EC Fans & Drives and MARS Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Energy Efficient ECplus Motor
[May 15, 2013: New Bedford, MA] EC Fans & Drives and Motors and Armatures Inc. ("MARS") today announced the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement for the Aftermarket and Retrofit markets. Under the terms of the Agreement, MARS will be the exclusive distributor for EC Fans & Drives' new energy efficient commercial refrigeration motor, the ECplus, together with new electronically commutated motors that EC Fans & Drives have in development.
EC Fans & Drives is at the forefront of electronically commutated (EC) technology and has developed a comprehensive range of energy efficient electric motors, fans and backward curved impellers that serve a wide range of applications across a broad cross section of industries.
Simon Gidney, President of EC Fans & Drives, commented, "We are excited to announce the launch of this new partnership with MARS. The ECplus motor is a class leading electronically commutated refrigeration motor, with an energy efficiency that is better than anything else available in the market today. MARS will give us a world class distribution channel into the Aftermarket, and Retrofit space. We love their energy, their enthusiasm, their professionalism and we are looking forward to working with MARS to build a powerful product offering and support system into the Aftermarket for the ECplus and the new motors that we have in development that will follow the ECplus."
In addition to marketing, stocking and shipping the EC Plus motor, MARS supplies more than 10,000 additional items specifically tailored to the HVAC/R wholesale market. MARS is centrally located in St. Louis, MO and offers a variety of products from ECM technology products to complementary installation products to tools.
The partnership comes at a time when many refrigeration companies are making efforts to meet new Energy Star approval ratings mandating a 25% reduction in energy consumption from current regulations that will go into effect in 2014. EC Fans & Drives is proud to note that the ECplus motor already operates at this energy efficiency level.
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Epec Engineered Technologies Completes $500,000 Facilities Upgrade
[May 1, 2013: New Bedford, MA] Epec Engineered Technologies, one of the fastest growing companies in the electronics industry, announced today that it has completed a $500,000 upgrade to their New Bedford, MA facility. Among the many physical plant improvements involved were new heavy duty flooring and custom ceiling renovations with new lighting. HVAC facilities were also revamped to allow improved temperature-controlled storage capabilities, and an increase in shelving now provides more efficient storage and shipping.
Along with the plant improvements, Epec put significant investment into new equipment to expand in-house test and manufacturing capabilities. This included an upgrade to the X-Ray Fischerscope, a RMS Power Analyzer, a Mistral Keypad Test System, two multi-material automatic cutters, a Nicomatic crimping press and a second full set of test equipment to support their domestic battery manufacturing services.
Epec has also made improvements to two of their Tech Centers. A full Air Flow Test Chamber was added to their Fan & Motor facility in Wales, UK, and Epec's Battery Design and Tech Center in Denver, CO got a new TI fuel gauge interface and LaMantia Battery Analyzer Software.
"Investing in our ability to deliver world class solutions to our customers has always been a priority for Epec," says Dana LaFlash, Epec's VP of Finance & Manufacturing. "Every year, we budget a percentage of our revenue to be reinvested into our business so that we can always be on the leading edge of technology."
Learn more about Epec's warehouse and inventory stocking programs.
Epec's InstantPCBQuote Online App Launches New Features
[January 31, 2013: New Bedford, MA] InstantPCBQuote, Epec Engineered Technologies' quote and order tool, continues to push the bar for online custom build circuit boards. The online quoting app allows customers to quote custom printed circuit boards 24/7. Every quote is then saved to the user's profile, which can easily be viewed, compared, ordered, and re-ordered.
InstantPCBQuote's newest feature allows users to order SMT stencils when placing online rigid PCB orders. Customers have the option of choosing framed, frameless, and prototype SMT stencils to fit their needs.
The SMT stencils are stainless steel and 100% laser cut, delivering improved aperture definition and superior dimensional tolerances for finer pitch apertures, down to 0.4mm (0.016") and on a 600mm x 600mm area. Epec also has the capabilities to cut features with an aperture of +/- 9 micron and a positional tolerance of +/- 12.5 micron.
Epec has been constantly improving their online quoting tools and as of last year, InstantPCBQuotes' online capabilities include 1 and 2 day quick turn orders and increased their PCB layer count up to 16 layers for online orders. Additionally, InstantFlexQuote was introduced in August 2012 to offer the same level of convenience and customizability to flex circuit customers.
"Our customer survey feedback has shown that our users believe our site is the most user-friendly in the industry," says Epec President, Kendall Paradise. "Our simple and effective system was developed to be very clean and clutter-free to enhance the user experience."
Every order placed online goes through state of the art engineering software that scans engineering data files to identify quality problems before fabrication in order to accurately manufacture error-free printed circuit boards without delay.
Epec Engineered Technologies Acquires Industry Leading Heavy/Extreme Copper PCB Manufacturer UPE, Inc.
[January 21, 2013: New Bedford, MA] Leading build to print electronics manufacturer, Epec Engineered Technologies today announced the acquisition of Heavy/Extreme copper PCB manufacturer, UPE Inc. UPE was founded in 1990 to serve the power electronics industry with locations in Cleveland, OH and Ottawa, Canada. They focused on manufacturing printed circuits boards with heavy copper from 5 ounces up to 200 ounces.
"Extreme copper technology is a growing part of the PCB industry and UPE is at the leading edge of that technology," said Ed McMahon, CEO of Epec. "With Epec's considerable hi-tech manufacturing investment in both the US and Asia, we are well positioned to improve on the technology that UPE has pioneered."
David Basista, President of UPE noted that "Epec has invested in the right equipment like LDI, Autoclave Lamination Technology and state of the art copper plating lines. This investment will allow us to offer the highest quality product while maintaining cost effectiveness for our customers."
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