Designing, building, and maintaining products for worldwide markets can help to enhance a company’s success. During product development and prior to shipment, it’s essential to know if that product will function properly in the country it is intended to be use in—which makes product testing crucial.
The Interpower® International Power Source provides a low-cost, convenient source of AC power for product design and product testing at various operating voltages and frequencies found around the world. The IPS will supply output voltages ranging from 10-276VAC at 47-450Hz. The IPS has seven of the most common country-specific sockets. This allows equipment being tested to use the proper plug. Sockets includes on the front test panel are: Continental European, United Kingdom, 10A Australian, French/Belgian, 10A Swiss, 16A Italian, and a T-slot socket which will accept both the NEMA 5-15 and NEMA 5-20 plugs.
Interpower offers several IPS models, which can be purchased or rented. There is also an interface software package which extends the capabilities of the IPS by letting the user create programmable routines.
The Interpower IPS can also be used to regulate the output power when used globally. This allows companies and organizations to have a “clean” output power regardless of where it is used around the world.
Who Can Benefit From Using an IPS? Consider These Questions:
- Does your company manufacture, export, or test AC-powered electronic or electrical equipment?
- Does your company travel and need access to clean output power?
- Where does your company export to?
- What power (voltage/current) rating is the equipment?
- What phase is the equipment? (Note: The Interpower IPS can only test single-phase.)
The International Socket Strip incorporates a number of the most common international socket standards on one device. Its intended purpose is to allow a company to test a product, but it does not change voltage or frequency.
The International Socket Strip can be used to test or burn-in electrical and electronic equipment that will be exported with international cords and cord sets. This allows testing of the equipment, complete with the power cord, in same manner that the global customer will use it.
It can be connected to a test system that has a source of 50Hz or 60Hz power to deliver power to the most commonly used international sockets for operational or burn-in testing. (If a source of 50Hz or 60 Hz is not available, this is an example of when the International Socket Strip and the International Power Source can work together.) To test a product, the correct international power cord needs to be installed into the product and connected to the proper socket.
It is occasionally used in Hipot testing systems.
Table-mount or rack-mount are available.
There are three models available. All three models include seven international sockets. One model also adds a NEMA 5-15 socket. The seven international sockets included are:
- Continental Europe—16A
- India/South Africa—15A
- Australia/New Zealand—10A
- United Kingdom—13A
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A SafeBloc is an accessory device, which can be used with other test equipment, as an adapter, to connect and test power cords and wiring harnesses for production testing purposes, prior to installation into equipment. Such testing would include Hipot and continuity testing of the power cord or wiring harness. The SafeBloc allows the bare wires of a power cord or wiring harness to be connected to the test equipment via clips inside the enclosure. Power can only flow through the device once it is closed and the test sequence is then started, ensuring that the test operator will not get shocked during the testing procedure. Power cord manufacturers and CEMs manufacturing custom wiring harnesses would be typical users of such a device.