The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Shelton-based Lex Products Corp. a contract for the design and development of Advanced Mobile Electric Power Distribution System (AMEPDIS).
AMEPDIS is an enhanced version of the MEPDIS-R portable electric power distribution system that Lex Products has supplied to all Marine Corps forward operating bases since 2004. AMEPDIS can be considered a “smart” (energy efficient) MEPDIS-R, according to a Lex Products press release.
Will provide ‘an improved system’
Joe Birchak, Lex Products senior vice president of business development, said the company is proud to be the sole source for power distribution systems for the U.S. Marine Corps.
“Through this contract award we will provide an improved system [to] meet the challenges of a changing mobile power landscape that will require fuel savings and power grid efficiencies on the battlefield,” Birchak said.
Adds safety and reliability
AMEPDIS will incorporate technology designed to add features such as load prioritization, load shedding and automatic phase balancing. Improvements to the MEPDIS-R line will include fault monitoring and isolation, thereby adding safety and reliability to the system.
By introducing AMEPDIS as a supplement rather than as a replacement system, the Marine Corps will have the flexibility of incorporating a mix of MEPDIS-R and AMEPDIS units in grid configurations that allow complete interconnection, according to the Lex Products release.
Products survive harsh environments
Lex Products Corp. is a manufacturer of power distribution and control systems for targeted markets, such as entertainment, industrial and the military. Founded in 1989, the company specializes in portable power systems including distribution boxes, cable assemblies, cable protectors and other products, designed to withstand rough use and harsh environments.
Headquartered in Shelton, the company also has offices in Sun Valley, Calif., and the United Kingdom. In 2012, Lex Products ranked 77th in the Manufacturing segment on Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 5000” list.
Lex Products is ISO 9001:2008 certified for all design, production, operations and support services across its three U.S. facilities and AS9100C certified for the design and manufacture of cable assemblies.