For over 25 years, Eaton’s FERRUPS uninterruptible power supply (UPS) has been the workhorse providing clean and reliable power to mission-critical and industrial applications. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is an electrical apparatus that provides emergency power to a load when the input power source or main power fails. A UPS system performs three primary functions: it conditions the incoming dirty power from the utility company to give you clean, uninterruptible power; it provides ride-through power to cover for sags or short-term outages; it enables seamless system shutdown during a complete power outage.
In the oil and gas industry, consistent power is a necessary component to ensure operations run smoothly, and any loss of power can have devastating impacts. For example, in April 2012, a Los Angeles facility experienced a power surge during a lightning storm which caused the hydrocracking unit to trip, emitting sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide into the air.
With compression and decompression points in gas pipelines and harsh industrial infrastructure in oil applications, traditional UPS models are susceptible to surge events limiting their effectiveness in these environments. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, power supply disruptions and electrical equipment failures represented over 80% of electrical problems in refineries between 2009 and 2013. The Eaton Ferrups FX is an ideal solution for the industry as it can withstand harsh power environments and help avoid downtime.
The Ferrups FX combines the reliability of the legacy FERRUPS UPS with new options for customization and flexibility. The remote-control display with a LED status bar allows for quick and easy status updates to ensure systems are protected and running without interruption, while the user-replaceable outlet panel enables on-site updates as applications change. The ferroresonant transformer-based backup power solution delivers the highest level of reliability expected of an industrial UPS.
Additionally, as the Industrial Internet of Things has emerged, oil and gas companies have realized an opportunity to leverage enhanced connectivity in critical infrastructure to achieve new levels of efficiency, safety and security. Eaton’s Ferrups FX can be purchased with either the Eaton Gigabit Network Card or the Industrial Gateway Card. The Gigabit Network Card (Network-M2) is Eaton’s latest UPS connectivity device that improves business continuity in two ways: by providing warnings of pending issues to administrators and by helping perform an orderly shutdown of servers and storage. The Industrial Gateway Card combines the features of an SNMP agent, HTTP/web server and a Modbus card to facilitate remote monitoring of your UPS system through any Building Management System. The cards give users the ability to customize and schedule actions, like shutdown protocols and load shedding and receive immediate notifications during power events without having to be onsite.
Finally, enhanced connectivity of devices creates the possibility for cybersecurity risk as would-be cyber-attackers identify access points as potential opportunities to penetrate critical systems. The Gigabit Network Card and Industrial Gateway Card are the first UPS network cards to achieve dual cybersecurity certifications from industry organizations UL and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). With enhanced cybersecurity features including encryption, password management and more, both cards have been rigorously tested for vulnerabilities and provide peace of mind for oil and gas users that they can benefit from connected capabilities, while their data remains protected from intrusion.
Most of the UPSs in this sector have exceeded their recommended lifespan, yet digitization now makes it easy to justify a UPS upgrade. The Ferrups FX UPS can help de-risk oil and gas industry power infrastructure by reducing downtime, optimizing equipment life cycles and lowering operating costs. It can also help ensure continuous uptime, providing intelligence and insight and increasing operational predictability.
To learn how the Ferrups FX UPS can help protect your critical system, please visit Eaton.com/FerrupsFX.
About the author: Jay Queen is the Single Phase Product Manager for Modular IT and Industrial OT UPS at Eaton. Jay has been involved in the Electronics Industry since 2011, when he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Electrical Engineering. During his career, he has designed and collaborated on numerous products ranging from gasoline pumps to tablet computers. He joined Eaton in 2016 and now manages the 9PXM and BladeUPS series of modular UPSs as well as Eaton’s upcoming next-generation Industrial UPS offering, Ferrups FX.