Automatic Voltage Regulators
Is VRP available with under- and over-voltage cut off?
All standard VRP’s- machinery models are supplied with built-in OVP/UVP cut offs.
Isolation Line Conditioners
What is leakage current to ground and why is it possibly harmful?
Ground leakage current occurs when wire insulation is damaged or becomes frayed with age. Then, small amounts of a current can flow into the grounded metal cabinet or chassis. The maximum allowed ground leakage current is a few milliamps (thousands of an amp). A GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) can be used to detect higher-than-normal ground leakage current and turn off the circuit, which is the reason in many countries for mandatory GFCI-protection of AC sockets near earth ground, bathtubs or showers. By detecting the current through a person’s body into the ground and then tripping the circuit, GFCI can prevent electrocution when a person accidentally comes in contact with a live AC source.Under UL 60950-1 (the standard for safety of information technology equipment including electrical business equipment), the maximum allowed ground leakage current per each computer or office equipment is a few milliamps. However, when there are hundreds computers, IT equipment and electrical business equipment in each floor of a high-rise building, each floor can produce a combined leakage current of one or two amps. When there are 10, 20 or 30 floors, total leakage current for the building can exceed 10, 20 or even 30 amps.The presence of constant leakage current violates various safety codes, which allow momentary current through earth ground wire only for short-circuit protection and surge current when TVSS (transient voltage suppression system) is activated due to transients or lightning strikes.Another consideration is differences in ground potential between floors. For example, the earth ground wire on the 20th floor may read several volts higher than the earth ground wire voltage on the ground floor. This may cause equipment malfunction and/or damage when data communication wires are connected between ground floor equipment and equipment at upper floors.Therefore, minimizing ground leakage current in a large building is very important for ensuring personnel safety, equipment functionality and equipment protection from stray voltages and ground loop currents.
Does TSi Power develop custom products for low-volume requirements?
Yes. We offer both custom solutions and customizable products for a variety of situations. Please fill out the Customer Requirements Form and contact us to discuss your needs Customer Requirements Form.
Surge Protection Devices (SPDs)
What are the various types of surge protection devices and where should they be used?
UL 1449, 3rd edition (effective September, 2009) provides following surge protector classifications:
Permanently Connected (PC)
Direct Plug-In (DPI)
Cord Connected (CC)
Type 1 – Permanently connected (PC) between service transformer and line side
Type 2 – Permanently connected on load side of service disconnect
Type 3 – Point of Use: minimum 10 meters from service panel
Type 4 – Component assemblies for SPD (surge protection device) or other non-SPD applications such as appliances
Type 5 – Discrete components for SPD or other non-SPD applications such as appliances