PowerNews: Underground Fire Leads to Extended Power Outage

South Bend Power Outage Due to Underground Fire Leaves Businesses Scrambling Downtown South Bend, Indiana faced a rather unusual power outage this past weekend when a fire ripped through underground passages, eventually damaging power delivery lines for more than 800 customers. Problems began Friday evening, and officials estimated that repairs could last into Sunday evening. What was…

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In-Depth: Uninterruptible Power Supplies

In-Depth: Uninterruptible Power Supplies Which UPS system is right for you? All Minuteman UPSs provide full protection from power problems such as blackouts, brownouts, sags, surges and spikes. There are three different types of uninterruptible power supplies that vary in terms of how protection is delivered to attached equipment. The three types are standby, line…

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In-Depth: New ERS1500RTNC Ruggedized UPS

Reliable backup for extreme temperature and humidity environments from Minuteman Minuteman’s new ERS1500RTNC ruggedized UPS break the mould on power protection for extreme environments – a massive investment is no longer a requirement to protect transportation equipment and other devices located in extreme environments. The ERS provides Automatic Voltage Regulation and 1500VA capacity that is high temperature…

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New Product: Endeavor 5-10kVA Series

We are pleased to announce the addition of the new Endeavor 5-10kVA Series of UPSs to our product family. This new line has models available in 5kVA, 6kVA, 8kVA, and 10kVA options that can be paralleled to accommodate load requirements up to 20kVA. Because all new Endeavor units utilize double conversion technology with true sine wave output and versatile…

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TechTip: Architect & Engineer UPS Power Resources

The life of an engineer gets simpler with Minuteman’s A&E Power Resource Page Power protection specifying can be an arduous task when mixed with all the other duties required of architects and engineers. In the past, determining the proper systems and finding the associated specifications sheets, CSI Documents, Visio stencils, and MSDS docs required for…

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In-depth: Line Interactive vs Online UPSs

Line Interactive vs Online UPS: Which system is right for you? In one of our Newbie’s Nook segments, we briefly touched on the differences between the three types of single-phase UPSs: standby, line interactive, and online. That post focused on basics of each device handling a power issue; this post is focused, specifically, on the differences between line interactive…

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UPS Warranty: Navigating the Maze

Decoding the sometimes treacherous world of UPS warranty plans As we’ve discussed in our Newbie’s Nook posts, a UPS is essential in protecting valuable equipment and businesses from downtime and power problems. But what’s protecting the UPS? That’s where our lengthy, non-prorated standard and extended warranty plans come into play. Much like insurance or airbags, most…

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PowerNews: Raccoons Wreak Havoc in Indiana Substation

Furry animals surpass countermeasures to bring down power We’ve talked before about the wide range of things that can cause a power outage. One of the least predictable is wildlife, with outages being caused by snakes, rats, and even owls in the past. Officials in Richmond, Indiana recently learned that even the best countermeasures can be outsmarted when a pair…

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PowerNews: Texans Face High Power Bills Following Cold

Summer-esque heating bills shock North Texans after cold winter In early March we shared the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ (ERCOT) warning about conserving electricity as temperatures plummeted. The threatened rolling blackouts never happened, but it seems the chickens have come home to roost as a substantial number of customers across the area are facing unusually high…

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Newbie’s Nook: Power Problems

So, let’s play a little game…Name a common power problem. Blackouts. Okay, easy enough. Now, what is a blackout? A complete loss of power. Easy again. Lightning Round (no pun intended): what damage can a blackout case? …no power? Isn’t that it? Not quite…power problems vary significantly and can range from being an annoyance to downright detrimental to systems and…

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Tech Tip: Power Protection in the Home Office

Staying connected from the cubicle or the couch with Minuteman power protection equipment.   When thinking of ‘going to the office,’ I’m bombarded with images of computers and cubicles. While computers are a frequent staple of many offices, the cubicle seems to be going the way of the dinosaurs. With terms like ‘telecommuting’ and ‘work-from-home’…

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Tech Tip: Remote Power Management

Stay on and connected from anywhere with Remote Power Management tools from Minuteman Arguably standing as some of the greatest innovations since fire, the emergence of smartphones and the internet have turned us into an ‘always on’ and ‘always connected’ society. We live in a world where people get upset if their planes don’t have…

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EnterprisePlus LCD UPS In-depth: RT vs. RTXL

In-depth: EnterprisePlus LCD RT vs. RTXL – which one is right for you? A few weeks back, we launched the all-new EnterprisePlus LCD UPS in our PowerNews Newsletter (you are subscribed to that, right?) and here on the PowerBlog. Over the coming weeks we’ll be taking an in-depth look at several of the new features on these units, starting with…

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Newbie’s Nook: Part One

First of all, let me start by saying welcome to the new Minuteman PowerBlog! Since this is my first blog post to the site I thought I’d introduce myself. My name is Samantha; I am a recent graduate of the University of North Texas where I studied political science and English but towards the end of…

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Video: The Basics of Power Protection

Building the right power protection system for your equipment can be a daunting task. Surge protection, battery backup, VA, Watts, outlet types, critical vs. non-critical, it’s enough to make most people’s heads spin at first glance. Fortunately, a little guidance and background goes a long way, and we’ve put together a video that does just…

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