News From Curtis

 

Wilfrido Ramos Promoted to General Manager of Curtis Instruments Puerto Rico

MT. KISCO, NY, May 2022. Curtis Instruments, Inc. announces that Mr. Wilfrido Ramos has been promoted to the position of General Manager of the company’s manufacturing plant in Carolina, Puerto Rico. In his new position, Mr. Ramos will be responsible for all aspects of the management of Curtis Instruments Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican plant is one of the company’s primary manufacturing facilities, predominantly focused on producing motor speed controllers and related electric vehicle products.  

Mr. Ramos earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. Among his many post-college certifications and continuing education achievements, he earned ASQC Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. He has been twice recognized by the Puerto Rican Manufacturers Association as Puerto Rico Regional Manufacturing Manager of the Year, in 2013 and 2017.

Mr. Ramos joined Curtis more than 20 years ago. During his highly successful tenure as Production Manager he was responsible for the coordination and execution of daily production schedules and objectives for more than 200 associates working 3 shifts/day, earning the respect of the entire team due to his professionalism and outstanding results. Prior to joining Curtis PR, Mr. Ramos spent five years with Intel Puerto Rico Ltd. in Las Piedras where he held positions of increasing responsibility, culminating as Manufacturing Engineering Manager, and was recognized with the Systems Manufacturing Divisional Award in 1996 and 1999.

In his new capacity, Mr. Ramos will continue to focus on the development of advanced manufacturing methodologies and plant operations, with emphasis on production quality and efficiency, motivating staff, and incorporating best-in-class lean manufacturing practices.

We are confident that Mr. Ramos's long record of success in manufacturing management, complemented by his well-rounded business management skills, are ideally suited for his new leadership position at Curtis Puerto Rico. He brings the right combination of vision, enthusiasm, technical skills and professionalism to lead the management of this important Curtis manufacturing facility.

Steve Post retires from Curtis California

After leading the California R&D center, formerly called Curtis PMC, for 38 years, Steve Post has announced his retirement effective February 2022. During those vital years, Steve Post was a primary pillar in the success of Curtis Instruments. He personified multiple roles as innovator, engineer, entrepreneur and as business leader of this important Curtis motor speed technology division. Today, motor speed controllers are the most important product line in the Curtis product basket, with millions installed worldwide. Under his leadership, Curtis controllers became one of the primary renowned products of its type worldwide. His extraordinary contribution to both Curtis and the overall advancement of the electrification of vehicles and equipment is immeasurable.

This short tribute could not possibly cover the long list of successes, technical innovations, milestones and struggles the Curtis California R&D Center progressed through under Steve Post’s leadership over nearly four decades. His management style reflected his personality –gentle, quiet and thoughtful. His moto was “Hire the best people. Give them the resources and authority to do their job and let them do their work.” That may be the reason why people who worked for him over the decades have often described him as brilliant and visionary. He led by example, rather than by command, managing people by bringing out the best in them.  

He started out as an entrepreneur who founded his own company in 1978 as “Post Motor Controller". In 1980, the PMC Electric Vehicle Components Inc. was formally formed.

In 1982, Ric Barline and Steve joined their companies and formed PMC Energy Systems.  The goals were to develop a high-power line of bipolar controllers for EV and industrial use. Curtis acquired the of a very young and proud motor speed controller company and the CURTIS PMC division was formed in 1985. PMC developed the first prototype of the LDI (light duty industrial) controller. This was the world’s first MOSFET controller in the industrial power range and it had its target squarely set on mass industrial penetration and the golf vehicle market. This revolutionary Prototype established the relationship between MOSFET/Diode/Capacitor which remained the basis for solid state DC controllers for decades.

The division soon moved to Dublin and set up a new manufacturing line as well as other enhanced operations. The 1208 controller quickly replaced the 1201 and went on to sell over 1,000,000 around the world.

From that point forward, Curtis PMC continued state-of-the-art innovations and technical leadership in designing and producing series, permanent magnet, SepEx ®, and AC Induction controllers that were adapted by major OEMs of all types of electric vehicles. Curtis became one of the world’s primary EV electrification experts, offering complete, innovative systems.

In 2000, the Curtis PMC division became Curtis California and moved to the present location in Livermore. Under his management, Curtis became a world leader in EV systems technology, with Curtis motor speed controllers as the main product line. Steve Post built an unmatched team grounded firmly in innovation and excellence.

We wish Steve Post all the best in his retirement. His contribution to Curtis and to the EV industry has been invaluable. His longtime manager Mike Bachman has succeeded him as director of this vital R&D Center.

Pasquale D’Orlando to Oversee European Market Development and Customer Acquisition

Mr. Pasquale D’Orlando, General Manager & Director of Sales for Curtis Italy, is taking on an expanded role in European markets. In the newly created position of Director of Market Development and Customer Acquisition, D’Orlando will be a leader and champion for Curtis sales in Europe, responsible for coordinating increased pipeline opportunities, acquiring new customers and building market share in strategically important new market segments across the European region.

He joined Curtis more than 25 years ago, advancing through the ranks with the company in progressively responsible positions, initially as Customer Support Engineering Manager. He was first promoted to the position of Sales & Product Support Manager and then appointed as Sales Director, a role he held for 5 years. In 2009, he took on broader managerial responsibilities as General Manager and Director of Sales for Curtis Italy and areas of southern Europe.

Mr. D’Orlando will also remain as General Manager and Director of Sales for Curtis Italy.

Kohler Co. Acquires Curtis Instruments to Drive Electrification Efforts

KOHLER, Wis., Jan. 10, 2022 – Kohler Co. announces that its Power Group – a global leader in engines, power generation and clean energy solutions – has signed an agreement to acquire multinational Curtis Instruments, headquartered in Mount Kisco, New York. Curtis is a leading electrification partner to OEMs across a broad range of markets including material handling, golf and recreational vehicles, mobile elevated work platforms, construction, agriculture, turf care, marine, medical mobility and select on-road segments. Founded in 1960, the company employs approximately 1,100 individuals and operates in 16 countries, including manufacturing locations in Puerto Rico, Bulgaria, China and India.

Curtis’ product portfolio spans motor speed controllers, HMIs and instrumentation, power conversion, CAN modules and other accessories. With a deep roster of talent across five engineering centers, Curtis also develops advanced software solutions for its customers. The acquisition expands and diversifies Kohler’s power portfolio by leveraging Curtis’ electrification expertise with Kohler’s well-established gasoline and diesel engine business to best serve off-highway OEM customers. Curtis Instruments will operate as a standalone entity within the Kohler Power Group with Stuart Marwell, President, reporting to Brian Melka, Group President – Power. Kohler Power and Curtis now have more than 160 years of combined technical experience in energy management solutions. Terms of the agreement are not disclosed.

The transaction is announced just days following Kohler’s acquisition of Heila Technologies – a microgrid software controls company – and the creation of a separate Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) business unit focused on residential energy storage. These moves represent Kohler’s continued commitment to lead in diversified distributed energy solutions.

“We’re excited to welcome Curtis Instruments to our Kohler Power organization. This business, under the leadership of Stuart and Nick Marwell, is highly regarded for its market-leading position and expertise in electric and hybrid off-highway applications,” said Melka. “For more than 100 years, Kohler has been a preferred source of power for homes, businesses, and equipment, and integrating the Kohler and Curtis product portfolios and existing OEM relationships will create substantial growth opportunities for both brands. With this acquisition, we are leveraging our history of trusted expertise in power resiliency, as clean energy continues to play a crucial role in the continued expansion of Kohler Power.”

“Our entire Curtis Instruments organization is excited to join the Kohler Company of global businesses and be part of a forward-thinking privately held company,” said Stuart Marwell. “We were drawn to Kohler because of its nearly 150-year history of strong family leadership and innovation, as well as its commitment to embracing the growing shift to electrification and hybridization. We are excited to help lead this next chapter for Kohler. KOHLER and Curtis brands both stand for quality, innovation and commitment to long-term customer success.”

About Kohler Power

A global force in power solutions since 1920, Kohler manufactures engines and complete power systems, including generators (portable, marine, residential, commercial and industrial), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications all around the world. The business is committed to reliable, leading edge power-generation products, clean energy solutions, as well as comprehensive after-sale support. For more details, please visit kohlerpower.com

About Kohler Co.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 40,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of kitchen and bath products; luxury cabinetry, tile and lighting; engines, generators, and clean energy solutions; and owner/operator of two, five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St. Andrews, Scotland. Kohler’s Whistling Straits golf course recently hosted the 43rd Ryder Cup. The company also develops solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for underserved communities around the world to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. For more details, please visit kohlercompany.com

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Christof Zurbrügg Promoted to Managing Director of Curtis Instruments AG in Switzerland

MT. KISCO, NY, January 2022. Curtis Instruments, Inc. announces that Mr. Christof Zurbrügg has been promoted to the position of Managing Director of the company’s Swiss subsidiary in Biberist. In his new position, Mr. Zurbrügg will be responsible for all aspects of managing Curtis Instruments AG, including engineering and operations. Curtis’ subsidiary in Biberist, Switzerland, is one of the company’s primary engineering centers, predominantly focused on designing and developing medical mobility systems for wheelchairs and rehab chairs.  

Mr. Zurbrügg earned two Bachelor’s degrees from the Berner Fachhochschule BFH, in Bern, Switzerland: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (1994) and in Business Information Technology (2005). He added a Certificate of Advanced studies in Mobile Application Technologies from the same school in 2012. Prior to that, he was an apprentice Electronics Technician with MF Thun in Switzerland.

He joined Curtis more than 24 years ago, advancing through the ranks with the company in progressively responsible positions, initially as hardware engineer. He was first promoted to the important position as Group Leader Hardware Engineering, a role he held for 12 years. In 2021 he took on broader managerial responsibilities in preparation for this major promotion to Managing Director.

In his new capacity, Mr. Zurbrügg will continue to focus on the development of advanced mobility systems that encompass a combination of high-level features, ease of use, safety and ergonomics for the user. Major customers in the US and Europe rely on Curtis AG’s highly specialized expertise in this technology to make their wheelchairs and rehab chairs the best in the market, while assuring affordability and value.

Mr. Zurbrügg explains his philosophy: “It’s motivational for us to know that the products that we design and produce directly improve the quality of people’s life. For the vehicle control systems of wheelchairs, reliability and safety are paramount. We can only release an operating software when every minute detail has been tested. The vehicle control system must be very smooth and simultaneously precise. Reliability means, for example, that a wheelchair does not suddenly cease to operate when the user is in trying to cross a street in busy traffic. Many other safety aspects must be considered. We focus on every detail.”

We are confident that Mr. Zurbrügg's long record of success, complemented by his well-rounded business management skill are ideally suited for his new leadership position at Curtis. He brings the right combination of vision, enthusiasm, technical skills and professionalism to lead the management of this important Curtis engineering subsidiary.

In Memoriam:  Curtis Mourns Mr. Richard Sadler

It is with great sadness that the company mourns the passing of Mr. Richard Sadler, an important colleague who was instrumental in the both the company’s growth and the internationalization of Curtis. He passed away on December 30,2021, after a three-year battle with cancer.

Mr. Sadler was a dedicated and respected leader, a major contributor to the international success of Curtis over 32 years. His keen instincts and in depth knowledge of our markets and products were influential in setting policy and direction for Curtis worldwide. His contributions to the success of the company are immeasurable. Everyone knew him to be unpretentious, down-to-earth, strong in his convictions, and hard working. He had the respect of everyone who worked with him.

Mr. Sadler was hired in 1983 by then president, Edward Marwell, as the second Managing Director of Curtis UK Curtis Instruments (UK) Ltd., the first European subsidiary in Northampton, England. During his tenure, Mr. Sadler developed Curtis UK into one of the company’s most important European entities. When Mr. Sadler Sadler came on board as managing director there were ten employees. Over the next years, he developed Curtis U.K. into a thriving, profitable business with over approximately 50 employees today. A hallmark of his managerial approach was his emphasis on staff development and team building.

He also played key roles in setting up Curtis subsidiaries in India, France, Germany and Sweden. England and France were the first primary locations for Curtis in Europe, as these two countries were large hubs for forklift truck manufacturing activities, the industry where Mr. Sadler developed his expertise in material handling.

In 2007, Mr. Sadler was promoted to the worldwide position as Executive VP of Sales and Marketing, a role that perfectly fit his broad knowledge of our markets, the industries we serve and the products needed for global success. He retired from the company in 2016 to spend more time with his family on their beautiful farm outside of Northampton. His protégé Barry Langsford subsequently took over the management of Curtis UK. He continued on as a member of the Board of Directors of Curtis Instruments, Inc. and various other Curtis subsidiaries.

Curtis employees worldwide will miss Mr. Sadler greatly.

Kurt Stump Retires as Managing Director of Curtis AG

After 25 years of leading Curtis Instruments AG, the company’s primary medical mobility engineering center in Biberist, Switzerland, Mr. Kurt Stump has retired from the company effective November 2021. He was succeeded by his longtime manager and protégé Christof Zurbrügg.

Under Mr. Stump’s leadership, the Curtis medical mobility line for electric wheelchairs reached international success, installed by major OEM customers in North America and Europe. Curtis vehicle control systems are among the most sophisticated wheelchair systems in the world, leading the market in technological advancement, user experience and value.

It all started in 1996, when Curtis acquired the drive system division of Zaugg Elektronik AG und founded Curtis AG in Obergerlafingen, in the Canton Solothurn. Zaugg specialized in electric wheelchair technology and Kurt Stump was their top engineer. Curtis took over the specialized department of five employees. That was the beginning of a 25 year-long success story of the Swiss subsidiary, a key R&D Center of Curtis which currently employs 38 people in the Biberist engineering center. By all standards, the Curtis AG team ranks top in their sphere of expertise globally.

Curtis wheelchair systems significantly improve the quality of life and are highly adaptable and customizable to specific user needs, in large part due to Mr. Stump’s vision. These highly advanced systems offer an unprecedented combination of features, performance, safety and value to users. This has been Kurt Stump’s primary achievement and his entire team has been devoted and motivated toward this goal. The result is astounding: More than 300,000 people worldwide benefit from and rely on wheelchairs and rehab powerchairs equipped with Curtis vehicle systems. 

Mr. Stump has earned the respect and loyalty of his team, and the admiration of Curtis teams worldwide, for his technical expertise and commitment to excellence, always while keeping the end user in mind – those people whose life has been improved through better mobility.

Photo: L. Kurt Stump. R: His successor Christof Zurbrügg.

Eugene Finger Retires after 58 years with Curtis

On the last day of 2021, Eugene Finger retired from Curtis Instruments, Inc, where he started on June 10, 1963, as one of the company’s pioneer contributors. It would take a book to fully do justice to Mr.Finger’s immeasurable contribution to the company. His greatest reward, perhaps, is that he is admired, respected and, indeed, beloved by all who ever dealt with him, for both his technical brilliance and personal kindness. We salute Mr.Finger and we tip our hats in respect to a great man in whose presence we were honored to work.

Along with founders Edward M. Marwell and Curtis Beusman, he had significantly helped establish the company’s success path. Marwell, Beusman and Finger were known as “the three engineers” who formed to core of the early company. After Mr. Beusman left the company, Mr. Finger became one of the most important advisors to Edward Marwell and the key technical leader of the company. After stepping down from his role as Vice president of Engineering, Mr.Finger continued as a special consultant to the company. He is one of only two people in Curtis who have buildings named after him, in his case the Mount Kisco Tech Center, the former headquarters building where we worked for many decades.

Eugene Finger, and Curtis co-founder Curtis Beusman. developed a monitor to measure the battery state-of-charge and created an assembly for the monitor, making it easy to remove the device from the discharged battery and re-install it on the replacement unit. Mr. Finger also began work on timers contracted by NASA to build the Apollo mission’s Lunar Excursion Module. Over 40 timers were used to monitor electrical equipment in the ascent and descent stages of every Apollo mission. The timers were hour meters, indicating the amount of operable life left on a piece of equipment. After all the testing endured by the Lunar Module, it was crucial to know the equipment’s condition for its journey to the moon. Within five years, Curtis had been successful in its attempt to find a home for the coulometer. Even more exciting, the mercury-based technology did not find just one home – it found many.

Curtis products that Mr. Finger helped to develop were used successfully in a number of industries on all types of electronic equipment from satellites to phonographs, and on batteries. Curtis had a number of development projects underway in 1970 – the most significant was the battery monitor for NASA’s Lunar Roving Vehicle. Since Grumman, General Motors, and other contractors vying for the NASA project had already approached Curtis with a request for a proposal for the battery monitoring device, Curtis engineers were busy working on the principles of the device. In the final days, Boeing requested from Curtis a one-page proposal, outlining the smallest, lightest, most compact, straightforward product possible. Boeing succeeded in winning the project, which put Curtis to work around the clock to produce a technically challenging instrument.

On the day that millions of Americans were sitting in front of their televisions, waiting to see the Lunar Rover venture across the moon, Edward Marwell and Eugene Finger, with their families, were also waiting to witness the historical moment. After all, it was a big day ... a bit of Curtis was on the moon.

Most of the products developed by Curtis in the mid-1970s were setting the stage for the most prized line of battery monitors in the industry: Series 933. During this period, Curtis engineers were working with both solid-state and electrochemical technologies. Mr.Finger also had the goal of extending the high precision, problem-solving capabilities of electrochemical technology into a more complex integrator. He did this by creating an advanced electronic design for digital integrators. Curtis developed many forms of these devices, known as the Series 1000 Digital Integrators.

Mr.Finger carried Curtis through our global expansion as Vice president of Engineering, focusing on instrumentation and battery charging technology. He is also co-author of the famous Curtis Battery Book, the primer for lead-acid batteries used worldwide as textbooks.

We wish him and his wife Sylvia the best in their retirement and we express our deep gratitude for both of their hard work and sacrifices.

2014 Photo. L to R: Richard Sadler (background), co-founder Curtis Beusman, President Stuart Marwell,Vice President of Engineering  Eugene Finger.

Tadashi Mikajiri Announces Retirement. Keiichiro Miyauchi Promoted to General Manager of Curtis Pacific in Japan.

After 21 year of leading the Curtis Pacific sales office in Tokyo, Japan, Tadashi Mikajiri has relinquished his role as General Manager, in anticipation of his retirement later. Until then, he will continue to serve Curtis in the important advisory capacity of senior consultant, assisting his successor, Mr. Keiichiro Miyauchi. During his tenure, the Curtis team in Japan has developed vital relationships with major Japanese manufacturers and promoted Curtis EV and hybrid solutions to the Japanese market.

Mr. Miyauchi was initially appointed to the position of Assistant General Manager in 2021. Beginning in December 2021, he assumed the role of General Manager to carry on the mission of the Curtis office in Tokyo to market Curtis technology to a broad territory, covering Japan and Thailand.

Mr. Miyauchi has a strong record of success, spanning more than two decades, holding progressively responsible managerial and sales positions with business-to-business international technical corporations. Prior to joining Curtis, he was Senior Sales Manager and regional Division Head with the Industrial Technology Division of a major German company. He worked for 13 years in both Germany and Japan for this global technology company which supplies systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and industrial machines such as lift trucks, construction and agricultural vehicles. He brings the right combination of vision, enthusiasm, plus refined sales and leadership skills to the position.  He is well suited for Curtis’ global high-tech business environment.

Photo: Tadashi Mikajiri

Dr. Erland Hagman Retires from Curtis Board of Directors

In June 2021, a longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Erland Hagman, ended his 35-year service to Curtis Instruments, culminating with his more than 25-years of service as a member of the Curtis Board of Directors. He was a key contributor to the growth and success of Curtis as the Vice President of Sales for the Americas, during the crucial expansion period from 1986 through 2000. He continued to provide valuable help to the company from 2000 to 2003 as Advisor to the President. Dr. Hagman’s strong business acumen, incisive perspectives, advanced technical skills have significantly contributed to the success of Curtis. During his tenure as VP of Sales, Curtis Americas reached unprecedented sales volume milestones. He was instrumental in establishing the strong OEM customer relationships which continue to benefit Curtis to this day.

Dr. Erland “Earl” Hagman is a Swedish American who now resides in Longboat Key island, Florida, with his wife Irene. He holds a Ph.D. in Occupational Health from Northeastern University in Boston. He earned an MBA degree from Pace University in New York, and a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Lund University in Sweden. Dr. Hagman has spent his entire career in the technical, business-to-business market in high level sales and engineering capacities. After leaving Curtis he had great success in both real estate development and as a high-tech entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Ergotronix Inc., of Sarasota, Florida (formerly named Ergotech, Inc. and located in Danbury, Connecticut.) With Ergotronix, Hagman’s quest was to shape the nature of factory ergonomics through technical innovation. As one of the pioneers in factory ergonomics, his company provides unique ergonomic product solutions that benefit the health and well-being of factory workers.

Prior to joining Curtis in 1986, Dr. Hagman also worked in a variety of leadership position both domestically and abroad for ABB, a multi-billion global leader of high-end technologies.
He is a holder of numerous patents, has published several academic papers, and sits on the board of several companies and universities. He is the recipient of the 2016 Western Connecticut University’s President's Medal award.

The Curtis teams worldwide holds Dr. Hagman in high-esteem and utmost respect. We wish him well in all of his on-going endeavors, busines and personal, which includes his ongoing research of the science interaction between medicine and technology.

Dr. Bernd Matthes Joins Curtis Board of Directors

Curtis Instruments, Inc. announces that Bernd Matthes, the former CEO of the Swiss international corporation Oerlikon Drive Systems (ODS), has been elected to the Curtis board of directors. Dr. Matthes led ODS to worldwide sustainable and profitable growth in the automotive, commercial vehicle, agricultural, rail and energy industries and pioneered new electric drive solutions across multiple industries. Dr. Matthes was also the President and Founder of Automotive Strategy Consultants LLC, where he developed and supported the execution of comprehensive business strategies for established manufacturing and start-up businesses for industrial, private equity, and venture capital clients. Prior to that, he spent 16 years in progressively responsible senior management positions with BorgWarner, Inc., culminating as Vice President, President and General Manager for DualTronic® Transmissions and Joint Ventures and prior to that as Vice President, President and General Manager for Borg Warner Transmission Systems. At BorgWarner Dr. Matthes pioneered the industry changing Dual Clutch Transmission Technology.

Dr. Matthes earned the degree of Doktor-Ingenieur, Maschinenbau / PhD, Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, from which he also holds the degree of Diplom-Ingenieur, Maschinenbau / MSc, Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. As a dual US and German Citizen, and Swiss C Permit Holder, Dr. Matthes is fully bilingual and at home in multiple cultures.

Among his many career accomplishments, he has vast international experience in the business-to-business technical environment. At BorgWarner he was Chairman of the Board at United Transmission Systems in China. He was President of Drivetrain de Mexico S.A. de C.V. and President of BorgWarner France S.A.S. He was a Member of the Board of Directors / Managing Director at NSK-Warner, Fukuroi, Japan and at NSK-Warner Shanghai, NSK-Warner USA, Troy, Michigan, as well as at BorgWarner Transmission Systems Korea. At Oerlikon, he was Chairman of the Board, Oerlikon Drive Systems GmbH, Switzerland and Chairman of the Board, GK Drive Systems, in China. Additionally, he served on several boards of directors, including that of Vocis Ltd., in the UK and Ashwoods Electric Motors Ltd., also in the UK, and Herzing & Schroth in Germany.

Dr. Matthes resides in Altendorf, Switzerland with his wife Dr. Heike Matthes, a CPA and international tax lawyer. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling to experience the diverse cultures and countries around the globe. Hiking the Alps in summer and skiing in winter are favorite outdoor activities and as a true gearhead he loves cars and driving. When the ground is not enough, Heike and Bernd, both pilots, enjoy flying. They have one daughter, Pia, a New York investment banker currently enrolled in the MBA program at St. Gallen University in Switzerland.

Curtis Instruments, Inc. is confident that Dr. Matthes’ expert counsel and his extensive experience will be a significant asset to Curtis, which is engaged in the electrification of all types of vehicles, machinery and equipment across a broad range of industries, including off-road and on-road vehicles. Dr. Matthes has a strong record of success in transforming component suppliers to full vehicle systems integration capabilities. His solid leadership skills, with the proven ability to successfully develop, execute and transform global business strategies, will be invaluable to Curtis.

Rhodora C. Samson, PHR, SHRM-CP, Appointed as Human Resources Manager for Curtis Instruments, Inc.

Livermore, California, 2021. Curtis Instruments, Inc. announces that Mrs. Rhodora “Dora” Samson has been appointed to the position of Human Resources Manager at the Livermore, California engineering center. In her new position, Dora Samson will be responsible for a wide range of human resources activities, including Employee Relations, Staff Recruitment, Supervision/Training, Performance Management, Benefits management and more. 

Her guiding tenet will be the first, and most important, of the Curtis 10-Point Operating Principles: Our people are our most important resource. This operating principle guides our daily work & relationships with our colleagues, customers, suppliers, and our community.

Mrs. Samson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with a double minor in Marketing and Sociology at California State University Hayward, and an HR Management Certification from San Francisco State University. She holds a PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification granted by the HR Certification Institute, and a SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.     

Prior to joining Curtis Instruments, she has had 21 years of progressively responsible HR experience. Her successful career encompasses the full spectrum of human resources management responsibilities for biopharmaceutical,medical and high-tech companies. Most recently Dora Samson was Sr. Human Resources Generalist at the SolariaCorporation in Fremont, California. Prior to that she has held similar positions with the Cupertino based biopharmaceutical company, Durect, and the medical products company, Baxter, in Hayward.

We are confident that Dora Samson's record of success, complemented by her well-rounded business and human resources skills, are ideally suited for her new position at Curtis. She brings the right combination of vision, enthusiasm, people skills and professionalism to the position and she is well-suited for the Curtis high-tech business culture.

 

Curtis Instruments Named One of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State

Mount Kisco-based company ranked sixth by prestigious New York Human Resources Society

Curtis Instruments, Inc. – a privately-held international controls and instrumentation manufacturer headquartered in Mount Kisco – has been recognized as the sixth Best Company to Work for in New York in the "large employer" category. Curtis, currently celebrating its 60th anniversary, received the nod from The New York State Society for Human Resource Management (NYSSHRM) at the annual awards ceremony held virtually on Wednesday, July 28th.

With more than 1,000 employees worldwide, Curtis is a world leader in instrumentation, battery monitoring and motor speed controllers for electric vehicles of all types, including forklifts, wheelchairs, neighborhood electric vehicles, golf cars, aerial lifts, and industrial and utility vehicles. The company currently operates 15 sales, engineering, and manufacturing locations across the globe.

As one of the best businesses in the state, Curtis was recognized for workplace excellence, demonstrated through multiple facets including its distinctive people focused culture. The company maintains a unique set of corporate principles that drive ethical behavior, global citizenship, and community involvement.

"One of our guiding principles at Curtis is that our people are our number one resource," said Anne Papaelias, Vice President of Human Resources of Curtis Instruments. "Each person in this diverse network of employees is responsible for Curtis' progress and each person equally shares in the company's success, including this special recognition. Being named a Best Company for the sixth successive years of participation is a clear reflection of our core values in treating employees fairly and with respect."

Created in 2007, the Best Companies to Work for in New York awards are part of an established program that evaluates and ranks the best places of employment based on two sets of criteria: workplace practices and policies, and employee satisfaction and engagement measured through extensive surveys. The 2021 list of Best Companies to Work for in New York is comprised of the top 75 companies with in-state operations, divided into three size categories: small/medium employers with up to 249 U.S.-based employees and large employers with more than 250 associates.

 

Keiichiro Miyauchi Appointed Assistant General Manager for Curtis Pacific in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan, May 2021. Curtis Instruments, Inc. announces that Mr. Keiichiro Miyauchi has been appointed to the position of Assistant General Manager for Curtis Pacific, Inc. in Tokyo, Japan. In his new position, Mr. Miyauchi will be responsible for many aspects of managing this vital Curtis subsidiary, including sales, customer support, technical service, and operations. He will report directly to Mr. Tadashi Mikajiri, the managing director, and will share more of his responsibilities over time. The Curtis office in Tokyo is responsible for a broad territory, covering Japan and Thailand.

Mr. Miyauchi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law from the Chuo University, in Tokyo. He has as strong record of success, spanning more than two decades, holding progressively responsible managerial and sales positions with business-to-business international technical corporations. Most recently, he was Senior Sales Manager and regional Division Head with the Industrial Technology Division of major German company. He worked for 13 years in both Germany and Japan for this global technology company which supplies systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and industrial machines such as lift trucks, construction and agricultural vehicles. This experience will be directly transferrable and fitting to the Curtis efforts to electrify on and off-road vehicles, equipment and machinery.

Prior to that, he worked at Japanese automotive components supplier in Gunma, Japan as Global Key Account Manager for German car makers. As an international manager, he speaks Japanese, German and English.

We are confident that Mr. Miyauchi’s record of success, complemented by his well-rounded business and technical skills, are ideally suited for his new leadership position at Curtis. He brings the right combination of vision, enthusiasm, plus refined sales skills and managerial professionalism to the position, and he is well-suited for the global Curtis high-tech business culture.

 

A Message to Our Customers Regarding Electronic Component Availability

Dear Valued Customers

Due to unprecedented pressure on electronic component availability we would like to inform you that there is a potential for shipping delays from our manufacturing sites. This is due to both the unexpected and sharp recovery of the manufacturing industry as well as the introduction of electronics into everyday consumer products and automobiles. In 2020, the supply of global electronics suffered as entire supply chains were disrupted due to the global pandemic and other macro-economic factors We are presently experiencing severely increasing lead times and some allocations for various semiconductor products including MOSFET’s, microprocessors and capacitors. All indication is that these supply disruptions are going to continue through 2021 and into the foreseeable future.

We are currently fighting increasing costs associated with ‘expedited shipping’, spot purchases, allocations and partial shipments from our suppliers and are concerned that these cost increases are going to continue. Additionally, we are seeing delays in products moving through ports and customs around the world and anticipate international shipments taking up to an extra week to reach our warehouses.  At this time we are holding our sales prices on all products though we reserve the right to adjust pricing based on allocations and price pressures from our suppliers that are beyond our reasonable control. Additionally, we are not able to entertain expediting any orders at this time.

Curtis is doing everything possible to overcome this situation. Customers can be assured that we have a global team of dedicated supply-chain experts working around the clock to mitigate any impact to our delivery lead times and production schedules. We are closely monitoring each system component to assure that our supply chain risks are minimized and we are using our extensive international supplier relationships to maximum effectiveness. 

We are firmly committed to an on-going dialog with you so we may bridge this difficult period with minimum impact to your business. We recognize the importance of open communication channels and should we experience unavoidable shortages or port delays that affect our deliveries we will immediately notify you.

To demonstrate that commitment, we are opening a communication path directly to top senior management. Vice President of Sales Americas and Asian Operations, David Matthews is personally ready to advise you about any of your specific concerns or questions. Feel free to reach directly to Mr. Matthews at matthewsd@curtisinst.com.

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Leif Svensson Announces Retirement   

The highly popular and respected Leif Svensson, Vice President of European Sales and the Managing Director of both Curtis GmbH in Paderborn, Germany and Curtis AB in Stenkullen, Sweden, has announced that he will retire from the company effective April 30, 2021. He started his successful career with Curtis in 1991 in a sales capacity, reporting to Curtis UK. In 1994, he was tasked with establishing Curtis AB, where he took reigns as Managing Director. During his tenure at Curtis AB, he was instrumental in developing BT Sweden as a major customer, among other major accomplishments. He took on the additional role of Managing Director of the German office in 2005. He focused on building a highly professional organization with superb technical support capabilities and high job satisfaction. His latest achievement was to establish and expand the world-class European Logistics Facility in Paderborn.

Mr. Svensson has spent many years commuting the long distance of 557.69 mi (897.51 km)between his home near Gothenburg, Sweden and the Curtis apartment in Paderborn, clocking hundreds of thousands of kilometers in the process.  

   His direct supervisor, Mark Ankers stated, “Very much the leader and a mentor Leif has always tried to give everyone in the Curtis Europe organization a free rein, encouraging individual decision making and personal responsibility. Whenever possible, he gives junior colleagues an opportunity to be heard and recognized at corporate level and throughout the organization.”

Mr. Svensson will continue on in a mentor capacity while he enjoys his retirement on the Swedish Island of Bohus-Malmoen following his many interests, including sailing and riding his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle.

 

 

Gabriel Altby Promoted to Managing Director of Curtis Instruments in Sweden

MT. KISCO, NY, January 2021. Curtis Instruments, Inc. announces that Mr. Gabriel Altby has been promoted to the position of Managing Director of the company’s Swedish subsidiary in Stenkullen. In his new position, Mr. Altby will be responsible for all aspects of managing Curtis Instruments, AB, including sales, customer support, technical service, -. Curtis’ office in Stenkullen, Sweden, is responsible for a broad territory, covering Scandinavia: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. 

Mr. Altby received a Bachelor’s degree in Business administration and Economics from Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

He started working for Curtis while a student and has spent nearly 26 years with the company in progressively responsible positions, initially as accountant. He was quickly promoted to Administration Manager and in recent years he has –had  broader managerial responsibilities and international sales activities, in preparation for this major promotion.

In his new capacity, Mr. Altby will focus on development of the Scandinavian market, as vehicle and equipment electrification is on the rise. He stated, “I see a lot of potential and good opportunities in the Scandinavian market. Electrification is a strong trend and we are well positioned with a lot of exciting new products released or soon due for introduction. My focus will be to carefully develop the organization and create growth by taking advantage of the exciting opportunities we see in the market.”

We are confident that Mr. Altby's long record of success, complemented by his well-rounded business management and sales skills, are ideally suited for his new leadership position at Curtis. He brings the right combination of vision, enthusiasm, technical skills and professionalism to lead the management of this important Curtis subsidiary.

 

Curtis Introduces New 1238 ‘SE’ AC Controllers

The new 1238SE controller models complete the ‘SE’ series of Curtis AC controllers (inverters). These models are available in four variants and utilize the latest technology to increase the peak current ratings for each size of controller. The Curtis SE range is ideal for the speed and torque control of 3-phase AC motors and intended for use as electric traction or hydraulic pump motor controllers for mobile, on-vehicle applications that require 24-96 VDC nominal battery supply. This ‘SE’ series is configured to work with any AC induction or PMAC motor. The new controller offers easy to use auto-characterization setup and simple on-truck pairing with different Induction motor types. A comprehensive library of induction and PMAC motor types are conveniently stored in the controller memory.

The Curtis 1238SE controller is CE marked as a programmable safety device under EN ISO 13849-1. These controllers meet or comply with relevant US and International Regulations of EN 12895:2015. They are designed to the requirements of: EN1175-1:1998+A1:2010 and EN (ISO) 13849-1 2015. Additionally, 1238SE is IP65 Rated per IEC 60529 and UL recognized per UL583.

Model

Motor Type

Nominal Battery Voltage (V)

Max Current
[S2-2 Minute]

Max Current
[S2-60 Minutes]

1238SE-4971

Induction/PMAC

24-36

1000Arms

425Arms

1238SE-5971

Induction/PMAC

36-48

900Arms

395Arms

1238SE-6971

Induction/PMAC

48-80

900Arms

305Arms

1238SE-7971

Induction/PMAC

72-96

900Arms

305Arms

 

Thomas Hetmeier Promoted to Managing Director of Curtis Instruments, GmbH in Germany

MT. KISCO, NY, January 2021. Curtis Instruments, Inc. announces that Mr. Thomas Hetmeier has been promoted to the position of Managing Director of the company’s German subsidiary in Paderborn. In his new position, Mr. Hetmeier will be responsible for all aspects of managing Curtis Instruments, GmbH, an operation with 20 staff members, including sales, customer support, technical service, logistics and operations. –Curtis’ German subsidiary  - is responsible for a broad territory, covering Germany, Austria, German speaking Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

Mr. Hetmeier received the German equivalent of a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (University of Applied Sciences). He had six years of progressively responsible experience outside of Curtis Instruments. His successful career encompasses the full spectrum of sales, technical support and management experience in the technical, business-to-business environment, with 21 full years with Curtis, where he started- as Sales Engineer and was later promoted to Sales Manager. Most recently, Mr. Hetmeier held the important position of Technical Support and Sales Director for Curtis Instruments, GmbH.

In his new capacity, Mr. Hetmeier will focus on staff development and will continue to prove that first-in-class support is the key to the future success of the GmbH organization. He is committed to meet the expectations of the growing electrification market, to actively support Curtis’ technical leadership in central Europe, and to assure that Curtis has the best team in the business to successfully partner with customer engineers.

We are confident that Mr. Hetmeier's long record of success, complemented by his well-rounded business and technical skills, are ideally suited for his new leadership position at Curtis. He brings the right combination of vision, enthusiasm, technical skills and professionalism to lead the management of this important Curtis subsidiary.

Minor Fire in Curtis Puerto Rico Manufacturing Center

Jan. 15, 2021, Carolina, Puerto Rico: The manufacturing facility Curtis Instruments, Puerto Rico, experienced a minor fire incident on Thursday, Jan. 14,2021.

The small fire was localized to a single piece of equipment. Only a small area in the plant was affected. The fire was fully and immediately extinguished by Curtis employees, using on-site fire extinguishers.  

The only impact of the event, that temporarily affected the plant, was the resulting smoke. The unit's evaporator failed, creating smoke when oil inside the machine ignited. The local fire department arrived very quickly and checked the building's safety. Large smoke extraction systems were used to immediately clear the smoke. 

Foremost, no employees were hurt in the fire. Two employees suffered only minor smoke inhalation and were effectively treated by paramedics on the scene and released.   

Our maintenance and technical people have started the cleanup. Production will experience a brief delay that is not expected to impact customer delivery. The staff is working overtime to assure that all mitigation is completed swiftly.

Strict health and safety COVID-19 protocols will remain in place.  

Christina Lowe Appointed as Human Resources Manager for Curtis Instruments, Inc.

MT. KISCO, NY, October 2020. Curtis Instruments, Inc. announces that Mrs. Christina Lowe has been appointed to the position of Human Resources Manager at the Mount Kisco, New York, company headquarters. In her new position, Christina Lowe will be responsible for a wide range human resources activities, including Employee Relations, Staff Recruitment, Supervision/Training, Performance Management, Benefits management and more. 

Her guiding tenet will be the first, and most important, of the Curtis 10-Point Operating Principles: Our people are our most important resource. This operating principle guides our daily work & relationships with our colleagues, customers, suppliers, and our community.

Mrs. Lowe received a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and she hold a Bachelor of Business Administration: General Business from Berkely College in White Plains, New York

Prior to joining Curtis Instruments, she has had eight years of progressively responsible HR experience. Her successful career encompasses the full spectrum of human resources management responsibilities. Most recently Christina Lowe was Human Resources Generalist at WDF, Inc. (Tutor Perini) in Mount Vernon, New York, and prior to that she held a similar position at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. in New York City.

We are confident that Christina Lowe's record of success, complemented by her well-rounded business and human resources skills, are ideally suited for her new position at Curtis. She brings the right combination of vision, enthusiasm, people skills and professionalism to the position and she is well-suited for the Curtis high-tech business culture.


Ernesto Millan Appointed as Director of Global Materials Management for Curtis Instruments, Inc.


MT. KISCO, NY, October. 2020. Curtis Instruments, Inc. announces that Mr. Ernesto Millan has been appointed to the corporate position of Director of Global Materials Management. In his new position, Mr. Millan will be responsible for all vital supply chain functions, including procurement, inventory management, customer service, planning, distribution and logistics. He will be stationed in the Curtis world headquarters in Mount Kisco, New York. 


Mr. Millan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, ITESO in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico. He holds a Data Science Certificate from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick. He received formal training in Project Management.

As a fully qualified CPIM-APICS and CPSM-ISM professional, Mr. Millan had twenty years of progressively responsible experience prior to joining Curtis Instruments. His successful career encompasses the full spectrum of supply chain management experience for technical, business-to-business companies with directly transferrable skills to meet the Curtis global technical supply chain opportunities,  particularly his strong automotive electronics experience.

Most recently, Mr. Millan was Senior Manager, Materials Management at GAL Manufacturing Company, LLC. in the Bronx, New York, where he served as Head of Supply Chain for this elevator door equipment, controllers and signal fixtures manufacturer. Prior to that, he spent 11 years in managerial capacities for the automotive electronics company Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. in Deer Park, Illinois, where he was Corporate, Category Manager, and as Materials Planning Manager in Guadalajara, Mexico.

We are confident that Mr. Millan's record of success, complemented by his well-rounded business and supply chain skills, are ideally suited for his new position at Curtis. He brings the right combination of vision, enthusiasm, technical skills and professionalism to lead the worldwide supply chain management for Curtis worldwide.


Curtis introduces the Model AC F4-A Motor Controller for accurate speed and torque control of 3-phase AC induction and PMAC motors

Model AC F4-A uses dual, high-performance ARM Cortex microprocessors to ensure the highest possible levels of functional safety, while providing highly efficient motor control and flexible system control capabilities. It is intended to control the Electric Traction (Propel), Hydraulic Pump and On-Engine Generator (OEG) Hybrid systems on mobile equipment applications such as Materials Handling Trucks, Aerial Work Platforms and Construction Equipment. In addition to the highly advanced motor control, the Model AC F4-A is also a powerful Vehicle Manager/System Controller, with significant CANbus system master capabilities.

Packed with powerful features, the new controller is rated for IP65 and IP67 per IEC 60529.provides high-efficiency, field-oriented motor control algorithms for 3-phase AC motors while maintaining optimal performance at all operating conditions. Model AC F4-A provides real-time motor torque and power estimates for vehicle level power optimization. The controller features rugged housing in a very small footprint. The unit features heavy-duty M6 busbars for motor and battery connectors. The unit is CE marked as a programmable safety device with UL583 Pending. 


Model AC F4-A is easily configured to work with any AC induction or PMAC motor. The renowned Curtis motor auto-characterization setup allows easy on-truck pairing with different Induction motor types. The new controller features the latest implementation of Curtis renowned field oriented control algorithms, and our advanced PWM switching technology, assures maximum motor output torque and highest possible system efficiency across the entire torque/speed spectrum. The result is smooth and predictable drive control that only Curtis can deliver. 

Curtis offers ECS Module - Electronic Code Switch

The new Curtis ECS module is a flexible, easy to implement, operator identification keypad. The unit ensures only authorized  users have access to the machine guaranteeing safe control and secure operation. Operators may identify themselves  in multiple ways: through use of a personal pin code, through compatible RFID tags or a combination of the two. 

The ECS module is flexible to implement and can easily be integrated into machines with or without a CAN bus.  The module incorporates a buzzer and two easy to read status LEDs providing the operator audio and visual feedback regarding identification acceptance and diagnostics. Integrates easily into any system. 

For CAN based systems: CANopen implementation with an optionally connected CAN termination resistor. Supports CAN baud rates from 100Kbps to 1 Mbps. For non-CAN based systems: output relay will change state to indicate  authorized access. The Curtis ECS module operates in demanding conditions with IP65 front and IP40 (upgradable to IP54) rear ingress protection. It is CE compliant, UL recognized and ROHS2  Compliant.  

Key specifications include: 12 to 96 V Nominal Voltage; 9V Min; 120V max. System Voltage: 12 to 96 V, Typical (mA) 25; Max (mA) 136. 


Introducing the Curtis Integrated Toolkit – CIT

This new toolkit by Curtis is the V1.5 Windows PC Software Suite for the Design, Configuration and Diagnostics of CAN Control Systems. 

The Curtis Integrated Toolkit (CIT) is a powerful, fully integrated suite of development and diagnostic tools for use on control systems utilizing Curtis CAN-based products. CIT allows system design engineers to fully develop, configure, optimise and debug vehicle/equipment control systems that utilize Curtis CAN-based motor controllers, system controllers and I/O modules. CIT allows communication with all compatible CAN devices present on the CANbus, thus enabling live information from multiple CAN devices to be viewed at the same time. Conversely, CIT can also target any one individual device on the CANbus. Primarily intended for use by OEM design and development engineers, CIT is also available in reduced-feature editions that provide a sub-set of the available functionality. Restricted permission levels are also available, making CIT suitable for use by equipment dealers and maintenance engineers as a service tool.

Curtis Introduces New Curtis/Albright Single Pole High Voltage Contactor Model HV500

September 2020. Curtis Instruments is the exclusive distributor of Curtis/Albright DC Contactors and Disconnect Switches in North America. The new Model HV 500 is ideal for all types of electric vehicle and battery pack applications for Voltage up to 500V DC, with a Current Thermal Rating up to 500 Amps. The unit is hermetically sealed and meets IP67 standards. Packed with powerful features, the contactor is not polarity sensitive.  

The versatility of the new high voltage unit HV500 allows a variety of coil options that  include: 

- Continuous Duty - for operation 24 hours a day

- Intermittent Duty - especially for switching on load

- Economizer - allowing for significantly reduced power consumption while maintaining optimum switching capability

- Magnetic Latching - for zero power consumption in immobile applications

Mounting is easy through a rotatable bracket which offers 6 orientation angles. This allows for complete flexibility with the position of main contacts, allowing for customer ease of connection. The recommended tightening torque is 2.5Nm to 3Nm. The micro-switch option allows for either a Normally Open or Normally Closed configuration to be fitted within the hermetically sealed enclosure of the contactor.

The Curtis/Albright HV series of DC Contactors is fully hermetically sealed, allowing for  durability in extreme environments, or where operating in potentially hazardous conditions. Silver alloy tips can be specified when frequent load switching is required. Model HV500 has been designed from conception to be capable for switching heavy loads. 


COVID-19 NOTICE

April 2020. Curtis operations worldwide are complying with local Covid-19 preventative actions. This includes following all medical and governmental infectious disease guidelines. The number one objective of Curtis is to assure the health and safety of our global employees, their families and communities. The company has also taken significant measures to assure that our worldwide teams are secure in their income and to protect their jobs during this critical time. This has included work-at-home assignments, whenever possible and paid-time-off when it is not possible. A small number of essential employees have helped assure that our customer product deliveries and projects progress unencumbered, while working under special infection control and protection measures such as increased sanitation, disinfection, practicing social distancing and wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Curtis has also taken measures to support our local communities, including providing PPE to local first responders and hospitals. In this difficult time, the Curtis teams worldwide have worked diligently and effectively, and most importantly, safely, which is a great source of pride for the company. We will continue to operate safely under all applicable best practices until this crisis has passed. It is our sincere hope that our customers, business partners and associates, and their families and communities worldwide will stay safe and well.

Curtis Introduces New Isolated CAN Module

March 2, 2020. The new Curtis Model 1360 is an easy to implement module that functions to isolate a CANbus, ideal for any CANbus application. The 1360 can be utilized to mitigate unwanted voltage or current on a bus originating from EMC, ground loops or systems operating on multiple voltages. It is designed to isolate one CANbus from another, effectively reducing bus noise and errors while still facilitating communication between the two busses. The module contains optionally connected 120-ohm CAN termination resistors making it easy to terminate a bus within the module. The 1360 module integrates easily into a system; by simply connecting two CAN buses to the module it will effectively isolate one bus from the other effectively reducing bus noise. Hardware only design does not require updating or configuring firmware. The unit easily operates in demanding conditions with an operational temperature range of -40AE to +85AE C and IP67 ingress protection and supports CAN baud rates from 50kbps to 1Mbps. CE compliant with regard to EMC and ROHS, UL recognition is pending.

Dr. Howard J. Slater Appointed as Director of Engineering – Curtis UK Engineering Centre

MT. KISCO, New York, November, 2019. Curtis Instruments, Inc. announces that Dr. Howard J. Slater, PhD, B Eng (Hons), MIEE, has been appointed to the newly created position of Director of UK Engineering Centre (UKEC), the newest Curtis R&D Center to be located in Sunderland, UK. Dr. Slater is responsible for setting up this fully autonomous engineering center, which will supplement and complement the existing global Curtis engineering facilities in California, New York, Switzerland and China. The process of setting up this new facility is actively underway. The UKEC will be responsible for delivering motor controllers and custom products to the industrial sector, assisting in the further electrification of this industry. 

Dr. Slater earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, after having received a PhD in Real Time Emulation Environment for Digital Control Development from the same educational institution. He also completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, where he earned a Bachelor's degree Eng (Hons) 1st Class Electrical/Electronic Engineering. He started his engineering studies at Gateshead Technical College, where he earned O.N.C. Electrical/Electronic Engineering (Merit) and H.N.C. Electrical/Electronic Engineering (Distinction) degrees.

Prior to joining Curtis Instruments, he has had three decades of progressively responsible, high-level engineering experience. Widely recognized globally as a leader in his field, his successful career encompasses the full spectrum of engineering, design engineering and engineering management. Most recently, Dr. Slater was Senior Engineering Manager at the motor speed controller design engineering company Sevcon Ltd. / BorgWarner, where he was responsible for jointly running the Development Department at BorgWarner's Gateshead Technical Centre. He was heavily involved in delivering electrification products into the automotive industry, with mechanical, hardware, software, control, systems, functional safety and validation engineering teams reporting to him. His expert career at Sevcon, a primary leader in the motor speed controller and electrification systems company, spanned 15 years of progressively responsible functions within the company, including as: Senior Engineering manager, Head of Research, and Motor Control Manager

We are confident that Dr. Slater's strong record of success, complemented by his well-rounded engineering expertise, are ideally suited for his new position at Curtis. He brings the right combination of vision, enthusiasm, technical skills and professionalism to lead the worldwide expansion of the vital Curtis motor speed controller product lines.



Joshua Caldwell Appointed as Director of Product Management – Instrumentation, HMIs & Connectivity for Curtis Instruments, Inc.

MT. KISCO, NY, October. 2019 . Curtis Instruments, Inc. announces that Mr. Joshua Caldwell has been appointed to the newly created position of Director of Product Management for Instrumentation, Human Machine Interface (HMIs) & Connectivity. In his new position, Mr. Caldwell will be responsible for the worldwide product management for these important Curtis product lines and to help solidify the global technical leadership position of the company.

Mr Caldwell received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is currently also in the final stages of completing a Masters of Science Degree in Computer Science.

Prior to joining Curtis Instruments, he has had two decades of progressively responsible experience. His successful career encompasses the full spectrum of engineering, sales and product management responsibilities. Most recently Mr. Caldwell was Senior Software Applications and Engineering Leader for CrossControl in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for the corporate business in North America, including go-to-market strategy, budget, customer management, resources and business planning. Previous roles have seen Mr. Caldwell responsible for software, systems and sales for major technical companies, including for Case New Holland and the Ford Motor Company. At Ford, he started as an intern and moved through their prestigious training program for five years, rotating through software, systems and launch engineering, sales and marketing functions. He also used his business, technical and software skills to serve others as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, Africa.

We are confident that Mr. Caldwell's record of success, complemented by his well-rounded business and technical skills, are ideally suited for his new position at Curtis. He brings the right combination of vision, enthusiasm, technical skills and professionalism to lead the worldwide expansion of these vital Curtis product lines.



Curtis Instruments Inc. Expands its Global Engineering Operation – Establishes New UK Engineering Center in Newcastle-Sunderland

July 1, 2019: Curtis Instruments Inc. is pleased to announce the establishment of the Curtis UK Engineering Centre (UKEC). The UKEC is a new Research & Development Engineering facility that will be located in the Newcastle / Sunderland area of England, a region that is rapidly developing into a high-technology hub.

The UKEC expands the company's industry-leading position as an expert electrification partner to OEMs and EV system suppliers. The UKEC will also significantly strengthen Curtis's ability to provide first-class systems engineering services to the major UK & European vehicle and mobile machinery manufacturers.

This new engineering facility will work closely with existing Curtis global engineering teams in California, New York, Switzerland, and China, deepening the company's powertrain electrification competencies. Ties with local colleges and universities will provide opportunities at the vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The UKEC will be a business unit of Curtis Instruments UK Ltd. in Northampton, England, founded in 1974, which operates as the sales, technical support and logistics hub for Curtis in the UK and Ireland.

Curtis is now actively recruiting innovative and capable engineers with mobile electronics experience to join the UKEC team. Click here for further information.


Curtis introduces the new Curtis Model 1226 Brushed DC Permanent Magnet Motor Controller

This new controller by Curtis provides efficient, optimal control of permanent magnet drive motors for battery powered vehicles. Model 1226 is optimized for use on light duty Class III pallet trucks and sweeper scrubber floorcare machines. Highly flexible programmability allows these controllers to be applied on any low power PM motor application.

Model 1226 is easily programmed with Model 1313 handheld or 1314 PC programming station, or can be supplied pre-programmed. These controllers are compatible with industrial tiller handle wig-wag throttles such as the Curtis Model ET-190E. Troubleshooting and diagnostics are easy. Advanced speed regulation maintains precise speed over varied terrain, obstacles, curbs and ramps. Hydraulic Lift Lockout functionality protects the vehicle's batteries from damaging level of discharge. These new controllers provide highly flexible I/O.


Curtis Introduces the Ultimate Class III Combi Control System: AC F2-C

The Curtis Model AC F2-C is an Integrated AC Traction & DC Pump System Controller that offers unprecedented performance and value. This AC F2-C motor controller combined with a Half bridge DC hydraulic pump and proportional valve control system uses dual high-performance ARM Cortex microprocessors in a compact, package to deliver unmatched performance and a very flexible feature set.

Model AC F2-C is fully optimized for use as a Combi traction and hydraulic controller on 1.0 ton-2.0 ton class III pedestrian-operated powered pallet and stacker trucks. It provides vehicle designers with the ability to fully define and control the detailed dynamic performance of their vehicle's drivetrain and hydraulic pump system, and also provides comprehensive vehicle management and CAN master capabilities. Model AC F2-C is also suitable for traction and hydraulic pump control on other types of battery powered vehicles such as the small aerial scissor lift platforms.

Together with the new Curtis model 3140 CAN LCD display and the new user-friendly Curtis Integrated Toolkit, the Curtis model AC F2-C is the ultimate Class III truck control system. 


Curtis Introduces New On-Road AC Motor Controller Model 1269E for electric and hybrid vehicles using 72–108V nominal system voltage

The Curtis E model controllers utilize a powerful dual-microprocessor logic architecture to provide improved performance and surpass the requirements of the latest international functional safety standards. The Curtis Model 1269E provides energy efficient control of asynchronous AC induction motors performing on-vehicle traction drive duties. It offers vehicle developers a highly cost-effective combination of power, performance and functionality.

Intended for electric and hybrid vehicles using 72 to 108V nominal system voltage for high power circuits, and a 12V chassis-grounded system for low-power control circuits. Software upgrade allows use with surface permanent magnet synchronous motors. 


Curtis Introduces Brushed DC Permanent Magnet Motor Controller for Electric Power Steering and Steer-by-Wire Systems

February 2019. Mount Kisco, New York: The new Curtis Model 1220E brushed DC permanent magnet motor controller for electric power steering and steer-by-wire systems fully meets EN1175 1:1998+A1: 2010 standards. This controller is exclusively designed for Curtis Vehicle Control Language (VCL) enabled AC-traction controllers. The steering motor functions as an actuator to change the angle of the wheels thereby changing travel direction. Model 1220E interprets the steering command input and wheel position feedback, to steer the vehicle. Intended applications are class-3 material handling vehicles such as pallet trucks, stackers and similar industrial vehicles.

The controller features absolute and relative position control modes. Model 1220 e has 20 kHz Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) switching frequency to ensure silent operation. Advanced PWM techniques produce low motor harmonics, low torque ripple, and minimized heating losses, resulting in high efficiency. Powerful features include configurable homing methods, center offset, and end-stop protection. Model 1220e, with CANopen system communication, operates with 24V and 36/48V nominal supply voltage and 60A 1-minute current rating. Hour meter and diagnostic log functions are integrated. The Curtis 840 Spyglass can be connected to show traction and steering information such as BDI, hour meter, fault, traction speed, and steered wheel angle. Model 1220 e is designed for maximum safety with dual redundant configuration of all safety relevant parts. Fault output can be used to turn off traction controller’s main contactor and EM Brake. The new controller provides Separate input paths to each micro for all input and feedback signals. Following error check ensures the wheel position tracks the steering command.

Model 1220e meets or complies with relevant US and international regulations:

• EMC: Designed to the requirements of EN12895:2015.

• EN1175- 1:1998+A1:2010.

• UL recognized per UL583.

• Designed to the EN13849 standard achieving a PL=d, Category 3 for all Safety Functions.

• Electronics sealed to IPX4.

Regulatory compliance of the complete vehicle system with the controller installed is the responsibility of the vehicle OEM.


Curtis offers a Powerful System Controller for a Wide Application Range

The Curtis Model 1351 System Controller provides 26 multi-function I/O for application in stand-alone or CAN connected systems. With ample user code space and the newly enhanced real-time VCL 2.0 programming language, OEMs can use Model 1351 to develop a wide range of vehicle and system control applications as the master or a slave in a multi- module installation. The 1351 System Controller was designed for a wide variety of applications, such as material handling vehicle masters, base controllers for aerial trucks, operator interface in man-up platforms, land based installation controllers replacing PLCs, ICE and Hybrid system controllers, hydraulic manifold control and many others. This advanced controller features highly flexible I/O as pins are multifunctional and easily configured to match any application, and with the Curtis Vehicle Control Language (VCL), an easy to program “C-like” language providing all the power and flexibility to control any application. VCL programs run protected and securely; monitored for proper operation to protect the system from erratic behaviors. Model 1351 provides speed, safety and simplicity with dual 32-bit microprocessors to achieve powerful performance and safety. The microprocessors cross check each-other continuously for proper operation to ensure reliable control of your application. 1351 can perform user developed Safety Functions to EN13849 Category 2 PL=d and limited Category 3 functions using the I/O redundancy and built-in SRDO functions. This system controller also features comprehensive CANbus control. With two Independent CAN ports, Model 1351 offers a wide range of connectivity options. Each port can run different rates and protocols, with full CANopen and/or J1939 compatibility. Model 1351 is ideally suited for hybrid vehicles or to bridge CANopen ports at different bit rates.

Curtis Introduces New AC Induction Motor Controller - AC F2-A

Curtis Introduces New AC Induction Motor Controller - AC F2-A

Aug. 28, 2017, Mount Kisco, NY - The new Curtis AC motor speed controller AC F2-A for Class III pallet trucks is an AC Motor Controller with powerful performance and value. This new controller provides a uniquely high specification at an unprecedented price point. This new AC induction motor controller (inverter) uses dual high performance ARM Cortex microprocessors in a compact package to deliver unmatched performance and a very flexible feature set.

Model AC F2-A is fully optimized for use as a traction controller on 1.0 ton-2.0 ton class III pedestrian-operated powered pallet trucks. It provides vehicle designers with the ability to fully define and control the detailed dynamic performance of their vehicle's drivetrain, and also provides comprehensive vehicle management and CAN master capabilities. It is also suitable for traction or hydraulic pump control on other types of battery powered vehicles. Together with the new Curtis Model 3140 CAN LCD display and the new user-friendly Curtis Software Suite, Model AC F2-A is the ultimate Class III truck control system.

The compact, rugged features heavy-duty M6 busbars for motor and battery connectors and comes with a sealed, 23-pin AMP seal I/O Connector. This controller is impervious to most oils, solvents, degreasers and other chemicals often encountered by industrial vehicles. The new CE marked and UL583 recognized controller is rated for IP65 environmental protection as per IEC 60529 and exceeds latest global conformance requirements for functional safety, electrical safety and EMC.

Model AC F2-A is easily configured to work with any AC induction motors with Curtis motor auto-characterization setup.