It’s Time for More Transparency from your High Voltage Power Supplier

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word transparent as “free from pretense or deceit.” Following that, transparency is said to be “the quality or state of being transparent.” At Advanced Energy, we’ve decided to develop another definition for transparency: “an open and honest representation of the capabilities of a product.”

Here’s why: Design and integration quality of a product are paramount to our customers achieving their optimum system performance. Having to weed through complex data sheets or exhaustive lists of performance specifications and test data that are based only on ideal world conditions doesn’t really help you know what you are getting. Even worse, receiving almost no specifications leaving you to guess and test what works wastes valuable time and money.

No Surprises

Before integrating a high voltage power supply into an environment, suppliers should know the system designers will test the supply to eliminate one of their least wanted events: THE SURPRISE. But what if the vendor was already knowledgeable about the application and was transparent about the performance specs so that the designer could reduce the amount of testing required?

For example, design engineers new to high voltage power modules might not realize that a data sheet may list the voltage output range of 0 to 10 kV DC, but that it isn’t designed to deliver the desired performance in the lowest 10% of its output range (this is common). A footnote might have been included to explain that…or maybe not. The supplier’s goal should be NO SURPRISES.

Be Successful Sooner

The benefits of transparency all come down to being successful sooner. The last thing wanted – whether for bias supplies, capacitor charging, electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy or a multitude of other applications – is ambiguous information that slows down product development.

As engineers developing solutions for engineers, we know that when you have confidence in the high voltage power supply, you can concentrate on other critical design goals such as performance, reliability and cost.

At Pittcon?

Learn more by visiting us at Booth #3563 during the show.

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Simon Wheeler • Advanced Energy

Simon Wheeler is a Director of Product Marketing for Advanced Energy and has over 25 years of experience in the disciplines of engineering, product management and product marketing. He has multi-industry experience including the areas of Instrumentation, IT, Storage and Power Generation & Control solutions.

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