With the rise of digital innovation and electric vehicles, there has been an increase in the demand for smart metering products. As such, the manufacturing of smart meter components must be increased. If you’re a manufacturer of smart meter components but aren’t entirely sure which ones you need, you’re in luck. Continue reading our helpful guide on which smart metering products you need.
Smart metering products
Increasingly, electrical product manufacturers need to be metering manufacturers too. Hitaltech can help you to make it happen.
So, you’ve designed the electric vehicle but for an increasing number of consumers, the next step is that they want to see how much energy they’re actually using, and how much it’s costing them. That information then needs to be transmitted to an app, a bank account for payment, or something similar.
As a result, electrical vehicle (EV) manufacturers cannot remain merely EV manufacturers. Instead, they need to be smart meter manufacturers too, which means they will be using these three essentials:
- High power terminal blocks
- DIN rail housings
- Flexible board-to-board interconnect systems
High power terminal blocks
Smart metering is a high-power application, so it’s important to choose a terminal block with a current rating that can cope. Operating too high a current for the terminal block will eventually lead it to overheat and malfunction.
To ensure all goes to plan and no overheating takes place, choose a terminal block rated for at least 150% of the maximum current expected in the system.
You can read all about terminal blocks in our guide, featuring a full breakdown of what they are, how they’re used and the different types available at Hitaltech.
DIN rail housings
You must choose a DIN rail housing that is UL-94 compliant (the standard for flammability of plastics). At Hitaltech, our XTS range is particularly well suited to energy meeting, and we have a wide range of shoulder, opening and internal space configurations to suit your product design and application.
Flexible board-to-board interconnect systems
Flexible board-to-board interconnect systems are essential in electric vehicles and metering applications, especially where space constraints often demand flexibility, to enable printed circuit boards (PCB) to fit together in a compact way.
It’s also important that such connectors are able to withstand high temperatures.
Contact Hitaltech for smart meter components
To find exactly the right terminal blocks, DIN rail housing and board-to-board connector for your application, please contact us today.
We have many years of experience in developing smart meter components such as enclosures, flexible interconnect systems, and much more. So whatever questions you have regarding your application, we have the answers.