We offer free training on all products!!!

PSS offers free training to all customers on any of our products.

 

We believe knowledge is power and training equips our customers with the tools to increase their sales.

With product presentations and examples of physical products, our training is educational and hands on.

 

Training will be tailored to suit your staff’s knowledge level, whether you’re a beginner with power and data racks or been working with them for a while and would like to brush up your skills and become more advanced, we’ve got you.

 

Training is available nationwide, in person or online. Get in touch now to book your training session.

Wrapping up the end of financial year

To our customers and well-wishers!

We’ve blinked and here we are at the end of the Financial Year 2021 – 2022.   We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for an amazing year.

Over this past year we have added staff, new clients, increased our stock holding, set up warehouses and although we are a small business – we can safely say we are a mighty one. We have had our challenges like every business over the last two years, but we can also proudly announce that FY21-22 we have had our largest growth. No matter what the economic climate has been, we have persevered together as a team and came out stronger.

The success of PSS Distributors is based on the relationships we have built over the years, and we really wouldn’t be where we are without you. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with, and for you. Our passion for helping our clients with strong customer service has always been our priority and always will be.

As the end of year approaches, we know there will be many challenges ahead. But we are so excited with what 2022 – 2023 has in store for us – enthusiasm and anticipation are building around new opportunities in all our locations nationwide. Stay tuned for more details in the new year.

Working together this past year has been a pleasure and we’re proud to have you all with us. We look forward to a successful year working together!

From the whole team at PSS Distributors.

We are proud to be celebrating Australian made week!!!

Australian made week is a campaign running from 6 – 12th of June 2022, the week is all about celebrating everything Australian made.

Picture of Australia to celebrate Australian made week

At PSS we endeavor to have product lines of Australian made products available, while maintaining cost effective and practical ranges.

We have put together what we think the advantages of supporting Australian made products are:

  • Designed in Australia, for Australia, with your needs in mind.
  • Supports the local economy.
  • Great customer service.
  • More customisation to products.
  • Local products are manufactured to Australian standard and use local quality checks.
  • Open communication with manufacturers.
  • Reduced delivery costs.
  • Faster lead times.
  • Less transport reduces emissions and helps to save the environment

Aus made products to celebrate aus made week

Some of our Australian made products.

What are you purchasing this week that was Australian made?

Custom build outdoor racks designed for security systems

When security is essential for sensitive equipment being installed outdoors, Redback Racks make it happen!

Starting with the requirements needed, we get customers to fill in our enquiry form and then we get to the drawing board with our local manufacturer and make it into reality.

Below is a roll out that was done for a mining customer, to keep all CCTV systems running and safe.

Outdoor custom build with sunshields and sliding shelf

This rack has a 2-point locking system guaranteeing IP integrity is maintained. Sloped rain hood ensuring maximum water runoff and sunshields protecting the rack from direct sunlight and keeping internal equipment cooler.

For all enquiry’s please fill in our online form and we will get back to you.

 

 

OUR PROJECTS NATIONWIDE…

PSS are proud to share a selection of our projects which have been completed in the last year.

PSS is proud to share our projects

Victoria

PSS Distributors are proud to support Victoria Health in providing UPS systems for the current COVID – 19 rollouts.

Vic Health have selected our Medi – X 5 to provide medical refrigeration across sites organised by the State Government.

Our Medi – X 5 is an easy plug and play design, which assists the sites in a quick rollout. This unit comprises of a 2kva UPS, along with battery bank for extended run time.

 

New South Wales

We have just supplied units to the NRL,  they were requiring back up and the units supplied were the PMU-10, PMU-20X and an EN3000.  These units are perfect for camera surveillance, gates, telephone systems and more heavy duty for those larger applications.

 

Western Australia

We have supplied and commissioned units for Rockingham Hospital, they were after reliable and efficient units that could support their large requirements and we were able to offer the E-Power range.

The EP series offer varying run times and is perfect for any application that required a high level of reliability including remote industrial sites.

 

Queensland

PSS Distributors has been selected for various NDIS locations to provide battery back up to critical equipment with their UPS systems, proudly supporting the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

PSS has used their GP range across all sites, best known for its reliability, it is specifically designed with a Galvanic Isolation Transformer for the medical industry. The specification has been checked before installation by engineers and the NDIS, passing every time.

 

For more information on projects we cover, please contact us.

What is an Anderson plug connection?

An Anderson plug connection is used to provide a safe and efficient power source for DC (direct current) circuits, it is a heavy-duty connector which looks like this:

What is an Anderson plug connection

The Anderson connection is most used in caravans, campers, and tow vehicles. At PSS we use Anderson connections to connect our EBM (external battery modules) to the UPS, this provides power and charge to the EBM.

UPS that are purchased with EBM are supplied with the Anderson connection for the UPS and the EBM’s. The Anderson’s can be connected to the UPS and EBM on site, but this is generally done by a technician at PSS before being shipped out. On site the Anderson plugs will just need to be plugged into the reciprocal Anderson, via plugging negative into negative and vice versa

The Anderson charger on the UPS is customised to the number of EBM attached to the UPS for efficient timely re-charging of batteries.

 

anderson-positive into negative

 

If you have any further questions, please contact one of our technical staff.

PSS now stocking 10 year life batteries at all branches!

PSS Distributors is happy to share that we now offer 10-year design life batteries on most UPS.

Our standard batteries are known as 5-year design life UPS batteries, to read more about the expected life span of those please click here. 

With an increased demand for longer design life batteries, we now offer these as an accessory in all UPS (excluding the Eco-Alto range). Stores nationwide now stock these batteries as a standard which makes assembly of these UPS a seamless process.

We are seeing the most demand for these long life batteries in the medical field and remote installations for critical site, this is usually sold in our Medi-X and GP range of UPS.

To read other blogs we have written about other long design life batteries, including lithium, Nickel-Cadmium UPS Batteries, Lithium Iron Phosphate UPS Batteries  click here.

For any further questions on the different type of batteries we offer please contact us.

What is the difference between IEC plugs – C13, C14, C19 & C20

This information will cover the following connections – specific to Australian appliances:

  • IEC C13 at 10amps
  • IEC C14 at 10amps
  • IEC C19 at 16amps
  • IEC C20 at 16amps

Starting with IEC C13 and 14 at 10amps

IEC is a 3-pin power cable (L, N & E) used mainly for computer, communications, and other appliances.

IEC C13 is also commonly called a “kettle cord” and is the male connection that fits in IEC C14 – female. These are rated to a maximum of 10Amps.

IEC 13/14 are commonly used to power appliances; they plug in with a standard 10amp 240v plug.

At PSS Distributors, UPS 600va – 2.2kva use IEC 13 connection, making them an easy plug and play design.

 

 

IEC C19 and C20 at 16Amps

IEC 19 and 20 are still 3 pin connections but slightly different to the 13/14 connection, IEC 19 and 20 connectors are designed to carry a higher current of up to 16amps. The different shape of the connectors ensure they cannot be connected together.

 

Often an appliance that draws over 10Amps and under 15Amps will come with a 15Amp AUS Standard 3 pin plug to a C19 for the input power.

15amp Aus plug

At PSS Distributors all our 3kva UPS use IEC C19 and are plugged into a 15 AMP socket. This is in line with Australian standards.

So, what is the difference between 10 AMP and 15AMP AUS standard plug?

10 and 15amp are both single outlet, single phase circuits. However, 15amp has a heavy duty (thicker) wire to carry a larger current and the socket on a 15amp plug has a larger earth. 15amp plug needs to be plugged into a dedicated 15amp socket due to the larger earth, but a 10amp plug will fit into a 15amp socket, please see example below of the 10 and 15amp sockets.

 

Any UPS we sell above 4kva would need to be hardwired in by an electrician, this again is in-line with all Australian standards.

If you have any further questions about connection types, please get in touch with one of our technicians.

PSS Provides Backup to NSW Rural Fire Service

PSS Distributors is proud to have a UPS providing backup at NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS).

The NSW RFS is the lead combat agency for bush fires in NSW. PSS has used their PMU unit to provide uninterrupted online protection to the equipment at RFS (shown below).

 

A UPS in an integral part of emergency service operations, ensuring all systems have continuous power in times of need. PSS Service department is responsible for maintenance and repair on this unit and provides the RFS reliable support 24/7.

 

For any UPS or service quotes please fill out the contact form and one of our friendly staff will get back to you.

How to set UPSILON 2000 to send emails via Gmail

 

These are general steps to set up your UPSILON software to alert you via your gmail.

NOTE: This may require support from your IT provider.

Settings > Email

1. Tick Enable Email Warning
2. Fill In desired Sender Display Name
3. Fill in desired Sender Email address
4. Use smtp.gmail.com for the SMTP Server Address
5. Use 465 for the SMTP Server Port
6. Tick Server Requires authentication
7. Select Setting

Figure 1

 

Settings > Email>Settings

1. Fill in desired your google account name
2. Use the Generated app password provided by Gmail NOTE – Your do not use your normal Gmail password
3. Tick Server Log on using Secure Password Authentication
4. Press OK
5. You will return to the screen (figure 1)
6. Select Test to verify email settings

upsilon setting up software with SW001 with email2

Figure 2

 

Generating a Gmail App Password

1. Go to App passwords (google.com)
2. You will need your normal Google credentials
3. On Select app drop down, scroll down to Other (Custom Name)
4. Type desired name – for example “UPS_1”
5. Select Generate
6. Copy password in Yellow box and paste into the Password in Settings>Email>Setting

 

Figure 3

 

If you have any other questions regarding setting up your UPSILON software please contact us

What can small businesses do to play their part in going greener?

 

There’s no denying we live in a world with too much waste, and we are all facing the real effects of climate change. At PSS we are playing our part to eliminate waste and become greener overall. These are the things we have made changes to recently:

 

    1. MSB and SSB packaging – our newest product (outdoor enclosures) uses the least amount of packaging and plastic yet; however, we still ensure safe and secure transportation – just avoiding huge waste of packaging.
    2. All stores have recycling facilities – All stores have an additional bin for recycling purposes to ensure the waste we do have is disposed of correctly. Staff are trained with the appropriate skills of discarding waste.
  1. We recycle all batteries – We recycle all batteries appropriately, recycling is an economical and environmental way to solve the problem of landfill and taking on a responsible stance.

 

  1. Try our best to minimise all plastic with orders – All storeman use the least amount of packaging when sending goods.

 

  1. Less paper overall – Moving into the generation of going green and understanding the need to participate in cleaning up the environment, we understand the small gestures that are so important; hence all invoices are sent via email at the close of every workday.

 

  1. Less local freight – we have increased storage facilities in all states to reduce local freight which reduces petrol and packaging and thus contributing to reducing our carbon footprint, all while helping customers save on freight costs.

 

 

Do you have any more tips for us? What are you doing to go greener in your workplace?

How to setup a server rack, successfully!

The steps below will take you through what to keep in mind when purchasing and setting up a server rack. We will go through where to keep it, what size to buy and useful accessories to consider.

Where?

Firstly, you need to consider your long-term placing of the server rack. At Redback Racks, all our floor standing racks come standard with castors and stabilising feet, it is always best practice to wheel your rack into a suitable position before setting up your equipment. Other things to keep in mind when deciding where to keep your rack include:

  • Accessibility
  • Heat
  • Noise

If you do not have access to a server room, you may want to consider an acoustic rack for noise reduction.

Size?

Now that you have found a place to keep your server rack you need to consider the size of the cabinet.

  • How much space do you have available?
  • How much equipment will you be storing in the rack?

To read more about selecting the correct size rack please click here.

 

Accessories

The last thing to consider when purchasing and setting up your server rack is the accessories you need with it.

All Redback racks come standard with cage nuts, shelves and castors/stabilising feet for floor standing racks or wall mounting brackets for the wall mount units. Other accessories you may need to consider are:

  • Ventilation – keeping your equipment at optimum temperature may extend the life and assist it running. Our ventilations options include a range of fans, digital monitoring units and aircons.
  • Cable management – We’ll let these images do the talking of advantages of cable management

Cables messy vs organised with cable management

 

 

If you have any other questions in selecting the correct rack, please contact one of our friendly staff.

How to select the correct size server rack

At Redback racks, we liked to keep everything simple! When assisting our customers to select a rack, we ask these 3 questions:

  1. Height in RU
  2. Wall mount or floor standing?
  3. Depth?

These handy mouse pads are part of our promotional gear to assist customers.

Height in RU?

Server rack height is measured in rack units (RU), 1RU = 44.45mm.

Most racking equipment is also measured in RU, for example 1 x patch panel = 1 RU.

Add your equipment together to establish the RU of your rack.

If it is a large rack and a lot of heat generating equipment, you may want to add 1-2RU extra to allow for ventilation throughout the cabinet.

 

Wall mount or floor standing?

At Redback Racks our wall mount racks come in 6, 9, 12 and 18RU, floor standing come in 18,27 and 42RU.

 

Depth

Depth of most cabinets and equipment is measured in mm, standard depths of our cabinets are 450 and 600mm for the wall mount units and 600, 800mm & 1000mm in the floor standing units.

When selecting depth of your rack, be sure to look at the specs of your equipment to ensure it will fit.

Width

Adding on from the questions above, all server racks are usually 19” internally and most equipment is compatible with this, 19” = 482.6mm

At Redback Racks we have the option of 600mm and 800mm externally and the internal width is standard 19″.

The difference between the 600 and 800mm wide is 100mm either side of the equipment to allow for cable management. These larger 800mm wide server racks are mostly used in larger cabinets, 42RU and above.

We hope this helped in selecting your cabinet size, if you have any other questions in please contact one of our friendly staff.

PSS is selected for multiple NDIS locations

 

PSS Distributors has been selected for various NDIS locations to provide battery back up to critical equipment with their UPS systems, proudly supporting the national disability Insurance scheme.

The specification of the NDIS asks for backup on 2 circuits for a total of 2 hours. PSS has used their GP range across all sites, the GP range is best known for its reliability, it is specifically designed with a Galvanic Isolation Transformer for the Medical industry. It can handle high and varying loads as well as large inrush current. The specification has been checked before installation by engineers and the NDIS, it has passed every time.

PSS keeps stock of our GP range nationwide to assist in quick roll out times for these projects. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Which UPS would be best for my CCTV system?

If you’d like to read about why we suggest you need a UPS for your CCTV system click here, if you’ve come from that article and you’d like to know which UPS system would be best for your CCTV system, we’ve got you… keep reading!!

We’re going to skip through all the technical lingo and get right down to the run times each UPS will provide your CCTV system.

 

We’ve made it easy for you by assuming the amount of camera’s, starting with the most common household setup, 4:

 

RUNTIME IN MINUTES

4 x camera & NVR (80 watts) 8 x camera & NVR (160 watts) 16 x camera & NVR (200 watts)
Eco-Alto 600va UPS for CCTV Camera Systems 35 28 16
Eco-Alto 800va UPS for CCTV Camera Systems 38 31 19
Eco-Alto 1000va UPS for CCTV Camera Systems 72 56 28
Eco-Alto 1400va UPS for CCTV Camera Systems 85 60 36
Eco-Alto 2200va UPS for CCTV Camera Systems 145 112 70

*All calculations are estimations only

*Calculations are based on standard cameras (10watts each) and NVR with 3T storage and a modem  (40watts).

*PTZ, temperature and Bullet or turret dome cameras have a higher load.

 

The Eco-range is our entry level product and could provide a long enough run time if a burglar were to turn the power off before attempting a break in.

If you’d like longer run times, we have a range designed for security cameras to achieve run times for up to 36 hours, you can read about our CamSecure range here.

For any other run times please visit or calculator or contact us and we will a happy to help.

 

 

What are the benefits of using an external manual Bypass on UPS installations?

Starting with the basics, what is an external manual Bypass?

 

An interlocking manual bypass is used to retain power to critical equipment during UPS downtime seamlessly.

In layman’s terms “Bypass” is to go around, in the context of a manual bypass used on UPS systems, the bypass allows the power to go around and isolate the UPS, which may be necessary in event of UPS downtime.

Below is a basic image demonstrating the use of an interlocking external manual bypass (if you’re require more technical info, please contact us)

UPS Bypass demonstration

In image 1 we see the UPS operating normally, image 2 demonstrates how the equipment would operate with the UPS in bypass, using an external Bypass.

 

What about the Bypass that is included with the UPS?

 

At PSS all of our online UPS come with an internal bypass :

  1. The bypass is internal
  2. The bypass is automatic

Australian standards state, for safety reasons, all manual bypasses need to be external to the UPS to isolate for service purposes.

Below are images showing the internal bypass.

  1. Position of the internal bypass
  2. The mimic clearly indicates if the UPS is Online or in bypass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what are the benefit of an external manual bypass over the internal bypass included with the UPS?

 

In Essence, not having an external manual bypass would be for the critical equipment to be switched of in the event of UPS downtime.

Corporations trust UPS systems on their most critical equipment, this is where the Interlocking external manual bypass allows seamless maintenance and repair on the UPS without any interruption to the critical equipment.

 

If you have any questions, please contact us 

Protect your CCTV equipment

INTRODUCING…

…Our latest and greatest product!!!

PSS has created a product to fill a gap in the market, a product we haven’t quite seen anything like before.

 

What are the benefits of our CamSecure:

  1. Provides the highest level of protection CamSecure is an online unit, unlike most of it’s competitors which are line interactive (if that means nothing to you, you can read about line interactive vs online here).
  2. We have done all the hard work for you. Take the guess work or math calculations out of determining which UPS to use and refer to all our pre-established run time charts.
  3. CamSecure is specifically made for CCTV systems, meaning we can achieve run times of up to 36 hours.
  4. Tying into the point above, in doing this we can keep the cost low

 

We’ll let the numbers do the talking about why our CamSecure is superior…

 

  RUNTIMES in minutes         **runtimes are estimations only**
  NVR+4 Cameras NVR+8 Cameras NVR+16 Cameras NVR+32 Cameras NVR+64 Cameras
           
Cam1RT 141 101 61 25 10
Cam3RT 556 351 184 72 35
Cam5RT 966 621 351 152 66
Cam10RT 1736 1170 678 331 154
Cam14RT 2804 1874 1128 563 292
Cam36RT 5604 3750 2267 1205 363

 

 

Did we mention how sleek she looks??

For all enquiries and pricing please contact us

 

* Runtimes are an estimation only

* NVR represents a standard NVR and modem with true power consumption on 40W

* 1x Camera represents a standard IR camera with a true power consumption of 10W

* PTZ Cameras and Temperature monitoring cameras would have a true power consumption of 30W (3x Cam)

PSS Distributors Selected to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Program

PSS Distributors are proud to support Victoria Health in providing UPS systems for the current COVID-19 rollout.

Vic health have selected our Medi-X 5 to provide to support Medical refrigeration across various sites organised by the state government.

Our Medi-X 5 is an easy plug and play design, which assists the sites in a quick rollout. The unit comprises of a 2kva UPS, along with battery bank for extended run time. With this UPS the sites are seeing a back up time of up to 8.5hours.

 

Click here for further information on our Medi-X range 

Designed and manufactured in Australia, for Australia

Our IP range has been expanded by the inclusion of Australian made products. This was after realising the need to support and utilise local based companies whilst expanding our range to suit customers demands.

weatherproof aluminum Australian made data rack

We saw benefits to us manufacturing these custom-built racks with the main being the very quick turnaround time.  Our local manufacturers standard production time is 1.5 weeks + shipping. Fortunately shipping time is minimal being Australia to Australia (1 week maximum), as opposed to overseas produced products having at least a 3 month wait. This then allowed us to offer customers stock quicker and faster.

All data racks are powder coated with marine grade aluminum and are designed and made in Australia. Other features that come standard on our CA rack cabinets are:

  • Compatible with all 19” rack equipment
  • Polyurethane gasket on front door for reliable seal
  • Secure doors with 3-point locking system
  • Wall / pole mounted or floor standing
  • 2 x cable entry gland plates
  • Provision for fans and air vents
  • Adjustable 19 inch uprights
  • IP 66 rated

Weatherproof rack and available accessories

Options for our CA range include:

  • Fans
  • Air vents
  • Pole clamps
  • Plinth (standard for 18RU and higher)
  • Custom colours (examples of custom matte grey data rack below)

 

If you have any enquiries about a custom built rack please fill out this form and one of our friendly staff will get back to you.

UPS Topology – Line interactive vs Online double conversion

There are two main UPS topologies, line interactive and online double conversion. We are going to explain these and assist you to select which one would be best for your application.

This information is broken down into two parts; the layman definition, written by myself (I have a marketing and sales, non-technical background) and a technical definition, which we will be explained by our technical manager.

Layman definition

Line-interactive, the load is always running off the mains power, when the power is cut there is a short change-over time to the batteries (approx. 6ms) Line-interactive the power always go through and AVR and Surge protection before the load, thus the power is still being “cleaned”.

Online, the load is always running off the batteries, so we always have a controlled frequency (50Hz) and AC output (230V AC). There is no change over time with online for it is already on the batteries.

Overall, short change over does not affect most equipment (CCTV, basic computer equipment) , however online UPS is preferred for more expensive and sensitive equipment like servers and medical scanners.

Below is a diagram to demonstrate the difference between how a line interactive UPS “cleans the power” vs and online UPS. Please note if you are after a more technical diagram we do have this below.

comical description of line interactive vs online topology

Technical definition

Line-Interactive, during normal operation the mains supply is fed via an automatic voltage regulator (AVR) to feed the load. The AVR regulates the mains supply voltage, boosting if low or bucking if high. The mains supply is used to charge the batteries. When the AC goes out of the specified range, the load is switched to the inverter that draws its power from the batteries.

Online double conversion, converts the power twice, so during normal operation the mains supply is converted from AC to DC, the DC is then converted to AC that feeds the load. When the mains supply goes out of a specified range, there is no switching, and the UPS simply draws its power from the batteries.

image explaining line interactive vs online topology

Topology Comparison

Line Interactive Online Double Conversion
Normal Operation AVR supplies Load Inverter supplies load
Total Cost of Ownership Lower initial cost & Lower operating cost Higher initial cost                  & Higher operating cost                          (Energy & Heat generation)
Energy Efficiency during Normal Operation 96% – 98% 85% – 95%
Response to unstable or highly distorted mains supply Extreme voltage distortion can require frequent battery usage Accepts extreme voltage distortion without going to battery
Output Frequency regulation Output frequency varies within a range Output fixed to a configurable frequency

 

If you require any further assistance in selecting the correct UPS for your application, please contact one of our technicians 1300882447 or sales@pssdistributors.com.au