Curtis Mourns for Our First Lady Grace MarwellGrace G. Marwell 1924 - 2013
Grace G. Marwell, beloved mother, grandmother and a guiding force behind Curtis Instruments died June 19th in her home in Mount Kisco, New York.
Born on Feb. 26, 1924 in Brooklyn to Joseph and Bessie Gerber Glass, she was a resident of Mount Kisco for more than 80 years. She graduated from Horace Greely High School in Chappaqua, New York where she was Salutatorian and Class President in 1940. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, Columbia University.
She was married to Edward M. Marwell in 1943 until his death in 2010 Edward M. Marwell, an international business leader, was a founder of Curtis Instruments, Inc. in Mount Kisco, NY. He served as president of Curtis Instruments from 1960 – 2001, and as chairman until 2003. Grace G. Marwell was a founding board member of the company and was instrumental in the company’s global success. She traveled world-wide with her beloved husband and particularly enjoyed meeting the people of Curtis. After her retirement from the Board in 2000, she remained a valued advisor to the company until her death.
Grace G. Marwell was also active throughout her life in service to the community. She was a founding member of the Mount Kisco Child Care Center and supported a multitude of other civic and community organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Club, the Red Cross, the PTA and UNICEF, She was also an active contributor to the efforts in the 1950’s to establish the Bedford Central School System
She was cherished as the core of a loving and generous clan, the Marwell family, and she took great pride in raising a family that embodied the values she held so dear. She was a woman of keen intelligence, unfailing grace and playful wit. She uplifted all she met with her kindness, warmth, and compassion. In addition to her many accomplishments and activities, she will be remembered as a person who truly embodied her name.
She is survived by her children Stuart (Vicki), Emily, David (Judy), and Josh (Chitra), and eight grandchildren Nick (Margret), Elizabeth, Nathan (Haley), Gabe, Tao, Jen, Toby and Anjali.
She will be mourned and missed by her beloved family, many friends, and thousands of Curtis employees and family members worldwide.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations should be made to: The Mount Kisco Child Care Center • 95 Radio Circle • Mount Kisco• NY 10549 •USA
Curtis develops Public Service Video: Transtitioning into a Wheelchair – an Introduction to Medical MobilityAril 29, 2013: Curtis Instruments has just released an informational video that will help people who need a wheelchair for the first time to understand the process of how to obtain and transition into a wheelchair.
The video was authored by Curtis mobility expert Mike Rozaieski, who is an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and Product Manager, Medical Mobility, at Curtis. He regularly helps people in this process and he realized that there was a great need for general information to help people understand what is ahead of them and to take the correct actions to getting a wheelchair.
The subject deals with two primary issues confronting people who are no longer able to walk without assistance: the emotional issue a person might face, and the practical process involved in obtaining a wheelchair.
Mike outlines the step-by-step process to provide information and guidance. Wheelchair user Conway Policastro shares his perspective for others on the impact a wheelchair has had on the quality of his life. This video is be made available online through the YouTube portal.
Curtis Headquarters again Wins "Best Companies in New York" RecognitionIn 2011 and again in 2013 Curtis was named as one of 50 Best Companies to Work for in New York State. Curtis is very proud of this award as it reflects our commitment to our core operating principle "Our people are our most important resource."
Since 1960, Curtis has been renowned for quality technology. Our corporate headquarters location in Mount Kisco, New York, is comprised of approximately 95 colleagues. As a family company, we’re proud to have created a workplace where our people do more than make a living – they make a difference. Curtis is an international leader in instrumentation, battery monitoring and motor speed controllers for electric vehicles of all types, including forklifts and related material handling equipment, wheelchairs, neighborhood electric vehicles, golf cars, aerial lifts, industrial & utility vehicles, airport vehicles and many more.
Created in 2007, these celebrated annual awards are a distinctive program that evaluates and ranks the best places of employment based on employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as workplace practices and policies. The 2013 Best Companies to Work for in New York State Awards is a partnership of NYS-SHRM, Best Companies Group, Journal Multimedia Corporation and The Business Council of New York.
Curtis Introduces AC Motor Speed Controller with Enhanced Functional Safety FeaturesMount Kisco, New York, Aug. 3, 2012. Curtis Instruments Inc. announces the launch of a very significant upgrade to the Curtis AC motor speed controller family. The new Curtis ‘E’ series of controllers utilize a powerful dual-microprocessor logic core that meets all relevant requirements of the EN ISO 13849-1:2009 functional safety standard, and the updated EN 1175-1:1998+A1:2010 industrial truck safety standard. The first in the ‘E’ series is the Model 1232E AC motor speed controller. Improvements over the earlier Model 1232 include: ¦ Powerful dual-micro logic core allows full compliance with EN ISO 13849-1, eliminating the need for any additional safety/supervisory control modules. ¦ Faster 64MHz micro improves motor control, and more than doubles the VCL code execution speed. ¦ Additional FLASH memory gives twice the available VCL code space. ¦ Increased CAN Master capabilities with 6 additional VCL CAN ‘mailboxes.’
The Curtis model 1232E delivers best-in-class control of AC induction motors and offers the highest levels of functional safety. It is designed for use as the traction controller on class 3 materials handling ‘walkie’ vehicles and other small battery-powered industrial trucks. It is equally suitable as the pump controller for auxiliary hydraulic functions on larger industrial vehicles. Like all Curtis AC controllers, this model features:
Curtis VCL™—Vehicle Control Language is an easy to use programming language that allows vehicle developers to write powerful logic functions and create a ‘virtual system controller’. Indirect Field Orientation (IFO) vector control algorithm generates the maximum possible torque and efficiency across the entire speed range for superb drive ‘feel’, improved speed regulation and superior gradient climbing capability. Curtis Auto-Tune function enables quick and easy characterization of the motor without having to remove it from the vehicle. Curtis AC controllers are fully compatible with any brand of AC induction motor. Dual-Drive functionality is standard, allowing correct control of applications featuring twin traction motors. This function ensures smooth and safe operation, minimal tire wear and correct load sharing between the traction motors at all times. Configurable CANbus connection allows communication with other CANbus enabled devices. The Model 1232E is CANopen compatible and can accommodate both 11-bit and 29-bit CAN protocols of various profiles. Integrated System Controller—More than just a motor controller, it is also powerful system controller. The 1232E features a comprehensive allocation of multi-function I/O pins for use as analog inputs, digital inputs, contactor coil drivers and proportional valve drivers. This controller is also capable of functioning as a full CAN system master, using VCL to map and configure the remote I/O available on other CANbus devices, send messages to CAN displays and thus control and monitor the entire system.
The new Model 1232 E is available in 24V 180A, 24V 250A, 36-48V 200A, and 48-80V 175A versions.
Curtis CA, in Livermore, achieves prestigious “Top Workplaces 2012” RecognitionJune, 2013, Livermore, CA.: For the second year in a rown, the company’s flagship R&D Center in Livermore, CA, was named as one of the top workplaces in the San Francisco Bay Area by Workplace Dynamics. This organization surveys over 4,000 companies annually, across all sectors including employees of fortune 500 companies. As a 2012 and 2013 winner, Curtis was prominently mentioned in the The Bay Area News Group’s “The Bay Area News Top Workplaces” – a list of the best places to work in The Bay Area, with coverage in special sections of the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times, and the Oakland Tribune and online at www.mercurynews.com.
The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based upon feedback from an employee survey that Curtis employees completed a few months ago. Seventy-five companies have been selected for the Top Workplaces award. Curtis is honored to be included as this award reflects the opinions of our own employees, indicating job satisfaction and a positive view of the company by our most important resource – our people. Curtis CA in Livermore is a Division of Curtis Instruments, Inc. Curtis manufactures specialized motor speed controllers for electric vehicles, high-tech products that help to run electric & hybrid powered vehicles—including industrial and utility vehicles. These products are used in millions of alternate energy vehicles worldwide. Curtis advanced motor speed controller technology allows for smooth acceleration and deceleration in forward and reverse.
The Curtis CA company was founded as Curtis PMC in 1985, and was initially located in Dublin, CA. Curtis CA is one of the world’s largest controller technical centers and is a highly specialized engineering facility focused on the design and development of advanced motor speed controllers for electric vehicles of all types. In 2000, the division became Curtis CA and moved to the present location. Curtis CA is ISO 9001-2000 certified and employs 65 people, predominately engineers and technicians. Employees commute from all over the Tri-Valley region, with 90% of staff living with a 30-mile radius from the Livermore facility. Curtis Instruments, founded in 1960, is a world leader in advanced electric vehicle technology control systems, instrumentation and related technology. The privately held company, based in Mount Kisco, NY, operates 15 subsidiaries worldwide.
Curtis Introduces New Electric Power Steering ControllerAugust 2011, Mount Kisco, NY — Curtis Instruments announces the latest addition to its Motor Controllers line, the Model 1222 Electric Power Steering (EPS) Controller. The Model 1222 interfaces directly with the steering command input, wheel position feedback, and AC induction steering motor to create a seamless drive-by-wire system. The controller is designed for use in EPS applications in material handling and other light industrial vehicles. These include reach trucks, man-up warehouse trucks, order pickers, stackers, tow tractors and other industrial vehicles. This highly programmable controller employs a dual redundant configuration of all safety relevant parts, which satisfies EN1175-1 and the critical EN954-1 Category 3 safety requirements when used in a correctly configured system. Versatile steering input and position feedback options include dual redundant quadrature encoder, sin/cosine sensors or analog voltage inputs. Safety is ensured by a 5A high-side fault output driver consisting of 2 switches in parallel, each switch controlled by separate microprocessors with independent supervision. The Model 1222 accepts 24V – 48V system voltages and is rated to deliver 70 A RMS for a full 2 minutes. It is suitable for the control of AC induction gearmotors in the 300- 1500W power range. Primary features include closed-loop optimized performance in both absolute position and relative position control modes as well as configurable homing methods, center offset, auto-center and end-stop protection functions. This new controller features CANopen communications, allowing simple interfacing with the traction controller, system manager or other CANopen devices on the vehicle. It is fully programmable using Curtis handheld or PC software tools. A 35-pin AMPseal logic connector provides ample I/O, even for fully redundant configurations and helps ensure that the controller is sealed against ingress of dust and liquids to IP65 for use in harsh environments.
Curtis New York Headquarters attains ISO 14001:2004 CertificationJuly, 2011, Curtis Instruments Inc. announces that its Mount Kisco, New York, headquarters and engineering facilities have been awarded ISO 14001:2004 certification in acknowledgment of the company's Environmental Management System. The ISO 14000 series of international environmental management standards, first introduced in 1996, provides a common framework for managing environmental issues including compliance with environmental regulations and continual improvement in the areas of environmental performance. This environmental certification, which is integrated into the Curtis’ U.S. Quality Management System that was certified to ISO 9001 in January of 2001, exemplifies Curtis’ ongoing commitment to the highest standards of quality, environmental stewardship, and dedication to exceed the expectations of its customers and the community at large.
The accreditation is given to companies whose operations minimize their impact on the environment, comply with all applicable laws, regulations and environmental standards and are focused on continual improvements to environmental sustainability. Curtis is engaged in a company wide Environmental Management System effort to attain ISO 14001:2004 certification. These goals have already been achieved by the Curtis subsidiaries in Sweden and France. Curtis manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico and China expect to be certified in late 2011.
Curtis introduces CAN LCD InstrumentMount Kisco, March 2011: Curtis Instruments, a world leading developer of advanced instrumentation and control systems for Electric Vehicles of all types, introduces a new CAN compatible vehicle instrument panel, enGage® VII. The Curtis enGage® VII display is a microprocessor based, programmable, CAN compatible, instrument with full Input/Output capability. The new panel is available as a cased unit or as a module. It can be used to display information in a wide variety of On & Off-road electric vehicle applications, including material handling, industrial, utility and recreational. This new instrument panel features exceptional readability with large and sharp, easy-to-read, high-resolution LCD screen for optimum viewing. It integrates comprehensive panel functionality into a single display to differentiate and enhance vehicle aesthetics. Rich, vivid colors, sharp imagery, strong contrast and high-color vibrancy allow the perfect palette for designing virtually any custom screen according to your application and requirements. This provides state-of-the-art design flexibility and progressive appearance. Instrument designers benefit from a beautiful and effective array of graphic capabilities, colors, shapes and lines. Screen customization flexibility is virtually limitless. Transflective LCD assures clear viewing even in bright sunlight. The unit features clear, crisp 5.7” color LCD (¼ VGA, 320 X 240) two color video inputs, both of which accept NTSC or PAL format. Message center, display menu system, password security options provide flexible and varied options to vehicle panel designers.
The new enGage VII is universally CAN compatible and seamlessly integrates with Curtis AC vehicle speed controllers and input devices without requiring additional code to be written. It interacts with any CAN node on your vehicle network. Options include isolated CANbus interface and an affordable CAN-only version, without the I/O feature.
Powerful I/O capability allows for easy system integration. Non-CAN based digital and analog device signals in your distributed network can be converted to CAN.enGage VII significantly reduces the wiring requirements through the use of CANopen. The unit features four independent, open-drain MOSFET outputs (rated 2A continuous); and 29 Inputs: 5 analog (voltage or resistive), 3 frequency,16 switch inputs (active high or low), 5 push-button inputs.
The enGage VII allows for full Customization & Programmability and is a blank palette. Vehicle OEMs can design a unique, special and fully customized panel fully suited to the application, with complete flexibility to match the instrument to the vehicle’s display requirements. One single screen displays many functions and instrument readings based on OEM defined functional and operational system parameters and thresholds. Changing display parameters (i.e. maintenance parameters, time of day, etc.) and providing input (i.e. password, check list information) can be accomplished through button inputs. The module can be programmed with the proprietary Curtis Vehicle Control Language (VCL) from a Curtis AC controller.
Additional advantages include a real time clock which can be used to provide data logging and event time stamping. A heater option allows operation in cold climates to –40°C (normal operation to –20°C without heater). A wide voltage range, 12–48VDC or 60–144VDC is covered. The unit is available with the newest Curtis battery discharge algorithm for highly accurate battery state of charge information. ###
New Curtis Board of Directors member: Elizabeth Emily MarwellThe new Curtis Board of Directors member, Elizabeth E. Marwell, is a graduate of Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors and where she was a Winthrop Scholar. She also studied at Art History at the John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. Presently, Ms. Marwell is Art Collections Manager/Associate Registrar at the Forbes Collection New York City, where she has been active in various curatorial positions since 2006. Prior to that she was assistant curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
New Curtis Board of Directors member: Nicholas MarwellCurtis Board of Directors member, Mr. Nicholas Marwell, holds a Masters degree in International Business and Environmental Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Art in Philosophy, magna cum laude, from Connecticut College in New London, CT. He is a Research and Program Assistant at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., working on the bank's flagship World Development Report. He has previously worked in the foreign policy division at the Brookings Institution, supporting a research project on multilateral cooperation and transnational threats while helping to launch a research project examining the impact of the UN Human Rights Council. Additionally, he was employed at the Washington, D.C.-based Worldwatch Institute, researching low-carbon development, energy policy, and renewable energy trends. Prior to graduate school, Mr. Marwell worked as a photo editor at the Associated Press, and led business development efforts for the multimedia division of Magnum Photos, a worldwide documentary photography agency.
Stuart Marwell and President ObamaAt the Nov. 6 meeting in Mumbai, India, President Obama told Curtis CEO Stuart Marwell: "I read about your company (Curtis). You are doing a great job". The conversation was recorded by Mark Halprin and noted in the White House log.
The rountable with President ObamaStuart E. Marwell is seated to the right of President Obama, the second to the right of the right side American flag.
President and CEO of Curtis invited to roundtable with President Obama in Mumbai, IndiaMumbai, India, Nov. 6, 2010. Stuart E. Marwell, the President and CEO of Curtis, was invited to a private roundtable discussion with US President Barack Obama to review and analyze US-Indian business relationships and cooperation, as it affects beneficial technologies during the US-India Business and Entrepreneurship Summit. During the meeting, President Obama told Stuart Marwell “I have been reading about your company. You are doing good work”. MSN News reported: “In his brainstorming session with business leaders of India and the US to a group of select entrepreneurs just ahead of his address at the US-India Business Council Summit, President Barack Obama got very excited about the prospects of Mahindra & Mahindra’s electric car, the Reva, and its US-based partner, Curtis. The White House statement was Unequivocal: “Through this partnership, Mahindra-Reva and Curtis are advancing the commercialization around the globe.It’s a partnership based on innovation, market access and creation of new jobs.”
The summit was sponsored by the Office of International Affairs of the US Department of the Treasury and was closed to the press; but, announced in the White House Press briefing as a pairing of Indian and US companies who collaborate in innovative cooperative business models. Eight US and Indian CEOs were invited to participate in the roundtable, held at the Trident Nariman Point Hotel in Mumbai, India, on Nov. 6, 2010, with an audience of young Indian entrepreneurs in attendance. Each of the CEOs represented a cooperative technical and business alliance and corporate friendship between Indian and American corporations. The focus of the roundtable was on technologies that have a positive effect on public health and quality of life. Stuart E. Marwell and Anand Mahindra, Vice Chair of Mahindra & Mahindra, LTD, one of India’s largest automotive & farm equipment companies, represented the 15 year relationship between the REVA Electric Car Company, now Mahindra-Reva and Curtis. Reva is the foremost electric car company in India, managed by Indian inventor and entrepreneur, Chetan Maini. REVA markets its products in many countries, including in Europe. Curtis is a global leader in electric vehicle technologies. Headquartered in Mount Kisco, New York, Curtis markets vehicle control systems and instrumentation. Mahindra & Mahindra is a Mumbai headquartered international automotive and industrial vehicle company with $7 billion in annual sales. The other CEOs to speak at the roundtable were: Rashmi Barbhiya - Advinus - medical research w. Corning, a company that focuses on neglected infectious diseases. Ajay Piramal of Piramal Corp. a clean water systems/water purification company and Netha Johnson of Pentair. Vinod Agarwal of Applied Solar Technologies and Hybrid Solar Diesel and Brian Ashley of Suniva Solar Systems. Anand Mahindra, head of the Mahindra group, spoke of the development of electric vehicles and the special relationship between Mahindra-Reva and Curtis. He shared the perspective that the future of collaboration between India and the US, and the advancement of technologies, such as electric cars, will benefit from US expertise and know-how in developing templates and business models, including new transportation models. This collaborative business model should include a convergence of global partners, including university technical centers, municipalities, infrastructure and technology partners. “Anyone who extrapolates solutions from the West to India and China is making a mistake. These countries need solutions for their own situations and all partners need to understand that in order to be successful.” Curtis, a fifty year old privately held corporation, has been active in the EV technology field for decades, and has had 15 years experience in India with the electrification of transportation and industrial vehicles. Indeed, Curtis instruments were used on the most famous EV of all, the Lunar Roving Vehicle driven during the Apollo moon landings. Stuart E. Marwell said, “Curtis played a role in the space race - one of the great moments of technological innovation of the 20th century. Today we are part of the climate change solution, the greatest technological challenge of the 21st century. The race to the moon was competition between nations. The climate change challenge will require cooperation between nations. For our engineers in India, this is a matter of national pride. For our colleagues in the Unites States, it is the pride of exporting green technology - which helps retain and create jobs in America.” Among the small audience of Indian entrepreneurs invited were special personalities involved in making a positive social impact: Chetna Sinha is the founder of Mann Deshi Bank, a microfinance bank that lends funds and teaches entrepreneurial skills to women in rural areas. Anand Shah is CEO of a social enterprise that increases access to pure drinking water through entrepreneurship. Sunita Maheshwari is co-founder of Teleradiology Solutions which provides teleradiology solutions in rural parts of India and across the globe. Kiran Sethi, director of the Riverside School in Ahmedaba,India, which offers programs for pre-schoolers. Plus, sixteen others involved in business and technology which helps India, and the world. Consequent to the meeting with the CEOs, including Stuart E. Marwell and Anand Mahindra, President Obama mentioned the electrification of vehicles in India in two of his keynote speeches to the entire Indian and American audience several times; and, he specifically referred to the EV CEOs who create jobs in both nations.
In Memoriam : Edward M. Marwell, 1922-2010 Founder, President and Chairman EmeritusMT. KISCO, NY, Sept. 7, 2010 — It is with great sadness that Curtis Instruments announces the passing of its founder, president and chairman emeritus, Edward M. Marwell. Mr. Marwell was an international business leader and global exporter, who served as president of Curtis Instruments from 1960 – 2001, and as chairman until 2003. During his tenure, the company grew into a key supplier of instrumentation, controls and integrated systems to the global electric-vehicle market with representation in all major world markets through 13 subsidiaries and 1,000 employees. Under Mr. Marwell’s leadership, Curtis developed superior electronic technology for material handling, industrial, aerial lift, golf, light-on-road, airport, and personal mobility applications. The products he developed with Curtis Instruments were also used by NASA, which installed numerous Curtis visual readout Elapsed Time Indicators on each Lunar Module to monitor electrical systems. Between 1968–1972, Curtis products were launched in 13 different lunar modules. In 1971, NASA used Curtis electronic meters to monitor the batteries of the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicles used to explore the moon’s surface. Mr. Marwell was recognized for his international business endeavors with numerous prestigious awards, including the Order of the Madara Horseman award by the Bulgarian government. He will be remembered by business associates, customers, employees and the local community as a man of profound humanity, inherent decency and fairness, with an unwavering spirit. All of us at Curtis Instruments are most grateful to Edward Marwell who had dedicated forty-five years to growing and shaping our company. His legacy of strong vision and special people talents have been a guiding force, inspiring us to tap the best within ourselves and share in his devotion to the company. His natural optimism has been contagious—and it has led to identifying future opportunities, developing new products and markets and nurturing wonderful relationships around the world. A 1943 graduate of Columbia College and its School of Engineering, Edward Marwell served in the United States Air Force during World War II in the Pacific theater in Occupied Japan. After working as a Program Manager for General Precision Laboratory in Pleasantville, New York, he founded Curtis Instruments, Inc. in 1960, together with Dr. Curtis Beusman. Because of Edward Marwell’s enlightened approach to business, Curtis established international status early on. In addition to the subsidiaries in Western Europe and Asia, he opened subsidiaries in the former East Germany, China and Bulgaria long before other US companies. Through his acceptance and promotion of other cultures, Edward Marwell paved the way for an atmosphere of cross-cultural awareness within Curtis. Today, Curtis is a successful global company as a result. In addition to his accomplishment at Curtis, Edward Marwell has been a big proponent of devoting time and resources to the local community. Among his many efforts, he funded a scholarship at Columbia College, and he was a board member of the American College in Sofia, Bulgaria. For over 50 years, Mr. Marwell has been a dedicated civic leader and resident of Mount Kisco, New York in Westchester County. He played an integral role in the growth of the community, serving as Trustee for the Village of Mount Kisco, Highway Commissioner, Police Commissioner and Chairman of the Human Rights Commission. His support of local endeavors also includes the formation of the Bedford Central School District, the founding of a local synagogue and many other philanthropic endeavors, both locally and internationally. In 2000, he was recognized as the “Man of the Year” by the Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce because of his lifelong support of the local community. Among his many activities, he was elected as a McCarthy delegate to the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago Mr. Marwell is survived by his immediate family, his wife Grace and four children: Stuart, Emily, David and Josh Marwell, and eight grandchildren, plus by an extended family of more than a thousand current and former Curtis employees around the world.
A private memorial service will be held.