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Minimize noise from power supplies when making low-level measurements

Written on August 1, 2017 at 7:22 am, by

Low-level measurements are susceptible to noise from a number of different sources. While discussing all the ways that noise can degrade low-level measurements is outside the scope of this article, let’s at least consider how to make sure that your test system power supply is not a problem: Start with a low-noise power supply. The […]

How do electronic loads work?

Written on August 1, 2017 at 7:20 am, by

Electronic loads are used in a variety of tests, including power supply tests and battery tests. You can program them to provide exactly the kind of load that you need for the device you are testing. One of the most common ways to use an electronic load is in the constant current (CC) mode. In […]

Know Your Power Supply Jargon: Ripple

Written on July 14, 2017 at 8:06 am, by

AMETEK Programmable Power DC power supplies convert AC power to DC power. While our supplies are very good at doing this, they’re not perfect. On the output, there will be some small amount of AC still present. This is called ripple. Minimizing ripple is important because excessive ripple because it can have adverse effects on […]

Choose the Right Gauge Wire Size for Your Application

Written on June 8, 2017 at 12:26 pm, by

When installing an AMETEK Programmable Power power source, you must properly size the wires you use to connect the AC input power to the power source and the AC or DC output to the load. Selecting the right size gauge wire will ensure that your power source will operate efficiently and reliably. The tables below […]

Modern Power Supplies Help Reduce Test Costs

Written on May 24, 2017 at 7:57 am, by

Test costs can add considerably to overall manufacturing costs, especially when extensive testing is required. That’s why it’s important to keep test costs to a minimum. Reduced test costs translate to lower manufacturing costs. Modern power supplies, such as California Instruments’ Asterion Series, have several features that can help you reduce test costs: Faster command […]