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What Are the Major Selection Criteria in Power Supply Testers?

By Paul Swartz,

President, and by the Applications Staff at NH Research, a leading supplier of power supply test equipment since 1981


Characterizing Power Supplies with an Oscilloscope

By Mike Hertz, LeCroy - from Electronic Products' Website

Product/Service Focus

This issue's focus is Power Supply Test
You can find many references to "power supply test" at our web site.

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  8/16/2007 Agilent Technologies reports 3Q07
  8/15/2007 GOEPEL electronic restructures US Organization
  8/13/2007 Slowdown hits ATE industry
  8/9/2007 China's IC industry slowed in 1H
  8/7/2007 New fingerprinting technique could reveal more than just identity
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  8/1/2007 Verdant to unveil method to replace solder on boards
  8/3/2007 The LabView Style Book
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  8/2/2007 Testing of CAN and LIN network characteristics of control units to assure the reliability of bus systems in motor vehicles
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  8/2/2007 Characterizing power supplies with an oscilloscope
  8/2/2007 Choosing isolators for test equipment
  8/2/2007 How to select an appropriate AOI System
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What Are the Major Selection Criteria in Power Supply Testers?

By Paul Swartz,

President, and by the Applications Staff at NH Research, a leading supplier of power supply test equipment since 1981

Because most power supply testers are at the end of a customer’s production line, the major consideration for selection usually is the tester manufacturer’s reputation for reliable equipment and prompt support. Today, most high-volume production lines are located in China, Philippines, India or Malaysia so in those cases, global support is a priority consideration.

The next consideration is the tester’s capability to provide the specific stimulus and measurement instrumentation along with test result reporting that are needed for a particular line of the customer’s power supplies for the near future.

Only after the two items above are completely satisfied should the customer be considering cost.  Because there are wide differences in the speed of testers from various manufacturers, the essential calculation is the unit-cost-of test, which will insure the customer’s being competitive over the next 10-years, the probable economic lifetime of a tester.

Depending on the specific circumstances of each customer there may be additional important power supply tester selection criteria such as:

  • Compatibility with existing test equipment, fixtures and test programs
  • Compatibility with customer’s factory data collection and program storage system.
  • Tester expansion flexibility
  • Ease, downtime and cost of tester calibration.

The amount of information to be gathered and verified is substantial if the customer is to make a fully considered decision. To accomplish this many customers today insist on benchmarking equipment in their factory.

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