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Quarterly eNewsletter from Custom services for magnetic components
Issue 6, July 2017
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Bridging the air-gap and complete capabilities from Acal BFi
Paul Winkler
In the sixth edition of Q-Facts, you can find out about the complete environmental test capabilities available from Acal BFi’s Custom services for magnetic components facility and download the last part of our soft core materials guide, Powder cores, for free.
Plus, you can access our latest white paper, where Paul Winkler explores an alternative solution to large or multiple air gaps in power inductors made from amorphous or nanocrystalline materials.
Insight CSfMC: environmental tests
Environmental testing
We provide equipment for climate tests (humidity 5 - 98%rH / temperature -40°C - 180°C) and a temperature chamber for extended temperature tests up to 300°C. So we are able to perform tests in accordance with IEC 60068-2; MIL-STD 202 or AEC - Q200 Rev. D like standard 85/85 tests, moisture heat cycles or temperature change tests up to ΔT = 2,5 K/min. Moreover, we can check solder heat resistance up to 280°C and perform solder ability (wetting / de-wetting) tests.
This is important to exclude failures during manufacturing customers’ products from our inductive components, and during complete life time. We also work with external testing labs which offer additional, specific tests and the relevant certificates.
Understanding magnetic materials: how to select a core material - Powder cores (part 4 of 4)
powder cores
In the last part of our series we highlight soft magnetic powder materials for magnetic cores, material preparation and core production, resulting unique properties, different material types optimised for certain specific parameters, and their applications.
Download magnetic materials guide
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How to: replace the space and cost implications of air-gaps in power inductors
white paper
Amorphous or nanocrystalline cores are the preferred choice for designers building smaller power inductors; however, these materials require a relative large air-gap to store a high amount of energy. Using multiple small air-gaps is an option but can be costly from the additional manufacturing efforts required.
Our latest white paper explores an alternative solution to this problem – using lower permeability powder materials.
Download white paper
Custom and standard products from the following Acal group companies are available through Acal BFi across Europe
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