TDK-Lambda is a corporation that specializes in manufacturing power supplies. It has offices in North and South America, Japan, England, Israel, and other locations worldwide. Being a leader in designing and manufacturing wide ranges of AC-DC power supplies and DC-DC converters it develops supplies for industrial, COTS, medical, telecom, datacom, and test & measurement applications worldwide. TDK-Lambda supplies 1 W up to 10,000 W power supplies with the goal of developing new products relevant to what the market demands.
Coming into existence through a corporate merger in 2008; Lambda Electronics was established in 1948, in Melville, N.Y. and TDK, a Japanese company, began its corporation in 1935. TDK purchased a portion of Lambda in the 2000s until the full merger in 2008. TDK-Lambda has a rich history in building power supplies, both before and after the merger.
TDK was best known for its cassette and VHS tapes, and the development Ferrite cores for inductors and read/write heads used in computer hard drives. A lesser known fact about this company is that it created the “Brick-Styled” power supplies (PFE series). All components used by TDK-Lambda are Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) compliant. Due to meeting WEEE and ROHS standards, TDK-Lambda has become one of the largest suppliers of industrial power supplies and ranks high in medical, consumer and telecomm supplies. Its corporate culture is dedicated to provide ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 into each of its departments, while implementing its own set of procedures to provide customers with the best quality product without harming the environment.
This company’s competitors are XP Power, Emerson Embedded Power Division, and Power One. All have worldwide offices and offer customers’ power supplies, technical solutions and competitive prices. TDK-Lamdba constantly strives to develop products that use the latest technology, that are small, due to higher efficiencies, at a reasonable price. The focus is on customer needs.
TDK-Lambda Americas has many regional offices, with continued growth throughout Canada, the United States (US), South America, and Mexico. To supply customers their power needs, it has an impressive list of certified distributors in each state in the U.S., such as: Allied Electronics, Arrow Electronics; CyPower; Digi-key; Mouser Electronics; and, RS Electronics, to name a few.
The Engineering Exchange, element14, Twitter and Facebook communities are many forums where one can discuss power supplies and its applications either with, or about, this company. One of the topics discussed on Engineering Exchange was TDK-Lambda Americas iPhone and Android app, which provides access to power supply tech terms. Mel Berman, Product Marketing Manager of TDK-Lambda Americas, responds and participates in online questions to bloggers at http://www.element14.com/community/thread/1210?tstart=0. Bloggers interested in design work and schematics applicable to their electronic configurations, also interact with one another through the community forum. Some bloggers input was knowledgeable when responding to questions posed in difficult or highly technical areas of electronics and power. In the community user forum of element14.com, bloggers highly recommended the TDK-Lambda power supply sources and had no complaints about the products acquired from this company.
Because many customers place greater emphasis on going green and staying current with technology, TDK-Lambda keeps providing more efficient power supplies (waste less power while during power conversion), while meeting RoHS’s evolving safety regulations. Its website offers white papers, technical articles, press releases and various blogs to keep the engineering community informed of the innovations under development within the company and the power industry. One blog, in particular, talks about the advantages of encoders over potentiometers in programmable power supplies. TDK-Lambda boasts that its Z+ programmable power supply employs two encoders as set-point controls for the output voltage and current, which can be stored in the unit’s memory.
“TDK-Lambda’s management has provided an atmosphere that makes me feel part of a winning team,” said Mel Berman. “The teamwork atmosphere is not only within our marketing department, but extends throughout the engineering, sales, operations, and other departments as well. The feedback from management is positive and conducive to individuals as well as company growth.”
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