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What Does An Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) Do In A UPS System?

Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS) are typically used to provide resilience for smaller uninterruptible power supplies (below 10 kVA) that can’t operate in a parallel configuration.  

The ATS has two AC input power sources (‘A’ and ‘B’) and if/when one of these fails, the loads are automatically and instantaneously transferred to the other. 

Automatic Transfer Switches like Riello UPS's Multi Switch ATS can also be used instead of a Power Distribution Units (PDU) for plug and play loads. In addition, ATSs protect against short circuits and offer the ability to switch output power connections on and off remotely over a network. 



The ‘A’ and ‘B’ power sources feeding an Automatic Transfer Switch can be configured in a variety of combinations: 

  • ‘A’ supplied from the output of the UPS and ‘B’ from the mains supply 
  • Both ‘A’ and ‘B’ supplied from two separate UPS outputs 
  • Both ‘A’ and ‘B’ supplied from two separate mains supplies. 

The above example highlights an ATS with two input supplies and up to eight outputs. 


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