Accessory Power: Making Product Exporting a Cost-effective Reality

Posted on 7/6/20 4:22 PM


Accessory Power systems are literally passports to global markets offering end users the versatility to connect to country-specific power mains.

With multiple country-specific configurations of plug and socket patterns used worldwide, exporting overseas may seem too expensive to pursue. But by using an Accessory Power system, only one cord set is plugged into the main power source and the rest of the devices are supplied with power through jumper cord sets connected to a specialized socket strip.

Accessory Power system components, such as Interpower’s popular Accessory Power Strips in combination with IEC 60320 jumper cords, allows designers and engineers to build a product that can simplify and organize racks or banks of electronic devices for multiple industries, including medical and industrial. An Accessory Power system can be beneficial when the main power system is controlled by the Accessory Power strip, when there is not sufficient panel space, or when an overall power control needs to be added to coordinate different pieces of equipment.

The Accessory Power system makes it easier to build for worldwide markets as it helps a company offer products that are more easily adapted to the needs of global markets—without requiring reconfiguration by the user. It also gives a company the ability to offer a product that can be used in many different countries since it eliminates the need to have all of the different kinds of plugs available or inventoried somewhere in a warehouse—which can also result in a cost-saving benefit.

In large part the versatility of this system is due to IEC 60320 interconnection components being added. Accepted worldwide, IEC 60320 components are a common connector interface which simplify the task of specifying a connector to use on a cord set—entire designs are built around IEC 60320 connectors. They help to prevent improper connections by their design configurations and provide a uniform connector for similar voltages, thus ensuring a safe connection.

Accessory Power Market Opportunities

Accessory Power offers global market opportunities: medical, IT, industrial applications, and food production—virtually any business setting when you need power connection options customized to your specifications.

Whether constricted by office space such as tight corners or equipment configured in alcoves, or even computers wired to multiple components such as monitors, external hard drives, keyboards, and printers, or limited by outlet access, Accessory Power strips, jumper cords and angled connectors with strain reliefs can meet your country-specific power needs.

Interpower Accessory Power Options

Accessory Power options at Interpower include the Accessory Power Strip (APS) and the Power Distribution Unit (PDU). These allow equipment to be built with different components working together in one system.

The APS is a socket strip that provides multiple power outlets for connecting all of the pieces of equipment to a single source of electrical power.

The PDU is a socket strip using IEC 60320 components in a case enclosure that is larger than an APS. It fits into a 19-inch rack.

Both the APS and the PDU can be utilized wherever power needs to be supplied to multiple units of equipment.

Additional Resources

See the complete line of Accessory Power Strips and Power Distribution Units available at Interpower. See also the APS and PDU highlighted on the Featured Product page.

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Topics: designing for export, IEC, Accessory Power, Accessory Power System

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