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MPE Company Bulletin

MPE People

Apprenticeship first for MPE

In a first for MPE, during 2016 MPE took on two Production Apprentices, Dylan Cassidy and Ben Meadley. These three-year apprenticeships have been undertaken in conjunction with Knowsley Council and the North-West Training Council. Now Dylan has been honoured with the North-West Training Council’s prestigious “First Year Electrical Apprentice” award. This was presented to him by the Rt Hon George Howarth, MP for Knowsley, during an official visit to MPE on August 11th.

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Spotlight on John Lindsay

As one of MPE’s Design Engineers, John Lindsay is responsible for the design and development of new and existing products at MPE. As part of the design process, he conducts component evaluations, builds and tests prototype circuits and develops and keeps up-to-date datasheets, bills-of-materials, test plans and specifications. Following graduation from the University of Liverpool with a Master of Physics (MPhys) with Honours in 2009, John started working at MPE in 2011 as a Junior Design Engineer.

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MPE Technology

Individual element HEMP filters

MPE’s 800A and 1200A HEMP filters have always been modular, with line-replaceable individual elements, but now the company has expanded its existing, well-established HEMP range to provide 6A to 400A filters in modular as well as integrated form. This is to satisfy recent market requests, and in particular to address certain US specifications and applications. Based soundly on the same field-proven designs and components as in MPE’s integrated HEMP filter ranges, the new range provides both 2-line and 4-line variants. Filters are offered with both Standard and Extended (TEMPEST) insertion loss performance.

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Manufacture outside the box

MPE is commonly associated and respected for its traditional boxed filter and feedthrough solutions. What is less commonly known is that MPE also regularly uses the same manufacturing skillsets and techniques to deliver solutions outside of these traditional product ranges. Whilst still providing the same high-performance EMC or EMP filtering, some solutions manufactured and delivered by MPE are dramatically different – mechanically or electrically – in their design. One such recent example, pictured opposite, is a filtered cable harness loom, produced and delivered for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

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MPE Distributor News

MPE speaks out at IEEE EMC conference

Building on its previous presentation during the EMC Europe event in Gothenburg, in April MPE again had the opportunity to present to the IEEE community, this time at the Combitech test house premises located in Växjö, Sweden. The conference was held by the Swedish chapter of the IEEE EMC Society. MPE’s participation was organised by its Swedish distributor, Jolex AB of Värmdö. April’s conference focussed on the topic of recognising and dealing with the TEMPEST threat in Sweden. John Jephcott of MPE delivered a presentation entitled “Integrated Protection of C4I Equipment and Facilities”.

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Celebrating Electrade’s silver anniversary

July 1st 2017 saw MPE’s distributor in Germany, Electrade GmbH, reach the 25th anniversary of its incorporation, a significant milestone in any company’s history. Established in 1992, Electrade – based at Gräfelfing, 1km west of Munich, and with offices in Frankfurt-am-Main and Hannover – handles sales of high-technology products such as electronics materials, connectors, sensors, transducers and instrumentation from leading manufacturers that neatly complement MPE’s solutions in many areas. So, to mark this silver anniversary, Electrade celebrated with its staff and key supply partners.

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MPE Applications

EMC suppression for wiper solutions

Worcester-based PSV Wipers Ltd (PSV) has been supplying high-quality windscreen wiper systems for specialist vehicle manufacturers since 1980. One such application is the British “Ocelot” light protected patrol vehicle (LPPV), where PSV worked closely with MPE in the design and implementation of a wiper solution with integral EMC suppression. Following a detailed design process, MPE provided a custom 7A, 28V DC, four-line filter to PSV, ensuring that the wiper motors were compliant with the stringent EMI/RFI suppression requirements of DEF STAN 59-411 Land Class A.

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Keeping it cool with MPE HEMP filters

Following a very rigorous and extensive design proving exercise, MPE was awarded the contract to supply a quantity of its unique 1200A HEMP filters for installation on a critical defence application in Virginia, USA. The contract award was made via MPE’s distributor in the USA, Technical Sales Solutions (TSS). Whilst HEMP protection in accordance with MIL-STD-188-125 was a prerequisite, site specifics and issues previously encountered within the application meant that equipment performance under operational load and at operational temperature was of equal importance. Of particular concern were heat rise and heat dissipation.

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Fast Facts on MPE Ltd

For comprehensive information about MPE’s products and services, contact the Sales and Marketing Department, MPE Ltd, Hammond Road, Knowsley Industrial Park, Liverpool, L33 7UL, U.K.
Tel +44 (0)151 632 9100.
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