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The Industry Just Gained
a Long-Overdue Upgrade
on the UPS
With a smaller footprint, smart extended battery
module technology, less maintenance, and a
scalable structure, the latest uninterruptible
power system is finally meeting modern needs.
by Laura Davis
When seeking an uninterruptable power supply (UPS), many operators worry about whether they’ll need to sacrifce reliability for effciency. With
its new 9PXM UPS, Eaton is fnally resolving this worry.
Combining online double-conversion technology, advanced
battery management technology, and a high-effciency
mode, the 9PXM delivers a high level of reliability with
a low cost of ownership in the 4-20 kVA range, all while
achieving a 94% effciency rating at full load.
New Equipment Digest Spoke with Jay Queen, Product
Manager for Eaton’s Modular IT and Industrial OT Uninterruptible Power Supplies to discuss what exactly makes this
latest UPS invention stand out from the crowd.
NED: What is the 9PXM and what industry/workers
will fnd it most useful?
JQ: The 9PXM is an uninterruptible power system (UPS)
and is ideal for data center operators and IT managers
across vertical industries, including healthcare and
NED: What are the main features of the UPS?
JQ: The power system provides a scalable, modular
backup power solution for a wide range of data center,
industrial, and commercial applications. With plug-and-play power and user-replaceable battery modules, it gives
data center operators and IT managers a fexible solution
for delivering reliable backup power that can be scaled
to meet their exact needs.
NED: What is your favorite feature and why?
JQ: My favorite part about the product is its versatility.
We engineered the 9PXM to be modular and fexible, allowing users to start small and, as their business needs
grow, expand while still maintaining a compact footprint.
NED: How is this UPS different than similar products
on the market?
JQ: Compared to similar products on the market, our
UPS offers a higher effciency at full load, provides universal slots for extended runtime in a single chassis, and
has a longer battery runtime at full load.
NED: In pilot projects, what supporting data indicated
that you have a product the industry will fnd useful?
JQ: The 9PXM represents a signifcant leap forward
over its predecessor, the 9170+. The industry has a need
for a scalable UPS with extended runtime capability, as
the 9170+ has occupied this space for almost 20 years.
Pilot programs and early adopters have been extremely
receptive to its compact size, and high-power density.
It packs more power in a smaller footprint, allowing users
to reclaim vital rack space. Additionally, its compatibility
with Eaton’s Intelligent Power Manager software provides
best in class business continuity as well as disaster planning and recovery.
NED: When was it developed and what manufacturing
challenges is it meant to solve?
JQ: The product was launched in September 2018 and is
designed to help data center and IT managers with scaling
their infrastructure as business needs demand. This can
be a challenge because so much data center infrastructure
takes a one-size-fts-all approach.
NED: What’s the biggest innovation of the 9PXM?
JQ: Of the many innovations we’re providing with the 9PXM
UPS, our smart extended battery module technology may be
the most exciting. The technology itself isn’t new, but it’s paired
with hot swappable power and battery modules that reduce
the need for service calls or redundant system bypass. This
means operators can know when batteries need replacing
and pro-actively change them without disrupting operation, a
critical feature for companies requiring 24/7 uptime.
NED: Can you tell us something interesting about it we
won’t fnd on your website?
JQ: The high-power density of the 9PXM is one of the most
intriguing design features. The ability to have up to 20kVA of
N+ 1 redundant power in just 21U of rack space is going to
turn a lot of heads and save IT managers and integrators time
and money when planning their next infrastructure upgrade.
NED: Anything else you’d like to add that readers might
JQ: When seeking a UPS, many operators worry about
whether they’ll need to sacrifce reliability for effciency.
Through the 9PXM’s online double-conversion technology,
our Advanced Battery Management (ABM®) technology and
high effciency mode, this problem is all but eliminated.
We’ve created a product that delivers the highest level of
reliability with the lowest total cost of ownership in the
4-20 kVA range, all while achieving a 94 percent effciency
rating at full load.
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