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Institute of Directors recognition for Paul Currie

Paul Currie, Sales and Marketing Director of MPE, has undertaken studies with the Pall Mall, London, based Institute of Directors (IoD). After four separate examinations, he attained his Certificate in Company Direction and later successfully sat another exam for his Diploma in Developing Board Performance, both achieved with distinction. Paul’s leadership and direction were also recognised by the IoD as a Finalist in their prestigious 2018 awards, being nominated as one of five Finalists in the Global Director of The Year category. Paul is now completing work towards his Chartered Director status with the IoD.

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Paul Currie of MPE  

Spotlight on Steve Eginton

MPE’s Quality Manager since May 2013, Steve Eginton is responsible for all Quality-related, Health and Safety, and Environmental Management (ISO14001:2015) activities within the company, handling the key area of customer approvals. Steve facilitated the transition from ISO9000:2008 to ISO9000:2015 accreditation. One of his primary functions is to ensure that MPE’s expected ultra-high product quality standards are fulfilled and maintained. Notably, in 2017 Steve undertook training for his Six Sigma Green Belt certificate. For this he participated in theoretical training one day a week, whilst also completing practical project work on current applications at MPE.

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Steve Eginton

MPE Technology

MPE invests in automated carousel

A new automated carousel enables the storage of some 140,000 components within a 20 m2 footprint at MPE. Previous storage occupied a footprint 20 times larger and across several disparate areas. The floorspace freed up by the carousel now allows MPE to kit parts for orders four weeks in advance of assembly, whereas, before, parts could only be kitted for orders two weeks in advance. The automated retrieval of parts for kitting has also significantly reduced the time taken to kit the parts required to fulfil individual orders, helping to increase on-time deliveries by some 30%.

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Operator accesses parts  

PCI compliance at first time of asking

In-house OrCAD PSpice electrical design modelling and pulse testing at MPE are providing a high degree of confidence that, during later external PCI testing, HEMP filter designs will meet Mil-Std-188-125 without costly and time-consuming design modification work. MPE’s library of component designs replicates real world conditions, whilst its pulse testing capability accurately represents the Mil-Std E1 pulse for testing and optimising new and variant designs. The Marx pulse generator comprises an 8/20μs pulse tester for bulk current handling tests with a pulse current of up to 5kA, and a 5/200ns pulse tester for rise time checks.

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Marx pulse generator at MPE

MPE Distributor News

MPE distribution expands into Japan

MPE has appointed Tokin EMC Engineering as its distributor for Japan. With HQ in Kawasaki, Tokin EMC also have facilities in Osaka and Tsukuba, with their locations in all three cities boasting 10-metre anechoic test chamber facilities. MPE has seen a strong increase in interest and sales of filters to Japan and recognised that a strong local distribution partner was the key to realising further growth within the territory. In April Tokin EMC exhibited their product solutions and services, including MPE HEMP filters, at the major annual Techno-Frontier trade show held in Chiba City, Tokyo Bay.

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Handshake with Matsuoka  

MPE at DefExpo India & Eurosatory

In April MPE supported its new Bronze Distribution Partner for India, Strongfield Technologies, at the tenth biennial DefExpo India in Chennai, opened by India’s Prime Minister. As regular exhibitors at DefExpo, Strongfield took a large stand space to showcase their principal offerings including MPE’s ranges of EMC, EMP and TEMPEST filters. During June MPE equally supported its Silver Distribution Partner for France, Euromip, at the biennial military vehicle show Eurosatory, amongst more than 1800 exhibitors from 63 countries packing the Paris Nord Villepinte convention centre. MPE’s filter and capacitor solutions for vehicles were the big talking point.

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Strongfield stand at DefExpo2

MPE Applications

Filters for Ajax AFV training simulator

During 2016 the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group was chosen to supply 25 new Ajax simulator shelters to Lockheed Martin. These mobile simulators will train turret crews on the British Army’s Ajax, the new multi-role family of medium armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) at the core of the British Army’s deployable Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability. Integral to each of the three variants of the training simulator are custom EMP filters designed and manufactured by MPE. Following close liaison with Marshall during design and test, MPE has supplied quantities of two 63A three-phase custom filters.

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Ajax turret crew training simulator  

Custom feedthroughs for French Army

Through Euromip, its Silver-Certified territory partner for France, MPE has to date supplied almost 1,000 custom EMC feedthrough capacitors to Arquus, formerly Renault Trucks Défense, for its Sherpa Light family of 4×4 tactical and light armoured vehicles. These feature a payload up to 4.5 tonnes, a ground clearance of 0.6 metres and a high-torque 215 BHP engine. They include six variants from 7.9 to 10.9 tonnes, with the capability to transport 5-10 soldiers. MPE ensured that equipment systems such as wiper motors operated well within the limits defined by the French National Defence Standard GAM-EG-13.

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The Sherpa Light

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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