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Our Clients

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 Appoints Stewart & Stevenson as A New Marine Power Center

June 28, 2018

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – June 28, 2018 – Volvo Penta of the Americas today announced the appointment of Stewart & Stevenson as a new Authorized Power Center for the marine industry.

Based in Houston, Stewart & Stevenson is a leading provider of specialized equipment, as well as aftermarket parts and service to the global oil and gas, marine, construction, power generation, transportation, material handling, mining, agricultural and other industries.

As a Volvo Penta Authorized Power Center, the company will be responsible for sales and service of Volvo Penta marine commercial and leisure propulsion solutions from five locations in Texas and Louisiana. In addition, the company will serve as a resource for parts, service, warranty and training for Volvo Penta dealers in these areas.

“The appointment of Stewart & Stevenson as a Volvo Penta Power Center expands our presence in the Gulf Coast region, helping us to better serve the needs of our partnering commercial operators, while offering exceptional products, innovative solutions and unparalleled customer service,” said Jens Bering, vice president of marine sales for Volvo Penta of the Americas.

“With its global reach, Volvo Penta has an unsurpassed reputation for both product innovation and technology leadership in the marine industry,” said John Merrifield, President, Stewart & Stevenson Distribution. “As a Volvo Penta Authorized Power Center, we look forward to extending the services we offer to our marine partners in Texas and Louisiana.”

With the addition of Stewart & Stevenson, Volvo Penta now has 11 marine power centers in the United States, ensuring optimal parts availability at local Volvo Penta dealerships throughout the country.

For more information about Stewart & Stevenson visit www.stewartandstevenson.com.

For a high-resolution image, please visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5k24997ogrhtftu/AABlRU990brPaKenRMJTTBY7a?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 boats, vessels and industrial applications. The engine program comprises 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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Veteran Management Team Launches New Global Communications Company with Investment Funding Led by Former Iridium Chairman

June 14, 2018

Connecting People and Assets. Always-On. EVERYWHERE.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – June 14, 2018 – A new company, EVERYWHERE Communications, Inc., is being launched today to provide satellite and cellular connections for the millions of people and assets that require global connectivity for safety, security and productivity.

EVERYWHERE’s fully integrated dual-mode communications solution uses the newly launched Iridium NEXT satellite constellation and cellular networks to provide always-on connectivity everywhere on Earth, including the over 90 percent of the world beyond the reach of land-based wireless coverage.

“We provide vital communication links that will save lives, improve security and create productivity solutions on a global scale,” said Patrick Shay, the company’s founder and CEO. “Our solution is based on field-proven patented technology, and we have brought together a world-class team of professionals to bring it to market.”

The company’s leadership team consists of seasoned industry professionals, each with over 30 years of experience, responsible for creating over $2 billion in connected services with companies including Motorola, Nextel, Verizon, SiriusXM, Iridium, SkyBitz and DeLorme.

The lead investment partner in EVERYWHERE is Gemini Capital, founded by Dan Colussy, former chairman of Iridium Satellite. Colussy successfully purchased Iridium out of bankruptcy and rebuilt it into a global and profitable business that now serves over a million customers worldwide. Additional capital has come from other industry leaders and experts.

Colussy commented: “EVERYWHERE has all the ingredients for success – a strong team with experience and extensive relationships in this business sector, proven patented technology and a compelling value proposition for an emerging market with enormous growth potential.”

The company provides safety and productivity solutions for government, NGO and enterprise customers in vertical markets such as oil and gas, mining, construction, aviation, marine, public safety and security.

Global Dual-Mode Communications – EVERYWHERE’s intelligent routing platform uses least-cost-routing to provide a flexible and powerful solution to control costs, optimize productivity and ensure always-on connectivity.

Worker Safety – EVERYWHERE provides a vital communications lifeline to meet duty-of-care obligations and comply with lone-worker laws being adopted in many countries. The handheld devices provide two-way satellite communications via the Iridium satellite network, as well as GPS tracking and SOS communications with a customer-designated monitoring center.

Global IoT – EVERYWHERE’s solution encompasses end-to-end monitoring and management of machinery, equipment and physical assets. It supports EVERYWHERE’s own devices as well as third party devices.

Proven Technology – EVERYWHERE’s solution is based on patented technology that has been deployed and used in mission-critical operations for the last 10 years. The product portfolio includes personal communication devices, asset tracking devices, smartphone apps and a central management platform. It is a multi-network, multi-device solution.

About EVERYWHERE Communications, Inc.

Led by a team that has deployed $2B in connected services, 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.

The company is headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland.

For more information, visit www.everywherecomms.com.

Photo caption: Patrick Shay, founder and CEO, EVERYWHERE Communications, Inc. For a high-resolution image, visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/o7iriredj7utu8m/AABpEAVGRyDLkO-5A3uJIeNMa?dl=0.

Press Contact:

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

Business Contact:

Patrick Shay, CEO
EVERYWHERE Communications, Inc.
+1-207-370-1643
patrick.shay@everywherecommunications.com

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Upwing Energy Closes Funding Round Led by Equinor Technology Ventures and Cooper and Company

June 12, 2018

Artificial Lift Technology Company to Accelerate Downhole Gas Compressor Development

CERRITOS, Calif. – June 12, 2018 – Upwing Energy, an artificial lift technology company, today announced that it has received an equity investment from Equinor Technology Ventures and Cooper and Company to accelerate the development of its downhole gas compressor with the goal of boosting the production rate in shale gas wells.

Upwing Energy is a spin-off from Calnetix Technologies, known for its disruptive innovations within high-speed motors, magnetic bearings and power electronics. These technologies are being applied by Upwing in downhole rotating tools, starting with the Subsurface Compressor System™ (SCS), which is capable of boosting production while sustaining the extreme conditions present in gas wells at up to 12,000 feet below surface.

“As the second largest gas supplier to Europe and a known early adopter of enabling technologies, Equinor will be an invaluable partner to help accelerate the commercialization of Upwing’s Subsurface Compressor Systems,” said Herman Artinian, Chief Executive Officer of Upwing Energy. “We look forward to working with Equinor and Cooper and Company to achieve our vision of maximizing the production and recoverable reserves of natural gas resources throughout the world.”

“Equinor is very excited to start this journey with Upwing Energy and to support the development and commercialization of their downhole gas compressor,” said Kristin Aamodt, Managing Director of Equinor Technology Ventures. “We are impressed by the strong team and look forward to supporting market entry for this new technology, which could become an important contributor to reaching our future gas production targets.”

“For oil wells, we have electrical submersible pumps (ESPs), but for gas wells there are few options available to improve the drawdown,” said Pandurang Kulkarni, Principal Researcher at Equinor’s Research and Technology group. “Upwing’s SCS could mean a step change for increased production and regularity from natural gas wells.”

About Upwing Energy

Upwing Energy, Inc. (“Upwing”), headquartered in Cerritos, Calif., 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. Focused on the production of hydrocarbons, the company is an innovative offshoot of parent company Calnetix Technologies, which is a recognized leader in high-speed rotating systems for a wide variety of industries. For more information, please visit www.upwingenergy.com.

Contact:
Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications
+1.757.451.0602
jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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THINKOM PHASED-ARRAY AERO ANTENNAS READY NOW FOR LOW-EARTH ORBIT SATELLITES

May 31, 2018

ThinKom’s Patented Technology Supports Multi-Constellation, Multi-Orbit Interoperability

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – May 31, 2018 – ThinKom Solutions, Inc. has announced that its phased-array antennas are fully interoperable with the next generation of low-earth orbit (LEO) and mid-earth orbit (MEO) networks as well as geostationary (GEO) satellites.

Agility tests have shown that the company’s antenna design achieves switching speeds of less than 800 ms. This has been determined by LEO and MEO service providers to be more than sufficient for beam switching among the fast-moving satellites with virtually no interruption in connectivity.

“ThinKom’s patented phased-array architecture provides rapid switching speeds without the limitations of electronic scanning antennas in terms of instantaneous bandwidth, low-look-angle performance, power consumption and aperture efficiency,” said Bill Milroy, chairman and chief technical officer of ThinKom Solutions.

“The new LEO and MEO satellite networks currently under development have the potential to disrupt the satcom market with inexpensive bandwidth and offer unique benefits in terms of latency, coverage, throughput and redundancy,” said Milroy. “At the same time, GEO high-throughput satellites (HTS) represent proven lower-risk technology but have limitations in terms of high-latitude coverage, lower spectral efficiencies and latency. This presents a dilemma for companies facing multi-year planning cycles for satcom terminal selection.”

“Our position is that users and sellers of aeronautical satellite connectivity should not have to make an either-or choice,” said Milroy. “Our antenna technology has the versatility to support an integrated multi-constellation solution offering gap-free pole-to-pole coverage with automatic beam switching, rapid outage recovery and network optimization for different geographical regions.”

ThinKom’s antennas are field-proven with nearly 750 installed units currently flying over 3,000 flights per day. They have more than 2.5 million hours of accrued service time and are consistently achieving 98 percent availability rates. In addition, the extremely low-profile antenna radome virtually eliminates aerodynamic drag, dramatically reducing fuel usage when flying with the satcom antenna.

ThinKom will showcase its Ku- and Ka-band phased-array antenna technology at the 2018 Global Connected Aircraft Summit in San Diego, June 4-6. Milroy will speak in the Hardware and Technology panel on Tuesday afternoon, June 5.

Photo caption: ThinKom’s ThinAir® phased-array antenna design is fully interoperable with GEO, MEO and LEO satellite networks. A high-resolution image can be downloaded at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zq40027m9cqelfu/AADElVQbWAQtvh154qby5InNa?dl=0.

Video can be seen here.

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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Calnetix to Present Paper at ASME Turbo Conference

May 29, 2018

Paper Presents Results of Shock Platform Testing of Active Permanent Magnetic Bearings in a Variable Speed Chilled Water Plant for U.S. Navy

CERRITOS, Calif. – May 29, 2018 – Calnetix Technologies will present a paper on active magnetic bearing technology at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Turbo Conference and Expo next month.

Larry Hawkins, Director of Technology, Magnetic Bearings, will deliver a paper entitled, “Floating Shock Platform Testing of a Magnetic Bearing Supported Chiller Compressor – Measurements and Simulation Results.” Hawkins co-authored the paper with Zhiyang Wang, a Principal Magnetic Bearing Engineer at Upwing Energy, and Koman Nambiar, Engineering Manager at Johnson Controls Navy Systems.

The paper describes the heavy weight shock qualification testing for a new chilled water plant developed for the U.S. Navy. The variable speed compressor at the heart of the system utilizes permanent magnet bias, active magnetic bearings and resiliently mounted backup bearings. The backup bearings are designed to take the primary shock overload, while the magnetic bearing control has features to ensure recovery of levitation after a shock event. For the MIL-S-901D shock certification, the chiller was mounted on a floating barge and subjected to a sequence of shock impacts generated from high-explosive charges. Hawkins will give a detailed description of the test methodology and test results. He will also describe a transient, nonlinear simulation used to model the shock testing and compare predicted and measured results.

The 2018 ASME Turbo Conference and Expo will take place in Lillestrøm, Norway, June 11-15. Now in its 63rd year, the annual technical symposium brings together experts from around the world to share the latest in turbine technology.

Visitors to the event are invited to visit Calnetix at Booth 603.

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.

Contact:
Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications
+1.757.451.0602
jrhodes@rhodescomm.com

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Volvo Penta of the Americas Welcomes Volvo Ocean Race Fleet to Newport

May 17, 2018

Volvo Penta Is Official Supplier of Diesel Engines for Racing Sailboats, Gas Engines for Team RIBs, Power Generation Engine for Race Village

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) – May 17, 2018 – Volvo Penta is the official engine supplier for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, the adrenaline-inducing, nine-month round-the-world endurance contest that makes its only North American appearance this week in Newport, Rhode Island.

Each of the identical one-class Volvo Ocean Race 65 racing boats is equipped with a Volvo Penta D2-75 hp diesel engine with S-Drive. The engines are used to produce electricity for the boats’ communications equipment, computers, watermakers, lighting and heating when underway. Race rules do not allow the engines to be used for propulsion when racing except in emergencies, but they can be used to motor in and out of the host-city ports.

“This is the sixth time Volvo Penta has supplied the auxiliary engines for the sailboats in the Volvo Ocean Race,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “The grueling event puts our products to the ultimate test for durability and performance.”

Volvo Penta’s involvement in the Volvo Ocean Race extends beyond supplying and servicing the sailboat engines. For instance, Volvo Penta also supplied the V6-280 gasoline sterndrive engines that power the team RIBs to transport crew, equipment and guests during port stopovers. In addition, the Volvo Pavilion, which is a centerpiece in the 55,000-square-foot Race Village, gets its electricity from an industrial generator powered by a Volvo Penta TAD1651 diesel engine.

Providing technical support, maintenance and service for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is a tall order. The installed systems take a beating when sailing at extreme speeds under some of the world’s roughest sea conditions. To keep all the boats and their installed equipment operating throughout the race, the racers are supported by The Boatyard, a traveling workshop and maintenance facility that follows the fleet. Volvo Penta’s Technical Support Engineer Johannes Karlsson travels along with 50 other technical experts who support the boats and all the installed systems at The Boatyard during each port stopover. Armed with a full supply of spares and tools, the technicians can quickly assess and repair all systems, including electronics, rigging, sails and engines. Karlsson can also call on additional support from Volvo Penta’s worldwide dealer network at each stopover city.

“What we deliver at The Boatyard for the Volvo Ocean Race is similar to what we deliver every day through our global Volvo Penta network,” said Karlsson. “Many of our customers use their boats in extreme conditions or remote locations, relying on quick access to parts and service.”

Huibers noted that Volvo Penta of the Americas is a longtime supporter of the U.S. sailing industry. The company is a supporter of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, which inducted its Class of 2017 in Newport last September.

The Volvo Ocean Race will depart from Newport May 20, and the competition will conclude in June in The Hague. For details, and to follow up-to-the-minute race action, visit www.volvooceanrace.com.

Volvo Ocean Race Sailboat Engines – Technical Specifications
Engine Volvo Penta D2-75 with S-Drive
Crankshaft kW/hp 55/75
Rated rpm 3,000
Cylinders 4
Displacement, liters 2.2
Alternator 12V 115A (with built-in charging sensor)

Volvo Penta Team RIB Engines – Technical Specifications

Engine Volvo Penta Aquamatic Gasoline Sterndrive Engine
Cylinders V6
kW/hp 209/280
Rpm 5,800
Displacement, liters 4.3

For high-resolution images, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4pziixbtz8fwevy/AABhBOpbmLFnAUCnUubm2pC5a?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 boats, vessels and industrial applications. The engine program comprises 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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