Early 1997 ADX Electronics was approached to provide the business infrastructure and bulk of the development for a "DC Electronic Load" product, by an old colleague of mine. The idea was to manufacture this product for a local telecommunications power supply manufacturer (a company he also happened to work for). It was an enormous development, which took years, and a 5 figure investment. A company was set up for the product's manufacture and sale (as it says on the product page below).
Mid 1999, manufacturing was pretty much fine-tuned and my input ready for some pay-back, but the business was being pulled in two directions - my business partner refusing to let me inform our main customer of his identity - that sort of thing, while I wanted to take a more open and down to earth approach, with our customers at least - leaving the creativity to the design. Who can say who was right.
At that stage the unthinkable happened. My business partner stole the bulk of our company's stock, plant and equipment, and set up a competing company - to manufacture an identical product and sell the completed stock. He falsified meeting minutes. He had the company's workers rename product drawings. He even copied my product documentation practically verbatim, save for a name and date change, and published it on the web as his own. The list goes on, and on, and on. The situation remains unresolved to this day.
This is a common story in business. Company law does not actually protect you like criminal law does. You have to pay to get it to work for you, no matter how clear cut your case is. If the bulk of your case centres around an intellectual property claim, with only a few tens of thousands of dollars of physical stock involved, the costs of recovery may very well be uneconomic.
However the product was good. And like any other product I developed on my own time, I still own what I did. The following is the Electronic Load page as it was left at the stage the company was formed to manufacture and sell it, only the navigation links have changed. More may be added as time permits, becuase it remains a product with great potential.
This load was designed for use by telecommunications equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with solid, dependable performance in mind. The benchtop version pictured below is conservatively rated at 60A at 60V continuous (40°C ambient), it can be strapped for operation at 60V/60A or 30V/120A. We also offer a version with relay switching, selectable CC/CP/CR/CV modes, and full remote control. Minimum load resistance is 0.8 ohms in 60V configuration (example: max current at 40V is 50A) - ideal for telecommunications test purposes. Contact us for a 19" rack mount ATE version with SCPI serial control.
|Specifications - basic model:|
|Case:||PC Mini Tower|
|Rating:||60V 60A (3.6kW) continuous DC, 40°C ambient|
|Max 70V 80A (5.6kW) continuous DC, 25°C ambient|
|Extremely low noise in the audio band|
|Temperature controlled fans, Thermal cutout|
|Front panel:||Power switch, range switch, indicator LEDs, plus options|
|Connector for control box / 0-5V demand input|
|High current connectors (2 parallel pairs 70A AMP power lock)|
|Options:||CR, CV and CP modes in addition to CC|
|Relay voltage range switching with emergency breaker function|
|Full remote analog + logic control (DB9 connector on rear)|
|Switching for 1500W 'no series resistor' mode|
|On the way:||RS232 (SCPI) programmable current|
|Internal PC to control external resistor banks for very high power systems|
|80 V/m (unmodulated) RF immunity for EMC testing applications|
|Weight:||Approx. 13kg (29 lb.)|
(still working on this - contact us for accurate lead time)
|Designed and specified for the telecommunications industry.|
|Resistors in the load give up to four times the power rating of equivalent semiconductor-only electronic loads. Our device fills the gap between expensive instrumentation style loads and unwieldy in-house developed resistor arrays, or combinations of the two.|
|We may be able to customise for your application, eg split rail systems like audio amplifiers, more/less power, different voltages, 400V DC bus for SMPS|
|Low EMC emissions and susceptibility|