is an employee owned company and has a long history of successfully supporting mission critical applications across the world. PS&C – The Power Is On!

About PS&C

Power Systems & Controls is a world leader in power quality and power protection technology, building systems for mission critical applications world-wide. Clients include many of the world’s leading research and test laboratories, rail and sea mass transit, advanced manufacturing, and data centers. The company was founded in 1965 by CAT. Today the company is headquartered in Richmond, VA and supports the USG and DOD, Fortune 500, and many other international organizations on a range of applications. We don’t just solve power problems; we engineer power solutions.

SGS THOMSON Chooses PS&C Series XC

                                                       

Power Systems & Controls is pleased to add SGS THOMSON Microelectronics to our growing list of customers in the industrial and process industries. The need for clean uninterruptible power in manufacturing environments is becoming more common place. These customers selected Power Systems & Controls’ Series XC Rotary UPS systems for the high reliability, isolation, and ability to service the diverse electrical requirements of manufacturing systems.

The SGS THOMSON story is typical of major international companies that are working hard to maintain their competitive edge. SGS THOMSON is an international semiconductor company and the leader in the rapidly growing small power circuit sector of the semiconductor market. They have gained its leadership position through its technological background, worldwide production resources and a broad product range.

Power Systems & Controls became involved earlier this year when SGS THOMSON started renovation of an existing Phoenix facility built several years ago. This facility is being updated to manufacture semiconductors with state-of-the-art manufacturing systems. As part of the modernization, a means of guaranteeing electrical power quality was needed. The semiconductor fabrication equipment could never be subjected to the potential problems of an unprotected utility network.

SGS THOMSON general contractor, Jacobs Sirrine, led by Mr. Donn Kong, was tasked with finding the right protection answer. Mr. Kong has previous experience with Power Systems & Controls and this experience made him feel that a Series XC rotary system was a strong contender for his customer. Mr. Bob Hay, PS&C’s Western Regional Manager, was asked to present PS&C to SGS THOMSON. During the presentation, Mr. Matt Kohi, Site Manager, was very impressed with the history and development of the Series XC. He commented, “An important consideration in our decision was PS&C’s successful operation of Rotary UPS systems all over the world, operating under much worse electrical conditions than we have here in the United States.” In the past, SGS THOMSON has only used static UPS systems with varying levels of success. We are very pleased with SGS THOMSON selection of PS&C and look forward to a long relationship.

Power Systems & Controls has a state of the art production and test facility located in Richmond, VA allowing for easy access to Washington, DC and the east coast. PS&C has the unique ability to support both static (solid-state) and rotary (motor generator) UPS, frequency converter, and power conditioning requirements as we are one of the few companies in the world that manufactures both types of technology. Power Systems & Controls is an employee owned company and has a long history of successfully supporting mission critical applications across the world. PS&C – The Power Is On!

About PS&C

Power Systems & Controls is a world leader in power quality and power protection technology, building systems for mission critical applications world-wide. Clients include many of the world’s leading research and test laboratories, rail and sea mass transit, advanced manufacturing, and data centers. The company was founded in 1965 by CAT. Today the company is headquartered in Richmond, VA and supports the USG and DOD, Fortune 500, and many other international organizations on a range of applications. We don’t just solve power problems; we engineer power solutions.

 

PS&C Signs Lee Technologies

                                               

Lee Technologies, Inc. is a Virginia based corporation established in 1983 by John C. Lee IV. The corporation’s primary interest is the sale and installation of computer support systems in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions of the United States. The company has established its corporate headquarters in Fairfax, VA. Branch offices are located in Richmond, VA and Atlanta, GA.

Lee Technologies’ showroom in Fairfax provides end-users, engineers, and contractors with the opportunity for first hand inspection of computer support hardware, as well as, the opportunity to observe stat-of-the-art computerized technical presentations on product features, operation characteristics, installation requirements, and start-up procedures. Lee Technologies goal is to satisfy their customers beyond their expectations and build long lasting relationships. The signing of Lee Technologies has already paid off for PS&C with the sale and shipment of an over a dozen Series XC UPS systems for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Maryland.

Power Systems & Controls has a state of the art production and test facility located in Richmond, VA allowing for easy access to Washington, DC and the east coast. PS&C has the unique ability to support both static (solid-state) and rotary (motor generator) UPS, frequency converter, and power conditioning requirements as we are one of the few companies in the world that manufactures both types of technology. Power Systems & Controls is an employee owned company and has a long history of successfully supporting mission critical applications across the world. PS&C – The Power Is On!

About PS&C

Power Systems & Controls is a world leader in power quality and power protection technology, building systems for mission critical applications world-wide. Clients include many of the world’s leading research and test laboratories, rail and sea mass transit, advanced manufacturing, and data centers. The company was founded in 1965 by CAT. Today the company is headquartered in Richmond, VA and supports the USG and DOD, Fortune 500, and many other international organizations on a range of applications. We don’t just solve power problems; we engineer power solutions.

PS&C Idaho & Utah Rep

                                                         

Mr. Ray Ward V.P. of Gruber Industries is our PS&C sales rep for Idaho & Utah. Gruber Industries has been associated with the UPS industry for the past ten years. Along with PS&C Hybrid Rotary and Rotary UPS systems they have also handled custom cabling and very small Static UPS systems ranging from 200VA to 1kVA. Due to his degree in Engineering, Mr. Ward is highly qualified to handle the numerous technical seminars and presentations in which he is asked to participate. One such presentation was made to Alcatel, in Claremont, NC who had a need for a 500kVA UPS system with a 15 minute battery.

The initial presentation about the PS&C Series XC UPS was made to Alcatel by. Mr. Ward where he learned that Alcatel had a very critical fiber optics cable manufacturing process where even small millisecond interruptions of power cost them thousands of dollars in lost production. Mr. Ward presented our Hybrid Rotary UPS solution for its ability to supply continuous uninterrupted power and for its complete isolation traits to handle the high instances of lightning caused transients at the plant. It was also pointed out that the rugged design of the PS&C Series XC would fit into the harsh plant environment. This order was awarded to PS&C because we were able to explain the technical advantages of PS&C’s Series XC Hybrid Rotary UPS early in the customer’s review process.

Power Systems & Controls has a state of the art production and test facility located in Richmond, VA allowing for easy access to Washington, DC and the east coast. PS&C has the unique ability to support both static (solid-state) and rotary (motor generator) UPS, frequency converter, and power conditioning requirements as we are one of the few companies in the world that manufactures both types of technology. Power Systems & Controls is an employee owned company and has a long history of successfully supporting mission critical applications across the world. PS&C – The Power Is On!

About PS&C

Power Systems & Controls is a world leader in power quality and power protection technology, building systems for mission critical applications world-wide. Clients include many of the world’s leading research and test laboratories, rail and sea mass transit, advanced manufacturing, and data centers. The company was founded in 1965 by CAT. Today the company is headquartered in Richmond, VA and supports the USG and DOD, Fortune 500, and many other international organizations on a range of applications. We don’t just solve power problems; we engineer power solutions.

Ring Bus Ideal for High Tech Manufacturing

PS&C is in the business of solving our customer’s problems. The hi-tech process manufacturing industry has unique problems that demand the unique solutions provided by PS&C’s Ring Bus system. Our latest ring bus site is configured with three (3) 1000kVA Hybrid Rotary UPS Reverse Transfer Modules.

No Tolerance for Down Time…

In a typical process application, like microprocessor chip production, a one second power interruption costs over $1 million in material alone! All conventional single failure points were eliminated (ie. single output, single bypass, common bus).

Expandability for Future Growth…

The process industry like many businesses is very unpredictable. This industry; however, has been experiencing explosive growth, especially the chip manufacturing sector. A system was needed with infinite growth possibilities. The ring expansion link will permit isolation for a future section to be added without shutting down the ring bus switchboard (no down time during the upgrade).

Flexibility…

Loads change often, and maintenance must be performed at regular intervals without effecting process output. The ring bus distribution system has multiple outputs allowing for separation of the load by command and multiple bypasses for load recovery.

Loads Are Very Non-Linear…

Loads consist of many very precise variable speed drives, and process computers which can feedback as high as 70% current THD to the source (UPS system). The low impedance source provided by the PS&C output generators is naturally suited for this type of demanding load.

Fast Delivery…

The company with the best product, and the ability to get it to market the fastest, wins in the high tech marketplace. PS&C was able to design, manufacture, test, and ship the entire system in only 12 weeks.

About PS&C

Power Systems & Controls is a world leader in power quality and power protection technology, building systems for mission critical applications world-wide. Clients include many of the world’s leading research and test laboratories, rail and sea mass transit, advanced manufacturing, and data centers. The company was founded in 1965 by CAT. Today the company is headquartered in Richmond, VA and supports the USG and DOD, Fortune 500, and many other international organizations on a range of applications. We don’t just solve power problems; we engineer power solutions.