MCDONNELL DOUGLAS SELECTS NEW FNC BATTERY TECHNOLOGY FOR MD 90, SYSTEM DEVELOPED BY ACME ELECTRIC
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS SELECTS NEW FNC BATTERY TECHNOLOGY
FOR MD 90, SYSTEM DEVELOPED BY ACME ELECTRIC
WEST JORDAN, Utah, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas has selected a new technology fiber nickel cadmium battery system, produced by Acme Electric Corporation (NYSE: ACE), for its new MD 90 commercial airplanes, according to G. Wayne Hawk, president of Acme Electric.
The system centers on a recently developed sealed fiber nickel cadmium (FNC) battery, produced by Acme Advanced Energy Systems, together with a unique battery charger and electronics system integration, designed and produced by Acme-URDC, Inc.
"Acceptance of the Acme-URDC FNC battery system by one of the premier commercial airplane builders in the world, after extensive testing, is confirmation of the cost effectiveness and reliability of this new technology," Hawk said.
The agreement with McDonnell Douglas provides for design and development and has a potential value of $15 million for the battery system, according to Lowell Brown, president of Acme-URDC. Acme-URDC will begin delivery of the new systems in 1992. The McDonnell Douglas MD 90 is expected to be flying in early 1993 with deliveries in 1994.
The FNC battery system provides airplane builders and commercial airlines with several specific benefits compared with other battery systems currently available, according to Lowell Brown.
The FNC battery, backed by the Acme-URDC integrated electronics and charger system, has been shown to be extremely reliable and have a very long life. The FNC battery system eliminates the need for maintenance on a regularly scheduled basis which is common with other batteries currently in use.
The FNC batteries are manufactured by Acme Advanced Energy Systems, a division of Acme Electric, in Tempe, Ariz., under exclusive license from DAHO of Germany. The electronics and system integration is produced by Acme-URDC, a subsidiary of Acme Electric, located in West Jordan, Utah.
Founded in 1917, Acme Electric Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of power conversion equipment for electronic and electrical systems used in industrial, commercial, aerospace and military applications. Corporate headquarters are in East Aurora, N.Y., with operations in Cuba, N.Y., Lumberton, N.C., Tempe, Ariz., and West Jordan, Utah.
/CONTACT: Harry Zlokower or Martin Gitlin of Harry Zlokower Co. Public Relations, 212-545-1470, for Acme Electric/
(ACE) CO: Acme-URDC, Inc.; Acme Electric Corporation; McDonnell Douglas Corp. ST: Utah, New York IN: AIR SU: CON JT -- NY028 -- 2570 11/08/91 11:51 EST