Safe and Easy to Install, APCs Universal Transfer Switch Automatically Transfers Loads Between Utility and Backup Power Sources
DENVER " September 14, 2006 " American Power Conversion (Nasdaq: APCC) (APC), a world leader in power availability and protection solutions, today unveiled the APC Universal Transfer Switch (UTS), which automatically transfers loads from a utility to as many as two backup power sources during a power disturbance. Ideal for home or small business use, the APC UTS, when paired with a backup power source, can protect valuable and sensitive electrical equipment against problems caused by blackouts and support power critical loads such as furnaces, lighting, well pumps, and medical devices.
In the aftermath of severe power events, such as hurricanes and power grid failures, consumers require more comprehensive power support for these prolonged disturbances," said Joe Loberti, general manager of APC's Consumer Network Solutions group. "The APC Universal Transfer Switch is a simple, affordable and safe solution, offering home and small business owners the opportunity for uninterrupted power for their essential, power-sensitive equipment during an extended power disruption."
Current manual and automatic transfer switches are limited to one backup source, which in most cases is a generator. Alternatively, the APC UTS can work with two backup power sources, using any combination of the following: generator, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), portable inverter, solar power, wind power, or fuel cell. When connected to the APC UTS, a UPS can provide uninterrupted, conditioned power to devices during the critical time between a power failure and generator start-up or can be utilized as the sole backup power source for select circuits. Allowing the APC UTS to connect to a second power source enables consumers to choose cleaner, more efficient, alternative energy sources.
Additionally, the APC UTS incorporates a technology called Adaptive Load Management which maximizes the capability of backup power sources. In the case of a generator, the APC UTS will shed loads if the generator is in danger of overloading and reconnect the loads when power is available. With Adaptive Load Management, the UTS can manage more loads, reducing the need for oversized generators and allowing consumers to increase the number of loads they can back up.
Available in the fourth quarter of 2006, APC will offer the UTS in three models: 6-circuit, 120V (UTS6); 6-circuit 120V/240V (UTS6BI); and 10-circuit, 120V/240V (UTS10BI), carrying estimated resale prices of $299, $299, and $399, respectively. The APC UTS will be on display, along with its award-winning AV products, at CEDIA 2006 from September 14-17 in booth 773. For more information about APC and its other innovative power protection solutions, please call 800-877-4080, or visit APC's Web site at www.apc.com.
About American Power Conversion
Founded in 1981, American Power Conversion (Nasdaq: APCC) (APC) is a leading provider of global, end-to-end solutions for real-time infrastructure. APC's comprehensive products and services for home and corporate environments improve the availability, manageability and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communication and industrial equipment of all sizes. APC offers a wide variety of products for network-critical physical infrastructure including InfraStruXure, its revolutionary architecture for on-demand data centers, as well as physical threat management products through the company's NetBotz division. These products and services help companies increase the availability and reliability of their IT systems. Headquartered in West Kingston, Rhode Island, APC reported sales of $2 billion for the year ended December 31, 2005, and is a Fortune 1000, Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 Company.