Categories: Relays & Contactors

  • Panasonic Relays in EV charging stations
    January 14, 2016
    The global adoption of electric vehicles underlines the need for quality relays and components to ensure a robust electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) infrastructure. According to the International Energy Agency, the number of electric vehicles worldwide in 2020 is projected to grow to 20 million. As the market expands, the demand for more electric vehicle charging stations is becoming increasingly necessary.
  • Increasing Load Capacity in PhotoMOS® Relays
    January 21, 2015
    PhotoMOS Relays inherently have a limited DC load, however, by changing the output terminal connections, 6-Pin DIP and SOP type PhotoMOS Relays can withstand a higher load capacity.
  • Optically Isolated Relays White Paper
    August 26, 2013
    Relays All Relays used to perform switching duties through electromechanical means. Today, however, engineers can also opt for Solid-State Relays that use Semiconductors to switch their output circuits. The choice between traditional Electromechanical and the Solid-State Relay varieties often comes down to two factors: reliability and performance.
  • August 16, 2013
    What Is UL 1604?Engineers who specify electrical products for industrial equipment tend to have a good working knowledge of UL ratings. However, one rating that gives many engineers trouble is UL 1604, which certifies electrical components for use in hazardous environments. We routinely field questions about UL 1604 and which products comply with it. Here are some answers.
  • May 03, 2013
    Relay Life Span Optically-isolated Relays inherently have a long lifespan, due to their lack of moving parts and the robustness of their solid state electronics. You can, however, make them last even longer by accounting for LED power losses. Keep in mind that LED power does not remain constant over time. Instead, all LEDs experience a power loss in proportion to the time that current is applied to them. With optically-isolated Relays, including PhotoMOS, this loss of LED power affects the device’s operating characteristics and lifecycle.
  • March 14, 2013
    HE-V Relays  As solar farms and energy storage systems grow in scale, they increasingly require power Relays that can safely cut off high DC voltages. That’s where Panasonic's new HE-V Relay comes in. Designed specifically for alternative energy applications, this new 2 Form A power Relay provides oustanding capacity, reduced energy requirements, and can be used for a variety of appliactions.
  • December 04, 2012
    For all their promise, electric vehicles won’t really hit the roads in any great numbers until charging stations become more readily available. Fortunately, the creation of a charging infrastructure is underway based on three different types of charging stations. Here’s a look at these stations and why they need the right kind of DC relays to enable safe, effective electric vehicle charging:
  • October 23, 2012
    Measure Relay's Contact Resistance To Diagnose Failure Even the best Relays can fail at some point, but what causes them to fail? Conventional wisdom places the blame on worn out contacts. Every electromechanical Relay has a finite number of cycles it can endure before the contacts call it quits.