Manufacturers of commercial products ranging from white goods to personal computers require flexibility to keep pace with evolving technologies, standards, and customer demand in various product categories. In the white goods category, for example, companies are investing heavily in R&D to meet customer demand for smart appliances, according to Allied Market Research, which estimates the white goods market is growing at a CAGR of 7.8% and will exceed $1 trillion by 2027. In the personal computer category, the market has slowed from its peak in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but IDC still forecasts a 3.3% CAGR for the market segment through 2025.

As manufacturers work to meet the needs of these and other growing and evolving commercial market segments, they will need to conduct full evaluation and test to ensure that their products will operate across a wide range of input line conditions while tolerating voltage and frequency disturbances. AMETEK Programmable Power is well positioned to serve commercial manufacturers of computers, appliances, and other goods with a wide range of AC programmable-power solutions in applications extending from R&D to production test. The AC sources can also help manufacturers perform compliance tests to ensure their products meet the regulatory requirements of standards such as IEC 61000-3-2, which specifies limits for harmonic current emissions.

Taking white goods as an example, AMETEK Programmable Power’s AC sources can help washing machine or other appliance manufacturers test one unit or dozens of units in parallel, using programmable AC sources to simulate line-voltage variations, frequency variations, and voltage spikes and dips to ensure the products operate properly in all anticipated line conditions. Similarly, the AC sources can support the test of computer equipment or any other commercial equipment that runs on AC line power.

AMETEK Programmable Power offers several products which provide programmable 150V to 400V output voltage ratings for such applications. These products include the BPS Series, which provides ratings from 30kVA to 180kVA and are cost-effective for meeting basic test requirements. For more stringent requirements, AMETEK Programmable Power provides the MX Series, which offers ratings to 135kVA, and the RS Series, which offers ratings to 1MVA. The MX and RS Series both include features such as harmonic waveform generation, which is useful for performing susceptibility tests.

AMETEK Programmable Power stands ready to apply its decades of experience to meeting evolving test needs as commercial products such as appliances become smarter and more connected and as other products such as personal computers continue their inexorable growth.

For related information, visit the Commercial industry page of VTI Instruments, an AMETEK Programmable Power brand.

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