Highlighted below are several global certification updates that impact power supplies and cords for the export market. Power Supplies The smallest change of type placement around a logo can be all the difference in the world to the supplier. Taiwan announced a new requirement mandatory as of December 31st, 2017. RoHS will be included within the approval mark. Belarus has finalized the mandatory energy efficiency requirements regarding the EAC mark on external power supplies. The
UL will not accept any new applications for UL 60950-1. Starting on March 1st, 2018, all new power supply designs will be registered as 62368   EN 62368-1 – As mentioned in previous communications, EN 62368-1 was published in Europe during the second half of 2014. The Date of Withdrawal (DoW) of the standards to be superseded, EN 60065 and EN 60950-1, was assigned as of June 20, 2019. However, the Official Journal (OJ) of the European Union has
Looking to the growing use of electronic boards in modern appliances and considering the increasing interest for card edge connections not only for signal but also for power, I am pleased to inform you that MEGA Electronics Inc has developed a new range of card edge power connectors. This new product is defined as PC440 connector and is shown here:         These connectors over mold a 4 space receptacle with 5mm pitch
All new medical power supplies need to pass 60601-1-2 4th edition starting December 31, 2018.  Click here for the link to the new MEGA  Electronics catalog for the new 60601-1-2 4th edition power supplies. These new standards will impact medical device manufacturers as well as the power supply manufacturers.  Although the transition date is now set for December 31, 2018, UL Medical EMC experts advise that FDA’s publication “Design Considerations for Devices Intended for Home Use
Where are hospital grade plugs required? Hospital grade plugs are required in any hospital-type environment in North America where the patient can come into contact with the cord, including doctor and dentist offices. There is no other global destination that requires a hospital grade plug, although clear plugs are recommended for use in Australia and New Zealand. What is the difference between standard plugs and hospital grade plugs? Both standard commercial NEMA plugs for North

South American Power Cord Guidelines

Posted on January 10, 2018
South American cords and power supplies vary based on voltage and plug patterns. Here we provide detail South American power cord guidelines for Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru, as well as a list of voltage by country.   What is the most common plug used in South America? The US NEMA plug standard is used most commonly throughout South America, except in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. What plug is used in Argentina? Argentina adopted their
International Efficiency Marking Protocol is a system that allows manufacturers to designate the efficiency performance of external power supplies. These designations are identified with a Roman numeral system: I, II, III, IV, VI, V and VI. Historical perspective In the 1990s, external power supplies could have efficiencies as low as 50 percent and still draw power when the appliance was turned off or even disconnected from the power supply. (This is what’s known as “no-load”
62368 will replace 60065 (Audio/Video) and 60950 (IT) for external power supplies. MEGA Electronics has already begun the process of getting 62368 certified. EN 62368-1 – As mentioned in previous communications, EN 62368-1 was published in Europe during the second half of 2014. The Date of Withdrawal (DoW) of the standards to be superseded, EN 60065 and EN 60950-1, was assigned as of June 20, 2019. However, the Official Journal (OJ) of the European Union has yet to be
These locking connectors and outlets are designed for critical applications to guard against accidental disconnection and are available in a variety of global plug configurations. For the U.S., the hospital grade plugs meet the UL 817 standard, adding the security needed in medical applications. Watch this Video to see the IEC Locking Mechanism in Action The Benefits of Using a Locking Power Cord Suitable for use with ANY STANDARD C14 or C20 inlet Protects appliances
What power cord is used in the Philippines? The US plug configuration (NEMA 5/15 ) is used in the Philippines despite the fact that the Philippines operates on 220V. Is the Japanese plug the same as the US NEMA style? Yes, the plug has the same pin configuration, but Japan has their own approval agency (PSE).  In addition, the cable type is a different standard and the complete power cord must be approved by PSE. Does

EN60320 Connectors Explained

Posted on October 30, 2017
Which EN60320 connector should I use with my detachable power cord? EN60320 Connector Application Chart for Two or Three Conductors   What is the difference between the C15 and C13? The C15 is a hot condition connector rated to 120C.  The C13 is rated to 65C. What angles are available with EN60320 connectors? There are a variety angles available: left, right, down, even 45 degrees, but straight and right angled are by far the most common.
With much of the electronic component manufacturing now being done in China, national holidays, such as the Chinese New Year, can lengthen the lead time of manufacturing and impact your build schedules.  In 2018, MEGA’s Chinese factories will be closed from February 12-23.  This closure puts a heavy load on production leading up to the closure and immediately afterward.    In anticipation of the coming holiday, MEGA Electronics has taken the below actions: Increased the

UL/CSA Power Cord Testing

Posted on September 27, 2017
All North American power cords are tested using the UL guidelines provided by the “Follow-up and Inspections Instructions” and based on the UL Standard 817 “Cord Sets and Power Supply Cords.” Electrical properties of cords are 100% tested for: Continuity of Ground and Line and Neutral Hi Pot Polarity Insulation Resistance Continuity of Line and Continuity of Grounding Conductor All 3-wire grounding power cords are tested to verify that in each product: The conductors are

New Multi-Tier C-13 IEC Outlets

Posted on July 28, 2017
“Downtime is death.” That was our dramatic blog post title from last month. But it’s true. Accidental disconnection from data center power outlets can be costly, as shown by the story of British Airways that we shared. It’s in that spirit that MEGA Electronics has created its newest product, the space-saving multi-tier C-13 IEC outlets. Mega electronics introduces their new products space saving C-13 multi-tier IEC outletsMade from nylon LSZH, these outlets feature a locking


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