Matric’s Innovation Nets Cover Story in Made in PA Magazine
Matric Group was recently featured in a cover story for Made in PA magazine that showcased the efforts of its three facilities to drive growth and innovation.
The article covers the growth of three Matric Group facilities: Matric, Dynamic Manufacturing, and Windurance. All are located in Pennsylvania.
“I determined that business-friendly Pennsylvania made available Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loans that are just the thing for businesses like ours,” Matric Group owner and President Rick Turner says in the article.
To see how Matric is not only keeping up with but also thriving despite competition from larger companies, check out the full article here.
Windurance Exhibits at the WindPower 2014 in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV – May 5-8, 2014 — Windurance exhibited at the Windpower 2014 show at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
Around 10,000 attendees and over 400 exhibitors from around the world visited Las Vegas to take part in this year’s event.
Attendees visited the new 10’ X 10’ booth by Windurance, to discuss the innovations that the i-Pitch system with industry-leading features such as AC brushless motors, a high MTBF (meantime between failure) and on-board, sophisticated diagnostic software could bring to their turbines. The i-Pitch system is modular and easily adapted to any utility scale wind turbine that is 1.5 MW or larger.
Windurance staff also attended many of the conference sessions, which were informative and well-attended.
Staff is looking forward to the 2015 show in Orlando, FL.
Doctoral Candidate, Rachit Mathur Presents Poster at 2013 WindPower Show
Chicago, IL – May 5-8, 2013 — Windurance Fellowship recipient, Rachit R. Mathur was featured as a poster presenter. Rachit’s poster was entitled “Technical and Economic Analysis of Lidar Enhanced Pitch Controlled Wind Turbines “. His poster was among 200 other posters for this year’s presentation on display in the exhibit hall. A formal session was held on Tuesday, May 7th, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to showcase the posters along with their presenters, giving attendees a chance to ask questions and learn more about the posters.
The following is a synopsis of the poster:
“Through this research we investigate the technical and economic impacts of incorporating LIDAR data into turbine’s measurement and control system. Our previous work demonstrated the shortcomings of conventional reactive control and highlighted the methodology to overcome these using a LIDAR assisted proactive control…
Windurance Exhibits at the WindPower 2013 in Chicago
Chicago, IL – May 5-8, 2013 — Windurance exhibited at the Windpower 2013 show in Chicago, Illinois at the McCormick Place Convention Center from May 6-8. Windurance staff en2013 Windurance Boothjoyed an excellent location in booth # 2539 near the middle of the show floor.
Once again, attendees were attracted to the various pitch system offerings available at Windurance, but were drawn to the i-Pitch system with industry-leading features such as AC brushless motors, a high MTBF (meantime between failure) and on-board, sophisticated diagnostic software. The i-Pitch system is modular and easily adapted to any utility scale wind turbine that is 1.5 MW or larger.
One highlight of the show was the participation and presentation of a technical poster created by Windurance sponsored Ph. D. student, Rachit Mather.
Windurance staff also attended many of the conference sessions, which were informative and well-attended.
It was also announced that the Windpower 2014 trade show would be held over the same dates as this year in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the first time the show will be held in that city and will be an excellent venue to celebrate the 40th anniversary of AWEA.
Windurance Exhibits at the WindPower 2012 in Atlanta, GA
At the Windpower 2012 Exhibit and Conference in Atlanta, GA, Windurance Fellowship recipient, Rachit R. Mathur (shown in photo at right) was featured as a poster presenter. Rachit’s poster was entitled “LIDAR-Enhanced Pitch Control Modeling and Analysis for Optimized Wind Turbine Performance “. His poster was among 227 other posters for this year’s presentation on display in Hall A. A formal session was held on Tuesday, June 5th, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to showcase the posters along with their presenters, giving attendees a chance to ask questions and learn more about the posters.
The following is a synopsis of the poster:
“Wind turbine reliability is one of the most challenging issues faced by the wind energy industry, with component fatigue as one of the primary turbine failure mechanisms. The blade pitch system is a critical turbine control component, enabling efficient operation and reduced system loads to extend operational life. This presentation primarily focused on developing overall research goals, preliminary results for the turbine’s fatigue damage for a base case and a model to analyze its economic feasibility. In addition, it also included the characterization of the relationship between an incoming gust and the corresponding effects on the turbine response simulated using modeling tools such as TurbSim and FAST. Through this presentation we put forward the short comings of the conventional reactive control and highlight upon our methodology to improve the same by having a proactive system.
AWEA WindPower 2012 Proves Successful Show for Windurance
Atlanta, GA; June 3-6, 2012 – Exhibiting in booth 5033, representatives from Windurance were able to benefit from a main aisle location in Hall B at the Georgia World Congress Center. Despite the uncertainty of the PLC and other global economic crisis, representatives from around the world converged to help continue to grow the wind energy industry.
Windurance had several successful meetings with OEM turbine manufacturers and continued to grow and foster current business relationships. As always, booth visitors ranged from the industry novice to seasoned expert. Once again the i-Pitch, Servo Pitch LRU, mini-Pitch, DC motors and an AC motor were on display and creating a lot of buzz.
The highlight for Windurance at this year’s conference was the inclusion of a poster designed by Ph. D. student, Rachit Mathur. More details about the poster are found in the news story above.
Booth # 4169 has been reserved for the 2013 Windpower show in Chicago, IL being held May 4-7. We hope to see you there!
Windurance Exhibits at AWEA WINDPOWER 2011
Anaheim, CA; May 22-25, 2011 – The Windurance Team had a very successful 2011 WINDPOWER trade show and exhibition at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Located in booth number 4687 in Hall E, near the outdoor exhibitions, Windurance had engaging conversations with those ranging from the curious to well-informed wind industry experts. The annual event drew in hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees.
This was the 2nd year for the current design of the 20′ X 20′ contemporary booth display. On display within the Windurance booth were the four pitch control systems that are available for wind turbine manufacturers: Servo Pitch (the flagship DC system), i-Pitch (AC brushless system), mini-Pitch (for smaller turbines) and new to the line-up, the Servo Pitch LRU. This newest system utilizes modular, Line Replaceable Units (LRU’s) similar to the i-Pitch and mini-Pitch systems. Also on display was a demonstration of the Windurance FAST program, which simulates wind turbine Fatigue, Aerodynamics, Structures, and Turbulence.
Windurance also hit a home run this year by giving booth visitors a real baseball with an imprinted Windurance logo and question, “How fast is your pitch?” Coincidentally, show organizers had also booked former Anaheim Angel’s baseball pitcher, Jim Abbott, to sign baseballs. The Windurance baseballs became even more popular during the time that Mr. Abbott was signing baseballs.
Windurance has reserved Booth # 5033 for the 2012 WINDPOWER show being held in Atlanta, GA.
WINDURANCE INTRODUCES NEW SERVO PITCH LRU SYSTEM
May 20, 2011 – Windurance introduces the new Servo Pitch LRU pitch control system for utility scale wind turbines. The system utilizes modular, Line Replaceable Units (LRU’s). The ultimate in modularity provides for ease of manufacturability and serviceability. With 100 MW of the new systems already globally commissioned, the Servo Pitch LRU’s are designed to ease installation of the pitch system in wind turbines, fast and uncomplicated.
Windurance experience combines high reliability and low maintenance for a very robust and sophisticated pitch system. The Servo Pitch LRU was recently certified High Temperature [50°C] and High Humidity [100%RH] by a third party agency.
Simple diagnostics and verification tools speed turbine assembly, commissioning, service and maintenance operations. The diagnostic software provides quick identification of any required service actions. The standard maintenance interval for the system is 5 years, with an option for a 10-year interval.
WINDURANCE AND NIRE ENTER INTO STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP
November 22, 2010 — Windurance, headquartered in Coraopolis, PA and The National Institute for Renewable Energy (NIRE), headquartered in Lubbock, TX have established a long-term mutually beneficial relationship to exchange knowledge and equipment with the ultimate goal of improving the technologies employed in future utility scale wind turbines. The research and technologies will then be integrated into the designs of wind turbines to optimize the entire system from the concrete base to the tips of the blades, to improve availability and reliability, which are essential for minimizing generation expenses and maximizing generation output. Turbine OEM’s are becoming more and more aware of the role that the pitch control system plays in the overall performance, safety and long-term reliability of the system.
Windurance has committed to utilizing existing and prototype products to be used in NIRE’s wind projects. Specifically, Windurance will customize their highly modular blade pitch control systems for use in wind turbines constructed by various wind turbine manufacturers. NIRE will develop wind energy projects to build wind turbine equipment and wind farms. NIRE will also work in partnership with Texas Tech University and other research entities to further their collaborative research and education missions.
NIRE, a non-profit public-private partnership which was formed in December of 2009, is designed to provide services to industry partners including new forecasting tools, prototype testing and certification, development of maintenance, operations and surveillance best practices, transmission and load flow studies, use of mobile research equipment to enhance wind farm performance and interconnection design and analysis. Their focus also includes building and operating research wind farms, developing other renewable energy research facilities, creating an industry-wide renewable energy consortium and providing commercial services to industry partners.
Windurance engages in engineering, manufacturing, and supplying wind turbine electronic blade pitch control systems. The company offers Servo Pitch, i-PITCH and mini-PITCH system platforms for varying sizes of wind turbines. These interconnected and interoperable, processor and network based systems are closed loop servo power conversion controls, motors, and auxiliary power technologies for the blade pitch applications in multi-megawatt wind turbines.
AWEA FALL SYMPOSIUM NOVEMBER 17 -19, 2010
Chandler AZ – November 17-19, 2010 — Windurance participated in the three day conference for members of the Wind Energy Association held this year in Chandler, Arizona at the Sheraton Wild Horse Resort. The American Wind Energy Association holds this event annually to spur interaction among its members and allow feedback to help formulate and adapt strategy for the upcoming year. Program Chairperson, Edward Zaelke, Partner in the law firm of Chadbourne & Park, LLP in Los Angeles, CA laid out for the over 800 attendees a rigorous two and one-half day schedule. Two tracks were offered to the attendees: Realities of the Market and Managing Your Future for Profit along with a General Session each day of the conference. Windurance participated in the following panel discussions moderated by industry experts and professionals:
- Policy Outlook: After the Election
- Fostering Innovation & Technology
- Transmission Solutions
Numerous networking breaks, lunches and receptions allowed further interaction and feedback to reach AWEA staff members.
Highlight of the three day conference was a keynote address made by former General and US Secretary of State, Colin Powell.
Forty four attendees chose to stay an extra day on Saturday, November 20, 2010 to participate in an AWEA organized golf tournament at the Whirlwind Golf Club, Devil’s Claw course co-located on the resort.
WINDURANCE ATTENDS THE WIND ALLIANCE CONFERENCE IN ALBUQUERQUE, NM
November 3-4, 2010 — Windurance staff were in attendance at the fall 2010 conference hosted by The Wind Alliance. The conference was held in Albuquerque, NM, on November 3-4, 2010. Previously only open to membership, this year’s conference was open to the public. The two-day event proved to be a great forum for networking with industry, educational and public representatives.
The Wind Alliance members have developed large-scale solutions and have many projects in progress, such as a Workforce Plan and Safety Standards. The conference included prominent speakers, a guided tour of Sandia Lab and an opportunity to help refine critical solutions for the wind industry. During the conference, attendees helped develop working relationships with key leaders in industry, academia and the public sector that will have long-term tangible and intangible benefits.
The Wind Alliance is an established collection of industrial, academic and public-sector entities that collaboratively focus on continuous pre-competitive improvement of workforce, infrastructure and technology within the wind industry. Members have well established working relationships through the execution of previous projects and access to an unparalleled collection of physical assets and technical capabilities.
WINDURANCE AT THE CANWEA 2010 SHOW IN MONTREAL, QC
November 1-3, 2010 — Windurance attended the 26th annual CanWEA conference and exhibition. The event was its largest ever with a record breaking attendance of 2, 685 participants from all over the world. The 3-day conference was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The exhibition hall featured over 250 companies and provided Windurance the opportunity to network and generate new business leads. On the opening day, CanWEA unveiled its strategic vision for wind energy development in Quebec. WindVision 2025 – A Strategy for Quebec proposes that an average of 800 MW of wind energy capacity be added each year between 2016 and 2025 – for a total of 8,000 MW – increasing wind energy to 20 per cent of Quebec’s overall installed capacity for electricity generation. This is great news for the industry as a whole.
Windurance was able to attend several of the conferences to keep in touch with industry and market trends to ensure our pitch control products continue to lead the way for turbine performance and reliability.
WINDURANCE EXHIBITS AT THE 3RD ANNUAL AWEA OFFSHORE SHOW IN ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
October 5-7, 2010 – Windurance exhibited in Booth 106 at the 3rd annual 2010 North American Offshore Wind Conference & Exhibition in Atlantic City, NJ. The event was held at the Atlantic City Convention CMike At Windurance Booth 106 enter during the first week of October. The 2-day event was a great success for all of those in attendance.
Windurance was able to downsize their versatile 20’ X 20’ which recently debuted at the Windpower show in Dallas, TX. The new 10’ X 10’ booth was simple in design, but underlined the commitment to “availability delivered”. Also on display were 2 of the enclosures that comprise the i-Pitch system.
Visitors to the booth were informed of the advantages the new i-Pitch platform can provide in availability, reliability and overall turbine performance. One visitor described the i-Pitch system as “the future direction of pitch control technology”. The future is definitely here!
Many large wind turbine OEM’s had booths at the show, along with a number of second-tier suppliers, service providers and other wind industry businesses. Traffic was steady throughout the day and picked up in between conference sessions. Overall, the show was a great success for Windurance.
WINDURANCE UNVEILS NEW CORPORATE IMAGE AT WINDPOWER 2010
Coraopolis, PA, – Windurance, the global leader in electronic blade pitch control, unveiled the new corporate image at the WINDPOWER 2010 show in Dallas, Texas. The show was held at the Dallas Convention Center from May 23rd to May 26th.
A newly designed and ultra-modern trade show exhibit was the focal point of the new corporate image. A multilingual four-sided floating banner gave show attendees the ability to easily locate booth 9663 in Hall F.
A new company tagline “availability delivered – in changing wind conditions” helped to emphasize that Windurance custom engineers and manufactures each pitch system to maximize the availability, performance and reliability of the system to be the best in the world.
On display in the booth were the servo pitch system, the new i-Pitch system and the smaller mini-Pitch system. In addition, DC motors were also on display. The Windurance FAST software program also created a lot of buzz with many passers-by inquiring as to what the software was monitoring.
Thank you again to all of our current and future customers that made the WINDPOWER 2010 show a huge success. We’re looking forward to the 2011 show in Anaheim, CA.
WINDURANCE ACQUIRES ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION
Coraopolis, PA – Windurance has acquired ISO 9001 certification of the quality management system from Bureau Veritas, a globally renowned third party auditing firm. Windurance is driven to deliver quality – from the day-to-day operations, to the customer service standards established and the products delivered.
ISO 9001 is an international standard related to management systems, applicable to any organization from all types of business sectors and activities. It is based on the process approach toward customer focus, leadership, and continual improvement.
Having the ISO 9001 certification ensures our processes are effectively and efficiently meeting the established goals,” says Tracy D. Sandell, Director of Quality Services.
MLS Electrosystem Acquired by Matric Group and R2J Technologies
Coraopolis, PA; February 10, 2010 — Controlling interests of MLS Electrosystem, were acquired by the Matric Group located in Seneca, PA, and R2J Technologies located in Pittsburgh, PA from Standard Industrial Products Company. (SIPCO) of Webster, TX. MLS Electrosystem has been engineering and manufacturing blade pitch control systems for utility grade wind turbines since 2000. Today, over 1,800 MW of power are being generated optimally using MLS Electrosystem pitch systems in Europe, Asia and North America.
MLS Electrosystem will be renamed Windurance LLC and continue to offer a full line of blade pitch control systems for existing and new customers worldwide. Their modular line of platforms includes the newest “i-pitch” (for utility grade turbines), “mini-pitch” (for smaller grade turbines) and the AC pitch system, along with the original well-established and tested platform.
SIPCO will be independent of MLS Electrosystem and continue to offer a line of electromechanical drives (motors and gear) for pitch control as well as brakes, and turbine yaw systems for the wind energy market.
The Matric Group will continue to manufacture and provide pitch control systems to the new company, Windurance. The Matric Group companies consist of: Matric, established in 1971, located in Seneca, PA and Dynamic Manufacturing, established in 1993 and located in Freeport, PA. Both companies provide electronic contract manufacturing services, engineering contract design and PCB (printed circuit board) layout services, electromechanical assembly and cable assembly.
R2J Technologies will continue to provide world class design and engineering capabilities to continue to develop state of the art pitch control systems designed for the new company, Windurance. R2J has extensive experience in all aspects of motion control, provides product development services, for custom embedded systems and power conversion solutions. They deliver cost effective, fast time to market, while assuring manufacturing cost and product performance goals for their clients.
2009 TRADE SHOWS
WINDPOWER 2009 – With a rallying cry, a governor’s roundtable, words from visionary Texas oil man T. Boone Pickens and other influential wind supporters, WINDPOWER 2009 Conference & Exhibition broke all former attendance records with over 23,000 attendees and 1,280 exhibitors. The conference was held in Chicago, Illinois, from May 4-7, 2009. Windurance Control Systems was located in both # 1326.
2008 TRADE SHOWS
WINDPOWER 2008 – On June 1-4, 2008, the Windpower 2008 show was held at the Houston, TX. With a record-breaking 776 exhibitors and over 13,000 registrants, WINDPOWER 2008 Conference & Exhibition was nearly twice the size of last year’s event in Los Angeles. Windurance was located in booth 839.
HUSUMWIND 2008 – Windurance exhibited at the Husum Wind show held in Messe Husum, Germany, from October 9-13, 2008. Over 700 exhibitors from 35 countries were at the show.
WINDURANCE MOVES TO NEW CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS IN CORAOPOLIS, PENNSYLVANIA
Coraopolis, PA – Windurance moved into its new corporate headquarters location in September, 2008. The facility is an approximately 6,500 sq. ft. building built in 1990. Located at 1300 Commerce Drive in Coraopolis, PA or “Moon Township”, it is just 5 minutes away from the Pittsburgh International Airport.
After a brief period of renovation, the Windurance staff moved into the new and improved facility. A new engineering lab was built with anti-static flooring to protect sensitive equipment. A state-of-the-art training room was designed to allow for in-house training. Large conference rooms, a spacious lobby, ample office spaces and a modern kitchenette round out the facility. The other impressive feature is that the building is centered within a beautifully landscaped lot with a country feel.
2007 TRADE SHOWS
EWEC 2007 – Windurance had a booth at the 2007 EWEC show in Milan Italy. The show was held from May 7th until May 10th, 2007. The Windurance representatives had an excellent location with booth D025 being very near to the large wind turbine manufacturers.
WINDPOWER 2007 – The premiere US Windpower show was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California from June 4-6, 2007. Windurance executives once again had a booth at the show to exhibit some of the newest features of the Windurance pitch control systems.
2006 TRADE SHOWS
EWEC 2006 – Windurance executives attended the 2006 European Wind Energy Conference & Exhibitions (EWEC) in Athens, Greece, from February 27 to March 2, 2006. Sponsored by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the event attracted over 2,800 participants from 50 different countries.
There were also over 500 oral and poster presentations done during the conference. Paul Rowan, Director, Research & Development at Windurance , presented two posters with advanced technology information. The poster presentations were “Batteries and Ultra-Capacitors” and “A Comparison of Pitch Control System Technologies”.
On Tuesday evening, Windurance hosted a Tech Forum and Cocktails Open House at the Hotel Hilton Athens. Attendees were presented with more in depth information on the same topics as those covered in the aforementioned poster topics, along with a sneak-peek at integrating Blade Strain into the pitch system.
EWEC 2006 – This year the WINDPOWER conference brought together the industry’s leading wind energy professionals from around the world for 3 days of conference sessions and an interactive trade show where exhibitors showcased their products and services. Windurance Control Systems executives set up an exhibition booth for the show which was located at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.. The booth featured a Windurance exclusive demonstration of a brand new software program called “Windurance FAST”, an informative powerpoint presentation explaining Windurance and an actual pitch control system.
Sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the event started on June 4th and ended June 7th. With over 5,000 attendees and over 290 exhibitors, WINDPOWER 2006 Conference and Exhibition was a record-breaking success for AWEA.
WINDURANCE CO-OWNER – MATRIC COMPLETES 20,000 SQ. FT. EXPANSION
Seneca, PA -U.S.A – A 20,000 square feet expansion was completed at Matric in September, 2006. The building addition was constructed to provide a dedicated manufacturing space for the production of wind turbine, blade pitch control systems. The addition will also serve as much-needed warehouse space for raw materials and finished goods storage. The addition brings the entire building size to an impressive 75,000 sq. ft..
Other reasons for the expansion include the purchase of a new automatic SMT system that required a lot of manufacturing space that was already congested. Restructuring the manufacturing portion at Matric has been challenging since the arrival of the new equipment in early 2006.
Matric provides electronic manufacturing services, contract design services and aftermarket service & repair. Other specialties include electromechanical and cable assemblies. In addition, Matric has a line of wireless control products that are ideal for distributed applications where wiring is easily damaged, or where freedom of motion is critical.