With the introduction of the AE Artesyn AIF42 AC/DC converter, Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. has increased its market share in the industrial, robotics, and 5G communication sectors. By reducing the need for external components, the new converter reduces system size, achieves best-in-class 93 percent efficiency, and enhances dependability. The whole brick module has integrated functionality that enables simplicity of use, quick application design, and short time-to-market, and is rated for 500W of continuous power. This eliminates the need for external components to offer inrush current protection, which reduces space, decreases the cost of the entire system, and increases dependability. It also features a patented internal inrush current limiting mechanism. Additionally, a 10V auxiliary output enables low-power housekeeping circuitry to be powered directly from the module as opposed to a second AC/DC source. According to Joe Voyles, vice president of marketing for industrial power conversion products at Advanced Energy, “AE’s new module is designed for applications that demand high performance and dependable operation in severe conditions.” By delivering built-in, application-focused capabilities, the new AIF42 delivers market-leading efficiency, streamlines and accelerates application design, and reduces total bill of materials.
The converter’s excellent working efficiency reduces energy use and minimizes heat loss across a wide load range. The module’s design is ideal for externally mounted systems that need to be thermally linked and contact-cooled solutions to a cold wall or heatsink or IP-sealed applications in high-pollution situations. At baseplate temperatures as high as 100C, this results in output power that is always 100 percent accessible. Designers may tailor the functioning of the power supply to the particular requirements of the intended application with the help of PMBus control and monitoring. When operating in the field, this connectivity may also be used to retrieve data regarding the health of the power supply and the system. The whole brick module supports a broad universal input range of 90-264VAC and offers a nominal isolated 12V output with a load rating of 0 to 42A. The HVDC port of the module can be modified to include the suggested capacitors for an external hold-up function. Applications that require two units to work in parallel can more easily create solutions thanks to active current sharing and start-sync capability.