[INFOGRAPHIC]:Meet the ION™SA5600-SAL: Avaya® SAL Edition

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Infographics | Secure Systems & Information Assurance

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Power Supplies!

by Jaymie Murray 27. June 2013 09:40

Ever wonder what makes your laptop power supply work? All your questions will be answered in this short video!

 

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Power & Systems Solutions

API Power & Systems Solutions | Highlighted Video

by Allison Goss, Marketing Specialist 26. March 2012 09:35

API Technologies specializes in AC and DC power distribution and management systems for defense and commercial customers. In this video, explore solutions from the Power product line, including COTS, GOTS and custom power products, designed to meet a broad variety of applications. For more information, visit power.apitech.com.

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Power & Systems Solutions

Choosing the Right Type of Rack Mount Power Strip

by Allison Goss, Marketing Specialist 16. March 2012 10:58

Sometimes it can be confusing to choose the right power strip for your needs without knowing the key differences between each category. This helpful guide will walk you through each tier of power strip as they build upon each other. The standard features listed in our guide were chosen from API's Power product line and reflect the industry standards that can be found from most power strip manufacturers.

Basic
Basic power strips are non-intelligent power distribution units that come in a variety of power levels (rated KVA). Numerous configurations and available options include: over current protection, surge suppression, mounting, input plugs, outlets, orientation, and more. Available input voltages include single, split, and three phase, with a variety of max input current ratings up to 63 amps. To see examples of basic power strics, click here.

Metered
Basic Power Strip +
Metered power strips have a digital power meter on each unit with an LED display of voltage, amps, active power (watts), and power factor. The LED displays are viewable up to 15 feet away from the unit. A metered power strip provides the peace of mind and safety that comes with efficient distribution of power for safe equipment installation. To see examples of metered power strips, click here.

Monitored
Basic Power Strip + Metered Power Strip +
Monitored power strips communicate remotely via LAN and/or USB and locally with a digital power meter. Some standard features include: user-selectable display modes (continuous, auto cycling, or fixed reading); Telnet, SNMP, and Web protocols; True-RMS readings of complex voltage and current waveforms; Monitoring of power factor, amps, and voltage; and more. To see examples of monitored power strips, click here.

Sequenced
Basic Power Strip + Metered Power Strip + Metered Power Strip +

Sequenced power strips can control system components with time-delay sequence. This will minimize risk for tripped breakers and spikes in voltage. Also, user can lockout receptacles that are not needed and prevent unauthorized loads from being added that may inadvertently exceed permitted load from the PDU. Individual outlets can be turned on/off, and named. Outlet indicators will display the state of the outlet, and alarms can be set to alert over/under voltage and over/under current.  To see examples of sequenced power distribution, click here.

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Server Room Organization - The First Step in Maintaining a Healthy Network

by BlogAdmin 13. July 2011 16:07

There is no denying that wireless technologies throughout the years have provided numerous benefits, not the least of which, are reduced cable clutter hidden behind desks, work stations, and equipment. But while reaping the benefits of an organized work floor, it is also important that one not forget the heart of the operation - the structure of the server room. Sever rooms with little or no regard for cable organization can quickly become a nightmare. A lack of planning can eventually turn an orderly environment into a cabling disaster! The good news is, that this is completely avoidable. By pre-planning the structure of your sever room with help from these easy-to-follow tips it is possible to achieve a secure, well organized server room.

  1. Choose the right server room - when deciding on a location for your server room take into consideration:
    Room Size - will you have adequate space for current needs and potential expandability?
    Location - are you central to all computers on the network and in an area free of traffic and environmental hazards?
    Ventilation - cooling and ventilation is more important in a server room than other rooms because of the extra heat generated by the computer equipment. Additional air-conditioning or ventilation ducts may be required to keep the server room environment comfortable, not only for human operators, but also for temperature sensitive equipment.
  2. Server Room Layout - Be sure your server room has enough space for all equipment and that cables and cable connections are easily accessible. Basic wiring should be stored either overhead or in the space under a raised floor to prevent tangles and provide a safe working area.
  3. Cable Management - Neat and easily identified cables help simplify troubleshooting. Most computer server racks provide some method of cable management, either through use of cable raceways, metal loops, or closed cable channels. Nylon cable ties are also an effective way to gather loose cables and differentiate between different wiring segments in your network.
  4. Security - Controlled access to a server room is critical. To prevent any unwanted activity with your network implement passwords on all systems and consider locked or restricted access to server rooms.

By following these simple guidelines and practicing good housekeeping, your server room can easily become your first defense when establishing the basis of a healthy network.

NEMA AC Input and Output Connector Styles….. Are You Confused?

by Jennifer, Inside Sales Associate 6. July 2011 08:35

If you find yourself confused about what NEMA AC input and output connector styles exist, you’re not alone.  It can truly be confusing to the untrained eye.

Different types of AC input and output connectors are designed to address various wiring systems. Each unique design also aids in the area of safety, as only the appropriate plug will fit into the proper receptacle. For example, the 5-20R outlet is capable of accepting the 5-20P as well as the 5-15P. However, the 5-20P will not connect to a 5-15R. A quick reference guide is provided below to serve as a helpful tool in clearing up some of that confusion.

**Fields highlighted in yellow are 3Ø∆; Fields highlighted in green are 3ØY

Three Phase Power Distribution: de·fined

by Mindy, Product Marketing Specialist 1. July 2011 09:26


It has been estimated that up to 30% of a company’s IT budget is spent on energy costs. With the growing demand for an increase in power supply in the infrastructure world, it is inherently obvious that these costs will only increase. Therefore, the need for greater energy efficiency is also on the rise. One solution to the "greater power + greater efficiency" crisis is three-phase power.

How does 3-phase power work?
Three-phase power (3Ø) is a method of electric power transmission utilizing three circuit conductors that carry three alternating currents which reach their peak values at different times. Each phase is offset 1/3 of cycle of current from the other phases. This smoother wave form provides a more constant source of power than single-phase, two-phase, or direct-current systems. (See the diagram below)

Why consider 3-phase power?
The benefits of 3 Phase power include but are not limited to:

  • Greater power - A 3-phase system delivers 1.732 times the amount of power a single-phase system can produce.
  • Energy efficiency - The power transfer is more constant due to all three wires carrying the same current. In a single phase unit, during each cycle power drops to zero three times. In a 3-phase unit power never drops to zero. This causes less pulsating in the power transfer.
  • More cabinet space - Few PDUs with less wires are required to power equipment ( A cleaner and clutter-free area under a raised floor isn't hard to accept for a facility manager!)
  • Lower current levels in each conductor - Facilitating the use of smaller conductors (  Conductors are ¾ the size of conductors for single phase units with the same power output.)
  • Lower cost of ownership via the physical power installation (i.e. one run of three phase cabling vs. 3 individual runs of single phase wiring.)

Three-phase power distribution is a highly efficient solution to current energy demands. Stay tuned to learn more about the different types of 3-phase power and how they may assist to meet your power goals.

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Don’t Just Settle for a Power Distribution Solution….

by Ken, Sales Manager 27. June 2011 09:24

Looking for a PDU to fit your project’s requirements?  Needing something a little different than the normal off-the-shelf solution?  Yes, there are manufacturers that are able to tailor a solution that can fulfill your particular requirements.  What are the key questions to ask a PDU manufacturer when looking for this type of solution?


  1. What are your company’s capabilities?

  2. Does your company complete the design and engineering work in-house?

  3. Is your company experienced in providing both AC & DC solutions?;

  4. Are your products UL listed?.

  5. Does your company have a minimum purchase amount for a customized solution?.

  6. Can your company provide examples of customized solutions that you have manufactured?

It’s important to remember that there are companies such as API Power & Systems Solutions that have the engineering and manufacturing capabilities/expertise to provide solutions that are designed to fit your needs rather than you trying to fit someone’s off-the-shelf solution…..always be sure to weigh your options and don’t settle for less!

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Three Phase Load Calculator

by BlogAdmin 22. June 2011 10:45

Let's face it, load calculation can be a demanding task. Let API Power & Systems Solutions do the work for you but utilizing our Three Phase Load Calculator. Simply select your input voltage, enter load values, and voilá the tool instantly calculates Total Power and Line Current.

Go ahead and give it a try! SPMS_load_calculator.xls (788.50 kb)

Circuit Breakers vs Fuses

by Mindy, Product Marketing Specialist 14. June 2011 17:03

If Circuit Breakers and Fuses are designed to perform the same essential function - what is the big difference?

Circuit breakers and fuses employ two separate types of technology to protect against sudden, large excesses of electrical current, also known as circuit overload.

Why should I be concerned with circuit overload?  Circuit overload is the term given to identify a highly undesirable circumstance when more amperage is put across an electrical wire or circuit than it can safely handle. When this occurs, a number of hazardous conditions become concerns including; potentially destroying electrical equipment, extreme heat, and electrical fire.   

Circuit Protection via Fuse - A fuse contains a metal filament through which electricity must pass to "complete the circuit."  As electricity passes, the fuse is constantly working to detect the amount of current being transmitted. If current reach suddenly becomes too high the metal filament will melt, disrupting the flow of electricity and shutting down excess equipment. After the filament of a fuse has melted there is no way to repair the fuse, it must be replaced .

Circuit Protection via Circuit Breaker - Circuit breakers work by detecting current via pilot device and are able to turn themselves off once current reaches levels that are too high. Circuit Breakers come in a variety of different types ranging from low-voltage to very high voltage models. When current exceeds what the circuit breaker can handle the breaker will automatically "switch off" electricity. After the problem is identified circuit breakers can be easily switched back on and require no replacement.  

Pros and Cons - Arguably , there are several pros and cons associated with each of  the technologies. Fuses, generally far less expensive, posses greater safety concerns and provide a greater opportunity for human error to occur. Fuses must also be replaced every time an overload is experienced. Circuit breakers, typically considered to be safer and "less hassle" option do not need to be replaced after an overload, however, the technology may also come with a higher price tag in tow. Electricians are best qualified to determine whether fuses or circuit breakers are better for a particular electrical installation.

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