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Power electronics: evaluating off-the-shelf power conversion components

Posted by Dave Zendzian on Oct 18, 2013 8:58:00 AM

Power conversion systems can be challenging to design and build if power electronics is not a core area of expertise for your company. Before you commit to a less-than-ideal, off-the-shelf (OTS) power conversion component or launch into a costly custom power electronics design project, it would be helpful to learn how to effectively evaluate OTS power conversion components to decide what’s right for your application.

Before you start to evaluate OTS power conversion components, it’s important to determine if there are viable commercial or industrial OTS power electronics products available to fit your application. Companies with little or no experience in power electronics often make the mistake of thinking “it’s just a converter or motor drive – how difficult can it be to find something that’ll work?” The answer can often be “surprisingly difficult” if you requirement is unique or specialized.

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Topics: Power Conversion, Power Management