InstantPCBQuote Shocks the Industry: No Tooling & Test Charges Ever
[May 5, 2014: New Bedford, MA] Epec Engineered Technologies announced today that they will be waiving tooling and test charges FOREVER on all rigid printed circuit board orders placed online through InstantPCBQuote.
Epec developed InstantPCBQuote, a PCB quote and order tool in-house at the end of 2008. Over the past six years InstantPCBQuote’s user base has exceeded expectations and is used by some of the top companies in the world as a solution for quoting and ordering circuit boards online 24/7.
Edward McMahon, CEO of Epec shared "Since the introduction of InstantPCBQuote we have seen tremendous acceptance in the marketplace and growth in the model. After refining the process we have been able to reduce the operating costs of InstantPCBQuote and want to pass those savings on to our customers. While tooling and test development are real costs in PCB manufacturing our cost savings in order processing and other areas allow us to waive these charges."
The benefits of InstantPCBQuote tool have distinctly altered the PCB industry. InstantPCBQuote is a fully developed "App", which contains individual user accounts, dynamic pricing, and streamlines the PCB quoting/ordering process. The site is clean and free from advertisements and stands by our message, "Our dynamic quoting tool allows you the option of designing the rigid PCB that you need, not the one that we want to build."
The change will drastically decrease PCB costs for our current online customers. Tooling and test charges can range anywhere from $200.00 - $1,000.00 depending on the layer count associated with the circuit board.
Kendall Paradise, President of Epec commented "It gives us great pleasure that we have reached a point in which we can give our customers a cost savings. At Epec we thrive on improving our conditions through process, people, and technology. Collectively we can increase the success of our overall operations."
With all the modifications and investments Epec has made to their InstantPCBQuote application over the past years, this is by far one that will have the most impact. This will truly make InstantPCBQuote the most flexible and user friendly online printed circuit board quote and ordering tool in the industry.
Visit our website for more information about InstantPCBQuote, our online quote and ordering solution for rigid PCB's.
EC Fans & Drives Named Finalist Of Prestigious 2014 EE Times And EDN Ace Award For Energy Technology
[February 26, 2014: New Bedford, MA] EC Fans & Drives, a division of Epec Engineered Technologies today announced it was named as a finalist in UBM Tech's EE Times and EDN Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards (www.ubm-ace.com) for Energy Technology.
EC Fans & Drives ECplus™ Refrigeration Motor, was selected as a finalist due to its state of the art electronic commutation and its class-leading levels of energy efficiency.
President of EC Fans & Drives Simon Gidney commented, "We are honored to have been selected as a finalist in the energy technology category together with such prestigious and highly respected fellow candidates. We are very proud of the performance of the ECplus™ motor and we are delighted to see it receiving such high profile recognition."
The ECplus™ motor has efficiency rates up to 70%. This dramatically reduces the direct energy consumption, and yields additional energy savings by producing minimal waste heat. Utilizing our motor in supermarkets would significantly reduce their environmental impact.
EE Times and EDN ACE Awards are presented in 25 categories and are judged by a blue-ribbon panel of industry experts, comprised of the leading voices of academia, industry executives and content experts. The judges will choose winners in all categories except the STEM Impact Award. The winner in this category will be chosen by the EE Times and EDN communities.
"Congratulations and a sincere 'thank you' to all our award finalists for the inspiration you continue to provide to the electronics industry at large each and every day," said Patrick Mannion, VP/Brand Director, UBM Tech, Electronics. "Each year our awards program showcases the unique best of breed products, companies and individuals that have influenced our industry. The 2014 finalists represent the execution of true creativity and progressive technologies that illustrates the influence electronics and embedded design professionals have on today's culture."
The Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards celebrates the creators of technology who demonstrate leadership and innovation in the global industry and shape the world we live in. These creators, and their innovations, will be recognized at the EE Times and EDN ACE Awards ceremony on April 1, 2014, as part of UBM Tech's EE Live! conference.
About UBM Tech
UBM Tech is a global media business that brings together the world's technology communities through live events, online properties and custom services. UBM Tech's community-focused approach provides its users and clients with expertly curated research, education, training, community advocacy, user-generated content and peer-to-peer engagement opportunities that serve the Electronics, Security, Enterprise IT and Communications, Network Infrastructure and Applications, Game and App Developers, and Tech Marketing communities. UBM Tech's brands include Black Hat, DesignCon, EE Times, Enterprise Connect, Game Developers Conference (GDC), HDI, InformationWeek, and Interop. Create, a UBM Tech full range marketing services division, includes custom events, content marketing solutions, community development and demand generation programs based on its content and technology market expertise. UBM Tech is a part of UBM (UBM.L), a global provider of media and information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion. For more information, go to tech.ubm.com.
About EC Fans & Drives
EC Fans & Drives, a division of Epec Engineered Technologies, is a Massachusetts based company specializing in the design and manufacture of energy efficient electronically commutated motors and fans to original equipment manufacturers.
With sales offices and production facilities strategically located in China, the United Kingdom and the United States, we are able to support our customer's global requirements with advanced fan and motor solutions whether standard or custom and ensure an efficient supply chain.
Our engineers consistently benchmark for the design and manufacture of products that not only maximize performance but also reduce energy consumption in order to provide significant end user benefits with a cost effective product offering. For more information, visit www.ecdrives.com.
Marc Leclair Onboard To Streamline Epec's Operations
[February 11, 2014: New Bedford, MA] Epec Engineered Technologies is a manufacturing company that specializes in build to print electronics for all sectors of the electronics industry. Epec would like to announce the rehire of Marc Leclair as Vice President of Operations.
Marc's specialties are start-up operations for new products, operations, strategic deployment, and leader for performance excellence initiatives. Mr. Leclair holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Additionally he earned a Master of Science Degree in Quality Assurance from California State University, in part by conducting research on Quality Assurance methods and their effects on profitability.
Marc comes to Epec from LMC Industries; a leader in automotive safety components, based in St. Louis MO. Marc headed the corporate initiatives for operational excellence and customer satisfaction. Prior to this Mr. Leclair spent 15 years working in product development, QA, and operations in the Automatic-Identification industry working for industry leaders Datamax and Zebra as well as the industry start-up Source Technologies.
Mr. Leclair offers an industry focus on electronic product development and manufacturing. He is versed in aspects of the corporate transition and performance excellence initiatives: from strategic deployment, six sigma project management, lean operations, all the way through to workforce development.
CEO Ed McMahon commented; "Our goal has always been to help our customers be more effective and get their products to market faster and Marc brings that experience and mindset to our organization. He will be focused on making continuous improvements to our business so we can maintain operational excellence through improved costs, quality, and delivery."
In Marc's prior role as QA Manager at Epec, he helped to customize our ERP system for the needs of our industry and the global supply chain. He helped to develop the original quality scorecard, driving down product defects and product cost.
Marc is an active member in ASQ, formerly known as the American Society for Quality, where he's held many leadership roles such as section chair and web master. In Charlotte NC, he founded the section's Community Outreach program, which provides pro bono services to help non-profit organizations streamline operations, reduce costs, and improve their product and service quality. He's also served as a public speaker and a teacher, presenting on various topics like Cost of Quality and Quality Engineering.
Epec Continues to Invest with User Interface Engineering Manager Jim Long
[January 8, 2014: New Bedford, MA] Epec Engineered Technologies, an innovator and leading provider of build to print products for all sectors of the electronics has recently invested in User Interface Engineering Manager, Jim Long. Jim's knowledge and extensive experience within the electronics industry will bring profound insight across all aspects of Custom User Interfaces and the industries served.
Jim Long studied Avionics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jim graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Avionics Engineering and an Associate of Science in Aircraft Maintenance. Even while in attendance at ERAU Jim was the Test Engineering Supervisor for Corus Technology, Inc.
Upon completion of graduation Jim went on to become the Avionics Repair Station Manager for Thales Communications to which he provided worldwide, 24/7 AOG support for all Gulfstream Aircraft Corporate clients. Additionally he assisted in the start-up of Tactical Radio Customer Service Department that was in direct support of all Marine and Secret Service depot level repairs.
After departing Thales, Jim continued to sustain career growth in numerous high-profile positions. Prominently having worked as the Lead Test Engineer with Honeywell Aerospace Systems and even launching his own engineering consulting firm Solstice Engineering in 2004 where he led the design, integration and customer flight testing for Blackwater's Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft.
By 2008 Jim became the Project Test Manager for Alliant TechSystems Inc. With over 16 years in the Electronics industry, specializing in Avionics Epec is honored to have Jim Long a part of our team.
Ed McMahon, CEO of Epec stated: "Jim brings years of engineering and avionics experience along with program management skills which will allow us to work with our customers to develop and produce high reliability user interfaces, quickly and at the highest quality levels. Developing and manufacturing products for the aerospace and military markets not only requires product expertise but a precise understanding of the unique processes a company must follow to be in compliance which is one of Jim's many strengths."
For more information please visit our User Interfaces page to discover the wide array of custom user interface options for various industries that Epec has to offer.
Energy Efficiency Improvements Essential to Supermarkets' Success
[December 5, 2013: New Bedford, MA] A division of Epec Engineered Technologies, EC Fans & Drives manufactures EC electric motors specifically for the HVAC and Refrigeration sectors. With the introduction of new energy efficiency standards derived from the U.S. Department of Energy it is a very significant time to introduce our ECplus™ Motor. Anyone involved within the supermarket industry should be aware that profit margins are tight, typically between 1% and 3%. With the ECplus™ Motor you can expect up to 80% savings in energy consumption. The opportunity to save even a 1/8th of a cent would prove to be a drastic improvement in the refrigeration and HVAC industries.
Refrigeration alone accounts for over 35% of the energy consumed in a standard supermarket. Due to the increase in stringent legislation targeting energy savings, commercial refrigerators and freezers have become a main focus. This has resulted in Supermarket Procurement Departments specifying that all new and retrofitted commercial refrigerators and freezers are fitted with electronically commutated motors. Coca-Cola and other leading OEM's in the commercial refrigeration sector have already begun implementing the cost saving benefits of the ECplus™ Motor and its energy efficient technology.
Simon Gidney, President of EC Fans & Drives, commented "Revised Energy Star efficiency requirements for 2014 have mandated a significant reduction in the power consumption of commercial refrigeration units and EC Fans & Drives are pleased to be working with several major OEM's in the United States and overseas to provide state of the art electronically commutated motor solutions to help them meet and exceed these new energy requirements."
The average American supermarket has approximately 400 shaded pole motors in commercial refrigerators and freezers which remain operational at all times.
The efficiency rate of these motors is in the order of 15%. This means that 85% of their energy consumption is transferred as waste heat into the environment, and has to be removed or cooled down again by the refrigeration and air conditioning system, causing additional consumption of energy.
With efficiency rates up to 70% the ECplus™ Motor will dramatically reduce direct energy consumption. Additional energy savings will incur by greatly reducing waste heat. The ECplus™ Motor will also allow supermarkets to significantly reduce their environmental impact.
Visit EC Fans & Drives website for more information about our Energy Saving ECplus™ Motor.
About EC Fans & Drives
Our subsidiary EC Fans & Drives is among the leaders in Electronically Commutated (EC) technology and has developed a comprehensive range of energy efficient electric motors, fans and backward curved impellers that serve a wide range of applications across a broad section of industries.
With their technically advanced range of high performance, high efficiency motors and fans, EC Fans & Drives offer a 21st Century solution to companies seeking a high performance yet high efficiency capability, combining full functionality, variable speed control, and best class in power consumption for all customer applications.
CadSoft Computer adds Epec as North American Distributor
[October 17, 2013: New Bedford, MA] CadSoft Computer and Epec Engineered Technologies recently finalized a North American distribution agreement. Epec now supports CadSoft's strategy of expanding its presence in this key market, by helping to address the growing demand for an affordable, easy to use PCB design solution.
Founded in 1952, Epec is the oldest production printed circuit board company in North America. By offering flexible manufacturing capabilities, design and engineering services, quality platforms, and 24 x 7 support, Epec helps companies master the complex challenges of the global electronics industry.
Epec Engineered Technologies is one of the leading PCB suppliers in the electronics industry in the US, generating the majority of its business from high-quality circuit board manufacturing. Besides PCB fabrication, Epec is also a provider of custom battery packs, flex and rigid-flex circuits, user interface products, electronic fans and motors, and cable assemblies.
"Signing Epec Engineered Technologies as one of our distributors in North America is another step to expanding our existing market presence in the US, a key focus for us this year. Given Epec's presence and reputation in the North American market and the strong association between our respective businesses, we are confident this will enhance our strategy of raising the awareness and improving visibility of EAGLE to the relevant audiences", commented Thomas Liratsch, Managing Director of CadSoft Computer.
Ed McMahon, CEO of Epec Engineered Technologies stated; "A partnership with CadSoft fits perfectly with Epec's long term strategy of working with the leading OEM's to design and manufacture world class products. The EAGLE product line allows us to offer another solution to problems that design engineers face: cost effective, yet leading edge PCB design software tools. Our global sales and marketing teams are excited to add the EAGLE product and services to our customer offering."
CadSoft Computer, founded in 1988, offers with EAGLE, PCB design software that is affordable and easy to use. EAGLE is a popular tool for design engineers worldwide and meets the growing demand for low-cost tools. Its flexible licensing model, which includes free lifetime support and no annual maintenance fees, offers great value for educational institutions, companies and individuals.
Learn more about Epec's CadSoft PCB Software options.
About CadSoft Computer
CadSoft is home of the award-winning PCB design software EAGLE, used by design engineers worldwide. EAGLE is a user-friendly, powerful and affordable software for efficient circuit board design (PCB design) and combines three modules: schematic editor, layout editor and autorouter, on one single interface.
The company is looking back on 25 successful years and constantly searching for new channels to approach their relevant audience. www.cadsoftusa.com
Epec Engineered Technologies Expands Sales Coverage into Northern California
[August 28, 2013: New Bedford, MA] Epec Engineered Technologies, a leading provider of build to print products for all sectors of the electronics announced today, the expansion of its sales team coverage in Northern California with the hiring of a new Regional Sales Manager Arnold Serna.
Arnold Serna graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology (DIT) in 1988. During his enrollment Arnold built quite the reputation. The performance he demonstrated at DIT secured placement on the Presidential Honor Society list which allowed him to graduate with Honors. After graduation Arnold broke into the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) industry. He first started within a subsidiary of Toppan Electrics and eventually moved on to DDI/Viasystems where he was the Customer Service Manager. Arnold has an array of experience within the PCB industry including roles in electrical testing, quality assurance, customer service management, front end engineering management, production, and sales management. With over 20 years of experience within the PCB industry, Epec Engineered Technologies is proud to introduce Arnold Serna as our new Regional Sales Manager.
Edward McMahon, CEO of Epec commented, "We have always had sales coverage in California, but with the addition of Arnold to our sales team this will now allow us to enhance our coverage with a proven industry veteran". Not only does this expansion help give our customers a better experience, but also upholds Epec's standards by helping our customers deliver their high quality products to market, faster.
Epec has invested in building an international team of the best engineers, product managers, manufacturing experts, quality assurance personnel and sales/customer service professionals in their fields. In addition to California Epec Engineered Technologies has over 120 dedicated employees serving throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
Suncoast Digital Technology is
Acquired by Epec LLC
[June 20, 2013: Largo, FL & New Bedford, MA] Suncoast Digital Technologies, Inc. and Epec Engineered Technologies announced today that the two companies are joining forces to give customers a greater range of high quality electronic product services and long term financial strength.
Since 1952, Epec Engineered Technologies has designed and manufactured customized, built-to-print, performance-critical products for all sectors of the electronics industry. Today they are a leading provider of printed circuit boards, flex and rigid-flex circuits, user interface products, cable assemblies and custom battery packs.
Suncoast Digital Technology, founded over 22 years ago, is a premier supplier of OEM user interface keyboard assemblies.
The acquisition of certain Suncoast Digital assets into the Epec family brings together two industry leaders who share the same values and passionate customer commitment of engineering excellence, superior quality, customer dedication and on-time delivery.
Paul Knupke, Executive Vice President of Suncoast Digital Technology, stated "We have the highest respect and regard for Epec LLC as a successful industry leader, with a proven long-term growth plan that will give our valued customers great support and services. After significant strategic thinking and a view to our customer's long term success, I am confident this opportunity will enhance our customer support."
Ed McMahon, CEO of Epec, commented, "We are very excited to welcome Suncoast Digital into the growing Epec family. Paul Knupke, Joe Frangione and their dedicated team have built a tremendous reputation that seamlessly fits into Epec's proven business model, focusing on providing customers with high level engineered solutions."
"As part of Epec's long term growth strategy, the team and facility at Suncoast in Largo, Fla. will remain intact to service the existing customer base. Along with this, Epec will be moving some manufacturing from its current location outside of Boston, Mass. to Largo and will have its 45 person strong global sales team focusing on selling the unique capabilities of Suncoast Digital."
Learn more about Epec's user interface design and manufacturing capabilities.
Epec Engineered Technologies Hires Brian Morissette as Product Manager for Cable Assembly
[June 12, 2013: New Bedford, MA] Epec Engineered Technologies is proud to announce the appointment of Brian Morissette to the position of Product Manager for Cable Assembly.
Brian represents an essential addition to Epec's world class product management team. He will work closely with our engineering and sales departments to understand and provide high reliability, cost effective solutions to our customers' cable assembly needs.
Brian's career spans over 25 years in the wire and cable assembly industry, working with Tyco Connectivity / Madison Cable on increasingly senior assignments. His responsibilities have included cable and connector design, new product development, customer engineering support, over molding design, and tooling and testing development.
All of these key skills make him ideally suited to lead Epec's customer-focused technical solutions efforts within the cable assembly arena.
"We are extremely pleased that an individual of Brian's caliber and experience has recognized the opportunity in joining a successful, well established, financially stable, growth oriented organization such as Epec," says Ed McMahon, CEO of Epec Engineered Technologies, "This association will undoubtedly prove to be a dynamic combination which will greatly benefit our customers moving forward. We are extremely proud to have Brian as part of our team."
Epec manufactures custom cables for specific applications based on customer design and print requirements. They provide assistance with cable and connector selection, layout and manufacturing techniques, and computer aided design (CAD), as well as short-run manufacturing prior to mass production.
Learn more about Epec's cable assembly design and manufacturing capabilities.
EC Fans & Drives and MARS Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Energy Efficient ECplus Motor
[May 15, 2013: New Bedford, MA] EC Fans & Drives and Motors and Armatures Inc. ("MARS") today announced the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement for the Aftermarket and Retrofit markets. Under the terms of the Agreement, MARS will be the exclusive distributor for EC Fans & Drives' new energy efficient commercial refrigeration motor, the ECplus, together with new electronically commutated motors that EC Fans & Drives have in development.
EC Fans & Drives is at the forefront of electronically commutated (EC) technology and has developed a comprehensive range of energy efficient electric motors, fans and backward curved impellers that serve a wide range of applications across a broad cross section of industries.
Simon Gidney, President of EC Fans & Drives, commented, "We are excited to announce the launch of this new partnership with MARS. The ECplus motor is a class leading electronically commutated refrigeration motor, with an energy efficiency that is better than anything else available in the market today. MARS will give us a world class distribution channel into the Aftermarket, and Retrofit space. We love their energy, their enthusiasm, their professionalism and we are looking forward to working with MARS to build a powerful product offering and support system into the Aftermarket for the ECplus and the new motors that we have in development that will follow the ECplus."
In addition to marketing, stocking and shipping the EC Plus motor, MARS supplies more than 10,000 additional items specifically tailored to the HVAC/R wholesale market. MARS is centrally located in St. Louis, MO and offers a variety of products from ECM technology products to complementary installation products to tools.
The partnership comes at a time when many refrigeration companies are making efforts to meet new Energy Star approval ratings mandating a 25% reduction in energy consumption from current regulations that will go into effect in 2014. EC Fans & Drives is proud to note that the ECplus motor already operates at this energy efficiency level.
Visit www.ecdrives.com for more information.
Epec Engineered Technologies Completes $500,000 Facilities Upgrade
[May 1, 2013: New Bedford, MA] Epec Engineered Technologies, one of the fastest growing companies in the electronics industry, announced today that it has completed a $500,000 upgrade to their New Bedford, MA facility. Among the many physical plant improvements involved were new heavy duty flooring and custom ceiling renovations with new lighting. HVAC facilities were also revamped to allow improved temperature-controlled storage capabilities, and an increase in shelving now provides more efficient storage and shipping.
Along with the plant improvements, Epec put significant investment into new equipment to expand in-house test and manufacturing capabilities. This included an upgrade to the X-Ray Fischerscope, a RMS Power Analyzer, a Mistral Keypad Test System, two multi-material automatic cutters, a Nicomatic crimping press and a second full set of test equipment to support their domestic battery manufacturing services.
Epec has also made improvements to two of their Tech Centers. A full Air Flow Test Chamber was added to their Fan & Motor facility in Wales, UK, and Epec's Battery Design and Tech Center in Denver, CO got a new TI fuel gauge interface and LaMantia Battery Analyzer Software.
"Investing in our ability to deliver world class solutions to our customers has always been a priority for Epec," says Dana LaFlash, Epec's VP of Finance & Manufacturing. "Every year, we budget a percentage of our revenue to be reinvested into our business so that we can always be on the leading edge of technology."
Learn more about Epec's warehouse and inventory stocking programs.
Epec's InstantPCBQuote Online App Launches New Features
[January 31, 2013: New Bedford, MA] InstantPCBQuote, Epec Engineered Technologies' quote and order tool, continues to push the bar for online custom build circuit boards. The online quoting app allows customers to quote custom printed circuit boards 24/7. Every quote is then saved to the user's profile, which can easily be viewed, compared, ordered, and re-ordered.
InstantPCBQuote's newest feature allows users to order SMT stencils when placing online rigid PCB orders. Customers have the option of choosing framed, frameless, and prototype SMT stencils to fit their needs.
The SMT stencils are stainless steel and 100% laser cut, delivering improved aperture definition and superior dimensional tolerances for finer pitch apertures, down to 0.4mm (0.016") and on a 600mm x 600mm area. Epec also has the capabilities to cut features with an aperture of +/- 9 micron and a positional tolerance of +/- 12.5 micron.
Epec has been constantly improving their online quoting tools and as of last year, InstantPCBQuotes' online capabilities include 1 and 2 day quick turn orders and increased their PCB layer count up to 16 layers for online orders. Additionally, InstantFlexQuote was introduced in August 2012 to offer the same level of convenience and customizability to flex circuit customers.
"Our customer survey feedback has shown that our users believe our site is the most user-friendly in the industry," says Epec President, Kendall Paradise. "Our simple and effective system was developed to be very clean and clutter-free to enhance the user experience."
Every order placed online goes through state of the art engineering software that scans engineering data files to identify quality problems before fabrication in order to accurately manufacture error-free printed circuit boards without delay.
Epec Engineered Technologies Acquires Industry Leading Heavy/Extreme Copper PCB Manufacturer UPE, Inc.
[January 21, 2013: New Bedford, MA] Leading build to print electronics manufacturer, Epec Engineered Technologies today announced the acquisition of Heavy/Extreme copper PCB manufacturer, UPE Inc. UPE was founded in 1990 to serve the power electronics industry with locations in Cleveland, OH and Ottawa, Canada. They focused on manufacturing printed circuits boards with heavy copper from 5 ounces up to 200 ounces.
"Extreme copper technology is a growing part of the PCB industry and UPE is at the leading edge of that technology," said Ed McMahon, CEO of Epec. "With Epec's considerable hi-tech manufacturing investment in both the US and Asia, we are well positioned to improve on the technology that UPE has pioneered."
David Basista, President of UPE noted that "Epec has invested in the right equipment like LDI, Autoclave Lamination Technology and state of the art copper plating lines. This investment will allow us to offer the highest quality product while maintaining cost effectiveness for our customers."
Learn more about our Extreme Copper Technology.
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