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What Do Power Distribution Modules Do?

What Do Power Distribution Modules Do?

Power distribution modules, also known as PDMs, are devices used to manage and distribute electrical power within various systems and applications. They efficiently distribute electrical power to components, devices, and subsystems while also providing protection, monitoring, and control capabilities. The main functions of power distribution modules are:

1. Power Distribution: PDMs take power from a primary source (such as a battery or generator) and distribute it to various electrical loads or devices within a system. These devices can include lighting, sensors, motors, communication equipment, and more.

2. Circuit Protection: PDMs incorporate circuit protection mechanisms such as fuses, circuit breakers, and overcurrent protection to prevent damage to connected devices in case of electrical faults, short circuits, or overloads. These protective measures ensure the safety and reliability of the system.

3. Diagnostic Information: With CAN capable plug-in components, PDMs can transform into smart PDMs providing diagnostic information, such as voltage levels, temperature readings, and fault codes, to help identify potential problems and streamline maintenance efforts.

So, why should you consider designing in a power distribution module? Benefits of using a PDM include, but are not limited to their ability to:

  • Integrate with existing vehicle systems
  • Reduce wiring complexity and in return overall weight of wire harnesses,
  • Scale functionality without increasing cost
  • Enhanced reliability, therefore reducing maintenance costs

These benefits of hardwired PDMs can be applied to a variety of applications including:

  • Medium & Heavy Duty Trucks
  • Agricultural & Construction Equipment
  • Buses & Recreational Vehicles (RVs)
  • Powersports
  • Marine Applications
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Lawn & Garden Equipment
  • Power Generators

Overall, power distribution modules are critical components that ensure that electrical power is distributed efficiently and safely. Chief designs and produces its own line of power distribution modules known as the BRIC (Breathable & Robust Interconnection Center). The BRIC family consists of the BRIC 280, the BRIC Fusion and the BRIC mini. The BRIC has the ability to house both low and high amperage plug-in components and features industry-demanded features such as a hydrophobic vent, silicone compression seal, and M6 steel threads for mounting.

To learn more about the BRIC including pricing and availability visit our webstore.