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  • January 10, 2019

Electronic Power Conversion Application Test Solutions

NH Research, Inc. (NHR) has designed, built, installed and supported industry leading test instrumentation and turnkey test systems world-wide for over 50 years. Both instruments and systems are typically used to functionally test a wide variety of customer’s power conversion devices at either the research & development stage or at the end of a customer’s production line as the final check that their product is meeting all its specifications. In both functional areas, NHR provides highly flexible configurations, ease of programming, comprehensive measurement capability and exceptional test throughput. View our product comparison tables for Battery Test/Battery Emulation TestingAC & DC Electronic LoadsAC & DC Sources, or AC & DC Regenerative for more details. Some of the application test solutions NHR covers include the following:

Aerospace, Avionics & Defense

Generally, throughout the Aerospace, Avionics and Defense industries there is a requirement to test at higher standard than elsewhere in most instances because the consequences a product failure are severe. This highest level of functional test is economically feasible with the turnkey 5700 Engineering Characterization Test System. Not only is the hardware capable of comprehensive testing but the programming and report formatting together make this system ready to deliver outstanding results almost immediately.
Another area NHR excels within the defense ATE community is its modular DC loads and sources. Both the Modular Test System S400 Series and the Modular DC Electronic Loads 4300 Series are meeting the high performance and limited space requirements of several major defense ATE programs today.
Modular Test System – S400 Series
Production Tester – S450 Series
Modular 120V DC Electronic Load – 4312 Series
Modular 500V DC Electronic Load – 4350 Series
Engineering Characterization Test System – Model 5700

CFL Dimmer Testing

For CFL Dimmer Testing applications, switches, dimmers, and ballasts must be certified to withstand the huge turn-on current surge created by the most challenging standard of tungsten-filament lamps. Regulations include UL 508 Section 61C, 17th Edition, NEMA 410-204, UL 1472 Overload (in-rush stimulation only), and UL 20(various sections). NHR products required to do this include the Model 4700 and Model 4760 Programmable DC Loads
High-Current DC Electronic Load – 4700 Series
High-Voltage DC Electronic Load – 4760 Series

Charger & Adapter Test

Charger and adapter testing is another area where being competitive demands hyper-fast testing. Testing one unit at a time or even a handful of units at a time simply isn’t competitive anymore. NHR meets that requirement with its Model 600 Test System and its ability to test up to 16-units in a single pass. An added benefit is that the Model 600 has the smallest form factor in the industry, which makes it easy to integrate into a conveyor-based production line.
Multi-Channel Testers – S600 Series

DC Power Supply Testing

DC Power Supply Testing, the original test system business of NHR, is now in its 4th generation with 4 types of testers:
The S400 Series – a compact production tester in 3 sizes for small-to-medium power levels
The S600 Series – the newest tester with capability of testing from 1 to 16 channels in parallel with complete precision measurements
The 5600 Universal Tester – a highly flexible tester that can be custom configured to meet the test requirements of a wide range of DC supplies
The 5700 Engineering Characterization Tester – When performing design verification tests or just seeking more extensive testing of high-reliability power supplies all the tools are here to achieve both comprehensive testing and reporting almost immediately.

Energy Storage Testing

NH Research, Inc. (NHR), is a worldwide supplier of industry leading Energy Storage Testing Solutions. We provide instruments and systems for the testing of batteries, fuel-cells, super capacitors, and similar energy storage devices as well as the electronic systems which use these accumulators including chargers, electric-vehicle (EV) power, battery management systems (BMS), critical power systems (UPS), Energy Storage Systems (ESS), grid-tied inverters, and more. Customers look to NHR for superior performance, ease of use, faster slew rates to match today’s technology, reduced testing time, improved safety, and energy savings. Our instruments and test systems use a modular approach to meet today’s energy storage testing requirements while being flexible and expandable for the future.
High Voltage and High Power Pack Cycler (100kW to 1.2MW) – 9300 Series
Multi-Channel Battery Module/Pack Cycler (12kW to 144kW) – 9200 Series
Single-Channel Battery Module/Pack Cycler (12kW) – 9210 Series
Low Voltage and Ultra-High Cycler (40V up to 7.2kA) – 9220 Series

EV/HEV & Traction Battery Testing

NHR has two types of test equipment for EV/HEV & Traction Battery Testing.
The Model 9200 Battery Test System consists of bi-directional, regenerative DC power modules with voltages of 40, 120 or 600V. Capable of charge/discharge and cycle testing of 10 – 250kW module and pack-level batteries, this highly flexible system can be integrated into an existing software environment, run from a PC with NHR’s Enerchron® Test Manager or locally through a touch-panel located on the 9200 cabinet.
The High-Current DC Electronic Load (120V) 4700 Series and High-Voltage DC Electronic Load (600V) 4760 Series air-cooled dc loads can be used in applications where discharge only is needed. These loads can be controlled either through LabVIEW or NHR’sEnerchron® Test Manager.
Battery Charge/Discharge Test System – 9200 Series
Single Channel Battery Test System – 9210 Series
Data Acquisition Instruments
High-Current DC Electronic Load – 4700 Series
High-Voltage DC Electronic Load – 4760 Series

Industrial Battery Charger Testing

The test of Battery Chargers without using an assortment of batteries of declining charge state provides the advantages of more consistent test results in addition to increasing test throughput. One NHR solution with capability up to 48 kW, utilizes a combination of a Model 4700/4760 DC Load along with a programmable DC source to emulate a battery. Another NHR solution, with capability up to 72 kW, uses the 9200 Battery Test System with its bidirectional loads in a battery emulation mode.
High-Current DC Electronic Load – 4700 Series
High-Voltage DC Electronic Load – 4760 Series
Battery Charge/Discharge Test System – 9200 Series
Single Channel Battery Test System – 9210 Series
Low Voltage/High Current Battery Charge/Discharge Test System – 9220 Series
Data Acquisition Instruments

LED Power Driver Testing

The LED industry is highly competitive, achieving the lowest cost of test is usually one of the most important factors in selecting a tester. NHR meets that requirement by being able to fully test up to 16-units in a single pass. NHR equipment required is a Model 600 Test System. Note that due to the single-card form factor for most channel instrumentation, a 16-unit tester will fit within a 30”-high cabinet.
Multi-Channel Testers – S600 Series

PV/DG Grid Tied Inverter Testing

NH Research, Inc. (NHR) provides test equipment for PV/DG Grid Tied Inverter Testing which can simulate the utility connection as well as energy storage devices.
The NH Research, Inc. 9410 Grid Simulator can provide a 1Φ, 2Φ, or 3Φ simulated utility connection while allowing per-phase controls for amplitude, wave shape, & the relative to a phase angle relationship. These features allow testing of any number of AC conditions including phase imbalance (in voltage and/or phase angle relationship), voltage sag, frequency changes, & harmonic injection. The included measurement system removes the need for an additional power meters, DMMs, oscilloscopes, or spectrum analyzers.
The 9200 Battery Test System includes a charge mode, a discharge mode, & a state of the art battery emulation mode which allows testing of a battery or electronically-emulating a battery. Using battery emulation replaces a real battery thereby eliminating risks associated with a battery failure even those potentially caused by a unit-under-test (UUT) failure. Additionally, battery emulation produces faster and more consistent testing by eliminating battery-related preparation time, operator errors, ∓ result variations due to temperature or aging.
Regenerative Grid Simulator – Model 9410
Battery Module/Pack Test System – 9200 Series

UPS Testing

UPS Testing (small- to –medium size) is straight forward with the 4600 AC Load, which can be either integrated into a customer’s in-house tester or the NHR Model 5500 UPS Test System.
AC Electronic Load – 4600 Series
Regenerative AC Load – Model 9430

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