MGE offers new power distribution units

11/03/2005


Control Components
MGE Switched Power Distribution Units with amp metering allows network administrators to conveniently turn on and off up to 16 outlets, reboot individual equipment, and monitor current and voltage remotely.

MGE UPS Systems Inc. , provider of power protection to industrial operations, announced launch of its new Switched Power Distribution Units (PDUs), with amp metering that allows network administrators to conveniently turn on and off up to 16 outlets, reboot individual equipment, and monitor current and voltage remotely. This, MGE says, greatly maximizes uptime of connected servers and equipment.

The new PDUs are ideal for optimizing power consumption and forecasting, the company says. Locked-up equipment, unauthorized use of power outlets, in-rush current, overloaded circuits, and the need to easily access power outlets in the rack are everyday challenges in many environments. PDUs eliminate these problems and provide administrators a quick and simple way to distribute power from uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) to connected rack equipment, MGE says.

Over 100 users, with full or individually assigned access, can remotely: access, configure, and control the Switched PDUs through MGE’s Web browser, command line interface, SNMP, or Telnet interfaces. A secure sockets layer (SSL) protects the system. Accurate, real-time measurement of the cumulative load current (draw) can be seen either on the PDU’s LED readout or through the secure Web browser to determine the remaining power capacity and if additional equipment can be added safely. SNMP traps can be triggered when current exceeds predefined thresholds. Power-up outlet sequencing prevents in-rush current overload and inadvertent tripping of circuit breakers.

The new PDUs meet worldwide standards for safety and performance, including UL and cUL and offer a two-year warranty, MGE says.

— Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief, Control Engineering
MHoske@cfemedia.com






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