The Problem with Power
The United States is fortunate to have reliable power. However “always-on” power doesn’t equate to clean power and our electrical system has grown antiquated. Over the past 40+ years there have been no significant advances in our power supply or the level of protection, and yet the electronic assets we deploy such as office equipment, vending, ATMs, industrial automation, and medical devices continue to grow more digitally advanced and expensive.
Despite the growing sophistication of our assets and the age of our power system, modern electronic equipment continues to be manufactured with limited power protection. This causes our equipment to be vulnerable to damaging power grid activity that can cost billions of dollars in lost productivity and data, service and parts annually.
According to the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI), power disturbances cost U.S. industry as much as $188 billion per year in lost data, material and productivity. And, while natural disasters and major events may grab our attention, there are a countless number of uncontrollable variables taking place every day, externally on the power grid and internally within our buildings that are non-disaster related and affect the power supply. Even a minor voltage fluctuation or other disruption of the electrical signal can wreak havoc on electronic assets causing:
- Machine lockups and system malfunctions
- Board failures
- Premature equipment failures
- High service and parts costs
- Phantom errors
While most have historically viewed power variations and related vulnerabilities as easily solvable by protecting against lightning strikes and power outages, the truth is quite different, more severe in nature and far more technical. Of power related events that damage electronics, less than one-half of one percent are caused by voltage surges and spikes, and a small percentage of failures actually results from power outages themselves. These daily disturbances include a complex array of voltage sags, brownouts, overvoltages, power outages and voltage surges and spikes. No two disturbances are the same, and a single event or events overtime can be catastrophic to the lifespan and reliability of electronics.
Why You Should Care
Power outages cost US businesses up to $164 billion per year according to estimates from the Electric Power Research Institute.
Power quality issues cost US businesses up to $24 billion per year according to estimates from the Electric Power Research Institute.
Power disturbances increase the failure rates and service costs of your equipment. These disturbances, especially voltage sags, increase your total cost of ownership and decrease the lifespan of your equipment. Without power protection you end up with more machine lockups and system malfunctions, increased service calls and less efficient electronic equipment.
How Innovolt Solves the Problem
Our patented platform maximizes the performance of electronic assets across the distributed enterprise. Through the unique combination of our patented sensor technology and the Innovolt Management Cloud, we help you and your customers safeguard expensive, often-sensitive equipment while simultaneously giving you the tools needed to predict, measure and optimize essential assets in dispersed environments.
Based on more than twenty-five years of research, we have discovered numerous power-related disturbances that could harm your electronic assets. Using a series of patented protection protocols and remediation algorithms to recognize potential power concerns and fix the issues before damaging effects occur, we focus on three core competencies to improve reliability and reduce the cost of electronics ownership.