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Do You Need Mass Spectrometer Battery Backup Power?

Do You Need Mass Spectrometer Battery Backup Power?
Posted on September 15, 2022 by MEDI-PRODUCTS

A Mass spectrometer represents one of the most powerful tools a medical facility can possess, while simultaneously being one if it most sensitive as well.

Because of this sensitivity, they are highly vulnerable to damage caused by sudden changes in power. This can ultimately lead to extraordinarily high costs for repair or replacement. As such, backup power is a crucial investment to make in order to protect any lab or healthcare facility.

The most common issues you are likely to face when it comes to the supply in your facility are power outages and surges. A backup power system for a mass spectrometer protects your equipment from power loss by:

  • Providing an instant and seamless transition to backup power during an outage.
  • Protecting the equipment and reducing wear by providing a clean power

 

How Does a Mass Spectrometer Backup Power System Protect Your Equipment?

 

Protection against power losses and surges

Both Power loss and Power surge present a risk for your mass spectrometer. The most immediate and potentially largest problem is the loss of data—and potentially the loss of the actual test subject itself. While this presents only a minor inconvenience for the end-user if they have to re-run a test, this can potentially cause much larger issues if samples are ultimately lost. Being unable to re-test these can result in:

  • The facility being put behind schedule
  • Loss of trust from the customer/vendor/patient
  • Decrease or lost revenue
  • Increased Labor Costs

Additionally, power surges can overload and damage expensive electrical components on your system. This can result in unexpected and substantial extra costs when  replacing them, as support contracts and/or warranties will not cover damage caused by surges.

A quality backup power system ensures that, should an outage occur, power is instantly supplied, preventing equipment from sudden shut down. This enables staff to save work and complete the proper shut-down sequence. Ultimately, this method is nearly guaranteed to protect the equipment's electrical components.

Surge Protection

An efficient uninterruptible power supply will ensure that your mass spectrometer has a reliable source of clean power—power that is free of sudden spikes or dips in its overall sine wave.

Equipment that receives unclean power typically suffers from faster component degradation and faces higher risk of total burnout. This is commonly found in facilities located a long way from the plant that produces their power, places where brownouts are common, and densely populated areas where the sheer number of electrical equipment in use generates "noise" in the electrical current.

 

Types of Backup Power Systems Available

 

The three most common types of backup power available are:

  • Off-line (also known as Standby)
  • Line-interactive
  • Online (commonly known as double-conversion)

Off-line and line-interactive are the most commonly found backup power systems. They are typically designed to address the basic backup needs of PCs and consumer electronics—and thus low-cost, though generally ill-suited to back up professional medical and lab equipment. 

This is because, when installed, they leave the equipment connected directly to the power utility source until power is lost. When a power outage happens, off-line and line-interactive backup systems switch over to the inverter, creating a 10 to 20-millisecond delay.

Additionally, line-interactive backup power systems typically incorporate a boost or buck automatic voltage regulator (AVR). These regulators provide an inefficient method of regulating output voltage when the system is operating from utility power—only switching to backup power once they sense an 8% difference of power output.

Unfortunately, this tolerance is dangerously high for laboratory which are often designed with ability to handle only a ±2 to 3% difference.

On the other hand, online backup power systems create new sine wave power both in utility and backup modes. This is accomplished by:

  • Convert the incoming AC power to DC,
  • Filtering and regulating the signal
  • And finally generating a new clean and tightly regulated AC power wave.

This operation system ensures an output voltage regulation of ±2 to 3% and provides the highest power conditioning demanded by sensitive laboratory equipment.

Furthermore, online backup power systems only use battery power when the utility power is absent - a sharp contrast to standby and line-interactive designs. Therefore, online backup power systems have battery lives that are typically longer than other system types.

Finally, many online power systems deliver the benefit of galvanic isolation. This feature eliminates common noise paths and ground loops—increasing the accuracy and data communications reliability of lab appliances.

 

Best Mass Spectrometer Backup Power Systems

 

Find Best Battery Backup System for Your Lab Equipment

The MediProducts hardwired system is the perfect solution for facilities tight on space, but who still need backup power. Its:

  • Branch circuit protectors
  • Automatic transfer switch 
  • Remote power delivery

mean that instant, clean power will be delivered right to your most sensitive appliances through the outlets they are already plugged into.

Plus, you’ll be able to save space by installing the backup power system anywhere in your facility, including adjacent to the utility panel.

The Medi-Products Standalone System allow you to plug appliances and equipment directly into the backup power system. It provides:

  • Instant power
  • Automatic Transfer Switch
  • Same-room power delivery

Providing a custom, plug and play power system that can be wall mounted and takes up almost no floorspace.

Medi-Products, places a premium on meeting the exact backup power needs of our clients. Every order is custom-built to to the specifications of your equipment and desired runtime. Our highly trained product experts will guide you as you find the perfect system.

Our Technical Data page houses everything you need to know about our systems including:

  • Spec sheets,
  • Installation & testing guides,
  • Printable logs that you can use in your facility.

All you need to do is contact our team today to size the perfect system.

They'll simply ask you for photos of your appliances and how long you wish to run them on backup power. Then, they'll get back to you as quick as possible with a variety of product offerings.