Avtron is a Cleveland, Ohio based technology leader in providing automatic test equipment, automation systems, and products to industries ranging from aviation to paper mills. Avtron specializes in innovative product development and long term support. Our reputation is that of a State-of-the-Art designer and manufacturer who goes to nearly any length to ensure the customer receives the value expected of us.
Financially secure and showing consistent top and bottom line growth, Avtron has been in business continuously since 1953, and currently occupies a leadership role in those customer areas it services.
Avtron is organized as a holding company, Avtron Holdings, LLC. Operations are included within three corporations: Avtron Aerospace, Inc., Avtron Loadbank, Inc., and Avtron Industrial Automation, Inc. In 2007, Avtron was acquired by Morgenthaler Partners, LLC, a well-known private equity company with assets under management of approximately $3 billion.
Business/Quality System Certifications
Avtron's Business Management System is certified to ISO 9001, the International Standard for Quality Management Systems; ATEX (94/9/EC Directive & EN13980) and IECEx (OD-005-1) applicable to select encoder products. The scope of our certification includes the design, development, manufacture and service of digital control systems including: electrical AC, DC and SR drives and encoder products.
Since its inception in 1953, Avtron's foundation has been firmly rooted in its commitment to quality. Avtron originally achieved certification to ISO 9000 in 1996 and since that time we have expanded the scope of our system while successfully maintaining our certification. Our comprehensive Business Management System incorporates or exceeds all imposed requirements and provides guidance and direction for Avtron employees in support of our organizational commitment to quality, customer satisfaction, and continual improvement. Lean initiatives on the manufacturing floor and within the office environment have been integrated into our culture resulting in both value and assured quality for our customers.
Customers and Products
Avtron's customers include 95% of the "Fortune 500" as well as nearly every major airline in the world. Generally, products can be broken down into four categories:
- Incremental Encoders for measuring speed and position in industrial control systems. Users include heavy industry, the wind turbine industry, and offshore oil platforms. Avtron was recently awarded $1,000,000 by the Ohio Third Frontier program to extend this technology further into wind turbines.
- Drive Systems. Avtron specializes in retrofitting modern digital controls onto large machines in the Steel, Paper, Mining, Marine Propulsion, and Crane Industries.
- Load Banks for testing and commissioning emergency standby generators uninterruptible power supplies, and data centers.
- Aerospace Test Equipment. These are complex computer coordinated systems for testing electrical and hydraulic components and systems. Avtron systems are installed all over the world.
The diversity of technologies within Avtron creates high levels of enthusiasm, growth, and responsibility among engineers. As the head of electrical engineering at Cleveland State University once said upon touring Avtron's facilities, "My graduates can see more technologies under one roof in your building than any other company that recruits in Cleveland."
It is not uncommon for engineers to be promoted and transferred to projects involving other product areas, and Avtron's engineering management attempts to ensure a high degree of synergy. For example, many reasons why Avtron's digital drive systems are reliable can be traced to money spent by both the government and aircraft manufacturers to determine how to make flying electronics reliable.
Personnel and Technical Staff
Over one third of Avtron's staff are technical personnel with four-year degrees or higher. The majority have backgrounds in electrical and mechanical engineering, electronics or computers. Their expertise includes electrical rotating machinery, power and hydraulics. Many Avtron product design engineers come from Avtron's Field Engineering Department, which provides excellent background in understanding customer needs. Others are hired directly from colleges and universities.
Field Engineering and Quality Control Capability
At Avtron, the head of quality control reports to the CEO, not to the manufacturing manager. This ensures that pressures to meet shipments do not override the organization's quality control principles, despite the tendency to do so "just this once." Quality has long been the highest priority of our company. Avtron's quality system is certified to ISO 9001 requirements.
Avtron has approximately 30 degreed field service engineers. On major systems, the same service engineers who will start-up the system in the field are charged with final testing at Avtron, developing a unique degree of familiarity.
Since Avtron systems, whether aircraft test systems or drive control systems, often involve high-tech components installed at remote customer sites, where customer maintenance personnel may not be as familiar with the equipment as Avtron personnel, Avtron has developed methods to improve reliability and ease of maintenance. In general, the most complex Avtron system can be maintained on an emergency basis by an electrician with a telephone.
If you have any further questions concerning Avtron, our customers, or our products, send an email to Avtron.