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Ballast Testing

Ballast Testing

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Electronic Ballast Test Systems

Product Choices

ATS Electronic Ballast Testing
  • AC Power Sources: Chroma 6400/6500/61500/61600/61700 Series
  • DC Power Supply: Chroma 62000P/62000B/62000H
  • DC Loads: Chroma 6310A/63600/63200/6300/6330A/63472 Series
  • Power Meters: Chroma 66200 Series
  • Timing & Noise Analyzer: Chroma 6011/80611 Series + 80611N
  • OVP/Short Ciurcuit: Chroma 80612 Series
  • Oscilloscope: Tektronix TDS, DPO Series; Lecroy WR LT Series, Agilent DSO, MSO Series

The Chroma Electronic Ballast Automated Test System is the test system of choice for lighting electronic ballast testing on the production line. It is able to test Multi-ballast/Multi-output concurrently improving productivity significantly.

Electronic Ballast System Block Diagram

ATS Ballast Test Block Diagram

Input/Ouput Characteristics

  Maximum Input Voltage Maximum Input power Maximum Input Current Maximum Output Voltage Maximum Output Power Maximum Output Current Maximum Number of Outputs
AC/DC 500 VAC 54 KVA 432 A 600 VDC 78 KW 5,000 A 32

Optimized Equipment & Test Items

Due to the Electronic Ballast has high voltage & high frequency outputs, high accuracy Power Analyzers are required to measure its output performance and oscilloscopes to meet timing measurement requirements. These testing equipments are relatively expensive, increasing the cost of testing. With the Chroma testing solution, using the Electronic Ballast characteristic special design PCI interface cards & measurement module will significantly reduce the test equipments costs.

Chroma 8495 ATS is equipped with optimized standard test items for Electronic Ballast (the Unit Under Test), the user is only required to define the test conditions and specifications for the standard test items to perform the test.

The optimized test item covers 4 kinds of power supply test requirements. The "Output Performances" verifies the output characteristics of the UUT. The "Input Characteristics" checks the power supply input parameters. "Timing & Transient" tests the timing and transient states during power-on cycle. The "Protection Tests" trigger and tests the protection circuit.

Output Performances
  • 1. Heating Voltage
  • 2. Start-up Voltage
  • 3. Lamp Voltage
  • 4. Cathode Current
  • 5. Lamp Current
  • 6. Heating Frequency
  • 7. Lamp Frequency
  • 8. Efficiency
  • 9. Output Power
Input Characteristics
  • 10. Input Voltage
  • 11. Input Current
  • 12. Input Power
  • 13. Input Power Factor
  • 14. Input Crest Factor
  • 15. Energy
  • 16. THD
  • 17. IEC61000-3-2 Harmonic Test

Timing & Transient
  • 18. Heating Time
  • 19. Time to Standby

Protection Tests
  • 20. MPPT Accuracy

Software Platform of ATS Chroma 8000

8495 ATS Soft Panel

Chroma C8000 ATS was designed specifically with Lighting Electronic Ballast characteristics in mind, with optimized standard test items covering 4 kinds of power supply test requirements. The "Output Characteristics" verifies the output characteristics of the UUT. The "Input Characteristics" checks the power supply input parameters. "Timing & Transient" tests the timing and transient states during power-on cycle. The "Protection Tests" trigger and test the protection circuit. With Chroma’s open architecture software, Power Pro III, future Electronic Ballast testing requirements can be easily added.

Chroma’s Power Pro III software comes packaged with report generator, statistical analysis and management functions allowing creation of test and statistical reports to meet modern quality control and production requirements.

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Digital Power Meters

Digital Power Meters

  • Meets Energy Star Measuring Requirements
    The 66201 Digital Power Meter is packaged in a 2U high, half rack enclosure suitable for bench top or system integration and includes simple measurement functions designed for low power applications (maximum current 2A).

    Model 66202 Digital Power Meter includes a 2-shunt design to provide highly accurate readings for both low and high current measurements. In addition to the parameters measured by Model 66201, the 66202 includes Inrush current, Total Harmonic Distortion of V/I, and Energy measurements. With these practical functions, The Model 66202 is suitable for the most demanding of R&D and quality control departments.

AC Power Sources

AC Power Sources

  • High Power & Low Power AC Source Solutions
    Chroma designs and manufactures five families of leading edge programmable AC power sources, precision power supplies, frequency converters and related instrumentation for simulating AC mains and line fault simulations conditions. Our AC Power Sources are used in automatic testing equipment and bench top applications including avionics testing, IEC testing, Mil-std-704 Avionics, DO-160 Shipboard testing and power supply test applications.

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