Falcon Electric Unveils Multi-Module Power Protection Series for Military COTS Applications

December 27, 2011

By Rajani Baburajan - Power Protection Contributor

Falcon Electric, a provider of custom and Commercial off-the-Shelf (COTS) power protection solutions for the military and aerospace markets, has unveiled a three-module version of its popular 5000VA ED Series rugged uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs).

The new ED series is designed to protect sensitive military communications and electronic equipment in harsh environments against costly power problems. The modular form factor of the UPSs significantly improves the ability for military personnel to move and relocate the UPS.

The new ED Series 5000VA rackmount UPS, model ED-4-5000RM-3/1-6-L-3, batteries and control electronics are housed in three modules. Each of these modules consists of a 2U (3.5 inches high) form factor for 19" racks.

The system consists of two UPS modules and a single module that contains the charger and other electronics. Each module performs a specific role which, in concert with multiple power and communications cables, gives users the ability to slide in the three 2U chassis into the equipment rack and then connects all of the functionality through the cables.

The three modules result in a complete system, in terms of functionality and performance, which mirrors Falcon's model ED-5000RM-1 two 3U "double-module" UPS.

Approximately 130 pounds of weight is distributed between the modules making service and logistics of the UPS much easier. The lightweight UPS reduces the likelihood of injury trying to move heavy electronics in and out of equipment racks or military vehicles and aircraft.

Electronic equipment is typically hand-carried through tight spaces onto and off of military vehicles, aircraft and vessels. With the new three-module configuration, lifting the UPS is now within acceptable weight limits for a "one-man" lift, company officials said.

Paul Newman, vice president of manufacturing for   Falcon Electric, explained, “In general, UPSs tend to be heavy and dense, mostly due to the sealed, valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries and transformers that these units typically incorporate. By redesigning our 5000VA ED unit into three, approximately 43-pound modules, it's much easier and safer to move and carry."

For example, in typical submarine operations, the servicemen and women must be able to depend on any crew member to hand-carry electronic systems on and off of the submarine. The 125 pound weight of a typical 5000VA rackmount UPS proves too cumbersome to maneuver. By separating the UPS into smaller modules, the unit can be easily and quickly carried on and off the submarine.

The ED Series can receive power from a number of input sources, including generators and off-grid power sources. The UPS series is available now.

Earlier this year, Pike Research (News - Alertpredicted that the global UPS market will grow by $1 billion in 2011, as compared to last year. The market for UPS will expand from $7.2 billion in 2010 to $8.2 billion in 2011 – growing by 12.2 percent.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin