AMI Selects PS&C In Idaho

                                                            

American Microsystems, Inc. (AMI) is a custom microchip fabricator located in Pocatello, Idaho that produces many of its chips for the control systems of aircraft, like the new Boeing 777. Like other chip manufacturers, AMI was keenly aware of the importance of protecting its sensitive fabrication processes since downtime results in loss of production, and loss of revenue. Larry Fisher, P.E., AMI’s Plant Engineer responsible for overall power quality, was convinced that a Hybrid Rotary UPS was the way to go because of its historically proven technology and ruggedness. All that was left was choosing the UPS that best suited AMI’s needs and budget.

PS&C has been building the most reliable Rotary UPS systems for over 30 years. Furthermore, we have experience in the fabrication market with UPS systems already online at Intel, Texas Instruments, American Micro Devices, Hitachi, and Motorola Worldwide. Since we’d visited with Mr. Fisher on several occasions, he was already familiar with our UPS technology, Field Service, and life cycle cost scenario. He was also aware of our continuing efforts to identify and eliminate single point failure components. After making a full product line presentation to Mr. Fisher and his staff, PS&C offered AMI a new Series XC 1000kVA UPS.

The equipment was shipped to AMI for a July 1995 installation and start-up. Barely two months later, during the weekend of September 9-10, the Pocatello, Idaho area experienced a power outage. AMI, with its PS&C UPS, rode through the outage without so much as a hiccup! The system remained online throughout the outage and protected the sensitive fab manufacturing systems.

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.

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.

PS&C Gets The Most Out Of Batteries

A major concern of UPS users is battery life. One of the strong points of the PS&C UPS is its ability to use the rotating mass of the motor-generator to ride-through minor power outages.

Battery manufacturers are now changing the way battery life is measured. It is not only the age of the battery, but also how much you have used it. To insure that the warranty costs are valid, many manufacturers are having monitors installed on each battery system. These monitors count the number of times the battery is cycled, how long they were discharged, and the total amount of battery power used. When the battery has met its design life, the warranty is up.

PS&C has always provided an utility fault counter on our UPS systems. We believe that the user should know how often the UPS has done its job. Now that the batteries have their own monitor, we have been able to document that the ride-through of the motor-generator can handle over half of the minor utility problems without dipping into the battery. Out customers can see this by comparing the reading from the battery monitor and the UPS fault counter.

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.

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.

PS&C Supports Piedmont Natural Gas

                                                             

Piedmont Natural Gas is an energy and service company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their primary business is the transportation and sale of natural gas and propane to users in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Piedmont Natural Gas has been a PS&C customer since 1980 when it bought its first PS&C UPS systems. In 1980, the selected our Hybrid Rotary UPS to handle their continuing growth.

Piedmont Natural Gas has more than 500,000 commercial and residential customers. The majority of their customers rely on gas for heating, cooking, and manufacturing processes. It is therefore essential that all systems operate around-the-clock. The PS&C Rotary UPS system, which ensures the critical computer systems at Piedmont Natural Gas remains on-line despite the frequent occurrence of electrical transients, violent thunderstorms, and lightning strikes.

According to Mr. Dave Bannish the Building Services Coordinator, “The PS&C RUPS is the best investment that Piedmont Natural Gas has made in some time. The RUPS has saved the company from costly downtime over 60 times since it was put in service.” Piedmont Natural Gas is so happy with the proven power protection and Field Service provided by PS&C that they have recently bought their 3rd generation PS&C UPS system. A 30kVA Series MC will be installed in their new business office building, which is currently under construction.

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.

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.

PS&C UPS Reliability

The words “simple” and “reliable” are two words often exploited in today’s commercial environment. However, when applied to PS&C’s newest product, the Series MC hybrid rotary UPS, these terms are more than accurate. Available in modules ranging from 30 to 200kVA, the Series MC is extremely easy to operate. The touch screen control panel allows for easy operation and makes complicated and/or confusing operating instructions a thing of the past. To provide UPS protection for the critical load, the operator simply pushes the button labeled “UPS”. To place the load on utility and shut down the Series MC, just pushing the “Bypass” button transfers the load without any interruption.

The Series MC’s claim of superior reliability is backed by 30 years of rotary UPS experience and technology. PS&C uses as an output device, a time proven synchronous generator which is driven by a highly efficient inverted rated induction motor. A highly dependable, conservatively rated induction motor drive provides the power to the induction motors and all Series MC operations are controlled by PLC control technology. With its ease of operation and 30 years of Rotary UPS experience behind its design, you just cant go wrong with PS&C.

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.

PS&C Texas Representative

                                                               

Power Play, a manufacturer’s representative for Power Systems & Controls located in Houston, TX was founded in 1984. Their territory includes the lower region of Texas from Louisiana to Mexico. Prior to becoming a rep for PS&C, Power Play spent most of its energy selling three phase Static UPS systems and generators for the larger data centers in the Houston area.

Ben Silva is the man behind Power Play and has been very active in regards to our new Series SC synchronous condenser. When first told of the new Series SC, Mr. Silva immediately recognized the potential as an emerging market. Since then, Ben has been in constant motion with his efforts to visit all the companies in need of Power Factor Correction to lower their utility bills. He has been quite successful in getting referrals from potential customers because the PS&C Series SC has been so well received.

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.

PS&C Series SC – Sychnronous Condenser

 

Power Systems & Controls has just added the Series SC Synchronous Condenser to our standard product line. The Series SC is a synchronous motor used to correct Power Factor, and will be offered in both low and medium voltages, in ratings from 100 kVAR to 8,000 kVAR.

The introduction of low cost variable frequency drives in manufacturing processes has greatly complicated the application of capacitors. Variable frequency drives draw current at the harmonics of the line frequency. These higher frequency currents can cause major problems with capacitor installations. Capacitors react differently as frequency changes. To compensate for these new problems, drive users are forced to add harmonic filters, series reactors, and other isolation devices to protect their process and power factor correction systems. Synchronous Condensers avoid frequency related problems associated with harmonic currents. An added benefit is the continuous regulation of power factor without bank switching as seen in capacitor banks. The synchronous condenser also acts to stabilize voltage and to improve voltage quality on installed electrical systems.

The Series SC is now available to our commercial customers with special conditions that warrant the use of rotary technology in finding a long term solution to their Power Factor Correction problems. The use of synchronous machines to correct power factor was very common until the late 1940’s. It was then that capacitors assumed the majority of power factor correction applications. Today the need for high quality electrical power is again making synchronous machines attractive and needed.  Reliability, simplicity, and lack of interaction with other components and circuits within the user’s facility are the features that make synchronous condensers today’s smart choice.

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.

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.

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.