AC/DC Power Management Unit
Industrial Robots require high performance in terms of power management, as their definition in ISO 8373: “An automatically controlled, reprogrammable, multipurpose, manipulator programmable in three or more axes, which may be either fixed in place or mobile for use in industrial automation applications”. It is well accepted that they are robots with high payloads, and with huge inertial mass, commonly working in an industrial or factory automation environment with a dedicated power bus. Industrial environments are very noisy, from the voltage and EMC point of view, so the design of the Power Management Unit and how to interface it to the in-situ equipment must be robust and protected from these hazards. STMicroelectronics’ devices and turnkey reference designs, give fast and reliable solutions for electrical engineers with detailed documentation and evaluation boards designed by the leading supplier of power solutions. AC-DC conversion, for example, comes with numerous solutions, with supporting material, like high voltage converters, load sharing controllers, PWM controllers, Synchronous Rectification Controllers as well as Voltage and Current Controllers.