Bus Bar Advantages
What Is a Laminated Bus Bar?
A laminated bus bar is an engineered component consisting of layers of fabricated copper separated by thin dielectric materials, laminated into a unified structure. Sizes and applications range from surface-mounted bus bars the size of a fingertip to multilayer bus bars that exceed 20 feet in length. Laminated bus bar solutions are routinely used for low volumes up through tens of thousands per week.
Why Choose a Laminated Bus Bar?
Bus bars reduce system costs, improve reliability, increase capacitance, and eliminate wiring errors. They also lower inductance and increase capacitance. Plus, the physical structure of bus bars offers unique features in mechanical design. For example, complete power distribution subsystems can also act as structural members of a total system. Multilayer bus bars offer a structural integrity that wiring methods just can’t match.
- Bus Bars Reduce System Costs
- A laminated bus bar will lower manufacturing costs by decreasing assembly time as well as internal material handling costs. Various conductors are terminated at customer specified locations to eliminate the guesswork usually associated with assembly operating procedures. A reduced parts count will reduce ordering, material handling and inventory costs.
- Bus Bars Fabrication Allows Flexibility
- Fabricated bus bars fit your specific needs and are customized for maximum efficiency.
- Bus Bars Improve Reliability
- Laminated bus bars can help your organization build quality into processes. The reduction of wiring errors results in fewer reworks, lower service costs and lower quality costs.
- Laminated Bus Bars Increase Capacitance
- Increased capacitance results in decreasing characteristic impedance. This will ultimately lead to greater effective signal suppression and noise elimination. Keeping the dielectrics thin and using dielectrics with a high relative K factor will increase capacitance.
- Eliminate Wiring Errors
- By replacing a standard cable harnesses with bus bars, the possibility for miss-wirings is eliminated. Wiring harnesses have high failure rates relative to bus bars, which have virtually none. These problems are very costly to repair. Adding bus bars to your systems is effective insurance.
- Bus Bars Lower Inductance
- Any conductor carrying current will develop an electromagnetic field. The use of thin parallel conductors with a thin dielectric laminated together minimizes the effect of inductance on electrical circuits. Magnetic flux cancellation is maximized when opposing potentials are laminated together. Laminated bus bars have been designed to reduce the proximity effect in many semiconductor applications as well as applications that involve high electromagnetic interference (EMI) such as SiC or GaN high frequency circuits.
- Bus Bars Lower Impedance
- Increasing the capacitance and reducing the inductance is a determining factor in eliminating noise. Keeping the dielectric thickness to a minimum will accomplish the highly desired low impedance.
- Bus Bars Provide Denser Packaging
- The use of wide, thin conductors laminated together led to decreased space requirements. Laminated bus bars have helped decrease total system size and cost.
- Bus Bars Provide Wider Variety of Interconnection Methods
- The flexibility of bus bars have allowed an unlimited number of interconnection styles to choose from. Bushings, embossments, and faston® tabs are most commonly used. Wire harnesses, solderable connectors, and pressed-in fittings are also integrated into the design, making a bus bar compatible with virtually any type of interface.
- Bus Bars Improve Thermal Characteristics
- The wide, thin conductors are favorable to allowing better airflow in systems. As package sizes decrease, the cost of removing heat from systems is greatly increased. A bus bar not only reduces the overall size of system package required, but it can also improve airflow with its sleek design.
Whether it is in Solar, Wind Power, or Fuel Cells, quality-engineered laminated bus bars deliver the safe and efficient power our customers demand. We use state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing techniques that minimize weight and maximize simplicity.
As the depletion of fossil fuels drives our attention toward alternative energy sources to power our daily lives, MERSEN’s laminated busbars can be found in new, but familiar territory.
Whether it is in Solar, Wind Power, or Fuel Cells, the creation of DC energy feeds directly through MERSEN’s low inductance laminated bus bars into power modules (IGBT, SiC or GaN) and capacitor circuit, delivering the safe and efficient power our customers demand.
This rugged two-layer, four conductor laminated bus bar is production built for a Hybrid Transit Inverter application. The perimeter is a laminated, sealed-edge construction, and the design shows the simplicity of combining electrolytic capacitors, resistor networks, and power modules (IGBT, SiC or GaN) into a single, compact bus bar system.
- : 10” x 11”
- : .125”
- : 1015VDC
- : 280A