Dirty Power



  • Now get you're mind out of the gutter. This isn't the kind of place for that.

    We have a location where we are burning up printers and computers because of dirty power in the plant. While I agree that the Maintenance department is ultimately responsible for this, they would be busier protecting larger and more expensive machines than worrying about printers and computers.

    How should we address this problem? UPS for all of the computers? Is there some kind of sine wave filter that we could purchase for all of the printers? It doesn't have to be a UPS on every printer, and is even advisable to NOT have a UPS on every printer. What would you suggest besides just letting Maintenance handle it?



  • Surge protectors with power filters and a warranty for any connected equipment.



  • @nerdydad said in Dirty Power:

    Now get you're mind out of the gutter. This isn't the kind of place for that.

    We have a location where we are burning up printers and computers because of dirty power in the plant. While I agree that the Maintenance department is ultimately responsible for this, they would be busier protecting larger and more expensive machines than worrying about printers and computers.

    How should we address this problem? UPS for all of the computers? Is there some kind of sine wave filter that we could purchase for all of the printers? It doesn't have to be a UPS on every printer, and is even advisable to NOT have a UPS on every printer. What would you suggest besides just letting Maintenance handle it?

    Get them to separate the cause of the dirty power from everything else.



  • @nerdydad said in Dirty Power:

    Now get you're mind out of the gutter. This isn't the kind of place for that.

    We have a location where we are burning up printers and computers because of dirty power in the plant. While I agree that the Maintenance department is ultimately responsible for this, they would be busier protecting larger and more expensive machines than worrying about printers and computers.

    How should we address this problem? UPS for all of the computers? Is there some kind of sine wave filter that we could purchase for all of the printers? It doesn't have to be a UPS on every printer, and is even advisable to NOT have a UPS on every printer. What would you suggest besides just letting Maintenance handle it?

    You generally do not want a basic UPS on a printer because the wake draw will overload it. But that is the only reason.

    If you spec the UPS right, it is perfectly fine to have a printer on one.

    If you are burning these things up at a high rate, the cost should be easy to justify.



  • If your office has its own breaker panel, you might be able to install an isolation transformer in front of it.





  • Surge protectors, inline UPS. UPS maybe not for single devices but for a whole room / floor. Would be way more efficient. Be aware of printers, @JaredBusch said that before


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