Intelligent UPS communicates with higher level controllers

12 December 2012

The IQ technology is said to turn Phoenix Contact’s Quint UPS-IQ power supply into an intelligent UPS that is able to provide continuous information about the charging state, remaining runtime, and lifespan of its energy storage devices, maximising system availability.

A new data cable now allows the UPS module to be integrated directly into the automation applications.

The information provided by the UPS can, for example, be forwarded to higher-level controllers via Ethernet, or integrated directly into the company’s proprietary control solutions. The available control logic values allow the system to execute a program routine in the event of certain situations, such as power outages. Warning and alarm outputs are configurable and can be tailored to the individual system requirements.

The data cable has an RS-232 interface for Modbus communication that allows integration of the UPS solution into an Ethernet network via a COM server. In addition, higher-level controllers such as the Inline Controller (ILC) or Remote Field Controller (RFC) can be addressed directly. An Inline Controller can be used as a gateway to facilitate the use of other network protocols.

The functional module can be downloaded from the new data cable’s download area at no charge. Status variables can thus be used in the programming logic of the PC Worx programming software.

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