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Why Use a PDM? Five Key Reasons to Utilize Power Distribution Modules

Why Use a PDM?

Power Distribution Modules (PDMs) are widely used in a variety of industries and applications to distribute power to multiple loads from a single power source. PDMs are the ideal solution for efficient power distribution as they simplify wiring, improve efficiency, enhance safety, improve reliability, and allow for scalability and flexibility. For this reason, it is worthwhile to explore these benefits to understand how PDMs can improve the overall performance and efficiency of your electrical system.


  • Simplify Wiring: PDMs offer the capability to localize power in a single device, therefore simplifying wiring and saving space in electrical systems. This can be particularly helpful in applications where space and weight are critical factors to consider. Additionally, utilizing a PDM can reduce the overall cost by eliminating the need for multiple power cables, connectors, and other accessories. 
  • Improve Efficiency:By eliminating the need for multiple power cords or adapters, PDMs minimize power losses that can occur through loose connections or inefficient wiring setups. This results in reduced energy wastage and promotes better energy management, leading to cost savings and a more sustainable power infrastructure.
  • Enhance Safety: PDMs can be utilized to house various types of plug-in fuses and circuit breakers. These circuit protection devices safeguard the electrical system and any connected devices from potential damage caused by electrical faults. Utilizing a PDM can help reduce the risk of electrical accidents, protect equipment, and ensure the safety of individuals working with the electrical system.
  • Improve Reliability: PDMs are engineered to deliver an integrated solution that minimizes the number of connections, thereby eliminating potential points of failure. These modules are constructed to endure challenging conditions, including temperature fluctuations, vibrations, and humidity. Furthermore, PDMs offer the added advantage of safeguarding essential components with a sealed cover. 
  • Scalability and Flexibility: PDMs are available in various configurations, with different numbers of inputs and outputs, voltage ratings, and current ratings, allowing for scalability and flexibility in designing and expanding the system. They offer versatility as PDMs can be integrated into existing systems or incorporated into new installations, adding more functionality without significantly increasing cost.

Chief Enterprises - BRIC Family

For the last several years, Chief Enterprises has been building and expanding on its own line of power distribution modules. The Breathable & Robust Interconnection Centers (BRIC) are split into three families (namely the 280, Fusion, and mini) to ensure a vehicle’s spacing and component requirements are properly met. Each BRIC family provides in-demand features such as an extremely small footprint, silicone compression seal, and hydrophobic vent. The BRIC 280 comes in three sizes: 24, 48, and 84-way and can be applicable to agricultural and construction machinery, powersports, RVs, commercial vehicles, and more. The BRIC Fusion is used in similar industries, but is available in the 84-way build and is completely customizable to house both low and high amp components. Finally, the BRIC mini features 12 cavities to house plug-in 280 style components and is commonly used in agricultural/construction, engine, lawn & garden, powersports and other similar applications.