As we have been suggesting before, the use automatic of transfer switches (ATS) is very beneficial. After experiencing a long period of power outage, we now realize the importance of having a continuous supply of electricity, especially those who have deadlines to keep.
It’s a great benefit for us to have an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) at home and office. ATS gives us an easy and convenient access to utilize energy from gen set when normal power goes out. An ATS forms the border between the gen set, utility power and the consuming electrical equipment. It performs three functions:
- It monitors power sources for failure.
- It transfers load from the normal power source (MERALCO) to another (gen set).
- It can and should be used to exercise the gen set.
2 Types Transfer Switches
There are two types of automatic transfer switches, namely, circuit breaker and contactor. The circuit breaker type has two interlocked circuit breakers, so only one breaker can be closed any time. On the other hand, the contactor type is a simpler design that is electrically operated and mechanically held. It operates faster than circuit breaker transfer switches, which reduces transfer time.
ATS provides several control functions for gen set operation. It senses when voltage on the utility falls below predetermined limits. Then initiates gen set start-up. ATS transfers loads to the gen set when the engine has sufficiently warmed up and the generator has reached operating voltage and frequency. It also returns the load to the utility line when utility power is restored.
The ATS also provides a timer so the engine runs long enough to warm up fully. It also times a cool down period when the engine has been under load. These controls can be either adjusted by the operator or fully pre-set at the factory.
Meiji ATS units and components meet safety standards and the National Electric Code (NEC) standards. Meiji ATS provides safety to the gen set, gen set operator and protects the electrical service and the utility.
With ATS, a continuous energy supply is acquired even during brownouts. No task or any other activity is interrupted. Invest now on Meiji ATS! After all, we don’t want to get stuck in the dark doing nothing.