APEC 2023 Keynote: Developing the Tools of Tomorrow: Efficient and Effective Power Electronics for Power Tools - Brandon Verbrugge
The power tool industry has been revolutionized by significant advances in power electronics and digitalization. Cordless battery-operated tools are rapidly displacing corded power tools and products with small gas engines. Significant advances in power devices and embedded electronics helped fuel this conversion as most power tools now utilize high performance lithium ion batteries and brushless motors with advanced control algorithms. Through these advances, the construction space has naturally benefited from products with significantly higher capability, more user functionality, and much higher energy conversion efficiency. Looking forward, the journey will continue to achieve a completely digital and green jobsite fueled by higher capability energy conversion devices and microelectronics. This Plenary will walk through key aspects of the recent revolution in the power tool industry and will explain the fundamental attributes that will continue to deliver Efficient and Effective Electronics for Power Tools.