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AC Power Range
General purpose industrial PDUs start in the 15 to 30 A range. From there, medium-capacity products between 30 and 100 A are common for industrial and defense applications. Specialized high-capacities up to 400 A are still a regular project for us. Likewise, we work with a wide voltage range from 24 Vac to 480 Vac. While these are typical capacities and voltages, Marway can incorporate virtually any single phase, split-phase, or three-phase power standard needed.
It’s quite common to have only one power utility form available, but need other forms for distribution. For example, converting 208 Vac to 115 Vac, or vice versa. Also, single-phase power can be derived from a three-phase inlet (which does not require a transformer).
Using power supplies, we can create dc voltage from an ac input source. Dc can be used for internal controls, and for power distribution as well. In fact, we can even make more than one dc voltage to suit multiple needs from the same PDU.
Electromagnetic interference can degrade the quality of an ac signal. Shielding, EMI filters, and even transformers help eliminate these problems. Component selection can be for broad, general purpose results, or to mitigate specific identified influences.
Spikes and surges can be injected or induced into power systems from lightning and switching of high power devices. Integrated surge protection devices can absorb or divert high voltages to protect downstream equipment.
NEMA defines US standards for many electrical power connectors. So, of course, Marway offers any NEMA standard outlet connector which may be needed. Common wall outlets are known as 5-15R and are rated for 15 A and 125 V. These have straight blades, and are quite common in PDUs to provide power to commercial and industrial equipment. Since these connectors are relatively small, they can be tightly packed for high density needs. Other versions allow for higher current, higher voltage, and three-phase power.
NEMA Twist Locks
Twist-lock style connectors require the connector be pushed in, then twisted to engage a mechanical catch. This helps prevent the connector from being accidently bumped loose. Compared to straight blade connectors, twist-lock connectors also reduce the risk of a loose connector exposing parts of the power-carrying blades. They’re great for improving both connection reliability and safety.
IEC is a European standards body similar to NEMA. However, a few IEC connectors are commonly used even in the US for computers and similar equipment. While the US uses 115 Vac for most home and business wiring, much of Europe uses 230 Vac. Since most mass-market electronic equipment is designed to run at either 115 or 230 Vac, the IEC connectors are used. Just as with NEMA connectors, Marway can offer IEC connectors of any type on a PDU.
Circular/MIL connectors are for environments exposed to moisture, sand, vibration and other hazards. They use a threaded barrel interconnect between mating parts, and so provide an even more secure connection than twist locks. These connectors are common in defense, aerospace, and rugged industrial applications.
Local switching of circuits or outlets can be done with circuit breakers, or any number of panel switch styles. Additionally, remote switching methods can be incorporated to allow remotely located panels to enable/disable specific circuits or individual outlets. Marway has a standard remote EPO/on/off system designed for it’s Commander EPO panels.
Breakers can be used to protect the PDU as a whole, individual power branches, or even each individual outlet. There are a variety of technologies (thermal, hydraulic magnetic, etc.), a variety of form factors, different certifications (UL 1077, UL 489), as well as other characteristics. You can count on Marway to select the best fit for the application.
Given Marway’s specialization in custom products, in addition to the connector types we’ve mentioned above, we’re able to utilize any connector for control and power signals which your environment requires.
In addition to discrete-signal-based outlet switching, Marway offers an Ethernet solution for remote switching. An on-board embedded operating system provides Telnet, SSH, Web, and RESTfulAPI interfaces for manual and automated control of outlet state. Read more about the technology on our RCM Software page.
Marway can integrate panel meters for voltage, current, and power quality monitoring using either discrete LED displays or off-the-shelf industrial meters. If remote monitoring or factory automation integration is required, there are several meters which offer connectivity using a variety of standard industrial protocols.