A success story for 40 years
Over the past 20 years, it has become common practice to purchase DC/DC converters as a finished module. This applies to all segments of the electronics industry, including industrial automation, transportation engineering, telecommunications, data technology, measurement technology, and medical electronics. Even for very large production runs, it’s rarely worthwhile for a company to develop their own DC/DC converter, particularly in view of the stringent international standards that apply nowadays. At RECOM, when it comes to power conversion, we’ve always been very attentive to our customers’ needs and wishes, and have invested millions over the past decade in product development, growing our quality assurance lab, and expanding the scope of our worldwide distribution activities.This means we’re close by to our customers’ production facilities around the globe, offering the most reliable products available on today’s market … with top-notch support – and, of course, competitive prices.
RECOM has long expanded its product portfolio beyond its traditional bread-and-butter industrial DC/DC business into many other application areas – including medical power supplies in direct response to customer demand.
One of the fundamental principles of medical- grade devices is hazard-based (HB) design and risk management. In practice this means that although an individual power supply might be fully certified to the 3rd Edition of the 60601 safety standard, all applications still have to be evaluated as part of their overall use within the medical environment. Therefore, we see requests for medical grade power supplies even in applications that are not directly related to clinical devices, for example, in the sanitary areas of hospitals or the audio-visual control equipment in the wards.
The impact this has on RECOM as a manufacturer is that the breadth of demand for 60601-certified power supplies is widening to include areas which previously were covered by industrial safety standards. This is why we have introduced new product ranges of AC/DC semi- enclosed power supplies which are suitable
for building-in to both clinical devices and into industrial enclosures.
Although we are very proud of the cutting- edge specifications of our new AC/DC power supplies, RECOM is traditionally a DC/DC manufacturer, so we are equally pleased to be able to release our new range of 250Vac/2MOPP rated DC/DC converters in a DIP24 case size. The technical challenges of meeting the strict isolation, creepage and clearance specifications in such a small package were daunting, but through clever transformer design and the use of internal mezzanine PCB’s, we have succeeded. The three new product lines of 3W, 6W and 10W offer enhanced patient safety over our existing reinforced isolation DC/DC converters because they can withstand fault conditions of full mains voltage indefinitely. These new series were developed specifically to meet the demands of major global medical equipment manufacturers who wanted additional safety margins for their products.