You've probably heard the saying 'no news is good news' but when it comes to UPS battery failures, 80% are due to undetected battery problems. We've put together this white paper to demonstrate why you need something watching when you're not.
A peek inside…
Mistakes cost a lot of money. It’s not enough to implement a battery management system (BMS) and leave it to its own devices. To reduce errors, saving time and money, a BMS should be properly monitored and reported on, with comprehensive analysis of the data gleaned from the reporting. The false assurance that no change equals no risk with battery monitoring looks at these key areas:
- A BMS is not ‘set and forget’
There’s value not only in monitoring to know when to replace a battery, but also in the data produced by proper reporting that can help save costs in other areas. Battery monitoring means you're not fooling yourself; you know what's happening and are immediately advised of any changes.
- You can’t manage what you can’t measure
Managing a battery helps prolong its life for as long as possible. By physically inspecting or remotely monitoring a battery, you can make predictions about when a failure is likely to occur and take proactive measures.
- Common undetected problems
There are consequences of failing to keep regular tabs on battery activity. A proactive approach is what's needed to prevent them because reacting after a battery has failed will still have a negative impact.
- Having a plan in place
Developing a monitoring plan early on is essential. When a battery system is first implemented in a data center, there should also be a comprehensive plan to monitor them, with detailed reporting and analysis.