FCX: the world’s leading manufacturer of solid-state frequency converters, ground power support (GSE) and custom power conversion solutions for military, commercial, shore power and industrial applications around the world.
Since 1987, FCX frequency converters and diesel ground power (GPU) units have been installed on every continent and in more than 80 countries.
From our headquarters in Morgantown, W.Va., we develop solutions that meet or exceed 100% of the requirements set forth by our customers. Every piece of our equipment is designed, manufactured and tested in-house under strict quality control standards for maximum reliability and performance. FCX is ISO 9001:2008 certified.
Industry leaders, including Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, major airlines and international airports – as well as U.S. and foreign militaries – rely on FCX Systems for durable products that perform well beyond the required operations.
FCX Systems Core Values
Established by senior management, our core values were developed as the foundation of everything we do. They are critical to our success and are a reflection of who we are and how we work together.
- Delivering Excellence
- Extreme Integrity
- Problem Solving
- Team Work
- Unparalleled Customer Service
General History and Experience of FCX Systems
Two of FCX’s founders and owners – Matt Howell and Allen Wright – designed the first solid-state 400 Hz converter for the commercial aviation market while working for their former employer. The two engineers designed, constructed and modified units that were 40 KVA, 60 KVA and 90 KVA in size. These units were marketed and sold under the Jetway Systems name and became the Jetpower and later the Jetpower II units sold throughout the United States and around the world by Jetway. After FCX was founded, the first FCX unit produced was actually the third generation of solid-state converter designed by Howell and Wright, which is why the FCX converter offered superior performance from the inception of FCX.
|1987||FCX was the first company to design and manufacture a 312 KVA solid-state frequency converter, well before it was done by any other company.|
|1990||FCX developed the world’s largest solid-state frequency converter – 1250 KVA|
|1991||FCX was the first (and only) company to provide for No Break Power Transfer (NBPT) in solid-state frequency converters. Because of our converters’ capabilities, FCX was instrumental in assisting McDonnell Douglas and Boeing in acquiring new phasing programs for their aircraft.|
|1992||FCX was the recommended solid-state frequency converter for all Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, and Airbus aircraft.|
|1993||FCX was the first solid-state frequency converter manufacturer to be UL listed.|
|1995||FCX was the only approved solid-state frequency converter for use with the Patriot Missile|
|1998||FCX developed the world’s first 500 KVA solid-state frequency converter – a ship-shore application for the Egyptian Navy.|
|2000||FCX was approved by the U.S. Air Force for the 270 VDC power supply for the F-22 Raptor.|
|2002||FCX began the design and manufacture of an AC/DC/PC-Air Combo unit that was recognized as the most efficient (green) PC-Air units and accommodated the aircraft’s need for 400 Hz and/or 28 Volt DC power.|
|2004||FCX awarded delivery of Shipboard 400 Hz Power for the U.S. Navy Dock Landing Ship (LPD) and Northrop Grumman’s Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) programs.
FCX awarded order for the first ten 270 VDC power units for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for installation at the Test & Evaluation Hangar NAS Patuxent River, Maryland.
|2005||FCX awarded delivery of Shipboard 400 Hz Power for the U.S. Coast Guard Deep Water Project with Northrup Grumman.|
|2006||FCX designed, manufactured, and installed 270 VDC power units and cooling units (both DX and chilled water) at Edwards AFB in preparation of F-35 arrival at that facility.|
|2007||Upon request by Boeing, FCX delivered a one-of-a-kind cooling unit to support the YAL-1 Airborne Laser.|
|2008||FCX developed the world’s largest solid-state frequency converter – dual 2000 KVA units installed at the Grand Bahama Shipyard.|
|2009||FCX is 1st manufacturer to supply Point-of-Use Air for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II JSF program.
FCX awarded multi-year contract for delivery of 270 VDC units for installation on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers.
|2011||FCX designed and manufactured very unique, highly technical 270 VDC/28 VDC units for installation and use on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Assembly Line operation in Ft. Worth, Texas.|
|2013||FCX awarded contract for provision of Ground Power Units by major aircraft OEM for support of fighter sale to middle eastern ally that is the largest FMS in US history.|
|2014||FCX designed and manufactured 180KVA unity power factor frequency converter to support the unique requirements of the Boeing 787 and other next generation commercial aircraft.
Delivered and commissioned 270VDC power system for F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out facility in Cameri, Italy operated by Alenia Aermacchi.
|2015||Award of another exclusive contract for provision to the US Navy of 270VDC shipboard ground power systems forthe F-35.
Delivered and commissioned two 270VDC power systems for F-35 FACO in Nagoya, Japan operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
|2016||Award and delivery of 270VDC units for multiple hangars at Luke AFB to support F-35 operations at the United States Air Force primary training base.|
|2017||Delivery and commissioning of multiple 270VDC units for support of the UK Royal Air Force’s initial active basing of F-35s at RAF Marham.|
|2018||Delivery and commissioning of multiple 270VDC units for F-35 ground power requirements for the Royal Australian Air Force.|
|2019||Delivered final 270VDC power systems for full build out of F-35 production line at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, TX.|
In 2016, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented FCX Systems, Inc. with the President’s “E” Star Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.