”It does not make sense to talk about standard products in busbars, because they are usually used in such different applications that they must be designed, developed and manufactured individually,” states Mette Kam, Global Product Manager, Busbars at Følsgaard. ”We develop solutions based on customer designs in full confidentiality, as busbars are often a key component of installation reliability.”
Busbars may sound like rather simple products as they are used, for instance, to connect high or low voltage equipment where they don’t really ’do much’ apart from distributing power. However, according to Mette Kam, this is no the case:
”The cross-sectional size and the composition of materials are vital for the current the busbar can safely carry. This requires careful calculations regarding size and material composition and further, we must consider what kind of environment the busbar will be exposed to. Vibrations, harsh winds, thermal expansion, magnetic forces, insulation, or no insulation ... It is not that straightforward.”
Adapting to various industries’ needs
The development of busbars becomes extra complex when you consider how many different industries use them for power distribution. These can be, for example:
Solar cell systems
Følsgaard has serviced several industries and works closely with OEM suppliers to the wind turbine industry, to name just one area. Often, busbars are also included in complete kits, where several products from multiple suppliers are bundled, which saves time and adds value to the supply chain.
One-stop supplier of finished products
An important part of the value of collaborating with a technical partner like Følsgaard is the opportunity to develop, manufacture and complete, for example, busbars, including the important finishing operations that can be crucial for a busbar’s performance and durability in the long run.
Global Product Manager, Busbars, Mette Kam from Følsgaard A/S: ”The production of highperformance busbars is a puzzle that not only includes the choice of the optimal materials. It requires an often complex manufacturing process with punching, bending, welding, cutting, and advanced CNC-machining to ensure a quality product with the properties that the customer expects and is entitled to. We offer to manage the entire process including advanced surface treatments in a tightly controlled process that ensures the timely delivery.”
Mette Kam, Global Product Manager, Busbars at Følsgaard
A product with great future potential
If we look up and away from the product competencies and the specific requirements that can be made for busbars, then this is a product area with an exciting future in general – also for a 100-year-old company like Følsgaard.
”With our experience, we are at the forefront of this field, and it will be needed in a society with increasingly widespread electrification. The rapid roll-out of an entire network of charging stations, the expansion of renewable energy production facilities and the need for electricity-based heating sources for the housing stock – these are just some of the areas where electrification is gaining ground. There will be a great need for busbars to power the future,” concludes Mette Kam from Følsgaard.