Adding Value Need Not Break The Budget

24th February 2021

Adding Value Need Not Break The Budget

The wide choice of power supplies available today means that, generally speaking, there is one available off-the-shelf, to meet every project’s specifications. Sometimes, however, an innovative design, or an unusual application may call for something tailormade for a project. This may require just a little tweaking of the original, or it may mean a completely bespoke design, custom made for specific requirements. Relec Electronics are your ideal partner to help find your ideal solution.

Custom power design, however, can be expensive – and risky. To design a power supply from the ground up requires many man hours, and that is assuming there is a dedicated, in-house design team to do this. More typically, the custom design is outsourced to an external design house where a team can evaluate the project and determine if a minor adjustment or a bespoke power supply is required.

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For large volumes, the expenditure of designing from the ground up may make commercial sense, but for anything less than 1,000 units, the cost can be prohibitive. It also takes a lot of time to design this way and some projects’ timescales will not support a bespoke design effort. More often than not, for these time-constrained and/or smaller volumes, it may be easier to add to add to a power supply that is based on an off-the-shelf standard product.

A reputable power supply specialist like Relec has a wealth of knowledge and is able to make use of a wide range of standard, proven products from industry leaders, offering both bespoke solutions for specific problems using standard products or, adjusting them to meet regulatory specifications.


Relec believes in forming partnerships with our customers. This ensures that we understand the project in all aspects and, with an experienced team of trained power supply design engineers, we can deliver the required product on time and meeting all the relevant standards. Relec’s value added engineers are able to advise on specialist power areas (such as redundancy and hot swap options, cooling, EMC & Safety) and will fill the gaps in an in-house design team.

A strong customer-VAR partnership with good communication can also tackle obsolescence. Our experienced and knowledgeable team of power experts, can recreate obsolescent power supplies. (For example, in a recent project, we were able to recreate the obsolete power supply to be form fit and function identical to the original, but using higher efficiency, more reliable modules.)

Relec’s value added solutions are able to add additional circuitry, from power supply and control interfaces; system control; thermal management options and 19” rack integration for a tailormade power solution. We are also able to offer advice on compliance with standards, from medical, industrial, railway and military using COTS products for a variety of applications. Our specialist expertise can be called on to ensure suitability for the end use, for example custom battery chargers for electric vehicles, or rugged UPS systems.

Adding more than value

Using proven components, managing safety compliance, EMC approvals and accreditation, as well as bringing engineering skills and design expertise, we can help our customers reduce development time. The right power supply can mean that an end product achieves a first-to-market advantage, and saves the customer time and development effort because Relec is responsible for design, approvals and production.

Taking care to choose the right value added partner can ensure a company focuses its in-house resources appropriately, while saving time and costs on development and time-to-market.

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Here at Relec Electronics, we have worked closely with our key suppliers for over 40 years. We specialise in many industries, including; automotive, industrial, transportation, instrumentation & defence. We have a team of dedicated engineers ready to support you throughout the design process. We also carry stock of all standard modules and accessories for next day delivery.

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