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Magnetek, Inc. Introduces M-Force™ SD500 Severe Duty AC Traction Drive System

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. - July 6, 2010 - Magnetek, Inc., (NYSE: MAG) a leading designer and manufacturer of severe duty mining drives, today announced the introduction of its new M-ForceSD500 Severe Duty AC Traction Drive System for mining applications. The system can be used in a variety of battery-operated mobile vehicles including locomotives, muckers, shuttle cars, continuous miners and battery haulers.

The M-Force SD500 System is designed to be connected to permanent magnet or induction AC motors for high efficiency at a wide range of motor speeds. While the M-Force SD500 Severe Duty AC Traction Drive System is a standard platform, Magnetek also provides custom engineered systems that include fully regenerative drives, explosion-proof displays and rugged controllers for almost any application.

Magnetek’s new M-Force SD500 Severe Duty AC Traction Drive System incorporates a MSHA-approved display with enhanced graphics, and external buttons for diagnostics and control. The graphics are designed to be more intuitive for the operator and allow increased data to be displayed. Multiple display options allow the operator to choose what is displayed to help fully maximize the productivity of the drive system and vehicle. The external configuration controls allow for system programming and reconfiguration, data recording and troubleshooting within a permissible area. The machine doesn’t have to be moved from its production area to make performance enhancing adjustments or verify system conditions.

The Controller has the capability to control up to four drives, and incorporates Magnetek’s proven CAN-BUS and radio frequency hardware technology. The SD500 Severe Duty AC Traction Drive System is capable of direct machine control of motors and hydraulics, and other CAN-BUS compatible devices.

“The M-Force SD500 Severe Duty AC Traction Drive System is the newest addition to Magnetek’s line of state-of-the-art industrial drives and controllers,” said Brad Taylor, Magnetek Energy System’s vice president and general manager. “We listened to our customers and are excited to bring this revolutionary control system to the mining market, further solidifying our position as an innovative leader in power control systems for the mining marketplace. Our track record for reliability and value has been firmly established with over 30 years and 10,000 drives of mining control experience in the field.”


About Magnetek
Magnetek, Inc. is a leading provider of digital power and motion control systems used in mining, elevator, overhead material handling, and energy delivery applications. In mining, the Company is a leading independent supplier of digital motion control systems for underground coal mining applications. In energy delivery, Magnetek develops and markets digital power inverters that connect renewable energy sources to the utility grid. Magnetek is the world’s largest independent builder of highly integrated digital motion control systems for high-rise, high-speed elevators. The Company is North America’s largest supplier of digital drive systems for industrial cranes, hoists and monorails. Magnetek is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis., in the greater Milwaukee area, and operates manufacturing facilities in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Canonsburg, Pa., as well as Menomonee Falls.

Media Contact:
Lynn Bostrom
Director, Marketing Communications
(262) 252-2903
lbostrom@magnetek.com


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