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Raytheon’s Space & Airborne Systems Division Recognizes VPT with Top Level Supplier Award

Raytheon recently awarded VPT with its second 4-Star Supplier Excellence Award in one year. In addition to the 4-star award from Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems, the most recent award arrived from Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems division. Fewer than one percent of all Raytheon suppliers receive a 4-Star rating. Raytheon representatives said, “Customer success is our mission at Raytheon. We could not achieve it without suppliers such as VPT, Inc. Your high standards of quality, on-time delivery and customer satisfaction make you a top-performing supplier and collaborative partner.” This additional recognition for excellence in 2013 is VPT’s third Raytheon Supplier award. For more information on VPT’s other awards, please see our awards and achievements page.

Rugged Epoxy Encapsulated Package Option for VPT Series

VPT High-Reliability DC-DC Converter Line Now Includes Rugged Epoxy Encapsulated Package Option  

BLACKSBURG, VA, October 2, 2014 – VPT® Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI) today announced the availability of a fully encapsulated epoxy package option for its VPT Series of high-reliability DC-DC converters, EMI filters and accessory products. The epoxy packaging allows for aqueous cleaning processes often required in higher volume circuit board production applications. Additionally, the epoxy encapsulated devices have integral metalized EMI shielding and withstand harsh environments including shock, vibration and thermal cycling.

The VPT Series is designed specifically for military vehicles, weapons, shipboard, avionics and many other high-reliability applications. The full line of DC-DC converters, EMI filters and accessory products are derived from proven military heritage designs for rugged duty in demanding environments. The series is tested to MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-883, and JESD22. Additionally, the devices are designed with wide input voltage ranges per MIL-STD-704 and MIL-STD-1275.

“The VPT Series epoxy encapsulated package option is intended for water-wash assembly options such as high pressure sprays, wave solder and cleaning solvents,” explained Monty Pyle, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at VPT. “With the epoxy package, the devices can be utilized in a variety of chemical, solvent and salt environments without being damaged.”

For more information, please see: DC-DC Hi-Rel COTS Converters.

 

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.

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Ruggedized EMI Filter Article in HOW2POWER.COM

HOW2POWER recently published VPT’s article entitled “Using Ruggedized EMI Filters to Pass the CS101 Requirement of MIL-STD-461DF.” In this article, the CS101 requirements are examined. Its implications for the design of the power system – the combination of input EMI filter plus power converter – are discussed. The CS101 test method is presented, including a number of testing precautions that designers should observe.

Review the complete article here.

VPT is growing and we’re hiring!

We have an immediate opening for a domestic Regional Sales Manager with experience selling DC-DC converters and associated components into the avionics, aerospace, military and space markets.  This position requires direct experience managing sales representatives as well as direct customer interaction.  The successful candidate will be capable of working independently as well as thriving in a fast paced, professional, and team based environment.

Responsibilities:

  • New business development via researching, qualifying and selling VPT product direct to the end user and through manufacturer’s sales representatives
  • Sell the full range of VPT products, including avionics/military, COTS, and space grade products
  • Manage client relationships through all phases of the sales cycle
  • Work directly with VPT engineering and other technical resources to provide effective and timely solutions for customer applications
  • Provide a consultative solutions sales process to prospective customers
  • Conduct one-on-one and group technical sales presentations
  • Provide account management to defined territory
  • Track customer program status, prepare annual forecasts and meet revenue projections
  • Develop and maintain prospect and customer lists generated from strategic marketing functions and other sales source leads
  • Successfully manage all aspects of a sales representative-based sales force

Required Education or Training:

BSEE degree or related technical Bachelor’s degree (preferred)

Minimum Requirements:

  • 5+ years of directly related sales experience
  • Experience working with high-reliability industry processes and procedures preferred
  • Demonstrated history of performance
  • Experience managing a sales representative network
  • Excellent organizational, technical, interpersonal, and communications skills
  • Demonstrated flexibility with strong multi-tasking and prioritization skills

About VPT:

VPT, Inc. is a global leader in providing power conversion solutions for use in avionics, military, and space applications. VPT offers high reliability DC-DC converters, EMI filters, accessory power products and custom engineering services for the rapid development of critical power systems.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to careers@vptpower.com

 

 

Military Embedded Systems covers VPT in Rad Hard Space Components Market article

June 4, 2014 – Military Embedded Systems recently published an article discussing many of the factors surrounding the radiation hardened components market – including program requirements and supplier trends. Leonard Leslie, VPT’s manager of space programs, along with other industry experts, contribute their insight on matching program needs to reliable components. The article also discusses rad hard components for the commercial space and international markets.

Read the full article, by Editorial Director John McHale.

DLA SMD for VPT’s DVPL0503S Series

April 23, 2014 -The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has added VPT’s DVPL0503S Series DC-DC Point-of-Load power converter to Standard Microcircuit Drawing (SMD) #5962-13243.   The specifications for the DVPL0503S, which is fully qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K, can be found on the DVPL0503S datasheet.

For additional information, please contact VPT Sales.

VPT to Present at Space Parts Working Group 2014

April 2, 2014 – VPT’s CEO, Dr. Dan Sable, will present to the attendees of Space Parts Working Group on Wednesday, April 23.  Dr. Sable will discuss Aerospace TOR compliance as well as VPT company expansion and space-related product plans. Space Parts Working Group is sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force and Missile Systems Center and the National Reconnaissance Office. More information can be found on their website.

Event Dates:      April 22 and 23

Location:            Torrance, CA

 

Industry Discussion: Does the term “COTS” need to change?

March 27, 2014 – In a Google+ Hangout today hosted by Military & Aerospace Magazine, industry experts including VPT’s Malcolm Campbell discussed the COTS terminology and whether or not it’s time for a new term to differentiate high-reliability products. The video of the discussion as well as more information can be found via Military & Aerospace Electronics.

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.

Electronic Products Includes VPT in Trend Talk

Hearst’s Electronic Products recently published an article on military-aerospace electronics product trends featuring input from VPT. The full article can be viewed here.

Military & Aerospace Electronics Discusses VPT’s SVR Series SMDs Release

November 25, 2013 – Military and Aerospace Electronics today covered VPT’s recent announcement of its entire SVR Series on DLA released SMDs and explained the significance of the standard microcircuit drawings: “The program increases the manufacturing base for DOD procurement and helps the government save money.”  Link to the complete article. The original announcement can be viewed here.

VPT’s DVPL0510S DC-DC Point-of-Load Converter Added to DLA SMD List

November 25, 2013 -The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has added VPT’s DC-DC SVPL0510S DC-DC Point-of-Load power converter to Standard Microcircuit Drawing (SMD) #5962-1901.   The specifications for the DVPL0510S, which is fully qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K, can be found on the datasheet. MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and K Certified

To order, or to find additional information, please contact VPT Sales.

VPT Covered in International Business Times

November 21, 2013 – International Business Times covered VPT’s recent announcement on the SVR Series SMDs. Read the complete article or review more information on our SVR Series.

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:

 

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.

 

About VPT and HEICO

VPT, Inc., part of the HEICO Electronic Technologies Group, leads the industry in providing innovative DC-DC power converters, EMI filters, and custom engineering services for avionics, military, and space applications. VPT can deliver its power solutions in a fast timeframe, with certified quality, at a comfortable cost. Every day, organizations like NASA, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, the United States Air Force, and many more depend on quality solutions from VPT to power critical systems. On the ground, in the air, or beyond, VPT provides the power driving critical missions that require high reliability.

HEICO Corporation (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI) is engaged primarily in niche segments of the aviation, defense, space and electronics industries through its Hollywood, FL-based HEICO Aerospace Holdings Corp. subsidiary and its Miami, FL-based HEICO Electronic Technologies Corp. subsidiary. For more information about HEICO, please visit www.heico.com.

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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 tagline and logo are trademarks and service marks owned by VPT, Inc. Contact VPT sales for any further information.

VPT Article in EE Times Europe

November 4, 2013 – VPT was featured today in EE Times Europe’s Power Management section with its article describing considerations for selecting DC-DC converters specifically for space applications. Read the article, written by Steve Butler, Director of Advanced Product Development for VPT.

 

VPT Featured in Avionics Intelligence

September 5, 2013 – VPT’s success was featured in Avionic Intelligence’s coverage of the record setting flight by the EURO HAWK unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

Read the article by Courtney Howard, Executive Editor of Avionic Intelligence

Space Tech Expo Features VPT

Space Tech Expo’s recent article featured VPT’s space qualified and proven products. VPT will be exhibiting at Space Tech Expo, which is a B2B event for spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies. The Expo is being held April 1 – 3, 2014 in Long Beach, California.

 

Read the full article

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!

 

 

 

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