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Defining IP 65 and NEMA 12/4 Enclosure Ratings

Posted on 10/7/19 6:59 AM

Dirt, dust, water—all “adversaries” of electrical products due to the potential damage they can cause. To help protect products from these elements, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) have created classification systems designating different degrees of protection, depending on the application, for enclosures of electrical equipment.

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Topics: electrical safety, designing for export, ingress protection, NEMA 12/4 Enclosure Ratings

Simplifying the Power Entry Element into a Single Unit

Posted on 6/3/19 7:58 AM

When designing electrical products, one way to simplify the power entry element is by incorporating a module, which combines power entry functions into a single unit. Even though these functions are available as individual components, the benefits of a module include user safety, reduced individual component inventory, decreased assembly labor, and saved panel space.

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Topics: product design, modules, designing for export

Socket Strip Definitions

Posted on 5/20/19 8:12 AM

A socket strip distributes electrical power through multiple sockets. It can be used to provide multiple sources of power (sockets) in an application with limited socket access. A socket strip can assist in meeting a need when only a single power source is available, but there are multiple pieces of equipment needing that power source. 

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Topics: product design, designing for export, country specific socket strips

Importance of Testing During the Design Phase

Posted on 5/6/19 8:00 AM

Testing during the design process in product development is crucial. If the new product will be distributed in worldwide markets, then using an AC power source is one way to test that product at various voltages and frequencies.

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Topics: product design, testing, designing for export, International Power Source, AC Power Source

Designing with Accessory Power Components

Posted on 4/22/19 8:13 AM

  One way to design electrical products for use in global markets is to incorporate accessory power distribution components. Those based on the IEC 60320 standards can help make it so no reconfiguration will be needed by the end user.

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Topics: product design, designing for export, IEC 60320, IEC 60320 inlets, IEC 60320 outlets

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