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Power insight adapter helps diagnose errors in IGBT modules

20 Nov 2013

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"In commissioning environments Power Insight Adapter gives you a huge bonus in terms of the time saved to observe and fix different problems," explained Richard Ord, Marketing Director for Amantys. "If you have a failure in commissioning, say, in a High Voltage DC application you tend to need spanners as well as a ladder and you have to disassemble everything. With the Adapter you can simply look at the situation via a laptop and see that the electronics have tripped because a specific IGBT is running hotter than the others. Then you can realise that all that needs doing to solve the problem is to shift the load sharing to balance it out. Now you can do that without the half a day of disassembly by just looking at the application from your laptop".

Ord continued: "The time to install a Power Insight Adapter is very short and it allows people to not only evaluate the gate drives but also evaluate the module as well as develop and commission the system".

"We are offering a unique monitoring solution to drive IGBT Modules through Amantys Power Insight," explained Erwin Wolf, CEO at Amantys. "By deploying the Amantys Power Insight Adapter, our customers are now able to upgrade their system rapidly to observe and tune system performance at each stage of development, as well as through equipment commissioning and into operation. Eventually they may integrate the core of the adapter into a host system, but this introduction gives the flexibility to start monitoring the system straightaway".

"We already have this Adapter deployed in a number of systems, notably in locomotive traction, and we anticipate further demand in applications including wind turbine inverters, industrial drives, HVDC transmission and locomotive traction inverters. Customers are already gaining a better insight into their system during the commissioning stage of development, and this then leads to better operational performance."

The Power Insight Adapter is compatible with the complete family of Insight-enabled Amantys Power Drives the company introduced earlier in 2013.

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