Designing For Reliability In High Voltage Applications

The essential design disciplines for reliability and high voltage application mean ensuring reliability across any type of harsh environment. High-voltage power supplies take a beating especially when they are miniaturized and installed on locomotives. The failure to properly miniaturize these devices and apply new data sets design and manufacturing principles will make it difficult to produce products that can continue to operate at high voltages and within operating standards.

Any high-voltage environment can be difficult to manage. Unregulated high-voltage is always trying to escape and the process of controlling it often requires extremely dedicated standards for manufacturing. A wide selection of insulating systems can be made out of new-age materials and miniaturization to make sure that the systems will not break down easily and that there will be no chance of a catastrophic failure that will result in a breakdown.

The process of repairing or troubleshooting high-voltage power supplies also needs to be done by professionals. Working with a proper engineering firm can help to design solutions that will suit your needs for years to come. One of the first aspects of achieving reliability means understanding thermal cycling as well as maximizing the efficiency of your power supply. A series of issues can occur as a result of ongoing wear and tear including brittleness, excessive temperature degradation, and the breakdown of building materials from solvents and cleaners. Understanding this wear and tear and finding solutions and new product designs can make sure that you receive more reliable systems for the future of your business.

Whether you are dealing with ongoing needs for repairs or you would like to install new systems to get your technology up and running, working with the right design and engineering team will make sure that you can achieve reliable results in your high-voltage applications.

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Swartz Engineering. For nearly a half a century, Swartz Engineering has been at the forefront of industry safety. They are a family-owned company specializing in power distribution for the electrical industry. They are the leading manufacturer of Watt Transducers. The SWARTZ® Current Transducer is a high performance, solid-state unit specifically developed to meet requirements for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCA- DA) systems

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