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Socomec’s ATS Bypass switching technology is being used to guarantee power availability for stadium safety systems and essential broadcast equipment at the home of England Rugby Union, Twickenham stadium.

Socomec ATS Bypass switches are automatic transfer switches available from 40A to 3,200A. The Socomec ATS Bypass incorporates Socomec’s AtyS automatic-transfer switching technology, combined with a maintenance bypass system to allow any testing or inspection procedures to be carried out safely – without interruption to the load – guaranteeing power availability to critical loads at all times. 

The complete system has been designed, manufactured and tested by the manufacturer, Socomec. Fully certified to IEC 61439, the bypass allows the system to also meet the ATS requirements of BS8519.

In the event of a mains failure, the ATS Bypass will transfer to the back-up supply. The status of the supplies and the system are monitored remotely by the building management system, delivering optimum efficiency.

ATS Bypass switches have three stable positions that are not affected by voltage drops or vibrations and the system provides simultaneous upstream and downstream isolation and fully visualised breaking.

Working in partnership with Shepherd Engineering Services (SES), Socomec products have been deployed around the stadium supplying various loads, including lifts, pumps, control centres and a restaurant.

Glenn Smith of SES said: “Socomec’s ATS system was selected in this application for its unparalleled reliability and cost effectiveness – as well as being as efficient in terms of space as it is on energy. It is vital for Twickenham to meet important safety standards; furthermore, it is critical to maintain power during matches and events both commercially for the stadium itself and in terms of delivering an excellent customer experience every time. Commissioning was fast and efficient, supported by a highly professional and skilled Socomec team of expert engineers.”

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Founded in 1922, SOCOMEC are an industrial group that boasts a workforce in excess of 2500 people worldwide.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies with Socomec

Founded in 1922, SOCOMEC are an industrial group that boasts a workforce in excess of 2500 people worldwide.

With products marketed under the trademark SOCOMEC UPS, the extensive range of products fulfils any and every need for a Continuous Electrical Power Supply of the highest quality.

Innovative Power Solutions

The UPS offered by SOCOMEC UPS, in addition to the Secure Critical Power UPS Systems, Rectifiers, Harmonic Equalisers and DC to AC/AC to DC Converters, makes up the most complete range offered worldwide and covers the widest range of applications with something to suit each and every sector of the market.

SOCOMEC UPS were the first manufacturer in France to offer static power supplies in 1968. In 1980 they were the first to design a UPS with PWM technology, 1996 saw them being the first to integrate IGBT technology with major power sources and in 2000, SOCOMEC became the first designer to integrate a UPS with a modular rack system.

Since then they have also been the first to integrate hybrid components in 2001, they developed the first 200kVA UPS to include an IGBT rectifier in 2003 and came up with new battery charging designs in 2004. In 2006 they also developed a replacement for the traditional battery based solution by creating a dynamic energy storage system.

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