What began as a small operation in Chicago to manufacture wire-wound ‘lug’ resistors for the emerging radio manufacturing industry in 1925, has transformed into a leading provider of resistive products for high current, high voltage, and high-energy applications today. A testament to design and engineering ingenuity, Ohmite Manufacturing Company has evolved with the electronics industry to cater to the ever-changing design requirements. While Ohmite is a progressive company that develops next-generation electronics, it also continues to manufacture legacy products that fulfill current marketplace demands. “We have a very broad product offering, ranging from board-level to industrial-scale electronic components,” says Gregory Pace, President of Ohmite. The company’s applications are leveraged worldwide in various industries including transportation, medical, military, aerospace, power and energy, and oil and gas.
The growing customer demands in a fast-paced electronics industry requires manufacturers to design and launch products quickly while being prepared to continually improve and rollout product upgrades. Ohmite leverages 92 years of experience and expertise in thermal management for resistive and other technologies to provide solutions that drive the design of electronic devices and enhance performance while reducing costs. “Our components vary in size and are used for a variety of purposes including locomotives, automobiles, aircrafts, elevators, cranes, and missile systems,” states Pace.
Ohmite’s prowess in enhancing product performance played a key role in helping a company design efficient electric flat irons for straightening hair. During the design stage, a problem arose regarding unequal heat distribution in the flat iron. Ohmite helped improve the product’s design and after many revisions, the flat iron was able to produce even heat coverage over the plates. Additionally, Ohmite ensured the project remained within the company’s budget, while also facilitating production to begin before the deadline.
While pricing and quality is a concern in the electronics industry, speed is of utmost importance to meet prior commitments. “Ohmite strives to meet deadlines and often delivers ahead of schedule, driven by its experienced team and ability to invest large capital to push product development,” remarks Pace. The company maintains flexibility in handling both large and small requirements of the global marketplace. For instance, the company had a request from a bowling alley in West Virginia for legacy components that had worn out. Although the parts were manufactured during 1945–46, Ohmite was able to provide replacements. Similarly, when another customer required a certain part designed in 1958 for a pump used in oil derricks, Ohmite was able to recreate the designs and successfully duplicate the component from the sample that was sent to them.
Ohmite strives to meet deadlines and often delivers ahead of schedule
Ohmite is continuing its journey of continuous improvement and expects to receive IATF-16949 certification by the first quarter of 2018. “The certification will confirm Ohmite’s commitment to not only meet but exceed customers’ expectations regarding safety, quality, and reliability,” says Pace. With several business opportunities in automotive, especially with the emergence of electric vehicles, Ohmite is driven to transform the industry with its flexible transportation solutions that include custom solutions for agriculture and construction.
“We are constantly challenged to develop smaller, cheaper, and more powerful products,” states Pace. Ohmite strives to meet growing demands by leveraging innovations in resistive technology such as ceramic and composition type resistors. The company continues to expand its range of products, and with its network of authorized distributors and sales representatives, fulfills the requirements of the global marketplace. Through partnerships, acquisitions, and calculated geographic expansion, backed by adequate resources, Ohmite intends to maintain its position as a leader in thermal management for resistive and other technologies.
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