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Why You Should Keep an Eye on Toshiba UPS Equipment

  • Posted by QUS_admin
  • On September 25, 2018

When people discuss the topic of UPS efficiency and data center green initiatives, we are reminded of conversations had in the US in the 1970s and 1980s when the first Japanese cars were introduced into the automobile industry.  It was during this era that the US car industry changed forever.

And what happened?  Relying on the groundbreaking quality management philosophy of the U.S.’s own W. Edwards Deming, the Japanese eventually introduced small, fuel-efficient cars into a market dominated by very large, very inefficient American-made cars at a time when rising energy costs narrowed the focus on operating costs.

Does this story sound familiar?

Today, Japanese cars account for 36% percent of all sales the US market – more than GM and Ford combined. And we predict that the same proportions will exist in the data center UPS market in the not-so-distant future. This is a bold prediction.

The parallels between the two, however, are worth examining.  Just as was the case in the 1970s, energy is a huge issue in the data center space. It is no secret data centers consume more power per square foot than just about any other building type.  And despite our best efforts, this trend will only continue to increase as IT equipment consumes more power, and as technology users consume more data.

Just as was the case in the car industry, the Japanese have studiously approached the data center market. And just as the first Datsun B210 was the subject of criticism, so has the reception been less than welcome for UPS and PDU equipment manufactured by companies like Toshiba.  The critics say, sure it is efficient – but what about quality?

Don’t you wish had bought stock the first time you heard a car dealer say, “But this V-8 Fleetwood Brougham can run circles around that four-cylinder import!”  The modern equivalent goes something like this: “Sure our UPS is more efficient – as long as it is in bypass mode!”

Oh boy.  Folks, don’t walk, run to your nearest Toshiba dealer.  And get some stock while you are at it.

To be sure, modern Japanese UPS equipment is designed around both quality and energy efficiency – the true, on-line sort that delivers 97% day in and day out.  This efficiency percentage applies whether the UPS is fully loaded, or operating in a more normal 40% load environment.  In the case of equipment operating at only 10% capacity, efficiency drops a mere 3 points to 94% – far higher than Toshiba’s U.S. counterparts at most points in their load curves.

These efficiencies translate into tens of thousands of dollars in total annual energy costs, and the best ROI for the dollar.  Toshiba’s secret really isn’t one to anyone who studied Deming and how the focus on quality, design, efficiency, streamlined manufacturing, and a quality dealer network changed the car industry several decades ago.

At Quality Uptime Services, we invite you to read this  Toshiba whitepaper so you can see how innovative design is driving improved efficiencies and better quality power.  As your UPS maintenance and asset management experts and a Toshiba ASP, this is one trend that we are proud to be behind.