Flywheel UPS for 3D printing facilities

When the phrase ‘mission-critical environment’ is used, it’s most often referring to a data center. But the reality is that there are many other environments out there that are just as critical. Any facility that produces complex engineered industrial parts would an excellent example. But uptime is even more vital for a manufacturer that uses 3D printing.

Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing, facilities serve many mission-critical industries such as aerospace, automotive, military, medical, oil and gas, architecture, etc. Any compromise in the quality or strength of parts provided to these industries can have catastrophic consequences.

Subsequently, power disturbances like voltage sags, surges, harmonic distortions, or power outages can be devastating for 3D print facilities. If a machine is interrupted by a power quality event or failure and doesn’t have time to properly shutdown, the entire product batch will need to be scrapped – material in the printer needs to be cleaned up, removed, and replaced. Even micro-outages (less than 0.5 seconds) can affect this sensitive equipment. Frequent power disturbances will cause significant business delays, equipment damage, quality issues, and ultimately huge losses for the manufacturer.

One of the best solutions for mitigating these interruptions in a manner that’s energy efficient, environmentally friendly and provides a low total cost of ownership (TCO) is an external integrated flywheel uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

Flywheel UPS – Safer, More Reliable, Less Costly to Own

The most commonly utilized backup power source for uninterruptible power supplies has historically been lead acid batteries. However, VRLA batteries come with inherent challenges, including relatively short life span (4-5 years), extensive maintenance requirements, and excessive weight & size.

In comparison, Flywheel UPS systems are battery free – using kinetic energy versus traditional valve regulated lead acid battery (VRLA) energy storage. Flywheel systems are “always on,” providing reliable energy storage instantaneously to assure a predictable and seamless transition to standby generators.

But what makes a flywheel UPS system particularly attractive to mission-critical industries is their lower TCO. Over the 20-year life of the flywheel, the total cost of ownership is less than that of a lead-acid battery-based UPS because of its smaller footprint, minimal maintenance requirements, no disposal issues, and no cooling costs.

  • No cooling required
  • High power density - small footprint
  • Parallel capability for future expansion and N+1 redundancy
  • No special facilities required
  • Reduced maintenance
  • 20-year useful life
  • Simple installation and quiet operation
  • Wide temperature tolerance (-4°F to 104°F)
  • Adherence to UL and CE safety standards

Clean, Always-on Power for Any Critical Deployment

There are a multitude of critical environments – data centers, airports, hospitals, etc. – where power is a necessity. For 3D print facilities, a flywheel-backed UPS system will provide clean, always-on power that’s needed to maintain the strict product quality standards of their mission-critical customers.

If you’ve been thinking about using a flywheel as an adjunct or as an alternative to battery-based UPSs, CEG can help you make the switch. We can assess your specific power needs, as well as provide you with a flywheel-backed UPS system from a variety of industry-leading critical power manufacturers . CONTACT US today to get the fly “wheels” in motion!