When it comes to selecting a power supply for your critical applications, the Switched Mode Power Supply options from Rockwell Automation are almost endless. Efficiency can impact enclosure sizing, energy cost and reliability due to excess heat. Limited boost capacity can affect performance on stubborn equipment requiring high inrush on startup (ie., electronic contactor coils). And over-sized supplies will increase acquisition cost, space required and energy consumption.
To keep things simple, we will review the good, better and best options and ways to keep your power flowing.
Click the video below to see on how to reduce down time with redundancy, buffer, and DC UPS options :
If you are looking for a down and dirty economical option, the 1606-XLB Series is the Volkswagen Rabbit from your high school years. It is efficient enough to get you from point A to point B. Choices aren’t wide, it only comes in two sizes, 5 or 10 amp, but it has a great 92.5 percent efficiency rating. It will get you powered up, but we can do more….
Here is where most power needs lie. The 1606-XLE Series is the Toyota Camry, known for being both dependable and affordable. With 80-960w power output range it is sufficient enough to keep your critical applications running with a high efficiency rating of up to 95 percent! Best part – it has the smallest footprint in the industry making room for your cabinet hogs. Which brings us to….
The 1606-XLS is considered the Performance Series Power Supply. If you are looking for your Lamborghini – this is it! The 1606-XLS is known for being the strongest against the most stubborn loads, offering 80-960 W of power output range, a 150% power boost for up to 5 seconds, a 92-96% efficiency rating, and a life expectancy of 50k hours.
So now that you have selected the right power supply family for your application, how do we ensure it is up and running 24/7? After all, reliable products save downtime costs. To increase reliability, Rockwell offers redundancy, buffer or UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) modules. This small investment is the best way to ensure machine efficiency and productivity in the long run.
If you are looking for the right power supply to meet your application needs, talk to your Rumsey Industrial Control specialist to get you on the right road!
Here are also some additional resources, including a white paper on heat dissipation and its effect as well as an application techniques document for more reliable 24VDC power systems: