Programmable power supplies are digitally controlled power sources that provide accurate and adjustable levels of voltage, current, and frequency to give you exactly the power and control parameters you need.
XP Power offers adaptable, compact, and efficient programmable power supply solutions to mitigate your power problems. Our optimal space-saving designs with digital signal processing, multiple communication protocols, and scalability from 1.5kW to 30kW enable flexible and easy integration across multiple platforms.
What are programmable power supplies?
Programmable power supplies allow the user to precisely define the DC power output characteristics and many other parameters such as alarm thresholds and control signal responses. In this way, stable and accurate power delivery, combined with ease of product integration can be achieved.
Unlike a manually adjustable (analog) unit which is controlled by turning knobs or dials, a programmable power supply may provide the capability to save a tailored product configuration to the non-volatile memory of the unit and respond dynamically to commands from an external digital control system, to deliver sophisticated control and monitoring possibilities.
When do I need a programmable power supply?
If you work in a research, development, test or production environment where precise and adjustable power sources are needed, you may well have a need for one. Industrial lasers, automatic test equipment (ATE), semiconductor fabrication, electrolysis, water treatment, medical and analytical applications are all examples of applications which often incorporate a programmable power supply.
What are the benefits of programmable power supplies?
Precise control over voltage and current levels is one advantage so that you can easily tailor this type of power supply to match specific requirements. They allow you to create custom profiles to simulate different conditions and automate testing processes, saving you time and effort.
Built-in protection features ensure safe operation while stability and accuracy give you reliable power delivery. You can also monitor real-time values and log measurements for analysis, troubleshooting, and optimisation.
You can remotely control a programmable power supply via a digital interface allowing the operator to remain in a safe environment.
How does a programmable power supply work?
A programmable power supply converts AC voltage to controlled DC voltage and current with an input stage, control circuitry, and feedback loop. Users can adjust voltage and current levels via USB or Ethernet connection using the graphical user interface (GUI).
Are there different types of programmable power supplies to choose between?
The differences between programmable power supplies lie in their form factors and the environments they are most suited for. While bench mount supplies are portable and ideal for individual testing and experimentation, rack mount and chassis mount supplies are more suitable for organized and integrated setups in ATE, data centers, server rooms, and industrial applications.
How do I choose the right programmable power supply?
Don’t feel overwhelmed by the choice available. We’ve got some helpful hints to remember when making your selection:
• Consider factors like voltage and current range requirements, levels of adjustment and the ability to create custom profiles.
• Look for user-friendly interfaces that make programming a breeze.
• Ensure the power supply offers reliable performance, stability, precision and accuracy.
• Don't forget about safety features like overvoltage, overcurrent and temperature protection.
• Think about your future needs too, as modular or rack-mounted options might provide scalability.
By keeping these points in mind, you can make an informed decision and select the programmable power supply that best fits your specific requirements to ensure smooth and reliable power delivery.
Please contact our expert global support team for more information on our efficient, scalable programmable power supplies.