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Case study: Weaving loom

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Create more loom functionality and reduce system size and cost

Create more loom functionality and reduce system size and cost

Weaving looms take spun cotton yarns and combine them into a woven fabric. Loom manufacturers are looking for ways of reducing the size and cost of their equipment while improving equipment flexibility, allowing end-users to make quick changes to the cloth’s weight, pattern and style. The key goals were:

  • Integrating the stepper motor power supply into the motor drive assembly to reduce both system size and cost
  • Scaling the solution so that new features could be added to the loom in the field
  • Meeting AC input PFC standards

Wide-input-range converter supported large capacitive loads at its output

Wide-input-range converter supported large capacitive loads at its output

Typically hold-up and smoothing of the rectified 3-phase AC input is provided by a large bulk capacitor. By following the rectifier with a wide input range DCM DC-DC converter, this hold-up capacitor was completely eliminated, saving both bulk and cost. Stepper motors require the DC supply to source large pulses of current. A DCM can support large capacitive loads at its output and this capacitor reduced the peak current demands on the converter, and thus its size and cost. The capacitor provided power averaging of the high current pulses to the motor with the converter recharging the capacitor continuously between stepper motor load pulses. Key benefits were:

  • Energy consumption and running costs were reduced by the supply’s improved power factor and high efficiency (94%)
  • Power averaging allowed a smaller (33cm2), lower weight power supply that could easily be integrated into the motor assembly
  • The DCMs are easily paralleled to provide higher power to meet the demands of larger motor drives

Wide input range DCM DC-DC converter eliminates hold-up capacitor

The power source to the loom was a 3-phase 115V AC supply, which was rectified to provide 300V DC. By following the rectifier with a wide input range DCM DC-DC converter, the hold-up capacitor was completely eliminated. To analyze this power chain, go to Vicor Whiteboard online tool.

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DCM DC-DC converter

DCM DC-DC 转换器

输入: 9 – 420V

输出: 3.3, 5, 12, 13.8, 15, 24, 28, 36, 48V

功率: 高达 1300W

效率: 高达 96%

小巧至 24.8 x 22.8 x 7.2 毫米

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