Published: 13 May 2021
Industry commentators point to the 2020s as being the decade for Industry 4.0 to really take hold. In multiple sectors of the economy, large strides in technology are changing the way businesses operate and how we live: moving towards an Internet of Things approach where Machine-to-Machine communication facilitates complex and reactive pipelines.
This “fourth Industrial revolution” is taking its hold in the agricultural sector too: with one tool driving this change and providing a generational leap in farming efficiency for those with the foresight to buy in: the industrial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)… or more commonly known as the drone.
Published: 13 May 2021
Medical devices (patient contact devices) need to have means of patient protection (MOPP). For a 1xMOOP, power components must have an isolation of 3000Vac, a creepage of 4mm and basic insulation. If the system requires a 2xMOPP, this is the most stringent standard so far: with an isolation of 4000Vac, a creepage of 8mm and double insulation. It is a 2xMOPP compliance that provides the highest level of safety in a medical device.
If you’re opting for an AC/DC power supply that adheres to only 1xMOPP, introducing a DC/DC converter meeting 1xMOPP can help you gain two means of patient protection. However, most system designers in the medical industry prefer to ensure that all power components reach the necessary standards instead of ‘doubling up’ to increase safety.
Published: 6 April 2021
Most standard power supplies are controlled by analogue signals from passive components. Even the most sophisticated power systems have an extremely limited pathway for configuring and monitoring crucial parameters like fault data and adjusting output voltage.
But as the industry has developed greater need for power systems with greater accuracy and precision control in key adjustable operating parameters, many system designers have turned to digital controlled power supplies for on-the-fly monitoring and management of their crucial power systems.
Published: 25 March 2021
Whilst standard industry-grade power supplies are great for commercial and industrial workloads, when it comes to defence appliances, there exists a whole host of different requirements to meet the standards for use in the military.
Defence applications are one of the most demanding scenarios for power appliances, combining the high DC output needed to drive complex machinery with extreme endurance and ruggedisation to increase the safety and longevity of devices.
Published: 23 March 2021
When do I need a high voltage power supply?
A high voltage power supply is a power conversion circuit that converts a low potential difference input to a high potential difference. With an AC current, it’s fairly simple to variate voltage levels via a transformer, but this isn’t the case for DC power.
In the past, there was little need for high voltage applications, with low voltage 12V/24V/48V industrial power supplies being the norm. However, nowadays, as industrial applications become more and more demanding, the demand for high voltage outputs has grown accordingly. Whilst many companies have opted to research and develop their own bespoke DC-DC solutions, the astronomical cost involved in designing industrial power supplies makes this option off-limits to smaller firms and users.
Published: 30 November 2020
Over time, safety and environmental standards have been changed for the benefit of all in the medical industry. Here at Components Bureau we can help you decide on the most efficient power choice for your application.
Medical power supplies are used in multiple medical equipment applications including MRI, X-ray, CT and PET scanners, DNA equipment, ultrasound, diagnostic equipment and automated pharmaceutical dispensers.
There is a trend for all medical equipment to make them compact, light-weight and efficient.
All medical equipment has to meet a set of safety standards that keep the patient and the operator safe.
Published: 19 November 2020
For any complex, sensitive or critical application; configurable and modular supplies can play a vital role in the overall system and can provide greater flexibility for the overall design. Modular and configurable power supplies provide a vast array of outputs using commercial, off the shelf building blocks, delivering a custom solution from proven, standard, stocked modules. Custom designs can be delivered in days rather than weeks or months.
Published: 19 November 2020
The transfer of energy from one atom to another through physical contact is generally termed as conduction. Conduction based power supplies remove the need to depend upon fans for cooling. These devices utilise external metal structures, which act as a large heat sink surface for dissipation of internal energy. In some power supplies, liquid cooled plates are made up of serpentine channels through which liquid circulates for removing the unwanted heat. The conduction process is generally classified into three categories: Ionic Conduction, Electric Conduction and Heat Conduction.