UPS – The Key Role of Back-up Battery Testing & Maintenance For Reliable Power Supply
Published 22 Feb 2018
Special Thanks To James Abbey - Director at BCL Power Ltd
BCL Power Ltd was established in 1994 as a telecoms battery service company, and was originally called Brett Communications Ltd. In 2017 we decided to change our name to BCL Power Ltd to suit our business more.
Today, the company offers complete end-to-end solutions for UPS (uninterruptable power supply) Systems and standby battery power equipment, including the supply, installation, maintenance and support on critical power solutions.
Over the last 24 years, we are very proud to have been involved with some of the leading critical power manufacturers including APC, Riello, Eltek and Enersys Batteries.
The core of BCL Power’s customer’s range from telecom providers to banking, education, government authorities and NHS trusts.
As the rail industry looks to improve its data management systems via reliable standby battery solutions, BCL Power knows how to help! With significant success over the last few years as the UK distributors of Midtronics Stationary Power (who supply battery management solutions), BCL Power is now looking towards the rail industry as a potential opportunity for future growth.
James Abbey, Director at BCL Power, explains the lack of awareness towards the importance of ensuring regular testing and maintenance of batteries, “we have seen a real problem, where people have had services on their UPS system, but not had an actual test on their batteries,” he says. “We can’t stress the importance of regular battery maintenance and testing, it is really simple and is the key component within a battery back-up system.
If you don’t have them tested regularly, then you don’t know the condition of them. And if you don’t know the condition of them, you don’t know if they’re going to work when needed. Therefore, it’s so important that clients can get accurate and efficient information about their systems, and therefore prevent any issues that could occur. In delivering these solutions, BCL Power excels within the industry with its supplier relationships.”
“As the UK distributor to Midtronics Stationary Power, this really gives us a push over our competitors because we not only provide the battery management service, but also the tools to test them.” explains James.
One of the problems across all sectors is that there is currently a lack of integration between the way companies test with one device and monitor with another, resulting in multiple streams of data, which then have to be analysed separately.
“All Midtronics Stationary Power equipment reports into one system. This means that it is possible to get the data back to the clients quickly and efficiently,” adds James.
Often replacing a battery system can set a company back between £500 and £10,000. With this management system in place it allows companies to predict failure and therefore budget effectively for new battery systems.”
It is with the above solution that BCL Power Ltd proposes its services to the rail industry.
“Currently, the rail industry will have a monitoring system from one company that focuses on remote batteries at switching sites and telephone exchanges. In addition to this, the guys who go out to the field will likely be testing batteries with a different system. All this data is then extracted and analysed by someone else who can then make a decision on whether the batteries need changing or if they are ok.
With the Midtronics Stationary Power equipment, there is a central server, which can collate all information from all sites, whether it be from engineer tests or from monitoring remote sites, which can then also cut down on service visits.
Midtronics Stationary Power Battery testers allow management teams in the rail industry to predict when the batteries will need changing more accurately, rather than waiting for a test to say that they’ve already failed.
Focusing on the rail industry is a smart and reactive move by the BCL Power team considering a current push within the industry to integrate data management with operations in order to improve reliability and therefore customer satisfaction.
Having now sold many Midtronics testers to Network Rail through a third party, BCL Power sees the potential for its management systems to also be put in place to help drive maintenance efficiencies throughout the rail network.
“As a nation we are putting more pressure on the power grid and this brings its challenges. People are becoming more reliant on back-up battery solutions,” comments from James, who sees big opportunities in the near future.
“Going forward, it is worth companies investing in a good battery management programme. For instance, if stations and signalling applications are relying on standby battery power in case of a power cut, how do they know they will work every time?”
As far as BCL Power’s own future is concerned, the company is very much focused on expanding its target markets to become increasingly aware of the importance of battery management.
“Over the next 12 months, we are looking at having a hosted service. If clients haven’t got the employees to manage the data, we can provide a secure management service where we collect the information remotely and can highlight problems for them.
We can then inform them of the best way to proceed. With a unique position in the market and a strong product and service offering, BCL Power is well placed in an economy where future power sources are uncertain.”
Contact BCL Power
Unit 13 Beaufort Court, Roebuck Way, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK5 8HL United Kingdom
Tel 01908 607548
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