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Power Outages Effect 79% of Businesses
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7 Costly Technological Trends    Threatening Your Business Investment
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A recently commissioned research study which polled thousands of business executives found that power outages effect over 79% of businesses each year, but only 39% have plans to thwart the costly blackout.
While these executives ranked power outages above fire, government regulation, weather damage, theft, and employee turnover as threats to their businesses, over 60 percent of them stated that they have nothing in place to protect the equipment, employees, and, more importantly, their bottom line.
According to a survey conducted by Oracle Corp., downtime costs on average $1400 per minute, or close to $100,000 for just one hour of system unavailability.
Because you're concerned about your business' continued prosperity and propagation, we're sure you've invested in power solutions to help minimize the effects of power outages, but is your equipment still up to the challenge?
Battery Failures Cripple Business 
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Batteries fail. It's a fact of life. Due to a completed lifecycle, manufacturer's defect, or some other cause, there's no guarantee a battery will operate as intended or even to its full potential. Therefore, even a high quality UPS doesn't eliminate the need for regular preventive maintenance visits. Too many customers fall prey to the thought of "I just bought a new UPS, I don't have to worry about anything anymore" only to have their peace of mind abruptly and horribly shattered.

 The service life of a typical UPS battery is only a few years. UPS devices are often positioned on cubicle floors and behind desks. It's easy to forget they're there. Years can pass quickly. As we mentioned, batteries will eventually begin to fail. After a few years, batteries may continue to function but they likely won't continue providing the same levels of service.

For example, a two-year-old battery may provide only 12 minutes of power versus 18 when it was new. Be sure to consider a battery's age and associated service degradation when reviewing your emergency power requirements. Usually, we see that the average battery will typically perform, as expected, for 3 years. In order to be receiving the intended reliability, your batteries should be replaced at that time. It is of likewise importance that, when replacing batteries, that a single, or even a few new batteries, not to be replaced in a battery string. By doing this, the brand new batteries will take on the characteristics of the rest of the older batteries and will have their years of service dramatically shortened. By having regular preventive maintenance completed, it is possible to divert problems that are not only battery related but also associated with the UPS electronic components.
ECS' Service Division Can Help 
serviceEnergy Control System's Service Division has over 50 engineers nation-wide with an average of 16 years of experience working on uninterruptible power systems and their associated  installations. Whether you are looking for help with a installation, start up, alarming or down unit or general questions, we have the experience necessary to help you.  From pre-purchase to installation to battery replacements to contract packages, we are with you at every step.
We can dispatch one of our Engineers to your site to perform preventive maintenance on your unit. Even in today's tough economic times when the "knee-jerk" reaction to cut whatever costs possible and eliminate maintenance, it is more important than ever to make certain that your equipment is regularly inspected. As costs have skyrocketed, this simple service call can save you a huge amount of money. Protecting your UPS investment with regular maintenance is much more cost effective than purchasing entirely new equipment.

Our Engineers are factory trained and have many years of experience in replacing batteries in your unit. From even the smallest unit that requires only a single, small battery to the largest units that require hundreds of larger batteries, we can handle the job!

We can come to your site and remove the old batteries from the unit, install the new batteries and also perform diagnostics on your equipment making sure that you can depend on the reliability of the unit and then remove the old batteries from your site being certain to dispose of them in accordance with EPA guidelines. By following these guidelines, you can rest assured knowing that you and your company will be free of the worries associated with improper disposal of hazardous materials.
Don't be left in the dark, Contact Us today to protect your power quality equipment investment by scheduling a preventative maintenance call or setting up a service plan.

Jeff Edwards
Energy Control Systems
ECS International Inc., Fort Worth, Texas 800-383-6956 * 817-483-8497 * Fax: 817-572-2242