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Mil Standard 810 [ September 25, 2017 ]
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COTS Design - Tested Tough to Mil Standard 810
Empower's tested and field proven rugged design is common across all our Next Generation Family of amplifiers and is the result of our patented architecture and design goal to minimize RF power losses along the internal signal path, simplify manufacturing and provide for ease of servicing. The consequence of this elegant electro-mechanical compact structural design is a COTS amplifier that is inherently durable. Empowers family of solid state power amplifiers is thermally and structurally designed to meet today’s stringent and harsh operating conditions both in the Military and commercial market.
Watch Video of Shock and Vibration Testing - Empower Model 2126
Mounted in the test fixture undergoing 40g shock testing while operating uninterrupted at full rated output power. Keep in mind this is not a custom design. This is our COTS model with a dust filter added. What you’re seeing in the video is MIL-STD-810E Method 514.4 vibration 40g Peak while operational for 270 minutes in each axis. The unit also passed Shock – MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5 3 Axes, Quantity 18 pulses per direction 11 mSec Sawtooth Pulse / 40g Peak.
A Peek Inside
Our COTS amplifier architecture includes advances in RF and digital PCB signal routing that allows us to eliminate virtually every internal connector, RF cable and electrical harness. This makes the amplifier fundamentally rugged, reliable, improves RF efficiency and is available on all of Empower Next Generation systems.
The Confidence to Ship and Operate Your Amplifier Reliably to Increase Equipment Utilization and Lower Your Cost of Capital.
Even if your application doesn’t require Military Standard shake and bake certification there are benefits to all. Every amplifier gets shipped many times over its lifetime and let’s face it, accidents do happen. Your equipment will be subjected to handling, and transportation hazards including:
- Shipping and Transportation Shock, Vibration, and Mishandling
- In- House Rough Handling - Storage Extremes
- Installation/ Re-installation
- Operating Environment and In-Situ Testing
Our engineers have experienced many of these scenarios with other manufacturer’s equipment when shipped, while moving, adjusting, lifting, carrying etc., and everyone can relate to these two tests:
1) Method 516.5 Procedure VI - Bench Handling.
Procedure VI is intended for equipment that may typically experience bench handling, bench maintenance, or packaging. It is used to determine the ability of the materiel to withstand representative levels of shock encountered during typical bench handling, bench maintenance, or packaging.
2) Method 516.5, Procedure IV - Transit Drop.
The intent of this test is to determine the structural and functional integrity of the equipment to a transit drop in its transit or combination case. Amplifier is non-operational for this test and packaged in the shipping configuration. The Packaged unit will be dropped on each corner for a total of 8 drops from a height of 30 inches.
Amplifier is non-operational for this test and packaged in the shipping configuration. The Packaged unit will be dropped on each corner for a total of 8 drops from a height of 30 inches.
And if that's not good enough, for the most demanding applications, the amplifier highlighted in the video passed all of the following:
|Vibration||MIL-STD-810E Method 514.4|
|EMI/EMC||MIL-STD-461E, RE-102 / RS-103|
|Shock, Operational||MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5, Procedure I|
|Shock, Bench Handling||MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5, Procedure VI|
|Shock, Drop||MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5, Procedure IV|
|Loose cargo Transportation||MIL-STD-810F Method 514.5|
|Dust / Sand||MIL-STD-810F Method 510.4, Procedure I|
|Operating/Storage Temperature||MIL-STD 810F Method 501.4|
|Humidity||MIL-STD 810F Method 507.4|
A Complete Robust COTS Design
Adding your own external metering hardware will worsen the MTBF of your overall hardware platform so with the system designer in mind Empower’s engineers reached outside of the box and incorporated the external DDC and Power Meter/Sensors into the amplifier. Beside improved reliability, your overall costs are lowered without the need to purchase external metering equipment. This approach comes with the added benefit of eliminating the RF power losses associated with the external connector, cable, and coupler.