Patent Number: 6,310,783

Title: Modular method and apparatus for building an uninterruptible power system (UPS)

Abstract: An electrical cabinet or chassis for an uninterruptible power system (UPS system) includes universal bays or slots that can receive either power modules or battery backs. The back plane of the slot has separate connector terminals for battery packs and power modules. The slots may also receive battery chargers if so desired. All of the slots of a chassis can be utilized to full capacity before another cabinet needs to be employed. The cabinet is also readily adaptable and can be easily reconfigured as desired without particular concern as to the number of power modules or battery packs that are being used. Sensors are provided which indicate the capacity of the cabinet that has been used (e.g. the number of slots still open and not used by a power module or a battery pack). The sensors also indicate whether a battery pack, power module or other device is inserted into the slot, and whether it is properly inserted, thereby providing an indication of the specifications of the UPS system as presently configured to the user.

Inventors: Winch; Cary (Necedah, WI), Layden; David (New Lisbon, WI), Edevold; Craig (Tomah, WI)

Assignee: Powerware Corporation

International Classification: H01M 2/10 (20060101); H02J 9/06 (20060101); H02J 7/00 (20060101); H01M 10/42 (20060101); H01M 10/46 (20060101); H01M 2/20 (20060101); H01M 2/34 (20060101); H01M 10/50 (20060101); H05K 007/14 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018