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VPT’s V-SHIELD Earns Top Level Award from Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Award Program

November 15, 2016 – VPT today announced today that its V-SHIELD® packaging technology has been recognized by the judges of the 2016 Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards program with the highest, platinum level award. The platinum level recognizes military and aerospace electronics featuring a superb innovation, characterized by a groundbreaking approach to meeting a need, a new level of performance, efficiency and/or ease-of-use.

V-SHIELD® is a proprietary, patent-pending, fully encapsulated epoxy packaging solution for VPT’s DC-DC converters and EMI filters that is highly resistant to chemical, solvent and salt environments and is fully compatible with high volume manufacturing processes including wave solder, cleaning solvents, high pressure sprays and aqueous wash processes. It features a unique integral six-sided metalized shield to improve system EMI compatibility. It also simplifies system thermal design with dual-sided conduction cooling coupled with reduced power dissipation. V-SHIELD® packaging combines the reduced radiated emissions advantage of metal packaging with the water/chemical resistivity of epoxy packaging, allowing for superior performance at a COTS level price.

“We are honored that our V-SHIELD® packaging has received the highest level award by the Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards judges,” said Jeremy Ferrell, Manager of Standard Product Engineering for VPT. “V-SHIELD® packaging was designed for applications such as military ground vehicles as well as commercial and military aircraft that must operate within harsh and rugged environments including severe vibration, shock and temperature cycling. We thrive on creating innovations while maintaining product reliability and improving operational efficiencies.”

The Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards program was developed to recognize the most innovative solutions in military and aerospace technology products and systems, as determined by a panel of senior, third-party, expert judges. Alan Bergstein, publisher of Military & Aerospace Electronics (www.militaryaerospace.com), said, “This prestigious program allows Military & Aerospace Electronics to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the military electronics industry. Our 2016 Honorees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact.”

VPT Provides High Reliability Parts for NASA Mission

September 19, 2016 – The Roanoke Times recently covered the involvement of VPT in the OSIRIS-REx asteroid mining mission. VPT President John Hodock explained the significance of high reliability DC-DC converters for space programs as well as the history of VPT’s success. See the complete article for more detailed information.

VME Power Systems article in Aerospace & Defense Technology

June 30, 2016 – An article written by Steve Butler, VPT’s Director of Advanced Product Development, is featured in the June issue of Aerospace & Defense Technology magazine published by Tech Briefs. The article, titled “Designing VME Power Systems with Standard Modules” explains the potential for rapid development of custom VME solutions through the utilization of standard DC-DC converters and EMI filters. Within the article, Butler covers the benefits of the “custom using off-the-shelf modules” approach. Additionally, he details how designing the custom VME power systems can meet multiple military engineering standards and performance specifications.

Read the complete article.

VPT Adds Industrial Level VHR Series DC-DC Converter Line

BLACKSBURG, VA, June 22, 2016VPT, Inc. (VPT®), a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), today released the VHR Series of industrial level DC-DC converters and EMI filters. Available in models ranging from 5 to 100 watts, the VHR Series of DC-DC converters provides customers with VPT’s renowned levels of product reliability for powering non-flight-critical programs in military, avionics, and unmanned systems as well as manufacturing equipment and controls.

“Engineers aren’t looking for a ‘one converter fits all’ solution, so VPT supplies a wide range of high reliability standard products that best match specific application requirements,” said VP of Sales and Marketing, Monty Pyle. “Just as space programs utilize converters designed for rigid MIL specs and radiation exposure, programs on the other end of the spectrum are aligned to solutions, like the VHR Series, that are cost effective and highly reliable without requiring the extensive environmental screening that is necessary for flight-critical programs.”

The VHR Series design leverages VPT’s decades of experience in proven military, aerospace and defense solutions. For budget-driven programs, the series offers a wide input voltage range for nominal 28 volt input, an average 85% efficiency and low input and output ripple for reliable operational success, even in rugged environments.

Designed to operate at full-load over a wide temperature range of -40°C to +100°C, the VHR Series also offers fixed frequency operation, soft-start, magnetic feedback, inhibit and current-limit protection. Additionally, the VHR Series includes companion EMI filters ranging from 1 to 20 amps.

The VHR Series of DC-DC converters and EMI filters are available for immediate sale. Unit prices begin at $65 (USD) for volume quantities. Additional information on the VHR Series can be found by viewing the VHR Series product page and the VHR datasheets.

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.

EE Times Europe Covers VPT’s High Temp Product Announcement

May 13, 2016 – The European division of EE Times covered VPT’s recent announcement of its launch of the HTD Series of DC-DC converters which are specifically designed for harsh and extreme temperature environments. The complete article is linked here.

VPT Releases High Temperature Product Line

HTD Series Hybrid DC-DC Converters Designed for Extreme Environments up to 185°C

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – May 10, 2016 – VPT, Inc. (VPT®), a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), released the HTD Series of DC-DC converters at the iMAPS International Conference on High Temperature Electronics, HiTEC 2016. The HTD Series of DC-DC converters, leveraging VPT’s high reliability power supply design heritage, is specifically designed for harsh and extreme temperature environments including downhole oil and gas, MWD/LWD and wireline logging tools, aircraft engine electronics and other industrial applications requiring reliable operation in high temperatures.

The HTD isolated 1.5 Watt DC-DC converter operates from -55°C to 155°C and the HTD non-isolated DC-DC converters operate from -55°C to 185°C. Each model has dual outputs and is designed using thick film hybrid microcircuit technology, bare semiconductor die integrated with passive components and thick film conductors
on a ceramic substrate. Within the HTD design, component-attach and die bonding are optimized for high temperature life, and hermetic metal packaging protects internal components for long-term reliability.

VPT’s Director of Advanced Product Development, Steve Butler, said, “We developed these products specifically for reliable performance in settings which are both high-temperature and rugged, testing them extensively for operating life and temperature cycling over the full temperature range as well as for mechanical shock and vibration.”

“Electronics for downhole and near-engine applications must operate consistently within brutal environments,” said Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Monty Pyle. “With VPT’s expertise in power supplies for space, avionics and rugged military applications, developing products for these high-temperature applications is a natural extension of our high reliability product lines.”

The HTD Series of DC-DC converters are available for immediate sale. Unit pricing begins at $700-800 (USD) for volume quantities, depending on product model. Custom versions are also available. Additional information on the HTD Series and specific product datasheets can be found at www.vptpower.com.

 

VPT Presents at Space Parts Working Group 2016

April 20, 2016 – VPT’s Director of Engineering, Leonard Leslie, presented yesterday to the attendees of the 45th annual Space Parts Working Group.  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. SPWG is an unclassified, international forum for disseminating information to the aerospace industry and for resolving problems with high-reliability electronic piece parts for space applications. More information can be found on the event website.

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 Design Tips in Military Embedded Systems Magazine

December 21, 2015 – Steve Butler, VPT’s Director of Advanced Product Development, recently shared information with the readers of Military Embedded Systems on advanced power conversion topologies for military programs. The article details potential design approaches that meet military standards for wide input voltage range while increasing power conversion efficiency and decreasing heat, size and weight. Please see Military Embedded Systems magazine to read the complete article.

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).

Military Embedded Systems Editor’s Choice: SVR Series

June 25, 2015 - John McHale, the editorial director of Open Systems Media and publisher of The McHale Report on the defense electronics industry, selected VPT’s SVR Series for the recent Military Embedded Systems magazine “Editor’s Choice Products” report. The article, titled “A Power Solution for Space Applications,” covers the military and TOR qualifications of the SVR Series along with the general product features including radiation exposure performance .

Read the complete article.

 

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 Adds VXR Series to Hi-Rel COTS Product Line

Wide Input Voltage Range and Advanced Packaging Technology for Superior Operation in Harsh Environments

May 5, 2015 - VPT, Inc. (VPT®), a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), launched its new VXR Series of DC-DC Converters and EMI Filters today at the annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference being held in Atlanta, Georgia. The VXR Series of DC-DC Converters and EMI Filters represent VPT’s most advanced offering of its extensive line of high-reliability COTS DC-DC Converters and accessory products. Available in models ranging from 7 to 100 Watts with an industry leading wide continuous input voltage range from 9 to 60 VDC and transient operation from 6 to 80 VDC, the VXR Series is optimized for a broad range of applications from military ground vehicles to commercial and military aircraft, including the unique power needs of unmanned aerial and ground systems.

The VXR Series utilizes VPT’s patent-pending advanced packaging technology. This proprietary encapsulation process incorporates EMI shielding and dual-sided thermal conduction. The integral epoxy encapsulated packaging is highly resistant to chemical, solvent and salt environments and is fully compatible with high-volume manufacturing processes including wave solder, cleaning solvents, high-pressure sprays and aqueous wash.

“The VXR Series of products is reliability and efficiency focused, utilizing a low-noise, fixed frequency wide input voltage range topology,” said Jeremy Ferrell, VPT’s Manager of Standard Product Engineering. “We achieved this high efficiency over a wide input voltage range with a proprietary precision-controlled synchronous rectification topology. The high efficiency design in-turn reduces the thermal management requirements. We also incorporated a proprietary control loop design that provides a fast transient response without the use of optoisolators.”  Ferrell added, “For customers with noise sensitive applications, we developed the VXR EMI Filter Series with current ratings from 2 to 20 Amps that were specifically designed to meet specific MIL-STD-461 and DO-160 conditions when used with our VXR Series DC-DC Converters.”

The VXR Series of DC-DC Converters and EMI Filters are available for immediate sale. Individual unit prices begin at $100 (USD) for volume quantities. Please see specific product pages and datasheets for more information.

 

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.

VPT Adds 250 Watt DC-DC Converter to Hi-Rel COTS Product Line

Epoxy Encapsulated Solution for Harsh Environments
BLACKSBURG, VA, February 24, 2015 – VPT, Inc. (VPT®), a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), introduced the availability of the VPT250-2800S Series of single output 250 watt  isolated DC-DC converters to its high-reliability COTS VPT Series product line. The VPT250 is uniquely designed for the increasing power conversion needs in military vehicles, ships, weapons, and other rugged systems requiring high reliability solutions. Featuring VPT’s proprietary six-sided encapsulated package with an integral metalized EMI shield, the VPT250 Series is fully compatible with aqueous cleaning processes and is specifically intended for programs with harsh environments such as severe shock, vibration and thermal stresses.

The VPT250 features a wide input voltage range (16 to 40 Volts per MIL-STD-704 and MIL-STD-1275) and delivers 250 watts at efficiencies up to 92% from -55ºC to 100ºC. Utilizing VPT’s proven design heritage, synchronous rectification topology and thermally conductive epoxy encapsulated packaging, the VPT250 Series provides high efficiency fixed-frequency operation, low input and output ripple, and superior thermal dissipation. Additionally, the VPT250 provides parallel current-sharing capability up to 1,250 watts.

“The VPT250 provides design engineers with 25 percent more power in the same package envelope while improving electrical performance in key areas. Our new epoxy encapsulated packaging provides the VPT250 with an integral EMI shield, protection from cleaning or application solvents and chemicals as well as the option of thermal conduction from either the top or bottom surface,” said Monty Pyle, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for VPT, Inc. “Our customers said they need more power in the same space, impervious packaging and greater mounting flexibility without compromising electrical performance. The VPT250 checks all those boxes and more.”

Please see the VPT250-2800S product information page and datasheet for further data.

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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