New Shipboard Power Test Software Option Simplifies Electrical Testing Process

Press Release Summary:

Ametek’s Shipboard Power Test Software Option is designed for use with Asterion AC Series, CSW Series, iX Series, MX Series and RS Series power sources. The software meets MIL-STD-1399 Section 300B standards and is operated through California Instruments Virtual Panels Graphical User Interface software. Software is used by EMC testing labs and defense contractors who require compliance with MIL-STD1399-300B.

Original Press Release:

AMETEK Programmable Power Introduces MIL-STD-1399-300B Shipboard Power Test Software Option for Five AC Power Source Series

SAN DIEGO, July 18, 2018 – AMETEK Programmable Power, the global leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions, has introduced a Shipboard Power Test Software Option compliant with MIL-STD-1399 Section 300B of the Department of Defense Interface Standard for Electric Power, Alternating Current. 

The test option is available for use with five of the company’s AC power source lines:

  • Asterion AC Series

  • CSW Series

  • iX Series

  • MX Series

  • RS Series

MIL‑STD‑1399 300 Revision B defines the electrical interface power requirements for shipboard and submarine equipment. This military standard section establishes electrical interface characteristics for shipboard equipment that uses AC electric power, as well as requirements and test methods to ensure compatibility between user equipment and the electric power system. The latest version of the standard, Revision B, covers both fixed 400 Hz and 60 Hz frequency. The new MIL-STD-1399-300B Shipboard Power Test Software option covers all power groups included in the test standard. 

The test option operates through the California Instruments Virtual Panels Graphical User Interface software, which is provided for all of the AC power sources above, and the MIL 1399 tests can be operated from the MIL 1399 test screen.

The new software option will simplify electrical testing during the design phase of developing equipment intended for use aboard ships. It will be particularly helpful to EMC testing labs and defense contractors who need to comply with MIL-STD1399-300B, eliminating time-consuming test sequence programming.

James Schada, Senior Product Manager at AMETEK Programmable Power, notes, “Test operators can simply open the software, click on the name of the test they want to run, press an on-screen button, and the sequence runs automatically. Once the test is executed, the software can generate a report on the results, including the test sequence, a voltage and current graph, a current harmonics graph, current spectrum, and user test data.”

For more information on MIL-STD-1399-300B Shipboard Power Test Software or any of AMETEK’s programmable power supplies and programmable loads, contact an authorized sales representative by visiting AMETEK Programmable Power also can be contacted directly toll free at 800-733-5427 or 858-450-0085 or at

About AMETEK Programmable Power
AMETEK Programmable Power designs, manufactures and markets precision, AC and DC programmable power supplies, electronic loads, application-specific power subsystems, precision data acquisition instrumentation and signal switching, and compliance test solutions for customers requiring and valuing differentiated power products and services. It offers one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of core ATE components under the VTI Instruments, California Instruments™, Sorensen™, and Elgar™ brands.

AMETEK Programmable Power is a business unit of the AMETEK Electronic Instruments Group, a leader in advanced instruments for the process, aerospace, power and industrial markets. AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of $4.3 billion.

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