Automotive Hardware in the Loop simulators utilise programmable power supplies


HiL (Hardware-in-the-Loop) simulators are used early on in the development process for a number of automotive products, including powertrain systems and electronic control modules. As time to market is affected by the length of the product development, fast yet thorough and accurate testing is needed. continue reading »


Do KMS-A power supplies have medical approvals?

The KMS-A series of 15 to 60W power modules is certified to UL/CSA/IEC/EN 60950-1, ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1, IEC/EN 60601-1 and carries the CE mark for the Low Voltage and RoHS2 Directives. TDK-Lambda’s medical safety compliance extends to providing 4kVac, 2 x MOPPs (Means of Patient Protection) input to output isolation. In addition, all models are tested to EN 60601-1-2 4th edition and meet Class B conducted emissions. continue reading »


Key points to consider when managing EMI in medical equipment

When ensuring EMI compliance of medical equipment, care must be taken not to contravene earth leakage current and touch current regulations. The limit for earth leakage current was increased in the IEC 60601-1 3rd edition standard to 5mA for a Normal Condition (NC) and 10mA for a Single Fault Condition (SFC). Unfortunately manufacturers of medical equipment still have to meet the limits for Touch Current which remains at 100µA for a NC and 300µA (US limit which is lower than Europe) for a SFC. continue reading »


Conduction/convection cooled power supplies selected for laser cutting machinery

The use of lasers to cut a variety of materials is now well established in the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine industry. Laser diode lifetimes are now estimated at 100,000 hours and can cut materials at speeds that is now measured in metres per second.

To avoid contaminants being drawn in by fan cooled power supplies, a manufacturer of laser cutting machines wanted a conduction or convection cooled solution. TDK-Lambda’s sales team offered the CPFE1000FI 48V model, which derives its cooling through the use of a cold plate. The CPFE uses the popular PFE AC-DC power module and delivers an off-the-shelf product, complete with safety certifications and an I2C communications interface.

TDK-Lambda offers a wide range of Power Supplies for industrial and factory automation applications, click for more information.


How does the trigger function work on the GENESYS+™?

The GENESYS+™ series of programmable power supplies features new trigger functions to allow the user to initiate either single or multiple actions or send a signal to indicate that an action has been completed. Two trigger signals are available; Trigger In and Trigger Out. These signals can be used to synchronise the GENESYS+™ with other equipment in the system or with another programmable power supply. This function can be used in Constant Voltage or Constant Current mode. continue reading »


Mass spectrometer bespoke Power+ Solution developed for automotive material testing

Mass spectrometry is a reliable way of predicting the identity and the quantity of compounds in samples. The automotive industry is now using this technology to analyse chemicals in paint, glass and even catalytic converters. continue reading »


TDK-Lambda receives the Preferred Supplier Award from Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz has awarded TDK-Lambda Germany the “Preferred Supplier” certificate.

With the classification as a “Preferred Supplier”, Rohde & Schwarz recognises, in its supplier management programme, companies that provide outstanding services in the development, manufacture and delivery of products or services.

Having worked with Rohde & Schwarz for more than 20 years, TDK-Lambda continues to meet the stringent quality requirements for standard equipment. In addition, developing customer-specific power supply solutions for Rohde & Schwarz devices.


When to use the GENESYS+™ blank panel option

As standard, the GENESYS+™ programmable power supply series is supplied with a display, two encoders and multiple push buttons on the front panel. This allows the user to visually see what the unit status is, manually adjust the output and access the programming menus.

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‘Highly Commended’ for supporting local STEM initiatives

TDK Corporation is pleased to announce that TDK-Lambda UK has been ‘Highly Commended’ at this year’s British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) under the Engineering Ambassador of the Year category. Organised by the nationally renowned electronics publication, New Electronics, and its engineering counterpart, Eureka, the BEEAs celebrate the very best in British engineering. Veteran broadcaster and STEM enthusiast Johnny Ball presented the certificate to Nick Heighington, Electronics Technician and a STEM Ambassador at TDK-Lambda, during the awards ceremony, which took place at The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in London on Thursday 5th October 2017. continue reading »


How to operate the GENESYS+™ programmable power supplies in parallel

With the introduction of the GENESYS+™ programmable power supplies, parallel operation is easier and quicker compared to the first generation units with the inclusion of the smart parallel function as standard.

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