Developed and designed with fire safety prominently in mind, the FireRaptor is the ultimate solar panel rapid shutdown solution which offer 3 forms of shutdown to zero volts including manual shutdown from ground level, and is fully NEC2017 compliant, and FCC and UL approved.

Talking SPI 2018 with IMO Precision Controls

Contributed by | IMO Precision Controls

Tell us about your company.

IMO has been manufacturing and supplying control components for over 50 years, often leading the way in the introduction of innovative solutions to meet market needs, and our solar safety range is the pinnacle of our innovative heritage. From the market-leading SI and SIM TRUE DC SOlar Disconnects which now total more than 5 million installed units worldwide with ZERO reported electrical failures, to the new and exciting FireRaptor Solar Panel Rapid Shutdown Solution, which was one of the stars of the show at Intersolar Europe where fire safety in solar applications is becoming more and more topical. Our simple philosophy is "Keeping Solar Safe".


Your company will be exhibiting at SPI 2018, what is it that makes this an important event for your company?

As a manufacturer, looking to grow our business in an ever-changing industry, we need venues like SPI to launch new solar technologies as well as illustrate our existing; market-leading solar products in a forum that attracts a wide range of business professionals, engineering, and decision makers.  


Highlight a 2 or 3 products you will be showcasing at the event?

IMO FireRaptor - the industry's first; stand-alone, PV module rapid shut down. Developed and designed with fire safety prominently in mind, the FireRaptor is the ultimate solar panel rapid shutdown solution which offer 3 forms of shutdown to zero volts including manual shutdown from ground level, and is fully NEC2017 compliant, and FCC and UL approved. To find out more about the amazing FireRaptor click here


IMO SI Solar Disconnect:  TRUE DC Solar Isolators (Disconnects) - now with SafeLock switching

In solar installations, the DC isolator is like a vehicle air-bag. You never know it really works until you need it. So it's good to know that the IMO SI range has now surpassed 5 million installed units without a single recorded failure. Why take a risk on safety? Insist on TRUE DC. To read more about the SI range click here.


IMO SIM Solar Disconnect - TRUE DC Mini Solar Isolators (Disconnects) - now with SafeLock switching

SIM is the next evolution in DC isolation, with a reduced cubic volume of 35% compared to the SI, whilst retaining the high reliability technology of the SI range, including knife-edge contacts, high speed operator independent switching mechanism and full arc control with guaranteed suppression time. 


SPI 2018 has many educational sessions & Demo’s, is your company involved in any of them this year?  

Aside from doing periodical introduction and product sessions within our booth, none with SPI directly.


When you get a chance to walk the exhibit hall floor yourself, what is it you will be most interested to see?  Any educational sessions you plan on attending?

Whenever I get a chance to walk the floor of any trade show, especially the Solar Power International (SPI) shows's, I make it my purpose to interact and speak with professionals and technology companies that have knowledge of the next wave in solar technology and gain perspective of where the next generation within the industry are taking solar to. In doing so, I can better communicate this to our teams in the event we can develop new product and adapt to these new trends, and position our company to be ahead of the curve. 


When you book a booth for a tradeshow like this what are your expectations and what does your company hope to accomplish at the event?

Like other that participate in a trade show, we wish to optimize our presence and have a high throughput of people in our booth; with eventual interest and sales on the back of the exhibition.  With this, exposure to possible new clients that may not of heard of IMO and finding interest in our products, grow to be customers. We also cement our position in the solar industry with current clients by showing at an event such as SPI. 


A tradeshow of this magnitude is extremely busy and stressful for the staff of exhibiting companies.  Any fun things or places your team can suggest in Anaheim to help unwind?

As much as the child in me screams Disneyland, I think taking in local sites and enjoying the city will be enough for me to cover the 5 nights we are there.


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