Category Archive: Manufacturing

MPS is Attending APEC 2017

This year we are attending APEC 2017 from March 26th through the 30th. Taking place at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, the conference is considered to be the “premiere global event in applied power electronics.” Attendees will learn about practical and applied sides of the power electronics business.

What to expect at the conference:

  • Equipment OEMs that use power supplies and dc-dc converter in equipment
  • Designers of power supplies, dc-dc converters, motor drives, uninterruptable power supplies, inverters, and any other power electronic circuits, equipment, and/or systems
  • Manufacturers and suppliers of components and assemblies used in power electronics
  • Manufacturing, quality and test engineers involved with power electronics equipment
  • Marketing, sales, and anyone involved in the business of power electronics
  • Compliance engineers testing and qualifying power electronics equipment or equipment that uses power electronics

The notorious expo brings together both national and international business owners, designers, engineers, and manufacturers, giving everyone the opportunity to network with various industry experts and professionals. This kind of conference layout allows groups to attend educational seminars and explore new and innovative technologies and equipment to better personal business and growth for companies and customers alike. This year the MPS Industries team will be exhibiting at Booth #627 .

At this year’s show we will be presenting our new product, the HWI34 series. This High Current HEW™ features:

  • Low profile, small footprint, compact form
  • Inductance Range 4.7 uH to 29uH
  • Exceptionally low DCR
  • Great heat dissipation
  • True 45-55 Amp wire handling capacity
  • Powered cores with distributed gap for soft saturation
  • For high-temperature environments – up to 125°C ambient (max temp 180C)
  • Higher current available
  • Different mounting available

If you have any questions we will be having two of our design engineers, Kian Chow and Arthur Grebe, presenting at the trade show and around for continued technical support. We will also have our two account managers, Nicole Randall and Jasper Davis, on site for additional assistance and sales support.

We look forward to seeing you at our booth come show time to view our line of magnetic components, highlighting out newest products! As industry leaders, MPS specializes in the manufacturing of custom transformers, inductors, current sensors, and common mode chokes.

For any questions on our products and services before or after the show, please feel free to contact us today. And don’t forget to follow us on both LinkedIn and Twitter for the latest industry trends and updates!

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2017 Expansion Plans to Benefit Our Customers

2016 was a pivotal year for magnetic components. The presence of hydroelectricity, wind electricity and solar power was felt in a significant way as countries around the world pushed for clean and renewable sources of energy. In conjunction with this trend, electric cars also contributed to the green drive making waves across the planet. At MPS Industries, we worked hard throughout 2016 to bring innovative products to our customers through top-notch engineering and support. As we look forward to 2017, MPS plans to continue our efforts for constant improvement of the overall customer experience.

Our 2017 plan to improve the customer experience is to offer a more expansive product offering, more engineering support, international support and presence, domestic production for improved lead times, and further relationship building. Our ultimate goal is to make our customers’ lives easier and be their complete solutions provider by taking care of all their magnetics problems and needs (thermal, electrical and mechanical).

Key solutions like domestic production expansion allow MPS to provide much faster service and turnaround to customers on samples, prototypes, and small runs for standard and “semi-custom” parts. We will proceed with U.S. manufacturing development and specialization of higher power in TX, and higher frequency, lower power magnetics in Gardena. We will be able to offer faster lead times to our customers by having two stateside manufacturing facilities in addition to our overseas manufacturing.

In 2017, we also plan to expand our global presence and product line. We are looking to expand our support in Europe, and hope to find a distributor or sales rep to assist MPS in this endeavor. Product expansion includes 3 Phase HEW chokes, a line of common mode chokes and general growth of our standard product line offering.

And, as always, the MPS team will be in attendance at important industry trade shows. This month

APEC will be taking place in Tampa, FL, followed by  Del Mar in May in La Jolla, CA. Next you will spot us at the EP TECH shows in Canada (this June in Vancouver, BC and November in Mississauga, ON). We will also be attending EV TECH in September in Novi, MI.

At MPS Industries, we have risen to our challenges with robust, custom made designs that serve buyers spanning clean energy, telecommunication, video, lighting, welding, computers and inductive heating.

Now that 2016 is at a close, MPS is ready for 2017 with enhanced capabilities and a greater commitment to quality that will benefit both our customers and company at large.

If you are interested in learning more about MPS or how magnetics are changing the landscape of the most dominant technologies and industries, please follow our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages for regular updates, new product launches and relevant breaking news.

2016 in Review: A Pivotal Year at MPS

Before we give you a sneak-peek at MPS Industries’ 2017 agenda, let’s take an overview of 2016. It was a pivotal year for the engineers as they focused on bringing the best magnetic component innovations to a variety of industries, not limited to automotive, energy storage, solar, utility, wind, and HVAC. Our high-power, high-efficiency compact components have been implemented by all types of companies within this past year, including tier 2 automotive companies, one of the largest companies in the PV Inverter/Power Optimizer market, well-known semiconductor manufacturers, and various Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley start-ups.

In 2016, MPS focused on developing the widest range of standard HEW (helical edge wound) series and HEW product throughout the industry. In March, we introduced our new line of HWI4434 HEW High Current Inductors. With inductance ranging from 3.6µH to 83µH and rated current of 100 amps plus, our high-capacity HEW inductors have a very small footprint. In fact, the HW14434 series is so compressed and can carry such a high current that it is now both the highest-density and most compact inductor available on the market. Our HEW High Current Inductors have proven popular in automotive applications, alongside a range of energy and power applications. Thanks to its wide operating temperature range — from as low as -40 °C (-40 °F) to as high as 150 °C (302 °F) — the HW14434 series is suitable for many applications.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s push for renewable power contributed to tremendous internal growth at MPS.  Today, the DOE aims to increase participation in renewable energy across all industries. Areas of focus in the go-green initiative include energy saving homes, sustainable transportation, and other emerging technologies. As a result, we saw more interest from the energy and automotive (EV and Hybrid) sectors in our transformer and inductor technology.

In September, we presented our HEW technology at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology (EV Tech) Expo, in Novi, MI. As the number-one trade show for technology and innovation in the electric and hybrid transportation field, it was the perfect place for our team to showcase our new HEW product.

Although we have allocated engineering resources to develop newer HEW product lines, we are still diligently working on our traditional “bread and butter” magnetics. MPS remains committed to pushing and designing transformers best suited for our customers’ needs, whether that means inductors and chokes based on a more traditional approach (round/litz wire winding), or a HEW wound component.

In whole, 2016 was an extremely productive and exciting year for our team here at MPS. Thank you to all of those who contributed. We look forward to collaborating with new and old customers this year and sincerely wish all those out there a healthy and happy 2017!

Keep an eye out for our next entry on what is to come throughout the upcoming year. You can follow MPS updates on our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages.

MPS Industries Celebrates National Manufacturing Day October 7th

National Manufacturing Day is held each October on the first Friday of the month. This year, the event will be October 7th, with over 2,341 events scheduled to date. Events are held at manufacturing facilities across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

National Manufacturing Day was created to celebrate manufacturing and how it positively impacts our nation’s communities and economy. It’s also a day for companies to open their doors to STEM students and the general public to give them a better understanding of just what manufacturing is and to connect to and inspire future generations to become more involved. This is important because of the skilled labor shortage that companies are facing now and in the near future.

National Manufacturing Day has four co-sponsors: Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International®, National Association of Manufacturers, Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and the Manufacturing Institute. The goal of these four organizations in establishing National Manufacturing Day was to change misperceptions surrounding the manufacturing industry, address the skilled labor shortage, and establish a secure path for manufacturing’s future.

MPS Industries, Inc. celebrates National Manufacturing Day and is a leading manufacturer of magnetic components. We produce a wide variety of transformers, inductors, common mode chokes, current sense transformers, RF transformers, broadband, LAN, and telecom magnetics, video isolation transformers and audio transformers. MPS Industries, Inc. provides products to a wide range of customers in the automotive, industrial, aerospace, defense, medical, and OEM industries. We now have two domestic manufacturing sites located in both California and Texas, with plans for continued expansion of both offices. Keep an eye out for updates on our later blogs!

MPS Industries, Inc. is committed to providing the most innovative and best quality products for our customers. We believe in excellent customer service, continuing support for customers, and competitive pricing to meet and exceed customer expectations.

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MPS Industries Attends EV Tech

EV Tech, the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo, is the place for the industry’s most innovative professionals and technologies. The expo highlights advances in a wide range of EV vehicles—passenger, commercial, and off-highway industrial vehicles—and technologies right across the powertrain.

EV Tech, taking place September 13-15 in Novi, MI, is expecting over 6,500 attendees. Featured speakers from Mercedes-Benz, GM, Porsche, Airbus, and more will be detailing the state of the industry and future plans.

As a leading manufacturer of magnetic components, we are excited to be bringing our latest products to the top names in EV technology.  In July we launched a new line of Surface Mount High Current HEW Inductors. The HWIA2918S Series has a low profile and compact form. This new series joins our current product line of extremely high-quality and reliable inductors.

The maximum height for the HWIA2918S Series is 18 mm with a dummy 3rd pin included in the package for extra mounting stability. Construction using wire with true 30 Amp handling capacity sets this series apart from others. Inductance ranges from 3.3 microhenries up to 15 microhenries and very low DCR.

MPS will be located in Booth 818 where our experts will be displaying our products and answering questions. With over 60 years of design experience, we can always be counted on to develop sophisticated and innovative solutions for the industry’s magnetic technology needs.

We look forward to networking with the leading developers of EV technology and contributing to the success of the industry.

How Safety Procedures Factor into All that We Do

With June being designated as National Safety Month by the National Safety Council, it’s the perfect opportunity to discuss the importance of safety procedures to ensure the best working environment.

Even though June is all about safety, we are concerned with safety every day of the year.

Safety within a manufacturing environment poses some interesting challenges. One of the most important aspects of any safety system is the necessary procedures and policies for all employees to be aware of and follow. All safety procedures are designed to prevent accidents and protect employees.

We offer training classes to ensure that machine operators, including forklift drivers, know how to use the machinery properly and safely. Material handling personnel are taught the proper way to left and transport materials throughout the plant to prevent injury to themselves or others.

We also require all production floor workers to wear proper attire and personal safety equipment.

These items may consist of safety glasses or goggles, ear protection, hard hats, and sturdy shoes. Loose fitting clothing and jewelry are discouraged as these could lead to accidents if they become entangled in equipment.

At our headquarters in Gardena, CA and production facility in Dallas, TX we exceed all OSHA requirements for workplace safety standards. Our employees are our most valuable asset and we strive to make their workplace as safe as possible. As in all aspect of our manufacturing environment and the products we produce, safety is a top priority. All of our components are tested to meet UL, CE, and CSE standards and are RoHS and REACH compliant.

To learn more about MPS Industries’ commitment to safety, please contact us today.

MPS Will Be Attending APEC 2016 to Showcase Our Quality Engineered Magnetic Components

APEC 2016, the premier global event in applied power electronics, focuses on both the applied and the practical aspects of the power electronic business. The 2016 APEC Conference and Expo will be taking place on March 20-24 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA.

We are looking forward to attending again this year as we have been exhibiting for many years with great success. The APEC Conference draws visitors from around the world and offers designers, engineers, and manufacturers the opportunity to network with other professionals in a wide range of fields, to learn from educational seminars presented by experts, and to explore new, innovative technologies and equipment.

At the show this year we will be proudly displaying our world-class products and services in Booth #1122. Offering a broad product line and custom design options enables us to meet the needs of a wide range of industries and applications. At the show this year we will be featuring some of our HEW (Helical Edge Wound) High Current Inductors, which have been very popular in automotive, energy, and other power applications.  We are very proud to offer the largest selection of HEW Inductors in the industry, as well as the highest density and most compact package high current inductor in our new HWI4434 series.  

Featuring an inductance range of 3.6µH to 83µH and rated current of 100 amps or higher, the HWI4434 is a high current inductor in a very compact package. With operating temperature range from -40°C to +150°C, it is well suited for a wide variety of power applications. We also offer a variety of packaging and mounting options, including vertical and horizontal, as well as with mounting clip and base for increased support and strength.

If you are attending this year’s show we hope that you will stop by the MPS Industries booth to explore our full line of magnetic components. We specialize in manufacturing custom transformers, inductors, current sensors, and common mode chokes and look forward to discussing with you about our local U.S. based design and manufacturing support services.

If you have any questions on our products and services, please feel free to contact us.

Our Connections in the Electric Car Market

Although the history of the electric vehicle goes back to the 1800s, the reality of a practicable electric car, ushering in the modern era of EVs, is about to hit the 5-year mark this month. There has been impressive growth and the industry is set for even more in the next 5 years. Although there has been increased acceptance and use of EVs, there are still  more improvements and upgrades to come that will appeal to a wider and more vast driving audience.

The three leading electric car brands (Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, and Nissan LEAF) will face even more competition in the near future. There are currently 20 different models from 16 car brands.

At MPS Industries we are keenly aware of the rapidly evolving state of the EV industry. Our quality engineered magnetic components are used in a wide variety of applications in EVs. MPS transformers and inductors are primary components in innovative EV charging systems and test equipment. 

Manufacturers are also making the charging of electric cars more of a priority by adding more available charging stations. Our components are being used in charging systems that draw power from the grid or directly from solar energy. As the industry is still continuing to innovate, we provide the custom designed magnetics to bring ideas into real-life solutions.

Our involvement in the EV industry goes much further than just the batteries that power electric cars.  Our components are used throughout multiple aspects of the power grid from things like solar inverters to energy storage, as well as many other applications. And, as the industry continues to grow, we will continue to supply the highest quality components to keep it moving.

To learn more about the components used in electric vehicles, contact us today or visit our website.

MPS Industries Recognizes Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day has arrived and we’re eager to get involved. Manufacturing Day is an initiative that focuses on addressing the misconceptions of manufacturing. It provides manufacturers with a platform to open their doors and show off what 21st-century manufacturing is all about.

The manufacturing industry counts on innovation, ingenuity, and growth as its driving force towards success. Advancements in manufacturing are constantly improving to deliver high-quality products for the markets they serve.

Through these advancements, the companies they serve are given a competitive edge. It’s the manufacturers, engineers, and industrial operations who are the driving force behind all of our modern advancements especially in markets like aerospace, constructions, and alternative energy. They are the backbone of many industries’ progression and the nation’s economy.

Because of manufacturers’ ongoing improvements and innovation they often expand and grow to new heights. At MPS, we have expanded with a new facility in the heart of Dallas, Texas. We are proud to be contributing toward domestic manufacturing and are eager to fill our open positions with the next generation of influencers.

However, filling these roles is dependent on the future generation choosing manufacturing as their career of choice. Sparking the youths’ interest and promoting manufacturing is why MFG Day is so important to our community.

We encourage all manufacturers to engage in Manufacturing Day. The very purpose of Manufacturing Day is to connect with the next generation of future manufacturers and get them the best information to urge them to choose this career path. It’s up to us to engage with them and have them realize the truth about manufacturing. That it is a diverse and rewarding career path and a primary driver of our country’s economy.

If you want to learn more about how you can get involved during Manufacturing Day, please visit mfgday.com. To stay connected with us and share your thoughts on MFG Day, please connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

MPS Heads to SPI and EVTech This Week

We’re incredibly excited to be involved with two great expos this month, SPI AND EVTech.

If you are attending The Battery Show 2015, please stop by our booth at #2122.
If you will be attending SPI look for us at booth #418.

Our excitement is heavily due to our latest flat wire high current inductor products that we will be showcasing at both events. One of the main advantages of those products is their size. These inductors provide high current handling capacity in a lightweight and compact package with superior thermal management and heat dissipation.

These inductors are ideally suited for high power, high current applications where the high temperature can affect performance. We are excited to share what the flat wire coil construction offers for the battery power industry.

As always, we ‘re also looking forward to meeting with existing and potential customers. We anticipate discussing with them any of their packaging and mounting needs during the show. Whether it be potted with thermal materials ready for cold plate mounting or open packaging for maximum airflow and convection cooling we are happy to demonstrate how we can solve any of their current packaging challenges. For example, we can customize the connection methods to best suit each application, from bus bars to flexible cables, etc. If that wasn’t enough, a lot of our products are also modular so we can easily configure multiple modules together in various shapes/sizes according to the specific project requirements.

We’re eager to contribute within these innovative and powerful industry leading expos and we hope to see you at SPI or EvTech this week. To learn more about our expertise in magnetic flat wire inductors, stop by our Booth and stay connected with us on Twitter!