CINCINNATI, Ohio — Foster Transformer Company was recently presented a 2015 Manny Award from Cincy Magazine for New Product Development/Innovation. For the past nine years, the Manny Awards have been committed to recognizing the manufacturing industry’s greatest accomplishments, and in doing so, honors local companies for their innovation and best practices.
Chosen from a field of
hundreds of entries, Foster’s award-winning product is a series of ultra-high
efficiency isolation transformers for use in applications where power must
be isolated from the utility grid to reduce the likelihood of electrical
shock or a spark triggering an explosion or fire.
Foster is projecting this
product will generate a half a million dollars in new sales this year,
growing to $2 million over the next few years.
These transformers are the
result of a two year development project seeking to optimize performance
while minimizing size. Foster improved safety and reliability by reducing
leakage current to ground by more than half compared with Foster’s previous
generation and limiting temperature rise to extend life. The final product
is also up to 25% lighter than previous generations while offering full load
operating efficiencies of 97% to 99%. These increased efficiencies allow
the transformer to operate in closed or sealed environments with no external
cooling required, making them ideal for applications where contamination is
a concern, such as chemical, food or pharmaceutical process industries.
Available in ratings from 1 to 25 kVA, primary voltages of 120-600 Volts and
output voltages of 120-277 Volts.
“We approached it from the standpoint
that transformers have to be extremely efficient, more than any of the
current standard calls for,” says Herm Harrison, Vice President. With
reduced size, decreased audible noise, less heat, and greater efficiency,
Foster’s high efficiency isolation transformers are the ideal choice for a
broad range of industrial and commercial applications.
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