Achieving robust, efficient power protection for pharmaceutical and biotechnology applications

To stay ahead in today’s competitive marketplace, pharmaceutical and biotechnology facilities have to be agile; they must exploit constantly evolving technologies, achieve ever-shorter times to production, and deploy techniques such as modular production pods to do so efficiently.

Yet, while seeking to meet these challenges, facility operators are constrained by many diverse factors. They must work within strict, multiple compliance and regulatory regimes; compliance also requires uninterrupted monitoring and data logging for highly environmentally-sensitive, lengthy batch cycles.

Additionally, this environment makes heavy demands on related data services. Privacy and IP concerns expand in-house data processing and storage requirements, while international projects call for 24/7 IT systems with minimal downtime. These resources depend critically on clean, uninterrupted power to fulfil the service levels expected of them.

However, these IT services are not the only pharmaceutical and biotechnology facility candidates for protected power. Equally, development and production areas rely on it for process control and monitoring systems, and for analytical instrumentation.  The entire working environment must also be kept productive and safe, with always-reliable emergency lighting and lifts, shutters and doors, and environmental control systems.

Innovative products and optimised configurations

Achieving this complex and highly site-specific power protection profile is best done by engaging with a well-established supplier such as Kohler Uninterruptible Power (KUP). They will have the resources, experience and expertise essential for installing and maintaining an effective solution. By taking a consultative approach, they can help users identify an optimal configuration of UPSs, lighting inverters, batteries and generators and associated power infrastructure.

Naturally, good service must be complemented by innovative products. KUP’s PowerWAVE 9250DPA, for example, is the latest in a line of UPSs that is highly configurable, scalable and efficient. Modular design means that users can right-size exactly to an existing plant, and then scale incrementally and cost-effectively as the plant expands. It also makes N+1 redundancy easy, allowing module replacement without power interruption, and ‘six nines’ availability.

The PowerWAVE 9250DPA also helps users achieve today’s power-saving, low carbon footprint goals, as it has been independently certified as the most energy-efficient UPS in its class.

The PowerWAVE range extends to standalone models, variously sized to protect anything from a single laboratory, IT or security equipment item to a full data centre or biomanufacturing suite.

Users can implement emergency lighting installations based on KUP’s PowerWAVE EL series of European BS EN50171- compliant static inverters. With single and three-phase options, the inverters use true double conversion and PWM technology. They can run at 120 percent continuous overload, while KUP’s intelligent battery monitoring maximises service life. A galvanic isolation transformer is included on some models.

The KUP engineering team has extensive experience in designing back-up battery systems to suit specific floor plan and loading limits, environmental conditions and autonomy needs, plus monitoring and management requirements.

For longer autonomies, KUP’s generators can be specified with a range of fuel and engine types, including own – brand. The generators combine high reliability and durability with low cost.

Ongoing support

Once all equipment has been specified to meet site requirements, it must be installed, commissioned and serviced correctly to ensure a lifetime of efficient and reliable operation. KUP achieves this by using its own nationwide team of permanently-employed, factory-trained field service engineers, backed by significant local spares inventories.


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