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New California Instruments RS Series External Drive Option
- Posted on 25/08/14 03:05PM

Provides Real Time Control for Hardware-In-the-Loop Tasks

SAN DIEGO, August 25, 2014 – AMETEK Programmable Power, the global leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions (www.programmablepower.com), has released the External Drive (-EXTD) option for its California Instruments RS Series of high-power regenerative programmable AC sources. The External Drive option gives users a simple, low-cost way to directly control the output of an RS Series power source in real time, enabling them to be more easily used in hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test systems.

Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) is a technique used in the development and test of complete real-time embedded systems.  Using HIL techniques allows simulation of real-time feedback and control of such complex systems.  HIL applications require electrical interface to act as the interface to embedded systems and the equipment under test.  HIL is commonly used to prototype systems for power grids, power electronics and hybrid electric drives.  The most recent trend is modeling dispersed energy products, such as a PV inverter, and their effects to the utility grid.

The RS Series features advanced digital signal processing (DSP) control technology to the power amplifiers within the source.  The source features traditional remote control methods, such as GPIB or LAN,that inherently introduces control delays in the hundreds of milliseconds, which do not simulate real-time control. The introduction of EXTD allows real-time control via analog signal so delays are typically reduced to 100 microseconds (figure 1), which is 1,000 times faster than the delay time of controlling the output via GPIB or LAN ports.  EXTD essentially allows the RS to be used as a high bandwidth amplifier, while the internal DSP continues to monitor the output in order to ensure safe operation.

Available with outputs ranging from 90 kVA to 1MVA, the RS is the latest series of products to use AMETEK's high-performance, pulse-width modulation (PWM) switching technology to provide advanced performance solutions for AC power test applications.

Additional details about the RS-EXTD can be found on the AMETEK Programmable Power website, including an EXTD technical note and user’s manual.

 

About AMETEK Programmable Power

For more information on any of the AMETEK’s programmable power supplies and programmable loads, contact AMETEK Programmable Power Sales toll free at 800-733-5427 or 858-458-0223, or by email at sales.ppd@ametek.com. Users also can contact an authorized AMETEK Programmable Power sales representative, who can be located by visiting programmablepower.com/contact/

AMETEK Programmable Power is a business unit of AMETEK Electronic Instruments Group, a leader in advanced instruments for the process, aerospace, power and industrial markets and a division of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with 2013 sales of $3.6 billion.

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AMETEK Creates New AC Source/DC Supply Selector Guide
- Posted on 15/07/14 09:37AM

Free online tool helps engineers find just the right fit for their application

SAN DIEGO, July 15, 2014AMETEK Programmable Power (www.programmablepower.com), the global leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions, has released a free online Product Selector Guide designed to help engineers locate the optimal AC source or DC power supply quickly and efficiently. By inputting a few simple parameters, engineers can find the power supply that meets the needs of their application. Try it now: http://www.programmablepower.com/selector/DC-product-selector.php.

The new Product Selector Guide features two selector guides in one: the first for DC power supplies and the other for AC power sources.

·  The DC Selector searches 289 total products with the following input field options: power requirements (voltage and current), AC input voltage choices, remote interface options, use method and other options.

·  The AC Selector has a total of 58 power sources from which to choose. To quickly narrow the selection, the user may specify max voltage and current, min/max frequency, phase output, remote interface requirements, output features and compliance test options.

As another time-saving feature, once the matching products are displayed, the user may request a quote for each product with just one click.

“Engineers are busy people who don’t have time to search through dozens of spec sheets to find the right power supply solution for the project at hand,” explained Bill Ruff, VP/Product Marketing Manager for AMETEK Programmable Power. “With just a few clicks and spec selections, our new online tool allows them to easily find an AC or DC power supply that meets their specific application requirements in just a few minutes.”

 

For More Information

To learn more about any of the AMETEK’s programmable power supplies and programmable loads, contact AMETEK Programmable Power Sales toll free at 800-733-5427, or 858-458-0223, or by email at sales.ppd@ametek.com. Visitors can also contact an authorized AMETEK Programmable Power sales representative by navigating here: http://www.programmablepower.com/contact/.

About AMETEK Programmable Power

AMETEK Programmable Power manufactures the engineer’s most reliable and trusted power brands: AMREL, California Instruments, Elgar and Sorensen. AMETEK’s strong brands, broad product portfolio of AC and DC power supplies/loads, and deep application expertise across a wide array of industries make it the industry’s trusted "power partner." 

AMETEK Programmable Poweris a business unit of AMETEK Electronic Instruments Group, a leader in advanced instruments for the process, aerospace, power and industrial markets, which is a division of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with 2013 sales of $3.6 billion.

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New Video Showcases AMETEK’s Custom Power Solutions
- Posted on 10/07/14 06:00AM

Creative Solutions for Demanding, AC/DC Precision Power Applications.

SAN DIEGO, July 10, 2014AMETEK Programmable Power (www.programmablepower.com), the global leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions, has released a short movie highlighting its custom power solution design capabilities for demanding and high-performance power applications. The movie explains how AMETEK helps customers solve their power conversion challenges with quick, safe and cost-effective AC and DC power supply solutions. Watch it now: http://www.ameteksolutions.com/

Power conversion to meet demanding precision power control requirements involves the right mix of products and experience.  The Programmable Power Solutions (PPS) group has been blending this mix in hundreds of applications over the past two decades. With time-to-market and system reliability becoming more important, development teams don’t have the luxury to risk development delays while searching for solutions that may already exist. As a trusted power partner, AMETEK’s expertise in precision power conversion systems is an effective option for accelerating project development for many applications.           

“Why spend the time, money and resources trying to solve your custom power conversion challenges on your own when AMETEK can take it on and reduce the project risk at the same time?” explained Dan Donati, VP/Solutions Business Manager at AMETEK Programmable Power. “When AMETEK becomes the power extension of your product team, you gain improved cost control and safety, and are able to reallocate time to focus on the core development projects that only you can tackle.”

AMETEK PPS designs and manufactures turnkey power solutions, application-specific subsystems and programmable power products—usually within 12 weeks or less. The company adapts its technology to meet special demands in measurement and control, process control and reliability/burn-in. Watch the custom power solutions movie to learn more.

 

For More Information

To learn more about any of the AMETEK’s programmable power supplies and programmable loads, contact AMETEK Programmable Power Sales toll free at 800-733-5427, or 858-458-0223, or by email at sales.ppd@ametek.com. Users also can contact an authorized AMETEK Programmable Power sales representative, who can be located by visiting http://www.programmablepower.com/contact/.

About AMETEK Programmable Power

AMETEK Programmable Poweris a business unit of AMETEK Electronic Instruments Group, a leader in advanced instruments for the process, aerospace, power and industrial markets and a division of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with 2013 sales of $3.6 billion. 

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