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New Asterion™ 3kVA High-Power AC Sources Offer High-Power Density and Touch Screen Simplicity
- Posted on 19/09/17 11:15PM

SAN DIEGO, September 19, 2017 – AMETEK Programmable Power, the global leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions manufacturing such brands as California Instruments™, Sorensen™ and Elgar™ (www.programmablepower.com), has added three new models to its Asterion™ line of AC/DC power sources.

The Asterion 1503 supplies up to 1,500 VA or 1,500 W; the Asterion 2253 supplies up to 2,250 VA or 2,250 W; and the Asterion 3003 supplies up to 3,000 VA or 3,000 W. All three units come in a 2U enclosure, and in both single and three phase models.

Like the lower-power 1U Asterion AC units, the Asterion Models 1503, 2253, and 3003 offer users a compelling combination of intelligence, performance, and modularity that make them the most adaptable and affordable platform available today.

The key to Asterion’s outstanding performance is AMETEK’s iX2™ current-doubling technology. With iX2, as the output voltage decreases from the maximum value to one-half the maximum value, the available output current increases up to two times the rated output current.

This allows Asterion to maintain maximum power through the widest range of voltages. As a result, iX2 current-doubling technology eliminates the need to buy multiple sources or overpowered sources to run tests at different voltage levels, such as when performing low line voltage testing.

Other unique Asterion benefits include Auto-Paralleling and Clock/Lock. With auto-paralleling, users can combine up to six units to achieve 18,000 VA of output power. One unit becomes the master while the rest serve as auxiliary units. The clock/lock feature allows users to easily configure multi-phase systems, such as split-phase, three-phase, or even higher phase count systems.

This allows users to purchase only the power they need today and then easily add more power and/or phases later as required. That scalability, along with the ability to expand easily as required, helps protect the value of the user’s initial investment and allows additional capital spending to be deferred until needed.

While these features are impressive, equally impressive are Asterion's analog specifications.  Asterion offers wide AC and DC output voltage ranges up to 400 Vac and 500 Vdc. Load and line regulation are +/-0.025% and +/-0.015%, respectively. This makes the Asterion more versatile and accurate than most other AC power sources available today.

In addition, test engineers will appreciate the Asterion AC source’s ease of use. AMETEK developed an entirely new user interface for this platform. The intuitive, touch-screen interface, not found on other AC sources, allows users to quickly and easily set up the source and run tests. The Asterion offers a complete avionics test suite as an option, with a programmable frequency between 16Hz and 5,500Hz.

This powerful set of features allows Asterion to be used in both the lab and in ATE systems. If the Asterion is used as part of an ATE system, test engineers can order it without a front panel, which offers significant savings.

Asterion comes with standard LAN, USB, and RS-232 interfaces, and an optional GPIB interface is also available. Intuitive Virtual Panels control GUI software comes bundled with the instrument for easy remote control from a computer. Included drivers allow test engineers to quickly integrate the unit into ATE systems.

For More Information
To learn more about AMETEK programmable power supplies and programmable electronic loads, contact AMETEK Programmable Power Sales toll free at 800-733-5427, or 858-458-0223, or by email at sales.ppd@ametek.com.Information also is available from an authorized AMETEK Programmable Power sales representatives, who can be located by visiting http://www.programmablepower.com/contact.

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AMETEK Programmable Power designs, manufactures and markets precision, AC and DC programmable power supplies, electronic loads, application specific power subsystems, and compliance test solutions for customers requiring and valuing differentiated power products and services. It offers one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of programmable power products under the California Instruments,Sorensen, and Elgarbrands.

AMETEK Programmable Power is a business unit of the 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 2016 annual sales of approximately $4.0 billion.

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New California Instruments MX22.5 AC/DC Power Source Makes Three-Phase Power More Affordable
- Posted on 04/05/17 10:48PM

SAN DIEGO, May 4, 2017AMETEK Programmable Powerhas added a 22.5 kVA unit to its popular California Instruments MX Series II AC/DC Power Sources. The MX22.5 delivers up to 22.5 kVA and can be configured to have single-phase or three-phase outputs in AC, DC or AC+DC mode. The MX22.5 is more economical than the California Instruments MX30, while at the same time offers more features and higher output power than the product family’s MX15 model.

The California Instruments MX Series II provides controlled AC and DC output for a wide variety of automated test equipment and product test applications at an affordable cost. Using state-of-the-art PWM switching techniques, the MX series combines robustness and functionality in a compact floor-standing chassis, no larger than a typical office copying machine. And, this higher power density does not need elaborate cooling schemes or additional installation wiring. Simply place the unit in its designated location (using included casters), plug it in, and the MX Series is ready to operate.

The MX22.5’s innovative features include:

  • Simple operation.  The MX Series can be operated completely from its menu-driven, front-panel controller. A backlit LCD display shows menus, setup data, and read-back measurements.
  • Expandable power levels. Users can combine units to configure systems up to 135 kVA or more.
  • Switching between single-phase and three-phase outputs. Phase mode programming on MX22.5-3Pi allows users to easily switch between single-phase and three-phase output modes.
  • Arbitrary and harmonic waveform generation. Using the latest DSP technology, the MX
  • Series programmable controller is capable of generating harmonic waveforms and arbitrary waveforms to test for susceptibility to harmonics and other power anomalies.
  • Regenerative, bidirectional “green” power. Automatic crossover between source and sink power modes offers regenerative capabilities in AC or DC mode. The power sources can regenerate up to 85% of the rated output power back to the utility grid during sink mode operation when equipped with the -SNK or -SNK-DC option.
  • Power measurements. The MX Series can make a wide variety of measurements in addition to supplying power, including frequency, Vrms, Irms, Ipk, crest factor, real power (watts), apparent power (VA), and power factor. These measurements  are accessible from either the front panel or the remote control interface
  • Remote control. The MX Series can be equipped with RS-232C, USB, IEEE-488, and LAN Interfaces for remote operation and automated test applications.

For More Information
To learn more about AMETEK‘s programmable power supplies and programmable electronic loads, contact AMETEK Programmable Power Sales toll free at 800-733-5427, or 858-458-0223, or by email at sales.ppd@ametek.com.  Information also is available from an authorized AMETEK Programmable Power sales representative, who can be located by visiting http://www.programmablepower.com/contact

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AMETEK Programmable Power Launches Sorensen HPX Programmable DC Power System for High-Power Applications
- Posted on 14/12/16 08:06PM

SAN DIEGO, December 13, 2016 – AMETEK Programmable Power, the global leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions, manufacturing such brands as California Instruments™, Sorensen™ and Elgar™ (www.programmablepower.com), has introduced a new DC power system in the Sorensen family ideally suited for high-power applications.

AMETEK’s new Sorensen HPX High Power Extensible DC Series is a highly configurable solution available from 36kW - 240kW+ power levels. The extensible platform delivers unsurpassed quality and reliable low-noise performance, fast and precise programmability with premium features at an affordable price, all in a convenient rack-mount cabinet.

AMETEK has long been known for supplying power sources with leading power performance. The Sorensen HPX series is no exception, with advances in programmability, modularity and low-noise performance.  The HPX features two modes in one: automatic constant voltage and constant current mode crossover.

State-of-the-art, FET-based, high-frequency switching technology offers accuracy, exceptional load transient response and low noise in a smaller footprint as compared to other DC power supplies.  In addition, its modular design protects the integrity of the system components and simplifies sparing and maintenance. 

The Sorensen HPX can accommodate up to 150kW in a single bay rack-mount cabinet, or up to 240kW in a dual bay rack. Additionally, the series includes Remote Sense technology for correcting errors from line voltage drops, and a Remote Shutdown (S/D) Interlock to protect against hazardous faults.

HPX builds on Sorensen’s long history of providing high-quality DC power supplies. The Sorensen HPX series serves every major market and application that requires demanding test specifications from industrial automation and material research to aerospace and satellite testing.

For More Information
For more information on HPX or any of AMETEK’s programmable power supplies and programmable loads, contact an authorized AMETEK Programmable Power sales representative by visiting programmablepower.com/contactAMETEK Programmable Power also can be contacted directly toll free at 800-733-5427 or 858-450-0085 or at sales.ppd@ametek.com.

About AMETEK Programmable Power
AMETEK Programmable Power designs, manufactures and markets precision, AC and DC programmable power supplies, electronic loads, application specific power subsystems, and compliance test solutions for customers requiring and valuing differentiated power products and services. It offers one of the industries' broadest portfolios of programmable power products under the California Instruments, Sorensen, and Elgar brands.

AMETEK Programmable Power is a business unit of the 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 2015 annual sales of $4.0 billion.

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