AMETEK Programmable Power, a global supplier of programmable AC and DC power test solutions manufacturing such brands as California Instruments™, Sorensen™ and Elgar™, has added three new models to its Asterion™ line of AC/DC power sources.
The Asterion 1503 supplies up to 1,500 VA or 1,500 W; the Asterion 2253 supplies up to 2,250 VA or 2,250 W; and the Asterion 3003 supplies up to 3,000 VA or 3,000 W. All three units come in a 2U enclosure, and in both single and three phase models.
Like the lower-power 1U Asterion AC units, the Asterion Models 1503, 2253, and 3003 offer users a compelling combination of intelligence, performance, and modularity that make them the most adaptable platform today.
The key to their outstanding performance is AMETEK’s iX2™ current-doubling technology. With iX2, as the output voltage decreases from the maximum value to one-half the maximum value, the available output current increases up to two times the rated output current.
This allows them to maintain maximum power through the widest range of voltages. As a result, iX2 current-doubling technology eliminates the need to buy multiple sources or overpowered sources to run tests at different voltage levels, such as when performing low line voltage testing.
Asterion offers wide AC and DC output voltage ranges up to 400 Vac and 500 Vdc. Load and line regulation are +/-0.025% and +/-0.015%, respectively. This makes the Asterion more versatile and accurate than most other AC power sources available today.
In addition, test engineers will appreciate the Asterion AC source’s ease of use. They developed an entirely new user interface for this platform. The intuitive, touch-screen interface, not found on other AC sources, allows users to quickly and easily set up the source and run tests. The Asterion offers a complete avionics test suite as an option, with a programmable frequency between 16Hz and 5,500Hz.
This powerful set of features allows Asterion to be used in both the lab and in ATE systems.