“High Voltage” is a niche market, and is different from mass marketed, mass produced power supplies. From a designer’s point of view, one of the most challenging issues, compared to mass marketed power supplies developed for established applications, is that many high voltage applications that VMI's high voltage power supply designers see are for developing markets.
Emerging Markets and Development Time
Because the markets are emerging, the requirements are not well defined, and are in constant flux. In these situations, it is difficult to estimate the development time since certain aspects of the product can change as the design progresses. Several design iterations may be needed, with each meeting the requirements as defined up to that point.
High Voltage Power Supply Components
A second issue is that many of the components used in HV power supplies are being produced for a niche market also. This tends to limit choices and options as compared to mass market products. End customers for HV supplies have many of the same objectives as low voltage customers – smaller, lighter, more efficient, higher performance and lower cost.
Niche Market Volume
Third, it isn't so much a technical issue, but it is relevant to our markets. Many applications we see are low volume, even when talking about niches. It can be difficult to know which markets are worth the time and money to invest in, hoping there will be a payoff in the future. This applies to people like us because we don’t normally develop and market standard power supply products. Rather, we react to opportunities available to us.
As many of our customers know, developing a new high voltage power supply can take anywhere from two weeks to six months. The delivery time is contingent upon many factors. Rest assured, VMI will deliver your product, to your specifications, within your time frame.