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How To Specify A Custom Power Resistor

When a standard power resistor will not match the demands of a particular application a custom power resistor can be one solution. To ensure the resistor performs to specification over its full in service life close co-operation is required between the system design...

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Why Resistors Fail Under High Energy Pulse Conditions

When trying to select the correct thick film resistor it is important to understand why resistors fail under pulse conditions. High energy pulses may occur in a wide variety of applications. They may be predictable or random events. It is important to understand the...

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How To Specify Custom Heater Resistors

Heater resistors are used in a wide variety of applications from simple demisting elements in car windscreens to complex medical applications where demand is increasing for custom heater resistors to satisfy the requirements of demanding and diverse medical...

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Thick Film Bleeder Resistor Selection

A bleeder resistor is a safety device designed to prevent electric shock to system maintenance and service personnel. Correct bleeder resistor selection is vital to ensure electric charge stored in a system is dissipated when equipment is turned off. Bleeder resistors...

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Network Resistor Design Considerations

For high performance applications a network resistor with low TCR, close ratio tolerances and long term in circuit stability is required. In this post, we consider the key network resistor specification issues a system designer should consider. Temperature effects,...

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Snubber Resistor Design For Motor Control Applications

The purpose of snubber circuits is the suppression of voltage spikes that otherwise may damage sensitive electronic components. They are also used to reduce (damp) electrical oscillations (ringing) caused by the voltage pulse (spikes) and for controlling the rise rate...

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Thick Film Resistor In Radar Applications

RADAR systems may be complex but their operation relies on a range of relatively simple resistor components. Resistors are used in pulse forming, sensing, switching, current limiting and RF termination applications, among others. In the late 1800’s Heinrick Hertz...

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High Power Resistor Design and Manufacture

When choosing a high power resistor for any demanding application Thick Film resistor technology offers high performance at a relatively low cost. The technology delivers high packaging density, excellent heat dissipation and low inductance. However, no high power...

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Thick Film Resistors Vs Thin Film – A Comparison

What are the advantages of thick film resistors over their thin film cousins? In this post, we consider the ideal resistor and discuss how both thin film and thick film resistors compare with that ideal. The Ideal Resistor The perfect resistor has zero capacitance and...

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