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We serve a diverse list of clients in a range of vertical markets worldwide.

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Our Clients

We serve a diverse list of clients in a range of vertical markets worldwide..

Our Current Client List:

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HUMPHREE

(Virginia Beach, VA)

Stabilization & Trim Systems

Humphree equipment is designed and manufactured to deliver world-class quality and reliability. Customer support and spare parts are available wherever and whenever needed, through our Head Office in Sweden or via our expanding network of local representatives around the world.

Upwing Energy, Inc.

(Cerritos, CA)

Artificial Lift Technology

Upwing Energy, Inc. provides the only artificial lift technology that increases the production and recoverable reserves of natural gas from conventional and unconventional wells by inputting energy into the gas stream.

EVERYWHERE Communications, Inc.

(Annapolis, MD)

Satellite Communications

EVERYWHERE Communications provides dual-mode cellular and satellite communications, powered by patented technology deployed in mission-critical environments. In or out of cellular coverage, we have you connected globally. EVERYWHERE.

AST&Science

(Miami, FL)

AST&Science was founded by satellite-industry pioneer, entrepreneur and inventor Abel Avellan, a 25-year veteran in the global satellite communications sector. He was the founder and CEO of EMC until it was sold to Global Eagle for $550 million in 2016. Avellan was named Satellite Teleport Executive of the Year in 2017 and was the recipient of the Satellite Transaction of the Year award by Euroconsult in 2015. Avellan is also co-inventor of 18 U.S. patented technologies.

ThinKom Solutions, Inc.

(Hawthorne, CA)

Broadband antenna

ThinKom Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative highly affordable compact broadband antenna and products for aeronautical, on-the-move (OTM) and man-portable applications. With more than 640 aeronautical satcom antennas currently deployed, ThinKom offers a range of reliable, proven technology solutions for the consumer, enterprise, first responder, civil, military and intelligence communities.

Western Branch Diesel

(Portsmouth, VA)

Western Branch Diesel is a family-owned distributor providing sales and service of diesel engines and transmissions for marine and industrial markets. Based in Portsmouth, Virginia, the company has 11 branch offices covering Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina. The company’s 280 employees include over 150 technicians.

Torqeedo

(Starnberg, Germany)

Marine electric drives

Torqeedo is a pioneer in the development and commercialization of electric and hybrid marine propulsion technology. Founded in 2005, Torqeedo is headquartered in Starnberg, Germany and sells its award-winning products in over 50 countries around the world.

Elcome International

(Dubai)

Marine systems integrator and ship service

Founded in 1969, Elcome has been serving the marine industry as an innovative, reliable and high quality system integrator, distributor, installer and after-sales service agent of marine equipment, technologies and solutions.

Calnetix

(Cerritos, CA)

Permanent magnet power generation, waste heat recovery

Calnetix helps OEMs to meet industry demand for reliable, clean energy by providing our Thermapower® and Hydrocurrent™ ORC systems to recover and utilize waste heat, and our VDC® and REGEN™ flywheel systems to store and recycle energy.

Danelec Marine

(Copenhagen)

Bridge electronics for maritime industry

Danelec Marine is a leading manufacturer of VDRs (Voyage Data Recorders) with more than 6,000 installations worldwide and is strongly positioned in ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems). 

Clients’ Press Releases

Volvo Penta Unveils Control and Display System for Wake Surfing and Water Sports

October 1, 2018

New Automated System Is Centerpiece of Fully Integrated Solution for Boatbuilders

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Oct. 1, 2018 – Volvo Penta today unveiled a new Water Sport Control system designed to create a unique user experience for wake surfing, wake boarding and water skiing enthusiasts.

The innovative control and display system gives boat builders a turnkey Volvo Penta water sport package that’s fully integrated with the Forward Drive, electronic vessel control (EVC) and Glass Cockpit systems.

“Wake surfing is one of the fastest growing trends in today’s boating market, and we’re seeing even more boat builders bringing to market a new class of boats optimized for water sports enabled by Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive technology,” said Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “The Water Sport Control is the latest in our long line of innovations that reflect our Easy Boating vision, applying new automation technologies to make it easier for more people to have fun on the water.”

The new water sport function in the Glass Cockpit display makes it easy to set up and run the boat for wake surfing, wake boarding or water skiing with the touch of a fingertip. Individual profiles for up to three users can be created, pre-stored and loaded in seconds. Once set, the system keeps the boat at the desired speed and trim automatically to create and sustain a perfect wake for the desired water sports activity. Settings can be adjusted at any time during the ride using the touch-screen or the manual control levers on the side. The live video display on the screen allows boat drivers to watch the activity astern while keeping their eyes forward.

The first boat builder to introduce the Volvo Penta Water Sport Control is Regal Boats, which is now offering it on the 25RX Surf and LS4 Surf models. Paul Kuck, director of product development and marketing at Regal Boats, commented: “Volvo Penta has hit another home run with the new Water Sport Control. Now we’re able to offer our customers a new way to enjoy the excitement and fun of wake surfing. Most important, with Volvo Penta we can deliver a total wake surfing experience as part of a fully integrated helm-to-prop propulsion package that’s supplied, warranted and supported by a single trusted partner.”

The Volvo Penta Water Sport Control may be seen in Booth 504 at the IBEX 2018 marine trade exhibition in Tampa, Fla., Oct. 2-4.

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/21lzpyjnr0rh04f/AAAVlnggCMYiuVXlW5akWNb9a?dl=0

Photo captions: Volvo Penta Water Sport Control creates a unique user experience for wake surfing, wake boarding and water skiing.

View Video here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3cdgmktd9rovo3e/Launch%20Final.mp4?dl=0

About Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta, with approximately 3,500 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for leisure boats, commercial vessels and industrial applications. Product offerings encompass diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 1,000 hp. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Connect with Volvo Penta of the Americas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest company news and insights.

For further information, please contact:

Christine Carlson
Volvo Penta of the Americas
Phone: +1 (757) 382 4084
E-mail: christine.carlson@volvo.com

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
Phone: +1 (757) 451 0602
E-mail: jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

 

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THINKOM SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATES FIRST AERO TERMINAL CONNECTIVITY WITH SES’ O3B MEO SATELLITES

September 25, 2018

In-Flight Demo Trials to Follow in Coming Months

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Sept. 25, 2018 – ThinKom Solutions, Inc. today announced the successful completion of the first ground test of its ThinAir® Ka2517 Ka-band phased-array satellite antenna with the SES’ O3b constellation of medium-Earth orbit (MEO) satellites.

The test was conducted in August 2018 at ThinKom’s facility in Hawthorne, California, in collaboration with SES Networks.

For the ground test, a vehicle-mounted ThinKom Ka2517 aeronautical antenna acquired successive O3b MEO satellites at 13-degree elevation and successfully tracked them for 30-minute periods while the satellites traversed from west to east.

ThinKom said this test is a precursor to a flight test, expected to take place before the end of 2018. This will be the first in-flight demonstration of a ThinKom antenna communicating through a non-geostationary (NGSO) constellation and will demonstrate the ability of ThinKom’s phased-array antenna to auto-track and perform seamless beam switching through aircraft roll, pitch, and yaw motions.

O3b is the first NGSO satellite constellation capable of delivering commercial broadband communication services. The constellation orbits the Earth at about 8,000 km altitude, along an equatorial path, allowing much larger visible Earth angles than low-Earth orbit (LEO) constellations currently being evaluated.

“ThinKom’s unique patented low-profile phased-array antennas have been designed for interoperability on geostationary (GEO) and MEO satellites with the agility and switching speed to move seamlessly from beam-to-beam and constellation-to-constellation. Agility tests have proven that our antenna achieves switching speeds of less than one second, more than fast enough to support beam switching with no interruption in connectivity,” said Bill Milroy, ThinKom Chief Technology Officer.

“The ground test, and the coming aero tests, are important steps in showing the ability of the ThinKom antenna to operate on the O3b MEO satellite network, and will pave the way to full commercialization,” said Milroy.

“Innovation in terminal technology is key for scaling SES Networks’ proven MEO system for mass connectivity. We’re delighted to collaborate with ThinKom and to continue growing a partner ecosystem that will redefine the standard for our industry,” said Stewart Sanders, Executive Vice President of Technology at SES Networks. “This development aligns with our aim to make it faster, easier and more affordable to expand service reach to our customers and their end users.”

For more on ThinKom’s LEO/MEO/GEO interoperability, see this video.

Download a high-resolution image at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ic1oxh8zyjazsad/AACdLX5hWHrM2z908SDDjCOaa?dl=0.

About ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
ThinKom Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative highly affordable compact broadband antennas and products for aeronautical, vehicular and man-portable applications. The company’s primary products uniquely enable near-term worldwide availability of high-data-rate connectivity in the X-, Ku-, Ka- and Q-bands. ThinKom offers a range of reliable, proven technology solutions for the consumer, enterprise, first responder, civil, military and intelligence communities. For more information about ThinKom Solutions, please visit www.thinkom.com.

About SES/O3b
SES is the world’s leading satellite operator with over 70 satellites in two different orbits, Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO). It provides a diverse range of customers with global video distribution and data connectivity services through two business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches over 351 million TV homes, through Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and cable, terrestrial, and IPTV networks globally. The SES Video portfolio includes MX1, a leading media service provider offering a full suite of innovative services for both linear and digital distribution, and the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest DTH television reach in Europe. SES Networks provides global managed data services, connecting people in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy, as well as governments and institutions across the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the Luxembourg government, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system delivering fibre-like broadband services today. Further information is available at: www.ses.com

Press Contacts:
Greg Otto
ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
+1 310 802 4507
gregory.otto@thinkom.com

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
+1 757 451 0602
jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Volvo Penta Powers Gensets for Emergency Backup Electricity at Well Sites in Long Island

September 24, 2018

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Sept. 24, 2018 – Volvo Penta of the Americas is supplying diesel engines for generators being deployed for emergency backup power at fresh-water wells across Long Island, New York, under a contract from the Suffolk County Water Authority (SCWA).

The contractor for the genset upgrade program is PowerPro Service Company, a major industrial generator dealer on Long Island. The Volvo Penta-powered gensets are being supplied by Gillette Generators. The units are mounted in custom-built soundproof enclosures fabricated by Chilicothe Metal.

SCWA is one of the largest ground-water utilities in the United States. The authority supplies water meeting all national and local requirements for water quality to about 1.2 million Suffolk County residents from more than 230 well sites. SCWA launched a system-wide upgrade of backup power stations in 2017 to ensure uninterrupted supply of fresh water to customers during electric power outages.

“The SCWA contract was competitively bid and awarded in three phases,” explained Frank Navetta, president of PowerPro Service Company. “We worked closely with Gillette to develop a configuration using the Volvo Penta 13- and 16-liter engines. The result was a highly competitive package that met the customer’s detailed specifications. We supplied four 350 kW units for Phase One. Tests revealed that the engines were very strong and reliable in response and recovery, and we successfully bid the next two phases with the Gillette and Volvo Penta package.”

A total of 36 Gillette backup power units have been supplied and commissioned to date under the SCWA program. They include replacements for older gensets at certain sites and new installations at others.

SCWA director of production control, Michael O’Connell, stated in a 2017 press release that the new generators are greener and more fuel efficient than their predecessors, and also significantly larger in capacity, enabling them to run additional wells.

“This is our first large-scale project with Gillette Generators,” said Bill Pacey, acting vice president of industrial sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas. “Gillette started using our Tier 3 13- and 16-liter diesels in their 250-600 kW generator systems in 2016.”

“We have had great success using the Volvo Penta engines in our gensets,” said Charlie Habic, president of Gillette Generators. “They are rugged and reliable and give us a competitive advantage over other products. In addition, Volvo Penta’s comprehensive North American service network is an important reassurance for our dealers.”

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tm765i3s84p04cf/AAAa_chXZhA3r4_g0TMsGviLa?dl=0.

About Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta, with approximately 3,500 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for leisure boats, commercial vessels and industrial applications. Product offerings encompass diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 1,000 hp. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Connect with Volvo Penta of the Americas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest company news and insights.

For further information, please contact:

Christine Carlson
Volvo Penta of the Americas
Phone: +1 (757) 382 4084
E-mail: christine.carlson@volvo.com

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
Phone: +1 (757) 451 0602
E-mail: jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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THINKOM AND TELESAT TO JOINTLY DEVELOP AN ENTERPRISE USER TERMINAL FOR TELESAT’S GLOBAL LEO SATELLITE CONSTELLATION

September 24, 2018

Companies will conduct live, over-the-air testing on Telesat’s LEO Phase 1 satellite using ThinKom’s Ka-band aero phased array antenna

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Sept. 24, 2018 – ThinKom Solutions, Inc. and Telesat have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop a Ka-band enterprise user terminal for Telesat’s planned low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation of satellites.

As an initial step in the process, ThinKom’s ThinAir® Ka2517 phased array antenna system, which is currently in production for commercial and government in-flight connectivity (IFC), will be used for over-the-air testing on Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite over the next few months.

Telesat’s state-of-the-art LEO constellation will combine the company’s global spectrum rights in Ka-band with Telesat’s proprietary LEO architecture to transform global communications. The constellation will deliver an unsurpassed combination of capacity, speed, security, resiliency, latency and low cost. Telesat’s LEO constellation will accelerate 4G/5G expansion, bridge the digital divide by bringing fiber-like high-speed services into rural and remote communities, and set new levels of performance for commercial and government broadband on land, sea and in the air.

ThinKom and Telesat will collaborate in the development of a new Telesat LEO-compliant enterprise terminal for terrestrial applications. Building on ThinKom’s disruptive antenna technology and Telesat’s commercial and technical expertise in satellite communications, the new terminal will be cost effective while delivering high-performance connectivity for applications including mobile backhaul, Wi-Fi hotspots, isolated cable and DSL networks, and remote institutions.

“ThinKom’s new terminal, combined with the revolutionary value proposition of Telesat’s LEO constellation, will unlock new satellite communications market opportunities with better value economics for service providers and their customers,” said Michel Forest, Director of Engineering at Telesat. “Easy to deploy, cost effective, and agile beam antenna technology are key requirements for our Telesat LEO constellation, which will be able to allocate bandwidth seamlessly and instantly where it’s most needed.”

“Live, over-the-air testing with Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite will validate that the ThinKom Ka-band aero antennas, which currently operate on geostationary satellites, meet all of the Telesat LEO system requirements,” Forest added.

Bill Milroy, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer of ThinKom Solutions, commented, “ThinKom’s patented phased-array architecture provides rapid switching speeds without the drawbacks typical of electronic scanning antennas in terms of limited instantaneous bandwidth, poor low look-angle performance, high power consumption and lower aperture efficiency.”

“Our proven antenna technology has the versatility to support an integrated LEO constellation solution offering gap-free pole-to-pole coverage with automatic beam switching, rapid outage recovery and network optimization for different geographical regions,” said Milroy. “This means we can offer a fast-track path to commercialization of a fully interoperable, multi-orbit solution in the near term.”

For more on ThinKom’s LEO/MEO/GEO interoperability, see this video.

Download a high-resolution image at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kzxkjfaj8pv6if1/AACEAIEQsxKeKHFjyduGUneZa?dl=0.

About Telesat
Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 17 GEO satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 and one Phase 1 LEO satellite which is the start of Telesat’s planned global LEO satellite constellation that will offer low latency, high throughput broadband services. Telesat is also a leading technical consultant providing high value expertise and support to satellite operators, insurers and other industry participants on a global basis. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL). https://www.telesat.com/

About ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
ThinKom Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative highly affordable compact broadband antennas and products for aeronautical, vehicular and man-portable applications. The company’s primary products uniquely enable near-term worldwide availability of high-data-rate connectivity in the X-, Ku-, Ka- and Q-bands. ThinKom offers a range of reliable, proven technology solutions for the consumer, enterprise, first responder, civil, military and intelligence communities. For more information about ThinKom Solutions, please visit www.thinkom.com.

Press Contacts:
Greg Otto
ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
+1 310 802 4507
gregory.otto@thinkom.com

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
+1 757 451 0602
jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Sportfishing Vessel in Pacific Northwest Repowers with Volvo Penta

September 20, 2018

Owner Satisfied with Faster Top Speed, Efficient Cruising, Easy Maintenance

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – Sept. 20, 2018 – Jim Miller, an avid sports fisherman who trolls the challenging ocean and bay waters of the Pacific Northwest, was in the market for a bigger boat. Instead of spending a bundle on a new vessel, he opted to rebuild and repower his existing 33-foot sportfishing boat Epic. He’s glad he did. The sleek sportfishing boat is now eight feet longer and packs a lot more power, thanks to the new twin engine Volvo Penta D6-370 DPH sterndrive.

The decision to upgrade with Volvo Penta was easy for Miller, who lives in Roy, Washington.

“I’m loyal. I’ve always been a Volvo Penta customer, and I love the product,” said Miller, who uses his boat to fish with his buddies in nearby La Push and Ilwaco on Washington’s coast. His first boat, a 26-foot Anacapri, was repowered with a Volvo Penta gasoline engine in the early 1990s. When he purchased the Epic, built by Bounty Boats, it had 200 horsepower KAD-41 Volvo Penta diesel engines.

In upgrading the Epic, Miller decided on the twin Volvo Penta D6-370 DPH package for its high performance, low emissions and quiet ride.

“Volvo Penta diesels are rapidly becoming the first choice when it comes to repowering sport fishing vessels,” said Jens Bering, vice president, marine sales, Volvo Penta of the Americas. “Our modern clean-burning diesel engines are true workhorses that deliver the speed, torque and performance for the most demanding of owners.”

Three businesses took part in the project. Little Hoquiam Shipyard, in Hoquiam, Washington, extended the Epic from 33 feet to 41 feet. Pacific Power Group, a Volvo Penta Power Center covering the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, supplied the engines and parts. The Pacific Power team collaborated with Jeff Dyke, owner of the Portland-based Cook Engine, Inc., who oversaw the engine replacement and configured the vessel with joysticks, glass cockpits and two helm stations.

Since the project was completed this spring, Miller says the Epic cruises at an easy 26 knots burning just nine gallons per hour and can also achieve a top speed of 42 knots. That’s good news for Miller and his fishing pals, who like to get where they’re going quickly for catches of tuna, lingcod, halibut and salmon.

“This was a seamless repower project, from start to finish,” said Dave Bibby, Volvo Penta Parts Regional Manager, Pacific Power Marine Group. “You couldn’t have asked for a better team, a better product – or a happier customer.”

For a high-resolution image, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/prgkqmew8l9xstm/AADq_WnC1F8OzsBVEMhlGeaPa?dl=0.

About Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta, with approximately 3,500 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for leisure boats, commercial vessels and industrial applications. Product offerings encompass diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 1,000 hp. Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Connect with Volvo Penta of the Americas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest company news and insights.

For further information, please contact:

Christine Carlson
Volvo Penta of the Americas
Phone: +1 (757) 382 4084
E-mail: christine.carlson@volvo.com

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications, Inc.
Phone: +1 (757) 451 0602
E-mail: jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Calnetix to Showcase Permanent Magnet Solutions for High-Speed Compressor Motors and Turbo Expanders at Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia 2018

September 13, 2018

CERRITOS, Calif. – Sept. 12, 2018 – Calnetix Technologies will showcase its permanent magnet (PM) solutions for high-speed compressor motors and turbo expander generators, as well as its new-generation medium-voltage motor and drive systems at the Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia to be held Sept. 18-20 in Houston.

The company’s PM and magnetic bearing technologies provide reduced maintenance, increased reliability, significant reduction in size and removal of conventional lubrication systems to eliminate contamination of working fluids or gases.

Calnetix Technologies’ PM machines, magnetic bearings and power electronics are being utilized worldwide in gas and liquid processing applications, such as natural gas expanders, natural gas compressors and pumps. Its turboexpander systems run on magnetic bearings and are hermetically sealed into a single housing, eliminating the need for a gearbox, lubrication system or any auxiliaries. The systems utilize natural gas to cool the motor and active magnetic bearings.

In addition, Calnetix Technologies has developed compact, efficient and cost-competitive SiC based medium voltage drive systems for high-speed motor applications. The developed drive systems are suitable for natural gas compression, power generation and turbo expansion applications.

The Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia is a global forum for the exchange of ideas between rotating equipment engineers and technicians. Now surpassing 46 years, the symposia is known for its impact on the turbomachinery, pump, oil and gas, petrochemical, power, aerospace, chemical and water industries. Visitors are invited to come by Booth 2514 to learn more about high-speed compressor motors and expanders, and new-generation medium-voltage motor and drive systems.

About Calnetix Technologies

Calnetix Technologies, LLC (“Calnetix”), headquartered in Cerritos, Calif., is focused on Innovation That Drives Industries™. The company specializes in high-performance, high-speed motor generators and best-in-class advanced magnetic bearings and control systems. Calnetix’s patented, underlying technologies, which have been in use since the company’s inception in 1998, have made Calnetix a world leader in the design and production of high-speed machines. The company’s overall technology portfolio and system integration capabilities have led to development and production contracts with industry leaders and the start of many successful subsidiaries that focus on unique niche markets. For more information, please visit www.calnetix.com.

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