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AMETEK Programmable Power News
- Posted on 19/08/10 07:00AM

Contact: William J. Burke (610) 889-5249

Paoli, PA, AMETEK, Inc. today announced that it has acquired assets comprising substantially all of American Reliance’s Power Division (AMREL Power), a provider of highly differentiated direct current (DC) power supplies and electronic loads for the automated test equipment market.

The El Monte, CA, business joins AMETEK’s San Diego-based Programmable Power Division, a leader in programmable power sources for testing electrical and electronic products for a wide variety of Test & Measurement and Process Power applications.

“AMREL Power is an excellent fit with our programmable power business,” notes Frank S. Hermance, AMETEK Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “This acquisition further broadens the scope and strengthens our position in this business, especially in high power programmable electronic loads for industrial, military and alternative energy applications.”

“AMREL Power’s products fully complement our existing line of programmable power supplies and electronic loads. Our combined product line now allows us to offer a complete portfolio of programmable power products to the automated test equipment market. The addition of AMREL Power also provides us with attractive new opportunities in solar power, fuel cell and battery testing applications,” adds Mr. Hermance.

AMREL Power joins AMETEK as part of its Electronic Instruments Group (EIG)—a recognized leader in advanced monitoring, testing, calibrating and display instruments. AMETEK EIG sells its instruments to process, aerospace, power and industrial markets worldwide and had 2009 sales of $1.1 billion.
Corporate Profile
AMETEK is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electro-mechanical devices with 2009 sales of $2.1 billion. AMETEK’s Corporate Growth Plan is based on Four Key Strategies: Operational Excellence, Strategic Acquisitions & Alliances, Global & Market Expansion and New Products. AMETEK’s objective is double-digit percentage growth in earnings per share over the business cycle and a superior return on total capital. The common stock of AMETEK is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 and the Russell 1000 Indices.

Forward-looking Information
Statements in this news release relating to future events, such as AMETEK’s expected business and financial performance are "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements are subject to various factors and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ significantly from expectations. These factors and uncertainties include our ability to consummate and successfully integrate future acquisitions; risks associated with international sales and operations; AMETEK’s ability to successfully develop new products, open new facilities or transfer product lines; the price and availability of raw materials; compliance with government regulations, including environmental regulations; changes in the competitive environment or the effects of competition in our markets; the ability to maintain adequate liquidity and financing sources; and general economic conditions affecting the industries we serve. A detailed discussion of these and other factors that may affect our future results is contained in AMETEK’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent reports on Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. AMETEK disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. 

AMETEK Power Source Reduces Energy Consumption in Grid-Tied Inverter Testing
- Posted on 07/06/10 07:00AM
MX Series Programmable Power Source with Sink Option facilitates utility interconnection performance and anti-islanding compliance in solar inverter testing; Reduces total energy consumption by returning over 50% of power to the utility.

SAN DIEGO, Calif., U.S.A., June 03, 2010—The California Instruments brand MX Series AC / DC Power Source from AMETEK Programmable Power is now available with a power sink option (SNK) that dramatically reduces the total energy consumed in the production testing of grid-tied inverters designed for distributed resources such as solar energy systems. By utilizing the MX Series to simulate the interconnection with the utility grid, the output power generated by the inverter is returned to the grid saving over 50% of the energy consumption. The MX Series programmable source may be programmed to simulate utility power variability (voltage, frequency, harmonic distortion) necessary to test the inverter’s ability to source energy to the grid. In addition, the unit can dynamically test the inverter’s ability to comply with the anti-islanding tests required of grid-tied distributed resources. Islanding is the term used to describe the unsafe operation of a distributed resource in the event of a loss of utility power.

“The use of the MX Series in this application can result in significant reduction on energy usage in production testing,” comments Eric Turner, AMETEK product manager for solar energy test systems. “Instead of using a load bank to dissipate the energy in the form of heat, over half of the energy is returned to the grid. And the added energy costs needed for cooling are also eliminated.”

The California Instruments MX Series is available in power levels from 15 kVA to 270 kVA.
The MX Series uses a sophisticated digital signal processor based arbitrary waveform generator and power analyzer. This integrated, multi instrument approach, effectively eliminates the need for additional equipment to create a complete AC and DC power test system. Using a large graphical LCD display, the advanced measurement and analysis capabilities can be accessed directly from the front panel without the need for remote control. IEEE-488, RS232C, USB and Ethernet interfaces are included and Windows™ Graphical User Interface application software comes with each MX unit.

AMETEK Programmable Power is a division of AMETEK, Inc, a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with 2009 sales of $2.1 billion.

For more information, contact
AMETEK Programmable Power
9250 Brown Deer Road, San Diego, CA 92121.
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SORENSEN SG Series Now Expanded To Include 800VDC Model
- Posted on 04/05/10 07:00AM
SAN DIEGO, CA, U.S.A. —The Sorensen SG Series of programmable power supplies has been expanded to include a 0-800Vdc offering. This product is targeted to meet the emerging higher voltage requirements of the hybrid vehicle component and PV inverter test markets. The SG is available with 5kW, 10kW or 15kW in a 3Uchassis. Higher power systems can be easily configured via the SG series user friendly paralleling capability. The SG Series is designed for sharp, load transient response, low noise and exceptional power density. Featuring front- to-rear, forced air convection cooling, SG series products can be rack mounted with zero vertical separation thus optimizing rack utilization.

The Sorensen SG Series is available in two control versions: SGA with basic analog controls and SGI with intelligent control features. The SGI version combines onboard intelligent controls with outstanding power electronics that enable sophisticated sequencing, constant power mode and save/recall of instrument settings. Looping of sequences makes the SGI ideal for repetitive testing. It also features an impressive vacuum fluorescent graphical display in eight languages, context sensitive “soft” keys, front panel keyboard for simplified programming and a RS-232 interface.

The SGA version is suited for those customers requiring simple front panel analog controls or external control. It has the same high-performance power electronics as the SGI and such essential features as 10-turn potentiometers for setting voltage and current, 3 ½ digit LED readout.

Both SGA and SGI models offer optional LXI Class C Ethernet or IEEE-488.2 interface.

For detailed price and availability information, contact AMETEK Programmable Power sales at, or contact your local, authorized sales representative. AMETEK Programmable Power is a division of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with 2009 sales of $2.1 billion.

For more information, contact
 AMETEK Programmable Power
9250 Brown Deer Road, San Diego, CA 92121.

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