Industry White Paper

Opening Up New Market Opportunities with an Accessory Power System

April 23, 2020 by Interpower Corporation

One of the keys to success for a company is to have choices available to make a product more marketable.


An accessory power system, which uses IEC 60320 components, can help a company offer products that are more easily adapted to the needs of global markets without requiring reconfiguration by the user. It gives a company the ability to offer a product that can be used in many different countries because it eliminates the need to have all of the different kinds of plugs available or inventoried somewhere in a warehouse. This can result in a cost-saving benefit for the company. 

IEC 60320 components are a common connector interface throughout the industrialized world which simplifies the task of specifying a connector to use on a cord set. They provide a framework to work from for product design and testing. They also help to prevent improper connections by their design configurations and provide a uniform connector for similar voltages, thus ensuring safe connections. 

This system makes it easier to build for worldwide markets. With a variety of different plug/socket patterns used around the world, exporting to the global market may seem unapproachable or too expensive to pursue. Part of the versatility of the accessory power system is because IEC 60320 components are generally accepted for use throughout the world. Previously, when a company would send a product that used different power supply connections to various countries, a country-specific cord for every connection was required. Now only one country-specific cord set is needed as the primary power connection.

In this white paper by Interpower, explore how accessory power systems can help simplify power supply connections and open up opportunities for new markets.

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