Testing Equipment & Control/Monitor Software

A description of our equipment and the custom made software that we use for control and monitoring purposes.

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All measurements are performed using two fully equipped Chroma stations. The first Chroma station is able to deliver up to 2500 W of load and consists of two 6314A mainframes equipped with the following electronic loads: six 63123A [350 W each], one 63102A [100 W x2], and one 63101A [200 W]. The second Chroma station can deliver more than 4 kW of load and consists of two 63601-5 and one 63600-2 mainframes. The aforementioned mainframes host ten 63640-80-80 [400 W] electronic loads in total along with a single 63610-80-20 [100 W x2] module.

The AC sources are a Chroma 6530, capable of delivering up to 3 kW of power and a Chroma 61604 with 2 kW max capacity. Both AC sources are connected to the mains network through two powerful isolation transformers (3 kW) and for the 6530 we also use a CyberPower OLS3000E online UPS while the second source is protected by an FSP Champ online UPS with 3 kW capacity. 

Our electronic loads collection also includes ten Array units (seven Array 3711A and three Array 3710A) and two Fast Auto FA-828ATE.

We use the following oscilloscopes: a Keysight DSOX3024A, a Rigol DS2072A, a Picoscope 4444 and a Picoscope 3424. We also have at our disposal four more oscilloscopes: Rigol DS1074Z, Rigol VS5042, Stingray DS1M12, and a second Picoscope 3424.

The rest of our equipment consists of a Picotech TC-08 thermocouple data logger, two Fluke multimeters (models 289 and 175), a Keysight U1273AX multimeter, a Keithley 2015 THD 6.5 digit bench DMM, and a lab grade N4L PPA1530 3-phase power analyzer, featuring 0.05% basic accuracy. For back-up purposes we have a Yokogawa WT210 power analyzer and a GW Instek GPM-8212.

The noise measurements are conducted with a Class 1 Bruel & Kjaer 2250-L G4 Sound Analyzer, equipped with a type 4955-A low-noise and free-field microphone which can measure down to 5 dB(A) (we also have a type 4189 microphone that features a 16.6-140 dBA-weighted dynamic range). The sound analyzer is installed into a hemi-anechoic chamber which allows for lower than 6 dB(A) ambient noise. A Bruel & Kjaer Type 4231 is used before every noise measurement, to calibrate the sound analyzer.

We are able to conduct Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) evaluations since our lab is equipped with a Rigol DSA815-TG Spectrum Analyzer (9kHz -1.5GHz), featuring the EMI option. We also use a Tekbox TBLC08 LISN to isolate the power mains from the device in this test (DUT). Our second Spectrum Analyzer is a Signal Hound BB60C. To identify the EMI source should the need arise, we have at our disposal a set of Tekbox EMC probes (TBPS01) and a TBWA2 wide-band amplifier.

We conduct all of our tests at above 30 °C ambient to simulate the environment seen inside a typical system more accurately. For this purpose we use a custom made chamber, equipped with heating elements which are controlled through software and are able to set automatically the desired temperature inside the chamber. 

What provides us with an edge over all the rest labs is the custom-made software, used for controlling all of our equipment, from the electronic loads and the power analyzer to the temperature logger and the electromagnetic relays that control the heat inside the thermal chamber. The development process of this piece of software never stops since we constantly enrich it with new features. The first version of the Faganas ATE software was released in the early 2010. With over 22,000 lines of code, excluding the libraries, the Faganas ATE test suite allows us to test a PSU in any way we want, providing increased usability and high accuracy in the test results, thanks to the sophisticated algorithms and routines that handle the data outputs of all of our equipment.