MagnaLOAD DC Electronic Loads 125 kW to 120 kW Released by Magna-PowerApril 04, 2016 by Magna Power Electronics
Magna-Power Electronics released its MagnaLOAD product line of DC electronic loads spanning 1.25 kW to 120 kW+
Magna-Power Electronics, a worldwide leader in programmable DC power products, released its MagnaLOAD product line of DC electronic loads spanning 1.25 kW to 120 kW+. The new product line includes 3 product series, ALx Series, ARx Series, and WRx Series spanning 39 air- and water-cooled models from 1.25 kW to 120 kW+ with voltage ranges up to 0-1,000 Vdc and current ranges up to 0-1,200 Adc. The MagnaLOAD product line launches with Magna-Power’s all new distributed DSP architecture, MagnaLINK™, featuring digital control loops and an internally developed high-speed product-to-product communication protocol. The MagnaLOAD product line is designed to dissipate DC power during development, manufacturing, and validation of DC sources, including: power supplies, DC-DC converters, batteries, solar panels, fuel cells, motors, and electromagnets.
The ALx Series MagnaLOAD, 1.25 kW and 2.5 kW, utilizes conventional linear MOSFET-based dissipative elements, allowing the series to achieve a very wide voltage-current operating range within a model’s maximum power rating. Using the same heat management innovations developed for Magna-Power’s high density programmable DC power supplies, the ALx Series’ conservative cooling ensures long product life in environments up to 50 C ambient operating temperature.
The ARx Series MagnaLOAD, 7.5 kW to 45 kW+, introduces Magna-Power’s patent-pending Active Resistance Technology, combining a binary switched resistor network in series with linear elements. Used in conjunction with the new MagnaLINK™ DSP controller, the ARx Series achieves 16-bit programming and measurement resolution and, as a result of the Active Resistance Technology, at a fraction of the price of traditional electronic loads. In addition to typical voltage, current, power, and resistance control modes, the Active Resistance Technology enables the product’s Rheostat control mode, providing direct on-the-fly control of internal binary resistor network, avoiding control bandwidth constraints typically experienced with resistance control modes.
The WRx Series MagnaLOAD, 15 kW to 120 kW+, also utilizes Magna-Power’s new Active Resistance Technology in combination with the company’s newly developed internally manufactured microchannel water-cooled heatsinks. Designed for high-power applications where heat-flow control is essential, the WRx Series greatly increases power density compared air-cooled alternatives. An integrated solenoid controls the flow of water to avoid condensation. Full power can be achieved using conventional water with water inlet temperatures up to 25 C.
MagnaLINK™, Magna-Power’s next generation control architecture, provides a distributed network of DSPs across the major assemblies in its programmable DC products. Beyond Magna-Power’s standard fast transient response and high accuracy programming and measurement, MagnaLINK™ adds: fully digital control loops, adjustable control gains, programmable slew rates, arbitrary waveform generation, among many new advanced control technologies. Expandability is at the forefront with MagnaLINK™, providing buffered digital master-slaving MagnaLINK™ ports, allowing many units to be added in parallel or series with uncompromised performance and aggregated DC input measurements.
All MagnaLOAD products come standard with front and rear full control (host) USB ports, RS485, dual MagnaLINK™ ports for digital master-slaving, and a 25-pin D-Sub external user I/O connector with configurable pin mappings; LXI TCP/IP Ethernet and IEEE-488 GPIB interfaces are also available. Many different programming environments are supported via Standard Commands for Programmable Instrumentation (SCPI), and provided National Instruments LabVIEW™ and IVI drivers.
Some features may not be available at launch, but will be available at a future date through a firmware update. Consult a local Magna-Power sales partner for more information.
All Magna-Power products are designed and manufactured at the company’s vertically integrated headquarters in Flemington, New Jersey USA. MagnaLOAD products are now available directly from Magna-Power in the USA, through Magna-Power sales offices in the United Kingdom and Germany, or from a network of distributors in over 40 countries worldwide.
Magna-Power designs and manufactures robust programmable power products in the USA that set industry standards for quality, size, and control. The company’s experience in power electronics is reflected in its 1.25 kW to 2000 kW+ product line, quality service, and reputation for excellence. Today, you will find Magna-Power’s standard products at its thousands of customers worldwide, aiding in the manufacture of electric vehicles, simulating solar arrays for development of inverters, steering magnets for particle accelerators, powering radar systems, driving traction controllers for locomotive development, or at a wide range of Universities for cutting-edge energy research.
Founded in 1981 originally with the intent of being a power electronics, lighting, and magnetics research and development company, Magna-Power pivoted several times before becoming the high-power product design and manufacturer that it is today. Learn more about the company's story and the path that eventually led it to the vertically integrated volume manufacturer that it is today.
Magna-Power Electronics products are proudly made in the USA at the company's vertically integrated, company designed and owned 73,500 ft2 headquarters in Flemington, New Jersey. All engineering, manufacturing and North America product servicing is performed at the company's headquarters.
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