Protect your mission-critical equipment from damaging electrical noise
Guard against disruptive, damaging and destructive power-related issues • Avoid system lock-ups and errors • Reduce unnecessary service calls due to power issues • Eliminate downtime for your POS system due to power problems • Protect your investment by reducing the [...]
Smart Power Systems’ Technology VS Others
There’s a reason surge suppressors are low cost protection products, they handle a small percentage of power related problems. Smart Power Systems Transformer-Based Filter technology offers a low let-through, providing Computer-Grade Power and a more stable power source for today’s microprocessor [...]
Power Protection for Critical Security Systems
Security systems are designed and installed for protection – not protecting them with proper power protection can challenge any benefit expected from a security system.Smart Power Systems offers a full line of patented protection products, including UPS’s for 100% protection from [...]
James Ritty and the “Incorruptible Cashier”
Since the first mechanical cash registers patented by James Ritty in 1883 to stop theft by his employees, to the addition of electric motors in 1906, the ECR business successfully incorporated machinery to enhance its ability. Following the announcement of the fully transistorized business computer in [...]
The A-B-Cs of Over voltage
Over voltage, a power disturbance that occurs when voltage exceeds specified limits, may not be the first potential complication that comes to mind when designing point of sale systems or other applications that encompass electronic equipment. However, understanding what over voltage [...]
The “When” Question Answered
“The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office suffered an estimated $70,000 in damages Aug. 31, when a surge fried nine work stations, fire alarms, office equipment, electronic surveillance equipment, electric door locks and other devices. The surge followed a power failure…” – The Union Democrat, [...]
If push comes to shove, you lose in the perception game
Many hardware & software providers don’t realize that the effects of transients are significantly impacting their company’s productivity and profitability. The problems described above result in billion of dollars of lost profits to U.S. business every year. [...]
A severe storm warning is not the only time to worry about power problems
Severe weather conditions can wreak havoc on any business—particularly restaurants that suffer from a reduction in business and loss of inventory due to spoilage. It’s easy to think about the potential for a power issue right before a storm, but your [...]
What does let-through voltage do to connected equipment?
Let-through voltage is the key to determining the impact of your power protection. The more voltage spikes and surges pass through to your equipment processor, the more problems your equipment is going to have. Typical surge suppressors, and most high-end filters, [...]
Managed Print System Vulnerability Solved with “Easy Fix”
Experienced document-management resellers utilize electronic power conditioning to resolve unexplained system crashes An insidious threat is putting managed print systems at risk. This fatal flaw in the installation of multi-function peripherals takes hundreds down each day across the country, creating serious [...]
Lightning strikes coming soon to a location near you
Summer has officially started, which means it’s time to think about severe weather. This year’s winter was pretty extreme and spring was non-existent for most of the country, so weather-weary residents can now breathe a brief sigh of relief. Although hurricane [...]
Q&A – Why should I purchase an Electronic Power Conditioner from Smart Power?
It is difficult to place a dollar figure on how much can be saved by protecting your Point of Sale System with Electronic Power Conditioners (POS Guardian or Smart Cord) from Smart Power Systems. Consider these facts… An Electronic Power Conditioner [...]
Q&A – Do I need power protection even if I have a dedicated line?
Dedicated lines terminate at the main electrical panel, the connecting point for all loads, including noise generating loads. Dedicated lines offer no protection against power surges and noise generated by neighborhood industrial equipment or lightning strike transients. The Electronic Power Conditioners [...]
Q&A – Why do I need power protection if I have a maintenance contract?
(A) MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS DON’T COVER EVERYTHING! – Most maintenance contracts don’t cover damage due to power problems. If it is determined that power quality is the reason for repair, you may have to pay for the repair. Eliminating one repair caused [...]
Q & A – What are the symptoms of dirty power?
If you are experiencing any of the following, your equipment may be driven by “poor power conditions”: • Blue Screens of Death • Unexpected Downtime • Confusing Error Codes • Excessive “no-trouble-found” Service Calls • Poor Print Quality or Phantom Paper [...]
Q&A – Is your surge suppressor really protecting your equipment?
Surge suppressors are designed for catastrophic events, like lightning. They simply don’t hold noise levels down to a level low enough to be effective. The vast majority of them do not even begin to work until the spike level reaches 350 [...]
The Dangers of Neutral to Ground Bonding in Surge Suppressors
By Mark Waller Mark Waller & Associates Chino Hills, CA Why would anyone want to bond neutral to ground? Why wouldn’t they? In their rush to provide the highest possible levels of power protection for copiers and fax machines, power protection [...]
The Effects of Common Mode (N-G) Noise on a Data String
Today’s electronics have microprocessors that act as high speed switches. These switches are turned off and on millions of times per second. Microprocessors normally work with 5 Volts DC. The off state (zero DC volts) is called “zero” The on state [...]
Warning! Don’t be liable for this!
Not all power protection equipment in the market is GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) compatible. Typically, GFCI’s are installed in environments where electricity and water are present like restaurant kitchens, bars, C-stores, retail locations and homes. When installed properly, a GFCI [...]
Move over, Rippley: It’s time for Smart Power’s Believe it or not!
Electricity is a fascinating thing—trust us, we know. At Smart Power, we are dedicated to knowing everything we can about electricity, how it works and using that knowledge to develop the products that safeguard our customers and assist them when things [...]
Weather Emergencies: Are You Prepared?
Batten down the hatches; weather forecasters are saying that the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is going to be extremely active. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting 7 to 11 hurricanes in the next four months and of those, three [...]
The Mystery of the Office Ghost
It’s funny to joke about the company “ghost” that causes strange happenings around the office. It’s no coincidence that the “ghosts” who plague office buildings also tend to be technology-savvy. In the hands of the supernatural, printers have unexplained issues and [...]
If a power outage can affect the Superbowl, how can you protect your business?
When half of the lights went out on February 3rd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, an estimated 108.4 million television viewers watched it happen. This year’s Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers was the [...]
Ground loop formation is a common problem in today’s electronic equipment installation where multiple devices and peripherals are connected to different power sources communicating through data lines or audio/video wiring. What is Ground Loop? According to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), [...]