Arlington firm to lay off 55 workers
Xantrex Technology plans to lay off 55 employees at its Arlington plant, according to a layoff notice released by the state Employment Security Department. Based in Vancouver, B.C., the company designs and manufactures backup power systems, solar and wind power converters and portable power supply devices. Xantrex could not be reached for details late Monday.
B.C.-based Xantrex to close Arlington facility next year
Xantrex Corp., a Vancouver, B.C.-based manufacturer of power conversion and control products, said it plans to close an Arlington manufacturing facility next year.
Xantrex plans to move manufacturing to an existing facility in California. A spokeswoman said 45 employees will be laid off by May or June of next year, with 35 more to be laid off by November.
boB wrote: »
I remember when Xantrex bought a couple of early MX60s long ago, which
had these features, except for the Dynamic tracking part. I think that Kelly made his first XW version with those features in his prototype ??
BTW, Arlington-Xantrex is going away during the first half of 2008.
How 'bout shipping it to Crewzer instead?!
crewzer wrote: »
Thanks, but I'll pass on this opportunity. My plate's pretty full these days... 8)
Jim / crewzer
Within five minutes the amperage dropped to ~.5-1.5 bouncing around, and the "Float light" lit up. I don't have enough test equipment (here, I'm not at home) to do a through test, but disconnecting the battery from the controller showed a voltage of ~12.5. Way under what it should be before dropping to float.
Amilkar wrote: »
Before buying the mx60 (which I recommend), I thought of buying the BZ. Thus, I sent several emails to the company, to inquire about the product. They never answered.
Hope this helps.
Solar Guppy wrote: »
I'll be more direct, having just done some competive data analysis with a new in box BZ 500. ( also phil's older unit )
Don't buy one,
If you know of someone thinking of getting one, telll them not to buy one.
The Mppt doesn't work, its a total mess. The array voltage is in a ~second random movement/ramp from -2 to -13 volts from the true vmp. The testbed in this case had a verified vmp of 38 volts, the bz was going from 25V to 36V non-stop .. averaged with a yokogawa about 12% off true vmp.
The unit has no heat sink and could never ever support 45amps.
Its has other design issues as well, clearly produced by someone that lacks basic power supply design skills.
I know I've written this in the other thread, but its so bad, I feel it warrants posting the info here. If anyone thinks it works OK, they aren't doing any meaningful measurement to quanify that thought and are doing a dis-service to recommend the unit to anyone.