Polar Power is a technologically oriented organization serving, telecommunication,
military, aerospace, and industrial markets. Polar Power specializes in product design,
development, system integration, and engineering support services. The company maintains
state-of-the-art technologies and production capabilities pertaining to generator sets,
refrigeration, power electronics, and renewable energies. Polar continues to assist
companies with their prototype development, short and long production runs.
Presently we are creating standard products, which are inventoried and sold through
POLAR POWER, INC.
Polar Power founded in 1979 by David Lehmann
and Arthur D. Sams, its present
CEO. Polar is new to the Telecommunications industry, but our military technologies provide us
with a significant edge in cost and performance.
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Polar Power is incorporated in the state of
California, with 97% of its stock owned by Arthur D. Sams, President, and balance of 3%
held by key employees. Corporate headquarters is located in Carson, California. Polar
averages 15 part-time and full-time employees. The overall staff fluctuates depending on
the volume of contract backlog, and consultants and subcontractors are utilized as
From 1979-1989 Polar Power was named Polar Products. We changed our
name to emphasize the generator and power supply nature of our business.
Polar Power has actively engaged in engineering activities and
manufacturing since 1979. Our first product, a solar powered vaccine refrigerator/freezer
for use in remote areas of developing countries, was designed and manufactured at our
Bellingham, Washington facility. We developed this product in support of a World Health
Organization and US Agency for International Development (USAID) program administrated by
NASA Lewis Research Center.
Since then, Polar Power has continued to expand its capabilities and
product lines within the solar and renewable energy industry. Solar powered products and
systems developed and manufactured by Polar Products include: voltage regulators, charge
controllers, ice plants, large freezers and refrigerators, water pumping, lighting,
cathodic protection, telecommunication power systems, and ultra low temperature freezers.
Polar Power expanded its marketing in 1984 to include the design and
manufacturing of manual and automated test systems for the aerospace industry. We supplied
Coolanol test carts required for testing of F-14 radar assemblies to Hughes Aircraft who
in turn supplied them to Grumman Aircraft and the U.S. Navy. We supplied computerized
environmental control units for production testing of laser guided missile launch systems
to Martin Marietta. For General Dynamics, Polar Power engineered and prototyped an
innovative cooling system for the Phalanx Gun System. In 1984, Polar Power was awarded a
contract by the U.S. Army to develop and manufacture a high reliability battery charger
for use as part of a security system in nuclear arsenals. Other contracts followed from
the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Defense Logistics Agency for DC generators, power
supplies, and cooling systems..
The strongest factor demonstrating Polar Powers management and
engineering capabilities is the company track record over the past 16 years of
completing an average of two fixed cost research, design and engineering contracts
per year. In addition to production contracts for standard products. These contracts
required product design, prototype construction, product testing, production tooling, and
first article testing.
Polar Powers success in being able to complete high risk
developmental and production contracts under fixed-cost contracts, compete with larger
corporations on competitive procurement, and operate a wide variety of tasks with a
smaller labor base, can be attributed to:
- Experienced entrepreneurial management, with the ability to quickly proceed with
innovative solutions to problems.
- Reduced overhead and general and administrative costs.
- Use of office automation and experience, versatile employees.
- Providing the right tools for the right job, to reduce direct labor to perform a
- Experienced engineers and managers.
- Total quality management.
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Polar Power, Inc. presently manufactures the following equipment for industrial and
DC and AC diesel engine driven generator sets and auxiliary power units, size range of
1.5 KW to 55 KW. Polars unique alternators offer improved efficiency, higher
reliability and longer operational life. Primarily used to power remote shelters and
Battery chargers in voltage ranges of 12 to 300 Vdc and in power outputs of 30 to 55,000
watts. Chargers are available with AC, DC, or Solar Photovoltaic inputs. Used in security
systems, primary power, UPS, oil platforms, telecommunications, vehicles,
Refrigeration and cooling systems. Polar manufactures solar and battery powered
refrigerators, freezers, heat exchangers, and ice makers. Polar also manufactures engine
driven refrigeration systems. Applications include: Radar, hydraulic, medical and food.
Air conditioning systems. Special air cooling systems for portable and remote shelters.
Systems are directly powered by engine, battery or solar means.
Voltage regulators for DC alternators. Polar design includes both current and voltage
regulation control of the alternator output. Additional features include: pulse width
modulation (PWM) control of the alternator field coil, over-current warning, thermal
management of the alternators station, and over-temperature warning. Applications
include vehicle alternators and DC gensets.
Motor controllers. Polar manufactures brushless DC motor controllers for a wide range of
applications. Our motor controllers are used in applications which demand high
performance; examples include: solar powered race cars, Gray Super Computers, solar
refrigeration, and hydraulic pumps of F-14 ground support equipment.
AC to DC power supplies. Polar provides custom engineered linear and switching power
supplies for high reliability applications.
Polar can attribute its ability to engineer and manufacture what
appears to be a diverse range of products due to our specialized talents in:
Our engineering talents are proven with the performance of our products
and customer satisfaction.
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Polar Powers present facilities include
10,200 sq. ft. of office, warehouse, production, and testing areas.
Material handling equipment:
overhead hoists, carts, hand trucks, and storage racks.
Prototype and production equipment:
TIG, MIG, Heliarc, and gas welders, cut off saw, drill press, grinders, shears, brakes,
punch press, slip roll, tapping tools, pneumatic rivet tools, pneumatic nut inserters air
and electric drivers and wrenches, paint sprayers, compressors, lathes, vertical mill.
Digital 350 MHz oscilloscope
with fast current probes and amplifiers, computerized data loggers, test chambers, air
flow and fuel flow meters, temperature meters, air pressure meters, manometers, vacuum
gages, vibration, acceleration strain, and load transducers, multimeters 3½, 4½, 6½
digit, Hi-pot tester, noise meters, frequency meters, LCR meter.
Computer assisted drafting and
design work stations, extensive research library.
Optical scanner and character
reader, Desktop publishing, laser printers, word processing.
Accounting, job costing, materials
management, project scheduling are computerized.
Polar Powers facilities meet Federal,
CALOSHA, and local government environmental
laws and regulations for: airborne emissions, waterborne effluents, external radiation
levels, outdoor noise, solid and bulk waste disposal practices, and handling and storage
of toxic and hazardous materials. All software programs used by Polar are 2,000
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