When a power outage occurs, it can be inconvenient for individuals. However, for businesses, it can be catastrophic. There is a possibility that your business could incur losses of both time and money due to certain factors. Loss of data, productivity, inventory, and more can be avoided by installing an automatic transfer switch along with a backup power system, either permanent or mobile.
What is an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) and how does it work?
An automatic transfer switch plays a critical role in maintaining power supply during an outage. There are two main types of transfer switches – manual and automatic. However, the automatic transfer switch is the more common choice in standby applications. An automatic transfer switch efficiently transfers the power source from one supply to another, typically between utility (primary) and emergency (backup) sources, ensuring an uninterrupted power supply. This is accomplished automatically by sensing the failure. During a power outage, your transfer switch detects the failure, initiates your generator, connects your generator to the electrical system, transfers power sources, senses utility restoration, and returns to the utility source once available.
In situations where you cannot afford prolonged outages, an automatic transfer switch is necessary. Industries like tourism, food & beverage, medical, municipal, education, and more can benefit greatly from a properly designed backup system using an automatic switch. Consider what could happen if you have patients on life support or if you are operating heavy machinery when the power goes out. An automatic transfer switch is a critical component of an emergency backup system, which ensures that you have an emergency power supply when you need it.
How do backup generators kick in so quickly?
A backup generator receives its start signal from an automatic transfer switch. As soon as a power outage is detected, the automatic transfer switch will activate and transfer to ensure power is maintained during a blackout. A typical transfer takes 10 seconds or less. More advanced systems typically have programmed time delays, or UPS battery systems as well to manage the transfer times.
What will you do when the power goes out?
In case of a power outage, having a plan in place is crucial, especially if you run a business that cannot afford to experience loss of power. Read more about having a business plan in place here. It is highly recommended to have a backup power source or generator, especially in Florida. If you don’t have one yet, consider installing a backup generator with a transfer switch. ATS’s make the process simple and automatic and will speed up the process of regaining power in case of an outage. If you already have a backup generator that is connected manually, you can still benefit from installing a transfer switch, which can be done by our Factory Trained Technicians and Electricians at Zabatt Power Systems. We can also help you maintain your generator and provide rental services if you don’t have one yet. Click the button below to contact us today!