Kussmaul Electronics Co., Inc. was founded in September 1967 in the USA by Ernest A. Kussmaul. He started in the back of his garage (10 x 20 ft. area), initially as an Engineering Consulting Service, then manufacturing other peoples’ products, eventually manufacturing his own line of products specifically for a niche in the emergency vehicle market. When he outgrew the workshop he moved to a rented old horse barn about 100 sq. feet and stayed there from 1969 to 1980.
In 1980 Ernie built a new building at the current location 170 Cherry Ave. West Sayville, NY which was 5,600 sq. ft., business continued as part manufacturing Kussmaul products and manufacturing products for others as the business continued to grow.
In 1995 the building was expanded to another 8,450 sq. ft. giving everyone more room to create new products. In 2003 ground was broken for yet another expansion 20,000 sq. ft. which when completed brought the building to a total of 34,050 sq. ft. which is the current extension of the company.
Most of the products were developed from people looking for a solution to a problem and that is how his first product was released, a station mounted battery charger, eventually becoming on board chargers.
In 1982 a very young Thomas H. Nugent joined the company as a draftsman and quickly grew and rose to the position of Vice President. Tom and Ernie developed the next big product which is still today the company’s biggest seller the Auto Eject.
Developed in 1986, the Auto Eject automatically disconnects the power lines (shore line) and the Air Ejects (the air line) from a vehicle when it is started. The Auto Eject product line is always growing, maturing and adding new technologies and features so it can also be used internationally with other AC and DC voltages. The Auto Eject is a registered trademark of Kussmaul Electronics and there are multiple patents on the Auto Eject design.
The Super Auto Eject is an enclosed unit with an automatic A.C. line interrupt, installed and serviced from the inside of the vehicle and when installed with the new optional EZ mount plate, it can also be installed from the outside. The Super Trailer Auto Eject ejects the plug from a trailer shore power line upon depressing the brake pedal.
The Auto Eject units have grown from 15 & 20 amp, to a 30 amp Auto Eject. This progression has led to the latest Super 30 Air/Electric Auto Eject, combining both the electric and air in one Auto Eject.
The Super 30 Auto Eject Air/Electric has automatic anti-arc capabilities, and mounts from outside the vehicle with the included mounting plate. This unit ejects the plug from shore power and the air line on engine start, utilizing one of the pin placements for the air connection. The Super 16 Auto Eject, for use in Europe and other international applications, is 16 AMP/250 Volts that comes with an automatic plug detector, automatic anti-arc, magnetic WP cover, and mounts from outside the vehicle.
Each Auto Eject model, takes on average 15 stages to completion, each member of the department in charge of the Auto Eject production, is trained to perform proficiently each step in the assembly process and on a regular basis switches off his or her position so that at no time is the assembly process hindered by a missing member of the team. This also maintains every team-member knowledgeable and capable to manufacture Kussmaul’s start product with the highest quality in the industry.
Kussmaul Electronics Company, Inc. continues to grow and provide products to the emergency vehicle markets including fire, police, ambulance, specialty vehicles and vans. Always recognizing a need for a completely automatic battery charger that would be reliable, rugged, and dependable as well as economical the company designed such a unit that has grown into a complete line of battery chargers.
There are so many accessories added to fire Trucks, ambulances and police vehicles that some help is needed to maintain the parasitic loads. Typically a charger is installed under a seat but sometimes challenges arise when maintenance must be done when they are difficult to get to and remove. Kussmaul identified this challenge and introduced to the industry a product line of chargers known as the LPC Series, Low Profile Chargers. Only 4” high which mounted under the seat can be easily accessed.
The 80 LPC, 1000 PLC, 2000 PLC, and their new 40 PLC, offer lighter weight, small low profile, and clean output which poses no interference with radios and other mobile devices.
As the charger line expanded other products were added, such as the Auto Eject, and Air Eject, devices that automatically disconnect power lines and air lines from a vehicle when it is started. In addition, other products came, such as, Power Supplies, Compressor Systems, Load Managers and Safety Locks that protect vehicles from being stolen.
Each year new products are designed and join their line. Some of their new products are the new Auto Eject Covers developed for emergency vehicles that incorporate Auto Eject and Indicator in one product. Built for severe duty, these auto eject covers are sealed against the elements with a remolded rubber rear gasket. Its lid that opens 180°, allows the user more variability to plug in the shoreline. They are available in digital display or bar graph.
They have recently introduced the low-profile Auto Charge 40 PLC, redesigned enhanced model. This new 40 amp charger is especially designed for Emergency Vehicles and the challenges they face relating to charging properly. This charger has many new features but one in particular is a patented technology, PLC (Parasitic Load Compensation). Almost every emergency vehicle has many parasitic loads on their systems (flashlights, gas detectors, computers, thermal imaging cameras and other items) which can trick a standard 3-Step charger into over charging the batteries. Parasitic Load Compensation (PLC) allows you to input the total number of parasitic load amps on the vehicle.
The charger will then shift the absorption stage set point so the battery voltage will drop to the float voltage when the desired current is reached. In short, the parasitic loads are effectively invisible to the charger. This will lead to longer battery life and no overcharging or overheating.
Additional features include: Front panel selectable Battery Type, the ability to choose between Float and 3-Step charging modes and the new DC output connector which features spring-loaded, self-tensioning, tool-less lever clamps that eliminate loose connections.
Kussmaul Electronics has focused on servicing emergency vehicles, specialty vehicles and vans for over 50 years, always with the commitment to deliver high quality products and the best of the customer service experience when challenges surface.
Kussmaul is the industry’s leading manufacturer of battery chargers and shore power auto ejects. All products are engineered and manufactured in the USA. With Tom Nugent as President and leader of the company, Kussmaul Electronics continues to develop solutions and innovative products under the umbrella of integrity and service, as well as durability and quality to their customers.
For more information, go to www.kussmaul.com