In a recent 400Hz central system development project, J&B assisted in the design of a system for Tucson Airport Authority. The old 400Hz system was replaced with a centrally located bank of three Hobart 180 KVA solid state 400Hz units. This power was then distributed to various gates through 17 J&B/PAGE compensated gate boxes, which had been ordered to further distribute this power to the aircraft. In addition to the 400Hz equipment supplied, J&B also provided the airport with eight J&B/PAGE trailer-mounted transformer rectifiers, which allowed the airport to transform the 400Hz AC power into 28V DC power for use on smaller aircraft that operate on 28V DC power. In addition to the various gate boxes and rectifiers, J&B provided all incidental components.
J&B has also assisted the military to complete installations of 400Hz equipment. One such project was for the Navy’s TACAMO facility at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma. “From the moment the Navy took custody of the facility back in the 90s, they were unable to successfully support the maintenance effort utilizing the hangar’s fixed 400Hz system,” says Dale Miller of J&B’s military sales. “For many years, the Navy utilized large diesel-motor generator power carts to power up the EA-6B Mercury aircraft.”
With a keen eye to the load demands of the aircraft, J&B worked closely with the Navy Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and tenant squadrons to find a solution. Once designed and load tested, J&B performed an “on-aircraft performance test,” which proved successful. “The Navy was able to operate and test each and every system on the aircraft without the 400Hz system going offline,” he says. Following the project’s completion, the company was also contracted to update the squadron’s flight line.
In addition to this full system design, J&B also participates in system consultation. Janis explains, “Quite often we’re approached to assist with reviewing specifications for particular 400Hz applications, whether it’s a central systems design or a modification to existing hangars.”
In this function, the company will assist engineers and architects in reviewing designs to ensure plans meet functional and industry regulation guidelines, and to map out the likely electrical and component needs of the project. If the consulting customer desires, the company is then able to assist in the actual system installation and training process further down the line.
With its range of services and the line of products which it carries, J&B is continuing to grow its share of the market. The company sees a consistent yearly sales increase, according to Janis, with much of the gain occurring in the international arena. The company has expanded its office and warehouse space to accommodate increased order volumes.
The reason for the company’s success is twofold, according to Janis: the one-stop-shop convenience the operation provides and its service-oriented approach. “One of the reasons we’re so successful in what we’re doing is the level of customer service J&B provides,” he says. “Our philosophy has been building customer relationships.”
Though focused on maintaining those core values, J&B does not plan to remain idle. Among its strategies for the future, the company expects to continually grow in international markets while boosting its product offerings. “We’re going to continue to excel in customer service and add to the line of products,” Janis says. “We look forward to the next 20 years.”
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