Sunday, November 25, 2018

Improving Products with Help from Heat Exchanger Tech

Noren Thermal, November 15, 2018

In many industrial and manufacturing circles, heat exchangers have become a superstar in electrical thermal management. In many ways, companies’ customers benefit, as well, though the ways in which they do so are not always as obvious. Nevertheless, the same streamlined thermal management capabilities that make heat exchangers valuable to manufacturing equipment also make them a highly reliable and more affordable solution for cooling many modern consumer technologies. This has given many manufacturers the ability to pass on the advantages of improved thermal management to their products and consumers.

Better product performance

The reason heat exchangers have boosted productivity for manufacturers is because they help improve the performance of the equipment that companies rely on. They accomplish this by providing a more efficient and cost-effective way to handle electrical waste heat, which allows them to keep operations going without excessively high thermal management costs. Preventing overheating also means those operations aren’t regularly interrupted due to system malfunctions or component failures. The same is true for high-performance electronics, computers, appliances, technologies, and more that consumers utilize on a daily basis.


The Health and Economical Benefits of Solid-State Cooking

MACOM, October 23, 2018

RFE Diagram.PNGThe ability to generate and amplify RF signals is nothing new – but solid-state RF energy has enormous potential beyond data transmission applications. As companies like MACOM and collaborative organizations such as the RF Energy Alliance (RFEA) continue to pioneer and develop this technology, enabling greater efficiency and control than previously possible with conventional technologies, the full potential of this technology for mass-market applications is beginning to take form.

Microwave cooking is one application that is already being radically transformed with solid-state RF energy, enabling healthier eating and broad economical benefits. Solid-state RF energy transistors generate hyper-accurate, controlled energy fields that are extremely responsive to the controller, resulting in optimal and precise use and distribution of RF energy. This offers benefits unavailable via alternate solutions, including lower-voltage drive, high efficiency, semiconductor-type reliability, a smaller form factor and a solid-state electronics footprint. Perhaps the most compelling benefit is the power-agility and hyper-precision enabled by this technology, yielding even energy distribution, unprecedented process control range and fast adaption to changing load conditions, not to mention a lifespan of more than 10 years.