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HEICO on Institutional Investor Magazine’s Most Honored Companies List. HEICO CEO Laurans Mendelson Named Best CEO in Aerospace & Defense

January 12, 2016 – VPT’s parent company, HEICO, announced today that it has been named on the prestigious list of Most Honored Companies by Institutional Investor Magazine. The highly-regarded publication has also named HEICO CEO, Laurans A. Mendelson, Best CEO in the Aerospace and Defense Electronics sector. The results are based on a survey of over 3,000 portfolio managers and analysts considering characteristics of a strong management team. The press release can be viewed here.

HEICO Ranked One of 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America

June 8, 2016 – VPT’s parent company, HEICO Corporation (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), was recently selected by Forbes as one of the 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America based on accounting and governance practices. This recognition, which identifies American companies that most consistently demonstrate transparent accounting practices and solid corporate governance, is HEICO Corporation’s 11th recognition by Forbes in the past several years. Within its category of MID CAP companies between $1 billion and $5 billion in revenue, HEICO Corporation joined the ranks of American Eagle Outfitters. Logitech International and Virgin America.

Virginia State Leaders Visit VPT

April 13, 2016- We are proud to have hosted a headquarters facility visit from respected state leaders today. Virginia House Delegate Terry Austin, Virginia Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones, and Director of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium Mary Sandy met with VPT’s CEO Dr. Dan Sable, Director of Engineering Leonard Leslie, as well as Shawn Graham, VPT’s Chief Operations Officer and Executive Director of Quality.

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is a coalition of five Virginia colleges and universities, NASA, state educational agencies, Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, and other institutions representing diverse aerospace education and research. Headquartered on the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center campus, VPT has long supported aerospace engineering educational efforts in the state, and we are grateful to be able to contribute to the growth of the aerospace industry as a whole.

VA House Delegate Terry Austin, VPT's Dr. Dan Sable, VA Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones, Virginia Space Grant Consortium Director Mary Sandy

VPT Supports Virginia Tech’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Department With Donation to AMP Lab

November 12, 2015 – VPT recently provided a $25,000 donation to Virginia Tech’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Department in support of its Autonomous Mastery Prototyping Lab (AMP Lab).

The AMP Lab offers a creative, practical, hands-on learning environment for Electrical and Computer Engineering students, staff, and faculty at Virginia Tech. In addition to fostering mentorship for undergraduates, the AMP Lab offers programs in circuit design, PC board layout, soldering, and lab safety.

VPT has supported the engineering programs at Virginia Tech for many years. VPT’s CEO, Dr. Dan Sable has served as the chairman of the Virginia Tech Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board where he was instrumental in founding the Space Science and Engineering Research program. This is VPT’s fifth donation to Virginia Tech’s engineering programs.

Pictured: Dr. Luke Lester, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Head at Virginia Tech (left), Dr. Dan Sable, CEO of VPT (middle), and John Hodock, President of VPT (right).

VPT Presents at Space Tech Expo 2015

May 21, 2015 – Yesterday at Space Tech Expo in Long Beach, CA, VPT’s Senior Design Engineer Brandon Witcher presented on the topic of power challenges of modern space systems. Specifically speaking to space system processor board designers, Witcher discussed the tight regulation and multiple complex requirements involved in current data-intensive space payloads. He also presented distributed power solutions that address the vast operating conditions and varied feature requirements. Please see Space Tech Expo for more information on this annual event.

VPT Presents at Space Parts Working Group 2015

April 29, 2015 -  Dr. Dan Sable, VPT’s CEO and Leonard Leslie, VPT’s Director of Engineering presented company updates and space product developments to the attendees of Space Parts Working Group yesterday in Torrance, CA. The Space Parts Working Group (SPWG) is sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and the National Reconnaissance Office. Now in its 44th year, SPWG is an unclassified, international forum for disseminating information to the aerospace industry regarding electronic piece parts for space applications. Please see the Space Parts Working Group website for more information.

U.S. Export Reform Provides Boost to Space Industry Internationally

VPT Space Qualified, Radiation Hardened DC-DC Converters Now Available Globally with Significantly Reduced Export Restrictions  

BLACKSBURG, VA, September 17, 2014 – Recent changes to U.S. Export Administration Regulations have meant that VPT® Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), has been able to make available its radiation hardened, space qualified electronics parts to non-embargoed international markets without ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) export restrictions.

VPT’s high-reliability DC-DC converters and accessory products are used by the most prominent global aerospace and space organizations, including NASA, Boeing, BAE Systems, European Space Agency (ESA), and The Airbus Group. Its 30krad SV Series of space qualified products that were previously controlled through ITAR are now classified as EAR99 and eligible for export without an export license. Additionally, its 100krad SVR Series of space qualified products are now assigned under the Export Control Classification Number 9A515e. With few exceptions, this classification allows for export to 36 countries including France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, and Japan without an export license (EAR §742.6).

Executive Director of International Sales for VPT, Malcolm Campbell, stated, “ITAR restrictions were constraining to our international customers, but the recent export control reform by the U.S. Department of Commerce enables a shift in global space program development. The space industry in the UK and other countries around the world can now benefit from VPT’s level of proven technology without the tedious process that was previously required.”

Full technical details are available at www.vptpower.com/SpaceDCDC and for further information, contact VPT at vptsales@vptpower.com.

Certain statements in this announcement may constitute forward-looking statements. Products described in this communication are subject to all export license restrictions and regulations which may include but are not limited to ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) and the Export Administration and Foreign Assets Control Regulations.  Further restrictions may apply. VPT, its logo and tagline are registered trademarks in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. All other names, product names and trade names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

 

VPT Adds Radiation Lab and Test Services Facility

Expansion Represents Further Space Market Commitment

BLACKSBURG, VA, July 15, 2014 – VPT® Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), today announces the addition of VPT Rad℠, a comprehensive radiation laboratory and test services facility, to serve the radiation and related test needs of aerospace electronics manufacturers.

The 5,000 square-foot Chelmsford, Massachusetts facility, formerly known as Si-REL, provides specialized environments and equipment for evaluating electronics used in applications where ionizing radiation can degrade device performance. VPT Rad offers turn-key solutions at both High Dose Rate (HDR) with its TID (Total Ionizing Dose) GC-200 irradiator and Low Dose Rate (LDR) Broad Beam TID irradiation for Enhanced Low Dose Rate Sensitivity (ELDRS) analysis. Additionally, the facility services the radiation needs of the biomedical manufacturing market.

The VPT Rad facility meets the requirements of MIL-STD-750 and MIL-STD-883; and has approved Source Suitability from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The facility also services radiation test needs for customers and programs outside the U.S. using European Space Components Coordination (ESCC) 22900 compliant test methods.

“As part of VPT, we are continuing our customer commitment and radiation testing expertise with total autonomy, while expanding our capabilities through capital investment,” said Aridio Sanchez, VPT Rad Executive Director and the facility’s founder.

VPT’s CEO, Dr. Dan Sable said, “We are extremely pleased to expand VPT with an organization that has impeccable service standards as well as impressive depth of knowledge and expertise. Their positive reputation is a natural complement to VPT’s long-standing customer satisfaction status in the high reliability electronics market.”

Complete information on VPT Rad and its service offerings can be found at www.vptrad.com.

VPT Presents to EWCI Attendees

February 19, 2014 – VPT’s Leonard Leslie, Manager of Space Products Engineering, presented today to the attendees of the Third International Conference on Electronic Warfare (EWCI) in Bangalore, India. Mr. Leslie discussed the use of ruggedized EMI Filters to pass the CS101 Requirement of MIL-STD-461D-F, including an examination of the CS101 requirements, power system performance expectations, and tips on test methods and testing precautions. For detailed information on the presentation, please email vptsales@vptpower.com.

Please see the EWCI website for more information regarding the event.

VPT’s Entire SVR Space Series Now Registered with Defense Logistics Agency

Official Standard Microcircuit Drawings Issued for VPT’s Entire Rad Hard DC-DC Converters and EMI Filters Series

BLACKSBURG, VA, Nov. 7, 2013 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), announces the release of Standard Microcircuit Drawings (SMDs) by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for VPT’s entire SVR Series of radiation hardened DC-DC converters, point of load converters, and EMI filters. VPT’s SVR Series products were developed specifically for the most extreme requirements of space systems.

The SVR Series, which includes 24 modules in seven product families, is suited for use in LEO, MEO, GEO, deep space and launch vehicle programs and was initially introduced in May, 2013. SVR Series products feature maximum levels of radiation hardening with a Total Ionizing Dose (TID) of 100 krad(Si) and SEE of 85 MeV-cm2/mg. The SVR Series is based on space-proven heritage designs and available qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K.  These are the first power conversion products commercially available that are designed and manufactured in accordance with Aerospace Corporation’s Technical Operating Report (TOR) requirements for space power systems.

 “Our broad offering of space qualified products are proven in programs like Venus Express, GPS III, Mercury Messenger and many others,” said Monty Pyle, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are extremely pleased with the adoption of our SVR products into new critical space developments to date, and with the DLA’s approval of the reliability and radiation performance of our entire SVR space series, engineers can readily select modules from SMDs with maximum levels of radiation hardening that are qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K standards.”

 

The complete SVR Series products available on DLA SMDs:

  • SMD# 5962-13231: SVRHF 15W single output DC-DC converter
  • SMD# 5962-13232: SVRHF  15W dual outputs DC-DC converter
  • SMD# 5962-13209: SVRTR 40W single output DC-DC converter
  • SMD# 5962-13210: SVRTR 40W dual outputs DC-DC converter
  • SMD# 5962-13233: SVRFL 100W single output DC-DC converter
  • SMD# 5962-13234: SVRFL 100W dual output DC-DC converter
  • SMD# 5962-13217: SVRGA 8A point of load DC-DC converter
  • SMD# 13011: SVRMH 2A EMI filter
  • SMD# 13010: SVRMC 4A EMI filter
  • SMD# 13009: SVRME 10A EMI filter

 

About the SVR Series of Space Qualified Power Products

The SVR Series performance in space programs is guaranteed through the use of radiation hardened semiconductor components, radiation lot acceptance testing (RLAT) of non-hardened components, and analysis. The SVR Series is characterized for TID performance including ELDRS and SEE according to VPT’s DLA-approved Radiation Hardness Assurance (RHA) plan per MIL-PRF-38534, Appendix G, Level R. Characterization is performed at both the component level and at the SVR Series hybrid level.

Review additional SVR Series specifications.

 

VPT Supports Virgina Tech Space Science and Engineering Program with 4th Donation

Check presentation to Virginia Tech with Dr. Dan Sable and John Hodock of VPTJuly 1, 2013 – VPT recently provided its fourth $15,000 donation to Virginia Tech’s Space Science and Engineering Program.

Virginia Tech’s Center for Space Science and Engineering Research, which has grown into a nationally recognized research center, was initially created with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

VPT’s CEO, Dr. Dan Sable (pictured on the left), has served as the chairman of the Virginia Tech Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board where he was instrumental in founding the Space Science and Engineering Research program at Virginia Tech.  Congratulations Space@VT Program!

 

Now Available: SVR Series of Rad Hard DC-DC Converters, Qualified for Use in Space Programs

First Standard Power Converters & EMI Filters Available Compliant to MIL-HDBK-1547 & Aerospace TOR Requirements without Customization

SPACE TECH EXPO, Long Beach, CA, May 21, 2013 – Today VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), announced the availability of a new series of radiation hardened DC-DC power converters, point of load converters, and EMI filters to power space systems.

The new SVR Series of space power products includes 24 new modules in 7 product families, all based on space-proven heritage designs and available qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class K. These are the first power conversion products commercially available that are out-of-the-box compliant to the new Aerospace Technical Operating Report (TOR) requirements for space power systems. The new SVR Series of power products are suited for use in low Earth orbit (LEO), medium Earth orbit (MEO), geostationary orbit (GEO), deep space, and launch vehicle programs.

View the introduction video, "Space Qualified DC-DC Converters - The SVR Series from VPT."

VPT’s SVR Series also features maximum levels of radiation hardening with a Total Ionizing Dose (TID) level of 100 krad(Si). Unique to VPT, these products include Enhanced Low Dose Rate Sensitivity (ELDRS) in the total dose rating for maximum reliability. The Single Event Effects (SEE) rating for these products is 85 MeV-cm2/mg. All modules have been submitted to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for Standard Microcircuit Drawings (SMDs) with most modules available on released SMDs.


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VPT Space Products Profiled in a New Book By NASA

February 13, 2012 – VPT’s line of space DC-DC converters were recently profiled in a new book written by NASA, Spinoff. The article details the history of a grant from NASA which enabled VPT to research, design, and develop a line of DC-DC converters for space that address the challenges and requirements of today’s space applications.

Spinoff 2012 presents remarkable examples of spinoffs providing benefits around the world—saving lives, creating jobs, preserving resources, and more. The NASA Spinoff book offers 204 pages highlighting the many different technologies that NASA has transferred to private sector.  The Agency distributes copies to politicians, economic  decision makers, company CEOs, academics, professionals in technology transfer, the news media, and the general public.

Read the Spinoff article on VPT

Download a .pdf of the entire Spinoff publication.

Now Rolling with VPT: Main Battle Tank

January 9, 2013 — VPT is proud to power multiple systems in South Korea’s Main Battle Tank K2. For its critical systems, this vehicle depends on VPT DC-DC converters and EMI filters to provide reliable power under extreme operating conditions.

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VPT’s solutions for armored ground vehicles

VPT’s Hi-Rel COTS Series of DC-DC converters and accessories

VPT Unveils New Logo

November 8, 2012 – Today VPT, Inc. proudly unveiled a new logo that portrays the evolution of VPT. We determined it was time to refresh the  logo to reflect our  modern, aerospace market-focused company. Our corporate tagline will continue to represent our 20 year heritage in this market and remain “Power Your Critical Mission Today.”

We appreciate that changing a logo is a process and will be working it into our products and our marketing materials over time. If you should have any questions or require any documentation on this revision, please contact the VPT Sales and Marketing department at vptsales@vptpower.com.

We hope you enjoy our sleek new look as we move forward in providing technology solutions that will power tomorrow’s most demanding aerospace, defense, and space systems.

See What’s New with VPT at Electronica in November

October 11, 2012 — Stop by to see the latest from VPT at Electronica, November 13-16. VPT solutions will be showcased by Germany distributor, PROTEC GmbH, at this international exhibition.

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See us today at NSREC, Miami!

July 17, 2012  – Stop by and see VPT at the Nuclear Space and Radiation Effects Conference today and tomorrow in Miami, Florida. See our newest product, the SVGA0515S point of load DC-DC converter for space, and check out our demo board. Booth 42.

VPT’s Space Point of Load DC-DC Power Converters Now Registered with Defense Logistics Agency

Official Standard Microcircuit Drawings Issued for
VPT’s SVGA Family of Rad Hard Point of Load Power Converters

VPT’s SVGA Series of rad hard point of load converters offer 10A and 15A of output power and are now available on DLA SMD# 5962-12219.

BLACKSBURG, VA, July 11, 2012 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), announced today that the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)  has issued Standard Microcircuit Drawings (SMDs) for VPT’s family of space level, radiation hardened, point of load DC-DC power converter modules.

With the SVGA Series power converters now on official DLA SMDs, engineers can procure these components quickly, easily, and with confidence of reliable performance over time in the harshest of space environments. VPT’s SVGA Series converters are available in 10A or 15A versions and are suited for use in low Earth orbit (LEO) systems, geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) systems, deep space probes, and other demanding space applications. With the addition of these two modules, VPT now offers more than 35 power conversion modules on DLA SMDs specifically designed for rugged duty in space.

The specific space grade SV Series DC-DC converters now available on DLA SMDs include:

  • SMD# 5962-12219: SVGA 10A single output point of load  DC-DC converter
  • SMD# 5962-12219:  SVGA 15A single output point of load DC-DC converter


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VPT’s Point of Load Converters Ranked in Top 10 of “Top 101 Components” By Electronic Design Magazine

July 9, 2012 — VPT’s new 20A DVPL point of load DC-DC converter was recently named to the the list of “Top 101 Components” by Electronic Design Magazine. VPT ranked the second most popular power product viewed over the past year on Electronic Design’s website, and eighth most popular product of the year overall.

The list is created each year by Electronic Design Magazine through a combination of page view counts and site user voting.

Check out the article! 

VPT Receives Exceptional Supplier Award from L-3 Communications

June 19, 2012 – VPT was recently honored with an “Exceptional Supplier” award for “Quality and Delivery Performance,”  from L-3 Communications. This award was based on an extensive review of VPT from the L-3 CSW Quality, Operations Management, and Supply Chain Management departments. VPT was among a small group of companies to receive this prestigious award.

This is the second consecutive year that VPT has received an award from L-3 Communications.

Photo, from left: Delana Oaks, L-3, Elise Checketts, L-3, John Hodock, VPT, Kevin Farnsworth, L-3, and Dr. Dan Sable, VPT.



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