New research reveals power engineers struggle with changes in requirements

The biggest power design challenges identified by engineers are downstream changes to the specifications after the design process has begun. According to research conducted by Vicor Corporation, 87 per cent of power system designers around the world identified specification (spec) changes as the most frequent impediment in designing power systems.


“When creating power system designs, engineers need to consider more flexible approaches to contend with specification changes,” said Rob Russell, vice president of Product Marketing at Vicor. “For example, the Power Component Design Methodology enables engineers to easily swap out different components in their power design with minimal risk to project schedules.”


The research also highlights the challenges of meeting project timelines. 80 per cent of power engineers are already struggling to meet time constraints when designing power systems and 79 per cent feel that project schedules are tighter due to time-to-market pressures. Spec changes negatively impact schedules according to 65 per cent of engineers.


Vicor’s in-depth research identifies the biggest problems of designing power systems in an increasingly demanding business environment. The first in a series of whitepapers, “Why Can’t My Boss Make His Mind Up?”, analyses the impact of spec changes in more detail and offers some methods of coping with them. While specifications changes may be inevitable, there are ways to minimise their negative consequences.


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