Voices: Montague

Brain Power for Power Supplies

If Controllers and Field Devices Already Have Diagnostics Tool Power, Why Can't Power Supply Devices Have That Too?

By Jim Montague

Everything is getting "smart," and this trend appears to be holding true for power supplies as well. Devices that used to only deliver power, convert it and maybe offer surge protection are now monitoring and measuring current and voltage profiles, implementing alerts and alarms for predefined operating ranges, and sending data on power supply performance up to higher-level systems and users for analysis and optimization efforts.

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