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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tim Shoppa)
Subject: Re: Emergency Power Supply Systems (EPSS) for Life Safety.
Date: 20 Sep 2002 09:17:33 -0700
NNTP-Posting-Date: 20 Sep 2002 16:17:33 GMT
email@example.com (Bernie Yeater) wrote in message news:...
> My name is Bernie Yeater we are an integrator of Life Safety Systems,
> specifically Gas Detection systems to protect people from toxic gases
> in the work place. We are located in the US. Our main customer base
> is the Big 3 Auto companies in research and development. These users
> require carbon monoxide detection systems.
> Our current design involves taking a UPS from APC or MGE and placing
> it in a small panel with muffin fans. We do not like the appearance
> of this approach, and would like to downsize the panel. It is also
> inconsistant with our goal of becoming an OEM of Life Safety.
> We would like to mount a circuit board in the panel with a couple of
> batteries. We believe that this would create a more appealing
> product, reduce the size and allow our users to maintain them better.
> It would also allow us to migrate our product mix from that of an
> integrator to an OEM of Life Safety Systems.
> We would like to know of companies who could supply these components
> for us. Or a source for these components. Or possible produce the
> entire panel.
IMHO it's not an issue so much of finding the components, but of a
system redesign to avoid the need for 120VAC anywhere. Telco equipment,
for example, runs almost exclusively from batteries at -48V. As a result
there is a truly extensive amount of commodity hardware that'll use a 48V
Fire alarm and halon dump systems also extensively use DC power busses.
12V and 24V seem to be common. This may be more appropriate for your
products (in fact I'm surprised that you haven't already identified that
as a model to emulate, so maybe I'm missing something fundamental.)
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