APC – A History of Innovation in physical IT infrastructure

For nearly four decades, APC has become the industry-standard for reliable power and physical IT infrastructure. Now the leading name in IT departments large and small, our history of innovation has pushed our products into the global spotlight with infrastructure, management, and data security solutions protecting organizations around the world.


Incorporated in 1981, the American Power Conversion Corporation was established with a focus on research and development of solar electricity. Formed by three electronic power engineers from MIT, APC then opened a Rhode Island-based manufacturing facility in 1986; the company also produced its first UPS that year. In 1988, APC stock was made available for public trade.


1989 brought the introduction of the award-winning PowerChute® software which revolutionized power management. In 1990, APC continued to introduce superior products such as the Smart-UPS® line, now recognized as the industry's premier network power protection solution. Throughout the 1990s APC entered other markets with 155 new products such as SurgeArrest® surge protectors; Matrix-UPS®, the industry's first modular UPS; a new generation of Smart-UPS; the company's first Back-UPS Pro® models; and the Symmetra® Power Array™ which revolutionized the industry with redundancy, scalability and serviceability in a single solution.


APC entered the residential tech market in 1999 with PowerShield, a solution for the growing broadband needs of cable and fixed wireless applications in homes. In 2002, APC introduced PowerStruXure™, its first piece of network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI) architecture, which revolutionized data center power management. In 2003, InfraStruXure™ debuted. It integrated power, cooling, racks, management and service into an open, adaptable and integrated solution and won nearly 20 awards worldwide. The TravelPower™ Case — the world’s first case with built-in device charging abilities — was also introduced with immediate success. The InfraStruXure line was expanded in 2004 with cooling systems and on-site power generation.


On February 14, 2007, APC was acquired by Schneider Electric, a multinational European corporation known globally for its expertise in energy management and automation. This led to the establishment of the Critical Power & Cooling Services (CPCS) Business Unit, which now includes the APC and MGE UPS Systems brands.

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Uninterruptible Power Supply

Power protection and management solutions from home to data center to industrial environments.


Surge Protection and Power Conditioning

SurgeProtection and PowerConditioning

Surge protection, harmonic filtering and voltage regulation from home to data center to industrial environments.