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Powerbox’s S-CAP BOOST power solution named as finalist in prestigious Elektra Awards
Posted: 2018-10-18

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for four decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, has announced that its new S-CAP BOOST platform has been selected by the Elektra Awards committee as a finalist in the highly contested Power System Product of the Year category.

Powerbox’s S-CAP BOOST is a supercapacitor boost technology that offers backup and peak power solutions for industrial and medical applications. Based on the latest supercapacitor technology combined with intelligent control and monitoring, S-CAP BOOST offers a solution to equipment manufacturers requiring high energy peaks for short periods or emergency backup purposes in applications where due to safety regulations, Lithium Ion or acid batteries are not allowed.
Depending on the application, S-CAP BOOST can be configured to charge and monitor supercapacitor banks to work as UPS, delivering backup power to allow safety operations to take place before shutdown or delivering high peak power for a short period without disturbing the main source or discharging/damaging the system battery in applications such as laser, electric motor booster or X-ray emission element.

Critical applications operating in hostile or confined environments are strictly regulated in terms of chemical and other hazardous risks, reducing or forbidding certain type of batteries such as Lithium Ion. For safety reasons, those applications must have a power backup long enough to run alarms and safety shutdown processes. In such arduous conditions conventional batteries are replaced by supercapacitor banks whose values could be from few Farads to 200 Farads for general applications, but up to container size in the case of large systems. S-CAP BOOST technology tightly controls vital parameters, from a single 2.8V cell supercapacitor to a wide range of assemblies delivering a specific voltage and energy required for a given application.

“Powerbox’s S-CAP BOOST being chosen as a finalist in the Power System Product of the Year category is testimony not only to its high level of innovation but particularly, it is a measure of the forward thinking of Powerbox in developing and driving power systems to new levels of safety, simultaneously forming an important part of greener, planet friendly systems and equipments.” said Patrick Le Fèvre, Chief Marketing and Communication Officer at Powerbox. “It is this ‘thinking outside of the box’ that drives and enables Powerbox to constantly come up with world-beating solutions to problems that others have struggled to solve.”

About the Elektra Awards
The Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards are the high point of the year for the European electronics industry. Established as the best promotional platform to celebrate the achievements of individuals and companies across Europe, they present best practice in key areas including, innovation, sales growth and employee motivation.

For more information, visit www.prbx.com
 

ON Semiconductor Named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
Posted: 2018-10-16

ON Semiconductor Corporation, driving energy efficient innovations, has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) North America Index recognizing companies with sustainable business practices. This is the first time ON Semiconductor has been included in the index.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, jointly calculated by Standard & Poor's Dow Jones Indices and Switzerland-based RobecoSAM, selects companies for their excellent sustainability through the assessment of numerous criteria such as corporate governance, customer relations, environmental policy, working conditions and social initiatives. The indices serve as benchmarks for those investors that seek to integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios.

"We are honored to have been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index," said Keenan Evans, senior vice president, global quality reliability, EHS, and corporate social responsibility at ON Semiconductor. "Highly ethical behavior, socially responsible programs and environmentally sustainable operations are deeply rooted in ON Semiconductor corporate culture and are supported by our core values of Respect, Integrity and Initiative. We benchmark our programs, policies and processes against global standards and best in class practitioners in order to continually improve our performance and be recognized as a world-class corporate citizen."

ON Semiconductor continues to be recognized for its commitment to environmentally sustainable operations and ethical business practices. A member of the Responsible Business Alliance, ON Semiconductor has been recognized as one of Ethisphere Institute's World's Most Ethical Companies for three consecutive years and is currently recognized on Barron's 100 Most Sustainable Companies list. In addition to this, ON Semiconductor was named to the Fortune 500 and the Fortune 100 Fastest Growing Companies lists for the first time in 2018.

For more information, visit www.onsemi.com.

Powerbox Wins Power Product of the Year in Recognition of its Technical Prowess in Coreless Power Solution
Posted: 2018-10-12

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies with more than four decades as a leading force in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, has won the Power Product of the Year accolade at the prestigious Electronics Industry Awards. Organized by Datateam Business Media in association with CIE magazine, the Electronics Industry Awards is designed to recognize the many successes in the electronics industry, celebrating outstanding companies, people and products. At a special awards ceremony in Birmingham on September 22, Powerbox’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Patrick Le Fèvre accepted the award from Intelliconnect’s Managing Director, Roy Phillips.

 

Picture from left to right: Roy Phillips, Intelliconnect Managing Director; Nick Theodoris, Cosel European Sales Director; Patrick Le Fèvre, Powerbox Chief Marketing and Communication Officer ; Sean Collins, Comedian and Master of Ceremony

Powerbox’s winning entry, the coreless GB350, is a 350W buck converter that is used to power equipment in medical and industrial applications such as MRI scanners and particle accelerators. Faced with the challenge of designing a unit that operates within an MRI scanner with a magnetic field of 6 Tesla, engineers at Powerbox did away with magnetic cores altogether and created a unit with air-cored inductors. Four-phase switching at 600kHz, a total of 2.4MHz, allows the air-cores to work, and a digital processor manages everything from switching parameters to output voltage characterization.

Amy Wallington, editor at CIE magazine, comments: “I would like to congratulate Powerbox on winning the Power Product of the Year Award. The company should be very proud of this huge achievement, especially as it was voted the winner by their colleagues in the electronics industry. We wish them every success in the year ahead with any new products and hope to see them entered again next year."

"It is very apt that Powerbox has won an Electronics Industry Award for a product that is so innovative. It is also a strong sign that the advanced coreless technology developed by our engineers in Bremen is recognized worldwide as leading edge technology to power medical applications," said Martin Sjöstrand, CEO at Powerbox. "It is with great pride and recognition that we receive this award for a product that will contribute to make diagnostic and treatment better and more efficient."

 

Eaton announces CE Mark and UL Certification on its XLM Supercapacitor
Posted: 2018-9-6
Company is first manufacturer to apply for CE Mark Certification on a Supercapacitor

Power management company Eaton today announced that its XLM Supercapacitor product (XLM-62R1137A-R) completed the CE mark self-certification for meeting the European safety requirements. Eaton is the first manufacturer to complete the testing and certification process for a supercapacitor product. Additionally, the company completed the UL testing and certification process for the XLM product and will add the UL mark as a registered component.

“We are proud to have the CE mark on our XLM supercapacitor product for our customers in Europe,” said Jason Lee, Eaton’s global product manager for supercapacitors. “Both the CE mark and the UL certification are examples of our continued commitment to providing our customers with not only the most powerful and efficient product, but also the safest, most reliable supercapacitor products available on the market.”

CE Certification Marking
CE marking is a certification mark that indicates conformity with the essential legislative health, safety, and environmental protection requirements defined by the so called Product Directives for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). The marking is also found on products sold outside the EEA that are manufactured in, or designed to be sold in, the EEA. The CE marking is the manufacturer's declaration that the product meets the requirements of the applicable EC directives.

UL 810A Certification
UL is a global safety consulting and certification company that certifies, validates, tests, verifies, inspects, audits, advises and educates. UL is one of several companies approved to perform safety testing by the U.S. federal agency Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA maintains a list of approved testing laboratories, which are known as Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories. Eaton completed testing to the UL810A standard. The requirements outlined in UL 810A cover electrochemical capacitors (electric double layer capacitors, supercapacitors or ultracapacitors) for use in equipment such as electronic products, uninterruptible power supplies, emergency lighting, engine starting, and power equipment among many other applications.

Eaton XLM Supercapacitor
Utilizing electrochemical double layer capacitor (EDLC) construction combined with proprietary materials and processes allows Eaton to offer a wide variety of capacitor solutions tailored to applications for backup power and peak power charge/discharge. The Eaton XLM supercapacitor is a high-reliability, high-power, ultra-high capacitance energy storage device. It can be used as the sole energy storage solution or in combination with batteries to optimize cost, lifetime and run time. The XLM features a low ESR for high power density with environmentally friendly materials, as well as being lead-free and Reduction of Hazardous Substance Directive (RoHS) compliant for a green power solution. Eaton XLM supercapacitors are maintenance-free with lifetimes up to 20 years and can operate in temperatures from -40 °C to +85 °C. Having the right power backup can avoid costly downtime and maximize return on investment.

For more information on Eaton’s full line of supercapacitors, please visit www.eaton.com/supercapacitors

Cosel announces it acquires The Powerbox Group
Posted: 2018-6-26

Cosel Co, Ltd announced today that it has acquired The Powerbox Group. The Powerbox Group and its subsidiaries employ 120 people, with a consolidated turnover of more than €40m throughout 15 countries. With design centers in Sweden (HQ), Germany & Netherlands as well as offices throughout Europe, USA, China and Australia, they specialize in the design & manufacturing of Standard, Semi-Standard and Full Custom power supplies throughout the Industrial, Medical, Transportation & Defense sectors.

Picture from left to right: Mr. Martin Sjöstrand, CEO of Powerbox ; Mr. Masato Tanikawa, Cosel President and CEO

“Having achieved the status as the #1 Industrial Power Supply manufacturer in Japan, and with sales in excess of $230m, our vision is to expand that success globally. By bringing the Powerbox Group in to Cosel, we gain additional design & manufacturing resources enabling us to increase our product offering to our existing customers as well as to enter new markets and acquire new customers. Cosel & Powerbox are a perfect fit, having had a business relationship for more than 30 years" says Masato Tanikawa, Cosel President and CEO. "With constant growing and changing power demands, the ability to offer an even wider range of standard & semi-standard power supplies brings us closer to delivering the solutions which our customers require. With the Powerbox expertise in providing custom power solutions, we can support almost any power requirement throughout the Industrial, Medical, Transportation and Defense markets. We are very excited about the future and are looking forward to jointly becoming a truly global & recognized name in the industry.”

“We really look forward to join the Cosel Group and together create a successful common entity. We will be a strong force addressing the growing worldwide demand for innovative power solutions while respecting the environment, contributing to our customers’ sustainability strategies” says Martin Sjöstrand, CEO of Powerbox. "By becoming a part of Cosel, Powerbox is moving into a new stage of its history. With a number of shared values such as a quality first approach and focus on technology leadership, the combined companies will jointly continue to excel in developing new technology in order to design and to manufacture standard, modified standard and custom products and services that will contribute to our mutual customers’ success"

About Cosel
Established in Japan 1969, Cosel is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of high performance AC-DC Power Supplies, DC-DC Converters and EMI Filters. With quality, reliability & flexibility as our main focus, we pride ourselves on developing some of the highest quality and most reliable products seen anywhere in the world today. Cosel is a $230m global company employing some 670 staff with sales offices throughout Japan, Asia, Europe and North America. Our product range is aimed mostly at demanding applications within the Industrial, Factory Automation, Medical, Telecoms, Lighting, Audio/Broadcast & Renewable Energy sectors. A flexible approach with full in-house design means we deliver products using the very latest technology meeting the growing demands of our customers.

About Powerbox
Founded in 1974, with headquarters in Sweden and operations in 15 countries across four continents, Powerbox serves customers all around the globe. The company focuses on four major markets - Industrial, Medical, Transportation Railway and Defense - for which it designs and markets premium quality power conversion systems for demanding applications. Powerbox’s mission is to use its expertise to increase customers’ competitiveness by meeting all of their power needs. Every aspect of the company’s business is focused on that goal, from the design of advanced components, through to high levels of customer service. Powerbox is recognized for technical innovations that reduce energy consumption and its ability to manage full product lifecycles while minimizing environmental impact.

 

Powerbox proudly becomes Participant to the U.N. Global Compact
Posted: 2018-1-31

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for four decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, and actively engaged in the development of sustainable power solutions, has become a ‘participant’ of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. In this capacity Powerbox incorporates the Compact’s 10 principles in its way of working, and in aligning its business activities with sustainability and social responsibility.

At Powerbox, both individually and collectively through its business associations, it embraces, supports and enacts a compendium of core values in the areas of human rights, labor standards, and environmental practices. In its way of working it implements - from the most complex to the simple - activities to reduce its environmental impact, simultaneously improving its social engagement and underpinning its commitment to support and promote the United Global Compact 10 principles.

“Electrical power is the energy efficient infrastructure through which we create solutions for generations to come. Powerbox supports everything from sustainable transportation and automation to tomorrow’s healthcare” says Martin Sjöstrand, CEO Powerbox. “Our promise is that we will act as good global corporate citizens and actively contribute to shape a better common future in all aspects. We are highly committed to the United Global Compact 10 principles.”
Human Rights – Powerbox’s business activities support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights. The company will be not complicit in human rights abuses.

Labor – Powerbox upholds the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor, the effective abolition of child labor, and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Environment – Powerbox’s businesses support a measured, precautionary approach to environmental challenges. It undertakes initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility and encourages the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Anti-corruption – In all activities undertaken at Powerbox, the company works against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

“Powerbox’s environment, social and governance (ESG) commitment begins with the company’s value system and a strict, principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that as a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption” says Patrick Le Fèvre, C.M.C.O and Powerbox’s Sustainability Ambassador. “By incorporating the Global Compact principles into Powerbox strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, it not only upholds its basic responsibilities to people and the planet, but is also sows the seeds for long-term, recognizable, sustainable success.”

For more information visit www.prbx.com and www.unglobalcompact.org.

Powerbox Wins Power System Product of the Year Award in Recognition of its Technical Prowess in Power Supply Design
Posted: 2017-12-13

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for four decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, has won the Power System Product of the Year category in the prestigious Elektra Awards for 2017, run by leading UK magazine Electronics Weekly. At a special awards evening in London on December 6, Powerbox’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Patrick Le Fèvre accepted the award from Hal Cruttenden, famous comedian, actor and master of ceremonies on behalf of Electronics Weekly. The Elektra Awards’ Power System Product of the year award is presented to the power product that demonstrates technical capabilities and usefulness that differentiate it from competitive products. Judges looked for evidence of product performance presented in numbers and/or design applications. Judging criteria also looked for new topologies and architectures, use of materials, advanced semiconductor technologies and packaging.

Powerbox’s winning entry, the GB350, is a 350W buck converter that is used to power equipment in medical and industrial applications such as MRI scanners and particle accelerators. Faced with the challenge of designing a unit that operates actually within an MRI scanner, engineers at Powerbox did away with magnetic cores altogether and created a unit with air-cored inductors. Four-phase switching at 600kHz, a total of 2.4MHz, allows the air cores to work, and a digital processor manages everything from switching parameters to output voltage characterization. The GB350 is a very clever and elegant solution to a long standing but never previously solved problem - a true first.

Judges praised Powerbox for its “creative thinking” in solving this thorny problem.

Le Fèvre says: “We are very pleased to accept this award. It is industry recognition of Powerbox’s technical know-how and its ability to solve problems and create power supply solutions that previously have been regarded as almost unachievable.”

Martin Sjöstrand, CEO at Powerbox says: “Powerbox is delighted to win this award, a great accolade that recognises our engineers’ commitment to developing power solutions for difficult locations and applications. In this particular instance it reflects the company’s commitment to developing advanced power solutions for medical applications, contributing to the United Nation Sustainable Development Goal number 3 ‘Good Health and Well-Being’. That human aspect makes the award even more enjoyable and rewarding.”

About Elektra Awards
The Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards are the high point of the year for the European electronics industry. Established as the best promotional platform to celebrate the achievements of individuals and companies across Europe, they present best-practice in key areas including, innovation, sales growth and employee motivation. An independent panel of judges have assessed the quality of all entries and the winners announced at the Awards Ceremony taking place on Wednesday 6 December 2017 at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane. http://www.elektraawards.co.uk/

About Powerbox
Founded in 1974, with headquarters in Sweden and operations in 15 countries across four continents, Powerbox serves customers all around the globe. The company focuses on four major markets - industrial, medical, transportation/railway and defense - for which it designs and markets premium quality power conversion systems for demanding applications. Powerbox’s mission is to use its expertise to increase customers’ competitiveness by meeting all of their power needs. Every aspect of the company’s business is focused on that goal, from the design of advanced components that go into products, through to high levels of customer service. Powerbox is recognized for technical innovations that reduce energy consumption and its ability to manage full product lifecycles while minimizing environmental impact.

 

ON Semiconductor CEO Named as a Most Admired Leader
Posted: 2017-9-27
Keith Jackson Takes Company to Next Level Under His Steadfast Leadership and Dedication to Excellence

ON Semiconductor, today announced that Keith Jackson, president and CEO, has been named as a Most Admired Leader by the Phoenix Business Journal. Jackson has been instrumental in driving business excellence and best-in-class processes since joining the company 14 years ago. Under Jackson’s leadership, ON Semiconductor has generated tremendous value for all its stakeholders, including customers, communities, employees and shareholders.

ON Semiconductor has adopted a mission of delivering high quality, energy efficient solutions to solve its customers’ electronics design challenges with a world-class supply chain and ethical culture committed to global corporate social responsibility. Sustainability activity and goals throughout the business form part of the fabric of its corporate and social responsibility program and ethics. These provide good examples of what the manufacturing sector can and should do in this area.

As such, ON Semiconductor has been named, for two consecutive years, as a Forbes America’s Best Employer and a “World’s Most Ethical Company” by the Ethisphere Institute. Jackson also was named a Supply Chain Pro to Know by Supply and Demand Chain Executive. During his tenure, ON Semiconductor completed 13 acquisitions and increased revenue by more than $3 billion annually.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by the Business Journal,” said Jackson. “It is through the hard work and dedication of over 30,000 employees around the world that our company and leaders continue to be recognized for our successes. I am proud to work alongside such outstanding and driven talent.”

Jackson has over 30 years of semiconductor industry experience. Before joining ON Semiconductor, he was with Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation, serving as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Analog, Mixed Signal, and Configurable Products Groups beginning in 1998, and, more recently, was head of its Integrated Circuits Group. From 1996 to 1998, he served as President and a member of the board of directors of Tritech Microelectronics in Singapore, a manufacturer of analog and mixed signal products. From 1986 to 1996, Jackson worked for National Semiconductor Corporation, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of the Analog and Mixed Signal division. He also held various positions at Texas Instruments Incorporated, including engineering and management positions, from 1973 to 1986. Jackson currently serves on the board of directors of Veeco Instruments, Inc., and has served on the board of directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association since 2008.

“Keith is a unique CEO who couples an engineering and innovative technology mindset. His leadership of our company has transformed us from a standard, commodity device supplier to a solutions based provider with leading differentiated technologies,” said Bill Schromm, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “His awareness of the customer and their challenges goes far beyond simply supplying products. Keith’s tenacity and diligence in such a cyclical industry are unprecedented and have taken our company to new heights by providing unparalleled support for employees and partners alike.”

Inventronics Announces CEO Succession with Marshall Miles to Lead Company
Posted: 2017-8-15

Inventronics announced today that the board of directors unanimously chose Marshall Miles as the company’s new chief executive officer. Miles will succeed Gary Hua who is stepping down as CEO but will retain the position of chairman of the board and devote his time as chief technical officer.

“I am both humbled and honored by this opportunity. I have worked with Gary at various companies and in various capacities for over 18 years. It is exciting to continue this relationship even as the roles change yet again. We have a great team at Inventronics and I am going to be working to make sure they have every opportunity to succeed,” said Miles.

Miles joined Inventronics in 2009 as vice president of business development. During Inventronics formative years, he led the international business development while contributing to the strategic direction of the company. To meet the demands of rapidly growing global sales, he established subsidiaries in the United States and Europe to provide better customer service, technical support and local inventory in these key regions. His leadership and execution has helped establish the company as a premier supplier of LED drivers serving customers in over 50 different countries.

Hua noted, “With the company successfully going public, it was the right time for a smooth transition. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Marshall for many years and am confident in his ability to drive Inventronics’ success in the future.”

Miles has well over 30 years of experience in the technical sector. He has spent more than 25 years in the field of power electronics and is a past board member and president of the Power Sources Manufacturers Association. Miles earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Oklahoma, a master of business administration degree from Oklahoma City University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Clemson University.

ON Semiconductor Wins 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award
Posted: 2017-7-31
IoT Development Kit (IDK) Honored for Exceptional Innovation

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, announced today that the IoT Development Kit (IDK) has won a 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award from IoT Evolution magazine and IoT Evolution World, the leading magazine and website covering Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies.

The IDK is a fully configurable platform that enables engineers to design and offer differentiated IoT products and systems for a broad range of end applications, including smart home/building, smart city, industrial automation and mHealth.

"We are excited to have the IDK recognized as a top product of the year for IoT Evolution," said Wiren Perera, who heads IoT at ON Semiconductor. "ON Semiconductor continues to drive the progression of IoT by providing energy efficient hardware and software elements, coupled with the node to cloud platforms to enable design engineers to evaluate, prototype, and deploy IoT products and solutions to market with greater speed and efficiency, and with fewer design iterations."

The IDK baseboard features ON Semiconductor's advanced NCS36510 system-on-chip (SoC), with a 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M3 core running the ARM mbedTM OS. By attaching different daughter cards to the IDK baseboard, a wealth of connectivity (SIGFOX, Ethernet, 802.15.4 based radios enabling ZigBee and Thread protocols, etc.), sensor (motion, ambient light, proximity, heart rate, etc.) and actuator (stepper, brushless motor drivers, LED drivers) options can be added to the system. This means that compromises do not have to be made and the most suitable technology for a specific application can be chosen.

The hardware is complemented by an Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that includes a C++ compiler, debugger and code editor. Design engineers are further supported in their evaluation and product development via a comprehensive set of application examples, use cases and related libraries. In addition to the default cloud software platform, support for industry standard cloud connectivity protocols (MQTT and REST) allow utilization of other widely used IoT cloud service providers.

"The solutions selected for the IoT Evolution Product of Year Award reflect the diverse range of innovation driving the machine to machine market today. It is my honor to congratulate ON Semiconductor for their innovative work and superior contribution to the rapidly evolving IoT industry," said Carl Ford, CEO of Crossfire Media, a co-publisher of IoT Evolution.

"It is my pleasure to recognize the IDK, an advanced solution that earned ON Semiconductor the 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award," said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "I look forward to seeing more innovation from ON Semiconductor in the future."

The winners of the 2017 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award will be published in the next issue of IoT Evolution magazine.

Advanced Energy Acquires Excelsys Technologies, Strengthening its Specialty Power Portfolio
Posted: 2017-7-5

Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., a global leader in precision power, today announced it has acquired Excelsys Holdings Limited (Excelsys), a privately held company based in Cork, Ireland. Excelsys designs and manufactures high efficiency and highly reliable power supplies for a variety of industrial markets. Its modular and user-configurable technology brings new and differentiated capabilities to Advanced Energy’s existing product portfolio. This new product line allows Advanced Energy® (AE®) to expand its addressable market ─ offering new applications and serving a larger worldwide customer base.

"Today's acquisition of Excelsys is part of our ongoing strategy to grow and diversify our industrial business by adding new power products and applications to our robust portfolio,” said Yuval Wasserman, President and CEO. "With a complementary platform of electronic power supplies for mission-critical applications, Excelsys joins our Specialty Power organization ─ increasing our presence in new areas within medical equipment, metrology, lasers and general industrial applications.”

“We are excited to join Advanced Energy, a global leader in precision power conversion,” said Gary Duffy Excelsys leader and former CEO. “Through the combined companies, our customers will now have access to a host of additional value-added products and services as we work together to expand Advanced Energy’s leading, competitive position worldwide and maintain the high levels of reliability and customer service.” 

Under the terms of the agreement, Advanced Energy has acquired Excelsys in an all-cash transaction for 15.5 million Euros. Excelsys’ 2016 audited revenues were 10.2 million Euros and the acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings. Further transaction terms were not disclosed.

For more information go to www.advanced-energy.com.

 

ON Semiconductor Wins Gold Stevie® American Business Award for Large Manufacturing Company of the Year
Posted: 2017-6-16

 ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ON), driving energy efficient innovations, is proud to announce that it is has been named the winner of the Gold Stevie® Award for Large Manufacturing Company of the Year in The 15th Annual American Business AwardsSM (ABAs). The ABAs are the premier business awards program in the United States, and open to all public and private organizations.

"This award highlights ON Semiconductor's ability to gain market share and to stay ahead of the industry growth curve," says Keith Jackson, president and CEO of ON Semiconductor. "In order to succeed in this fast-paced environment, we have scaled both in terms of our technology portfolio and ability to innovate with a solutions-based approach that allows customers to focus efforts on their own core competencies, providing them with faster time to market."

ON Semiconductor delivers high quality, energy efficient solutions to solve its customers' electronics designs challenges with a world-class supply chain and ethical culture committed to global corporate social responsibility. In 2016, the company shipped more than 55 billion units through its global logistics network and delivered products with greater than 95 percent average on time delivery to requested dates for all key customers.

More than 3,600 nominations from private and public organizations of all sizes were submitted this year.

"Each year the judges find the quality and variety of the nominations to be greater than the year before. The 2017 competition was intense and every organization that has won should be proud," said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2017 Stevie winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

Venable Instruments Awarded Patent for Digital Frequency Response Analyzer Technology
Posted: 2017-5-5
Venable Instruments, a leading provider of stability testing and measurement instruments for power supply design, has received a patent for its Digital Frequency Response Analyzer (DFRA) technology.

The new patent, US 9,562,951, is titled, “DIGITAL FREQUENCY RESPONSE ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND METHOD USEFUL FOR POWER SUPPLIES.” The technology is incorporated into Venable’s Model 8800 Series of DFRAs. The Model 8800 Series DFRAs are the only instruments commercially available that can measure the plant of a digitally-controlled feedback loop directly and accurately. 

 

The timing of the patent is pivotal, as forces driving digital adoption continue to accelerate.  Application-critical environments demand data accuracy, and until now, existing digital loop measurement techniques could only provide an estimated prediction, not a direct plant measurement.

The analyzer utilizes a digital “Sync” signal to provide synchronization between analog and digital hardware. The Model 8800 performs simultaneous analysis on both analog input channels and the digital target processor, reliably capturing all data. The Model 8800 Series offers a broad and growing range of supported processors, and is available in 5MHz, 20MHz and 40MHz options.Flexible by design, the Model 8800 Series digital interface can be disabled, via software, to use the analyzer in a standard two-channel, analog-only configuration.

For more information on our digital technology visit www.venable.biz.
 

ON Semiconductor Named One of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute
Posted: 2017-4-22
Two-time recipient of designation signifying companies who lead with integrity and align principle with action

ON Semiconductor Corporation has been named a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This designation recognizes organizations that align principle with action by working tirelessly to make integrity part of their corporate DNA. These efforts shape future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today.

“As the landscape of the semiconductor industry remains fluid and continuously consolidating, the ability to consistently demonstrate ethical operations and culture remains critical to business operations,” said Keith Jackson, ON Semiconductor president and chief executive officer. “The key factor to outpacing competitors is to stay true to a foundation built on integrity and accountability. Leveraging our ethical practices is one of our biggest differentiators. I want to personally thank all of our employees for their dedication to maintaining a strong corporate culture of compliance and ethics and for embedding ethical standards in every aspect of their jobs.”

“I am proud of our achievements as a two-time designee of this honor,” said Sonny Cave, ON Semiconductor executive vice president, general counsel, chief compliance and ethics officer, chief risk officer and corporate secretary. “This is a testament to the strength of our core values and steadfast dedication to our ethical foundation. Employees, customers and suppliers have seen the evidence of our actions, which continually reinforce the fact that they are doing business with a company that has high standards and a culture of compliance.”

ON Semiconductor is one of only six companies being honored in the Electronics and Semiconductors category, highlighting its leadership among global companies in ethical business standards and practices. ON Semiconductor attributes this prestigious recognition to its longstanding and active pursuit of the total alignment of all business objectives with exercising the utmost care and commitment to ethical stewardship, across the entire organization of more than 30,000 employees in 31 countries. Starting with the CEO and the chief compliance and ethics officer, spanning to the executive leadership team and to every employee, the principles of compliance, ethics and corporate social responsibility are modeled from the top and instilled in each employee, in accordance with ON Semiconductor’s core values of respect, integrity and initiative. A strong foundation in compliance and ethics stemming from the company’s Board of Directors that is echoed throughout an organization, results in trust from customers and partners, who count on the company to be honest and equitable, regardless of macroeconomic factors.

“Being recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company is important not only to ON Semiconductor’s employees and our corporate culture, but to our customers and suppliers as well,” said Paul Rolls, executive vice president global sales and marketing. “Awards such as this one further strengthen our company’s brand and reputation which further validates our customer’s decision to do business with us. As a World’s Most Ethical Company, we have a business advantage over others in our industry.”

Methodology and Scoring

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient ® (EQ) framework which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.

ON Semiconductor is also a full member, active participant and benchmarking leader of the Electronics Industry Citizens Coalition.

Honorees

The full list of the 2017 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://worldsmostethicalcompanies.ethisphere.com/honorees/.

About the Ethisphere Institute

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of Ethisphere Magazine. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: http://ethisphere.com.

About ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power management, analog, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, SoC and custom devices. The company’s products help engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical, aerospace and defense applications. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, a robust compliance and ethics program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit http://www.onsemi.com.

Powerbox proudly joins the U.N. Global Compact Initiative
Posted: 2017-3-21
Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for four decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, and actively engaged in the development of sustainable power solutions, has become a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. As such, Powerbox pledges to support and promote the Compact’s 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

Powerbox’s environment, social and governance (ESG) commitment begins with the company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. By incorporating the Global Compact principles into Powerbox strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, it not only upholds its basic responsibilities to people and the planet, but is also sewing the seeds for long-term, sustainable success.

“The future is about power. Electrical power is the energy efficient infrastructure through which we create solutions for generations to come. We support everything from sustainable transportation and automation to tomorrow’s healthcare.” says Martin Sjöstrand, Powerbox’s C.E.O. “Joining the U.N. Global Compact reflects Powerbox’s commitment to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable future by solving demanding power challenges in selected segments.”

Powerbox places the environment and sustainable development at the forefront of everything that it does. In its product development, manufacturing, supply, sourcing and operations it is constantly implementing technologies and processes that reduce energy consumption and other environmental impacts.

“Our promise is that we will act as good global corporate citizens and actively contribute to the shaping of a better common future in every way, embracing environmental, social and governance aspects.” says Patrick Le Fèvre, C.M.C.O and Powerbox’s Sustainability Ambassador. “In our way of working we have changed our behavior and have implemented, from the very complex to the simple, activities to reduce our environmental impact and to contribute to a truly sustainable society.”

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
The UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles are derived from: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. https://www.unglobalcompact.org/

ON Semiconductor Appoints Osamu Takiguchi to Lead the Japan Sales and Marketing Organization
Posted: 2017-3-4
Takiguchi concurrently serves as the corporate vice president of Japan regional sales to accelerate deployment of the corporate global strategy in Japan

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, announced that Osamu Takiguchi joins the company as president and representative director of ON Semiconductor Japan, Ltd. to lead and manage the sales and marketing operations in Japan. Takiguchi is also concurrently serving as the corporate vice president of Japan regional sales in order to expand its Japan business and align with corporate strategies in key markets.

“Takiguchi brings more than 30 years of semiconductor industry experience to our company in design engineering and sales. He is effective in engaging in the global marketplace and will further strengthen our footprint in Japan with our valued customers,” said Paul Rolls, executive vice president sales and marketing for ON Semiconductor. “Takiguchi will be integral to our strategy in Japan and will further drive total solutions in our focus markets of automotive and industrial.”

The company has invested in the Japan market and the investment in Japan has played an important role in driving the company’s global strategy focusing on automotive, industrial, IoT and power conversion and motor control segments. The investment includes design centers for product development, manufacturing facilities, a solution engineering center and fault analysis capability in Japan to establish a reliable environment for its Japanese customers base.

“I look forward to strengthening the partnerships with our customers by continuing to demonstrate our value-add in the Japanese market,” said Takiguchi. “We have a strong, broad product portfolio and are a unique company in the country offering full solutions to our customers. Our strong customer service and responsive supply chain stand out in our industry.”

For more information, visit www.onsemi.com.

Powerbox Group promotes Patrick Le Fèvre to Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Posted: 2016-12-17

Powerbox International AB has promoted Patrick Le Fèvre, its Marketing and Communication Director, to the role of Chief Marketing and Communications Officer (CMCO). In an extension of his responsibilities to promote Powerbox standard and custom products and solutions, starting 1stof January 2017, Le Fèvre will be responsible for marketing custom power solutions from Eplax, a German company acquired by Powerbox in May 2016, and for the products designed by the former Power Technics BV, the Dutch business whose assets were purchased by Powerbox in April 2016. He remains part of the Powerbox corporate business team and reports to the group CEO, Martin Sjöstrand.

Sjöstrand said, “Patrick’s experience and dedication to the power industry, and his passion for energy efficiency and environmental responsibility, have created outstandingly positive outcomes from his marketing work for Powerbox. In the view of the Board, his skills and commitment are going to prove equally valuable to the new assets we have acquired during 2016. I congratulate him on this advancement and I am confident that his success to date will be replicated across the group.”

Le Fèvre commented, “Working closely with product management and R&D over the last year has revealed a level of innovation in Powerbox that I’ve rarely experienced in my 25 years in the power industry. What’s more, the company directs these efforts to the two most important aspects of power conversion for our customers: energy efficiency and short time-to-market, even for the most complex, custom power solutions. This philosophy extends to all product development so I am looking forward to the challenge of consolidating our marketing efforts throughout the group.”

Patrick Le Fèvre is an international marketer and engineer who has worked in power electronics for over two decades. He’s a well-known and highly respected presenter at industry conferences and his writing, particularly with respect to clean energy, has been published over 200 times in leading trade media publications and web sites.

Patrick Le Fèvre held senior marketing and communication roles at Ericsson Power Modules for 20 years before joining Powerbox in November 2015.

 

Excelsys Awarded Engineers Ireland CPD Accreditation
Posted: 2015-2-20
World-class power supply manufacturer awarded the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) standard in recognition of its investment in maintaining in technology and sustainability.

February 19, 2015 — Excelsys Technologies is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Accredited Employer standard by Engineers Ireland. Excelsys, a leading power supply manufacturer and designer of high efficiency, low profile power supplies for a variety of markets, recognizes the value of CPD as essential in achieving growth and success.

Commenting on the achievement, John Power, Chartered Engineer and Director General of Engineers Ireland said, “Investment in professional development is essential for engineering organizations to gain a competitive edge and achieve results on both a local and international level. Well done to all those at Excelsys who have dedicated time and resources into securing the CPD Accredited Employer status.”

Speaking about the award, Gary Duffy, Excelsys CEO said, “We have an uncompromising commitment to maintaining technology leadership and ensuring employees are equipped with training in sustainability issues. Our employees play a vital role in the organization’s success and it is important that they are fully involved in delivering the group’s organizational vision and goals. The Engineers Ireland CPD framework provides support to assist us in achieving these goals. And we are proud to be accredited.”

Excelsys Technologies is a world-class power supply manufacturer supplying best-in-class products to the world’s leading OEM’s. They are market leaders in high efficiency, high reliability, AC/DC power supplies serving medical, industrial and hi rel industry segments.

For more information on Excelsys products and distributors worldwide, please visit Excelsys.com

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