Acumentrics fills DOD's need for ruggedized systems

A cumentrics Corp. in recent weeks has captured supplier roles on two major Defense Department contracts for its recently debuted ruggedized uninterruptible power supply (UPS) product.

The Westwood Mass. company said last week said it will provide its Rugged-UPS Series products to the Army under GTE Corp.'s Common Hardware/Software-II (CHS-II). In addition Hughes Data Systems has selected the Rugged- UPS Series for the vendor's Air Force Workstations contract.

Acumentrics announced the ruggedized UPS product line late last month. On CHS-II the Rugged-UPS Series will be used to protect deployable and mobile workstations purchased through the contract. The product meanwhile will be used with deployable workstations on Air Force Workstations.

`Used on the Go'

"It can be used on the go " said Raymond DeSabato Jr. vice president of sales and marketing at Acumentrics. "You can put it in military vehicles for mobile applications."

Acumentrics' Rugged-UPS Series consists of two models: the ACG1250U and ACG1250U-24. Both models provide redundant AC power protection but the ACG1250U-24 also offers a 250-watt 24 Vdc power supply. The models are priced at $4 199 and $4 299 respectively.

The products accept AC input voltage from 80 VAC to 265 VAC which provides a voltage tolerance that allows the unit to operate throughout the world. Other product features include a ruggedized aluminum chassis that meets Mil-Spec 810E for vibration testing.

The product also includes a hot-swappable battery pack which is secured into the chassis with "floating" screws. The floating screws are designed to withstand vibration rigid screws would sheer off over time DeSabato said. The UPS chassis can be rack-mounted for use in vehicles. The Rugged-UPS Series is currently being evaluated for shipboard use DeSabato said.

Beyond the company's current supplier roles Acumentrics is targeting other contracts involving tactical deployable and mobile systems. DeSabato cited the Army's Force XXI Applique as one contract the company may pursue.

UPS Market Overview

High-end on-line UPS devices such as those manufactured by Acumentrics account for 44 percent of the $1.3 billion UPS market according to Venture Development Corp. a Natick Mass. market research and consulting firm. John Hutchison division manager at Venture said he believes that ruggedized UPS is "more of a niche product" compared with traditional UPS products.

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