Industrial UPS systems vs Commercial UPS systems: What’s the difference?

When it comes to choosing any new piece of equipment or asset, it’s important for you to know which one is going to do the best job of meeting your company’s needs. And when it’s time to choose a ups system, you’ll have things to consider. 

The most common area of confusion we get however- is that companies get commercial UPS systems confused with Industrial UPS systems fairly regularly – and that’s what we’re here to discuss today. Here are a few of the differences between industrial and commercial UPS systems and more specifically – what each system’s intended uses are. Let’s jump right in!

When it comes to business, there are generally two types of UPS systems: a commercial UPS system and an industrial UPS system. Commercial systems are what you’d find in more of an office environment, an IT department or retail. Industrial UPS systems are designed to control critical processes in a business – like a power plant or a factory.

Commercial UPS systems generally don’t control for anything that’s particularly risky or life-threatening to people or property – although you can lose data. They’re not overly demanding from a technical standpoint and don’t require much in the way of safety certifications in order to work. The environment they live in is also controlled- as they generally are kept at cooler temperatures in a clean room. 

Industrial UPS systems on the other hand – are designed to meet far more rigorous demands. Particularly in manufacturing settings, a power interruption can be a severe threat to people’s safety. Chemicals can be released, components can break, and a tremendous amount of damage can be caused to both the machines in that process and the humans using them. Additionally, industrial UPS systems need to operate in harsh, demanding environments where there’s higher temperatures, contamination in the air and other extremes to deal with.

The only significant overlap between the two is this: downtime that can result in the loss of production time and profit. Downtime is costly. Making the investment now is not just an investment in dollars and cents – it’s an investment in the overall health of your business. 

Hopefully you found today’s blog helpful. If you need help finding the best fit for your industrial UPS system, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then, good luck!