Welcome to CareBase!
Complete mission-critical power protection/backup systems, covering from surge arresters for your service entrance panel to UPS for your load, and for heavy-duty outdoor UPS for remote sites you'd rather not have to go back to.
We're here to help you keep your systems up 24/7
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- Electrical purification and 'smoke'
- (for a little humor) 'Electron Therapy'
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Welcome to a friendly place where we can help you protect your mission-critical systems — such as outdoor WiMAX, telecommunications, CCTV, cellular, wi-fi, radar, remote power, photovoltaic array tracker controls, wind farm controllers, nuclear power plant systems, database servers, laboratory analyzers, x-ray machines, 3D medical imagery, computers, transportation, cable headend, satellite systems, security systems, outdoor applications - exotic and standard, and more — from the deleterious effects of power surges and sags (overvoltage / undervoltage), electrical line noise, electric utility power outages, lightning, wild voltage fluctuations, 'wild power' on aircraft, dealing with having to be 'off-grid,' oh, and *smiling* ... *electrigeists... and sprites, too. These sprites are very real, very large, and may look different than you thought - and serious enough that the US-Canada, the EU and China have all launched sprite observation satellites to monitor them, and help with advance warning.
CareBase provides these sheltering environments in the form of uninterruptible power systems, in both single and double conversion UPS topologies, indoor and outdoor, and in standard or bespoke/custom OEM designs; ac power line conditioners and automatic voltage regulators with built-in surge protection, outdoor AVR, wide temperature range outdoor ac UPS, ac input—dc output pole-mountable outdoor UPS, OEM design uninterruptible power supplies — including modular wide temperature uninterruptible power systems, dc—ac inverters, true on-line double conversion regenerative battery backup UPS systems, and automatic transfer switches for dual utility feeds, dual inverters, generators or redundant UPS, and indoor and outdoor automatic transfer switches, and a new ATS designed to surge protect both the mission-critical UPS as well as the wraparound automatic/maintenance bypass.
Our goal is to help you obtain comprehensive and cost-effective power and surge protection strategies, and electrically sheltered environments, for your OEM, customer, and mission-critical electric / electronic systems, in both outdoor and indoor applications, in order for your electrically fed critical infrastructure systems to persevere against aberrant 'dirty' power, including the occasional surge event, brownout and power outage.
Power quality systems are especially important where the application equipment may need to be equipped to survive and continue to operate normally through otherwise damaging power surges/transients, low/high - under/overvoltages, outages (and even sprite-related lightning — which touches on the potential impacts from our sun, 'Sol' — of a magnitude one might rather not think about, and the reason several different countries have launched sprite observation satellites recently for early warning of impending hits). These power protection systems also will help prevent negative effects on circuitry from sometimes damaging line noise, occasional not-so-graceful grid switches, power-outage induced transients, and other electrical events.
"Electrically sheltered environments" significantly help preserve your company and/or personal resources by creating a safer and more controlled electrical climate ~ where your systems will stay in working condition longer. Thus, you experience beneficially extended usage of costly assets, and more simply... not having to absorb the time and expense of changing out failed system components after every major surge. Or, riding through electrical storms without disruption to your operations.
Meter-Treater manufactured SPDs (surge protective devices): ac and dc transient voltage surge suppressors/arresters (TVSS). These are MOV (metal oxide varistor), TPMOV (thermally protected metal oxide varistor), SAD (silicon avalanche diode), and gas tube based devices designed to divert the worst of incoming electrical transients to ground; with the intention of protecting home and business systems, and mission-critical devices, from total destruction from most lightning related transients, or surges on the grid. They do not, and cannot, protect you implicitly from TOVs (temporary overvoltages), or direct lightning hits (as some lightning can literally just turn your meter into slag, and you also can have radiated through the walls energy to deal with from hits to the building or just outside), yet they still do a phenomenal job of protecting against nearby lightning and other transient inducing events. Of everything we deal with, we consider having one of these on your electric service entrance meter/panel (and confirmation of an up to code low-impedance ground) a must-have for any power protection/quality strategy. It is just too easy, and too inexpensive, not to do it. And in my opinion provides the best overall return-on-investment of any of your power quality expenditures.
TSi Power manufactured indoor and outdoor wide temperature range line-interactive UPS in exterior rated IP 44/NEMA 3R enclosures, in both single conversion ac and dc output configurations, with built-in automatic bypass in the ac output configurations; ac low-impedance power line conditioners, hospital/medical grade isolation transformers, ferroresonant constant-voltage regulating isolation transformers, single conversion PWM IGBT driven precision +/-3% ac electronic voltage regulators, tap-switching automatic voltage regulators, dc—ac inverters with isolation, and fast-acting indoor/outdoor rack/wall mountable ac automatic transfer switches (ATS).
Falcon Electric manufactured indoor and outdoor wide temperature double conversion ac—dc—ac UPS; in standard indoor enclosures and IP 44/NEMA 3R/4 outdoor rated enclosures. These are regenerative, zero transfer time, uninterruptible power systems (also called 'true on-line" UPS/battery backups) designed to get you through even the most difficult power situations requiring battery backup. These double conversion UPS re-create 50/60 Hz frequency as well as voltage, so they are suitable for mission-critical applications utilizing long-term emergency backup generators which too often experience frequency drift, and other anomalies, during startup. Falcon true on-line double conversion UPS also function as precision +/-2% PWM voltage regulators; with many industrial grade models capable of handling high temperature environments with a UL 508 listed temperature range as wide as -30° to 65°C.
All of the above product specifications may be accessed via the menu buttons at the top of the page of any of the CareBase main .html web pages. If you can't find exactly what you need, please call us, as a custom (bespoke) solution, or a solution whose specifications sheet just isn't posted yet may be what you need.
All these are engineered to work in a coordinated effort to help support mission-critical systems such as those of the following, and many more:
- Control systems: Honeywell, Siemens Building Automation, and Rockwell Automation-Allen-Bradley
- Electronics: Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, Intel
- Imaging and analyzers: Beckman-Coulter, Netzsch, GE and Hitachi
- Computers, and internet, blade or other servers: IBM, Dell, HP
- Broadband, network security, routers: Cisco-Linksys, Juniper Networks and Motorola
- Defense and aerospace systems: Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin and Northrop-Grumman
- Medical and mobile-med systems: General Electric, Siemens, and Medtech Group
- Surveillance and security CCTV/receiving systems: Smiths Detection, L-3 Communications, Vicon, Extreme CCTV
- Telecommunications: Siemens, Nortel, and Toshiba
- Cable headend: Motorola, Harmonic and Arris
- Precision machining-automation: Okuma America, Mitsubishi Electric Automation
- 911 call center systems: Motorola, and Cassidian
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For those who may not know what electrical purification is ... it essentially is having the equivalent of a resident electron therapist for overexcited electrons that have organized themselves into dangerous transient waves, or bursts of electrical energy, that can destroy or damage sensitive electronic equipment and wiring. (This is due to the associated microscopic heating effect and resultant phase change on the molecular level of critical circuit pathways. The physical result of this phase change is known more colloquially as... "smoke" ... *smiling*). Ultimately, our goal is to proactively modify the electrons' behavior back into that of model electrical citizens, thus helping all of our electronics and electro-mechanical systems persevere through transients and outages, and run more smoothly, with few, if any, electrical failures.
- Installing a powerful surge arrester to divert potential harmful transient surges to "ground" (electron crowd control with strait-jackets), and thereby protecting your home or business. Ideally installed behind or very close to the electric meter, as the goal is to intercept the surge at the closest possible point to your ground rod, which is almost always located directly below the meter. By eliminating the extra impedance of long lead wire lengths, you can divert up to 3,000 volts more of lightning induced energy away than conventional hardwire arresters inside on the breaker panel, with the lead wires left long. For second-stage protection, (highly recommended for coordinated surge protection) there are all of the above mentioned topologies, and also plug-in surge protectors.
- Installing an ac low-impedance isolation transformer power line conditioner (as in magnetically therapeutic and soothing isolation from rampant running amuck electrons) to enhance control and computer system logic accuracy by the use of magnetics to smooth electron flow, and re-establishing a calming neutral-ground bond on the output of the transformer-conditioner.
- Installing a precision ac automatic voltage regulator (as in boosting or lowering incoming electron flow to keep input voltage levels, and the sine wave, within safe operating tolerances). While double conversion ac—dc—ac voltage regulation is the most precise and clean, for those on a tight budget there is a single conversion PWM IGBT based electronic voltage regulator technology available that can provide voltage regulation where you would see a nominal +/– 3% (for reference: electric utilities do their best to keep your voltage levels to within +/-10%).
- Installing double conversion ac—dc—ac UPS for your servers (for reprogramming them back into contented electrons) that will recreate/regenerate and clean up the power from emergency backup generators, to protect mission-critical command centers, 911 centers, hospitals, data centers, cellular base stations, and telecommunication systems.
- Also, UPS with built-in, or added on, isolation transformers and constant electronic voltage regulation (magnetically therapeutic and soothing isolation from rampant running amuck electrons) provide for a totally stable ground logic reference, due to their neutral-ground bond on the output of the isolation transformer. In the UPS realm, the EVR section delivers ideal power characteristics and makes for rarely having to exercise (wear out) the batteries except for hard outages.
- Utilizing point-of-use outdoor ac and/or dc output UPS, with heavy-duty surge protection (for very secure surge protected electrons in cozy heated rain and wind-proof parkas, with an extra supply in case of emergencies) for remote wireless telecom, WiMAX, wi-fi, surveillance CCTV, control systems, remote valve operators, etc. These utilize outdoor rated NEMA 3R and 4/4X enclosures with conformal coated boards, special battery heaters, etc. to work in places as bad as simply on a power pole sticking its nose in the air, to places like Siberia, military base perimeters in Djibouti, Africa (it's okay — we had to look at a map, too), and mountain tops for weather service lightning detection and 911/emergency communication tower applications.
- A fast-acting automatic transfer switch (ATS) technology that enables using two or more UPS (or dc—ac inverters) together in a redundant fashion, so if one UPS' batteries fail, or failure occurs from some other cause, the switch transfers automatically to the other UPS or power source fast enough that virtually all computer loads or telecommunications systems do not even notice there was a switchover. Many large facilities with access to two utility grids, or two distinct and reliable power sources can take advantage of this.
- Also, there are specially designed double conversion ac—dc—ac UPS that become redundant in an N+1 configuration. (Creating an emergency entrance for a backup electron team in case one group goes on strike for more voltage).
- Inverting dc power from battery banks to ac sine wave power via dc—ac inverters. (The reverse of straightening out the electron flow; a dc—ac inverter takes a bunch of straight arrow electrons and gets a sinuous dance going).
- Converting 50 Hz power into 60 Hz power or vice versa; or converting 120 Vac into 230 Vac or vice versa, via double conversion ac—dc—ac frequency converters/voltage regulators. (Getting either a faster or slower rhythm going, empowering more volts or helping getting just the right amount of volts while still being relaxed about it).
- "Electron therapy" has now become especially important, as Intel, AMD, Samsung and other computer chip circuit pathways have shrunk to a microscopically small 14 nanometers wide. New process technologies allow the chips to work with less than 2 volts and use just 6 watts or less. The amount of excess electrical energy in a surge that it will take to burn out one of these microscopic pathways is now significantly less than even 3 years ago. Intel's new Broadwell chip circuitry pf 14 nm (nanometers), is roughly about 1/8000th the width of a human hair! Properly coordinated high quality service entrance surge protection, UPS and automatic voltage regulation with built-in power conditioning to help keep those circuitways from melting is now needed more than ever.
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The CareBase mission is to help you take care of your mission-critical database and electronic systems by providing a foundation, or base of care, of the highest quality, and most affordable electrical power protection equipment available (based on true cost of ownership vs. apparent initial low cost), to best protect your investments in electronics based systems, and the success of your mission. It is also to help companies form proper "network power quality solution strategies" to the ever increasing problems associated with extreme voltage fluctuations, power outages, surges/transients and other kinds of electrical problems affecting their or their customers' equipment.
CareBase is a small company, now in our 27th year (time sure flies when you're having fun!), located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, in Glenwood Springs, surrounded by three mountain ranges, through which flow the Colorado and the Roaring Fork Rivers. It's also home to the Glenwood Caverns and Iron Mountain Tramway, the world's largest hot springs pool (three million gallons per day, compliments of underground springs heated by our local and active Dotsero volcano), and home of the "Teddy Bear." (Hint: remember President Teddy Roosevelt, and his famous bear hunt, where he didn't get his bear?)
CareBase has been involved with electric power quality systems since 1988. Michael Gibson is the author of The Art of Electrical and Electronics Technical Writing, and the Most Common Mistakes, available in the Apple iBooks Textbooks section, and can be linked to via www.actualcase.com and was one of the founding directors, and the third president of the non-profit Colorado Electric Service Network (since merged with the Rocky Mountain Electric League). After 25 years of refinement, we are happy to represent three key manufacturers, with a breadth of proven product topologies and sizes that can handle the vast majority of modern mission-critical applications out there, sometimes with COTS (consumer off-the-shelf) units, and also with customized/bespoke solutions.
We have represented Meter-Treater, Inc. since their inception over 25 years ago, and have helped some of the largest utility companies in the US develop power quality programs for their customers with the Meter-Treater meter based surge protective device, some of whom now install Meter-Treaters as standard practice on new homes and businesses; and most notably have helped ski lift manufacturers Leitner-Poma and Doppelmayr-Garaventa-CTEC finally solve their surge and lightning protection problems around having huge towers and steel cables acting as lightning rods, and better protecting the electronics that govern lift operations, communications and haul rope safety systems. Meter-Treater has one of the largest privately-owned lightning laboratories in the world (500 kA capable — about 25 times more powerful than the average Colorado lightning stroke), and uses it to continually test and improve their systems against real-world level impulses.
Another manufacturer is Falcon Electric, Inc., known as Falcon UPS. Early on we were a factory representative of Toshiba International UPS for over ten years, and the Falcon UPS engine was one of the very few competitors felt to be able to match the Toshiba design, and earned many an engineer's respect. Since we've been working with them, we've now had our own experience where Falcon's UPS have succeeded where other high quality manufacturer's units simply didn't. Falcon UPS are used in some of the most challenging applications in the world. Founder Arthur Seredian's bio includes being the electrical engineering manager for the first NASA lunar lander's electrical systems. And their VP of Engineering, Mike Stout, another phenomenal engineer, ensures that same level of mission-critical expertise goes into all the Falcon designs, even if your project may not entail going to the moon and back. Falcon UPS are extremely well engineered systems, with a brilliant group of engineers and staff, and we're quite honored and very happy to have them aboard.
TSi Power Corporation is another power quality manufacturer, now owned by the original founder of Powervar, Inc., and a former Oneac engineer, Mr. Peter Nystrom, along with two other rather incredible engineers, Mr. Nam Paik, and Mr. Hans Ziegler. Their products are engineered to provide reliability, optional redundancy, the ability to customize configurations fairly easily, and push the envelope for single conversion voltage regulation; and they have a precision attitude within the company. It is an honor and pleasure to be working with them.
What CareBase does best is to help people find the correct solutions to their power quality challenges. Our 25 years of experience with power quality gives us an overview, and historical perspective, that is absolutely necessary to have to deal with the myriad of electrical problems facing us today.
The United States power grid's power quality levels are reported to be degenerating at a rate of over 1% annually; which, while 1% may not sound so bad, cumulatively is rather huge. The culprit? The continuing explosion of hundreds of millions of small electronic devices, and many with cheap, high harmonic producing power supplies, that are back-feeding enormous amounts of electrical pollution back into the electrical system. Over 50% of the United States electric load is now from microelectronics; something that is rather amazing when you realize that most of those loads are ultimately dc loads, not ac loads; and is something that is setting the stage for large scale conversion to localized dc power production from PV, wind and mini-hydros.
CareBase is here to help educate people around power quality, and make available simple and cost-effective solutions to the worsening problem of deleterious electrical energy on the grid, in the facility, and help you achieve high levels of electrical perseverance in the face of them.
Our clients, both direct and indirect, have included companies such as: Intel, IBM, Siemens Communications Systems (formerly ROLM), Siemens Building Automation, Vaisala, Securitas - Niscayeh and now part of Stanley Black & Decker Convergent Security Solutions, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Motorola, Smiths Detection Systems, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Mitsubishi Telecommunications, ROLM (since acquired by Siemens Telecommunications), Sun Microsystems, StorageTek, Xcel Energy/New Century Energies/Public Service Co. of Colorado, Southwestern Public Service Co. in Texas (since merged with Xcel), Florida Power and Light, Snohomish County PUD, Idaho Power, the US Coast Guard, US Marines, US Navy, US Air Force, US Army, the FBI, US Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Montana Power, Orcas Power, San Miguel Power Assoc., Grand Valley Power, United Power, Holy Cross Electric, Lockheed-Martin, Raytheon Engineers and Constructors, Raytheon Polar Services, Babcock and Wilcox, University of Colorado, (NIST) National Institute of Standards & Technologies (formerly U.S. National Bureau of Standards), Honeywell, Exabyte (now Tandberg Data), Access Graphics (now owned by General Electric), Virginia Tech, City of Los Angeles 911 Center, Summit County 911 Center, Charles Schwab and Co, Merrill-Lynch, Boulder County, City of Longmont, City of Fort Collins, Town of Estes Park, Colorado Springs Utilities, Bank1One (now owned by Chase), ReMax Realtors, GexPro (formerly GE Supply), Anixter, GE Measurement and Control, and many more.
There is an enormous amount of information and expertise we can share with you. In order to assist you best, it helps to know exactly what you are trying to protect. It will make it easier if you can prepare yourself with the basic information, i.e., kinds of equipment and your electrical service voltage/configuration: e.g., 120 V or 230 Vac single phase, or 120/208 Vac or 230/400 Vac three phase wye or other; 12, 24 or 48 Vdc, and your load's amperage (A) or wattage (W), usually found on the nameplates located on the rear or sides of virtually all electrical/electronic equipment. If you have a true-rms multimeter with current probe, or wattmeter and can get some actual load measurements during steady state and peak startup conditions, that is the absolute best. Then, please either call us or send an email. If we can help you, we will.
1.970.945.2770 ~ 800.430.2770 (USA, Canada and Puerto Rico) ~ email@example.com
We look forward to helping you protect your systems from aberrant electrigeists!
* Electrigeist(s) is a power quality word coined by Michael Gibson circa 1992, to describe the invisible, yet often capricious, effects that aberrant electrical phenomena can have on our electronic systems. The coining came about after helping a medical clinic in Denver, CO eliminate an electrigeist that had been causing random intermittent havoc in their computer systems, and came to be called Urgina - after a network printer spontaneously printed out just those six letters as the very last of the medical grade isolation transformer line conditioners, and associated static mats were plugged in; Urgina never appeared again. : )