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EMP Awarded Contracts for “miniHybrid” Thermal System Retrofits

Municipalities are committed to fuel improvement programs and environmental

 leadership utilizing EMP’s “miniHybrid” Thermal System



Escanaba, MI – Engineered Machined Products, Inc. (EMP) has announced it has received production orders for its advanced “miniHybrid” thermal system from three (3) municipal transit authorities, TriMet (Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon) in Portland, Oregon, MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) in Atlanta, Georgia,  and the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority) in Boston, Massachusetts.

 "miniHybrid" Location Map

TriMet – Portland formally adopted a resolution authorizing a contract with EMP for purchase of thermal management systems for retrofit on TriMet fixed-route buses. Initially, retrofit of twenty-one (21) fixed-route buses with EMP’s miniHybrid thermal systems is budgeted in TriMet’s FY2008-2009 capital budget, based on payback of the retrofit cost in three years, reflecting at least 10,000 gallons of fuel saved annually, and annual savings in bus maintenance costs. In addition, TriMet approved procurement of forty (40) replacement buses, for delivery by spring 2009, with EMP miniHybrid thermal systems installed as original equipment.


MARTA – Atlanta formally notified EMP this week of their acceptance of a production order for procurement of two-hundred (200) miniHybrid thermal systems to be retrofitted on New Flyer and Orion Transit Buses.  


MBTA – Boston has notified EMP this week that they will retrofit one-hundred twenty three (123) municipal transit buses. All (123) buses will be retrofit to include the EMP miniHybrid thermal system. The retrofit program will commence the first quarter of 2009.


According to Brian Larche, President & CEO of Engineered Machined Products, “Our advanced products group has been working very closely with municipal transit properties across North America. These recent production orders from established transit properties in Portland, Atlanta and Boston are critical to our company’s diversification initiatives in response to the challenges of the domestic diesel industry.”


EMP developed the miniHybrid Thermal System as an innovative proprietary technology to help customers improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. To power the miniHybrid, EMP developed a 450 amp brushless alternator, known as the “Power 450”.  The miniHybrid is a drop-in cooling module that replaces a conventional hydraulic cooling system with a bank of eight (8) very efficient, controllable electric fans developed by EMP.  The miniHybrid thermal system includes the Power 450 Brushless Alternator, a highly efficient, air-cooled brushless alternator that delivers best in class performance at low speeds and idle.  The system allows municipalities and others to retrofit existing transit buses for increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, achieving the benefits of a newly purchased hybrid bus at a fraction of the cost. 

 CATA bus with "miniHybrid" Unit Installed

EMP has had field units in operation in municipalities across North America for about two (2) years. For example, EMP has collaborated with Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) in Lansing, Michigan to retrofit seventeen (17) buses resulting in an improvement of fuel economy between 3 to 14% and a savings of (300) to (1400) gallons of fuel per bus, annually.  With present fuel costs, this relates to an estimated annual savings of the $1,000 to $4,900 per bus. 


EMP also has a collaborative arrangement with New Flyer Industries and BAE Systems to supply next generation thermal cooling systems on municipal buses. Thirty (30) additional pilot programs and partnerships are planned for 2008 and into 2009. 


About Engineered Machined Products, Inc. (EMP)

EMP is an engineering leader in the development, manufacturing and assembly of advanced thermal management and oil management products and engine cooling systems for the on-highway, off-highway, municipal and school bus transit, marine and military markets.  For more information, visit


About Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet)

TriMet is a municipal corporation providing public transportation for much of the three counties in the Portland, Oregon metro area. TriMet operates a comprehensive transit network, with 93 bus lines and 44 miles of light rail. 


About Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)

MARTA is the principal rapid-transit system in the Atlanta metropolitan area and operates a network of bus routes linked to a heavy rail system. MARTA operates primarily in Fulton County, Georgia and DeKalb County, Georgia.  


About Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA)

MBTA is the principal rapid-transit system in the Boston metropolitan area. This agency is currently in charge of rapid transit, bus, commuter boat, and commuter rail in the greater Boston area. The MBTA, or known locally as the “T”, operates four rapid transit lines and numerous commuter rail lines in and around Boston.


About New Flyer Industries

New Flyer is the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States and Canada.  The Company’s three facilities — in Winnipeg, MB, St. Cloud, MN and Crookston, MN. With a skilled workforce of over 2,200 employees, New Flyer is a technology leader, offering the broadest product line in the industry, including drive systems powered by clean diesel, LNG, CNG, hydrogen fuel cell and electric trolley as well as energy-efficient gasoline-electric and diesel-electric hybrid vehicles.  All products are supported with an industry-leading, comprehensive parts and service network.  Further information is available on Company’s web site at                           


October 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment


Applied Mesh Technologies Enhances Performance of Wireless Mesh Network through Its New Relationship with Monarch Antenna, Inc. 

Applied Mesh Technologies, a leading provider of wireless telemetry equipment, today announced the successful integration of Self-Structuring Antenna (SSA) technology provided by Monarch Antenna, Inc. Integration of Monarch’s cognitive SSA greatly improves the performance of Applied Mesh Technologies’ line of wireless telemetry products. SSA extends range in weak signal conditions, improves signal quality in severe RF multipath environments, and improves wireless network selectivity.



“Integration of Monarch’s technology greatly improves the performance of our devices employing 802.15.4 networking, this being particularly true given the difficult RF environments presented by our customers.” said Charles Melvin, Vice President of Engineering, Applied Mesh.



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About Applied Mesh Technologies, LLC

Applied Mesh Technologies, LLC was formed in 2006 by a pioneering group of accomplished engineers with an extensive utility service background. AppMesh develops innovative communication solutions that take metering to the next level by providing utility companies with the capability to remotely monitor their systems to save money and increase operational efficiency.  For more information, please visit or call 1-478-333-3030.


About Monarch Antenna, Inc.

Monarch Antenna, Inc. was formed in 2007 for commercializing the patented Self-Structuring Antenna (SSA) technology, developed jointly by Delphi Corporation and Michigan State University. SSA alters its aperture using RF relays based on feedback from the radio for optimum transmission and reception in real time. Monarch has developed prototypes for WiFi and ZigBee applications, and NASA is currently evaluating the SSA technology for use in missions to the Moon and Mars in the coming decades. The technology also enables implementation of MIMO as well as multi-band operation in handsets where space is at premium. For more information, please visit or call 1-734-846-2550.

September 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

APPLIED MESH TECHNOLOGIES’ Develops New Mesh Communications Solution

Applied Mesh Unveils New appMESH® Technology at Autovation Show Booth # 945

Applied Mesh Technologies, the leading hardware provider for wireless communications, today announced that it would be unveiling the new appMESH® wireless mesh communications system and hardware at the upcoming Autovation show being held in Atlanta in September.  Applied Mesh currently offers the DCX

(Direct Connect eXternal) product which serves as a communications backhaul and gateway device for automation of any distribution end device.  When combined, the DCX and appMESH network will provide a totally flexible and low cost solution for distribution automation.   


“Our appMESH equipped devices offer seamless operation of standard TCP/IP protocols over an 802.15.4 network using true IPV6 addressing, an industry first”, said Charles Melvin, Vice President of Engineering, Applied Mesh.“With the appMESH DCX as a gateway, our customers can directly communicate with associated appMESH devices and owing to high RF output power and incorporation of advanced cognitive self-structuring antennas, our appMESH designs offer unparalleled RF performance in the most difficult RF environments.”


Applied Mesh will have the appMesh system in place at Autovation and will be demonstrating the capability to read multiple commercial and industrial meters using MV90 and a mesh network.  “We could not be more excited about the upcoming applications of the new appMESH product.  It provides a solution for every utility need, from distribution and home automation to metering,” said Mark Leach, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Applied Mesh.  In the upcoming months, Applied Mesh will expand the appMESH network capabilities to include residential metering, home automation, load control and other distribution automation applications.



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About Applied Mesh Technologies, LLC

Applied Mesh Technologies, LLC was formed in 2006 by a pioneering group of accomplished engineers with an extensive utility service background. AppMesh develops innovative communication solutions that take metering to the next level by providing utility companies with the capability to remotely monitor their systems to save money and increase operational efficiency.  For more information, please visit or call 1-478-333-3030.


September 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

MTU Detroit Diesel 5R890 Successfully Tested for US Army FCS

The newest member of the MTU Series 890 family had a successful initial run on a test bench at the company facilities in Friedrichshafen, Germany in September 2006.  The in-line, five-cylinder diesel engine, 5R890 (MT 895), is rated at 590 horsepower (440 kW) at 4,250 rpm. This configuration will be used in the US Army Future Combat Systems Manned Ground Vehicle.

Since the initial run, the company has built, tested and delivered four 5R890 engines with plans to produce eight more by December 2009.  In addition to the many engineering verification tests accomplished, HALT (highly accelerated life testing) and cold testing has been initiated in 2007 and is currently ongoing.

The Series 890 family takes power density to new levels for conventional diesel engines. The demonstrated design targets are one kilowatt of power per kilogram of weight, coupled with the smallest possible external dimensions. The engine uses all of the available packaging space for integrating oil system components within the crankcase, resulting in straight line exterior contours. The crankcase and pistons are made of aluminum to reduce weight, while the cylinder heads are cast iron and the connecting rods and crankshaft are made of steel to increase strength.

The five-cylinder configuration joins the other family members now on test or in the hands of customers, including the V10 in the German Army Puma; the V6 for US Army Tank Automotive R&D Center, and the in-line 4 used in Rheinmetall Landsysteme GeFas vehicle. Through September 2007, the total running hours of the series 890 engines now add up to nearly 7,000 hours with the 5R890 accounting for approximately 1,000 of these.

October 5, 2007 Posted by | Defense, Uncategorized | 2 Comments