Rachael Parker, Vice-President; And Mike Arasim, Product Manager for Power and Inductive Applications, Fair-Rite Products Corp.Rachael Parker, Vice-President; And Mike Arasim, Product Manager for Power and Inductive Applications
Founded in 1952, Fair-Rite Products Corp. is one of the most prominent ferrite manufacturers in the United States. The organization handles the entire process of ferrite core manufacturing, from developing and procuring original raw materials to quick-turn prototyping to large-scale global manufacturing. Though mostly known for its offerings in EMI suppression, the company is emerging in the power electronics market by leveraging its vast collective knowledge and experience in manufacturing high performance soft magnetic materials. With highly skilled engineers and years of production expertise, Fair-Rite helps designers implement high performance, cost effective solutions for any application. The multi-million-dollar organization has presence across the globe with headquarters and manufacturing in New York, a powder manufacturing and warehouse facility in Illinois and multiple factories in parts of Asia and China. Across Fair-Rite’s numerous locations, the goal remains the same: delivering cost-efficient ferrite cores to the highest quality standards.

What sets Fair-Rite apart from its competitors is the type of materials used to ensure superior products for its customers. As Mike Arasim, Fair-Rite’s Product Manager for Power and Inductive Applications, says, “A ferrite core is only as good as the material from which it is constructed.” In this regard, the company is strategically positioned in the power electronics market by offering a line of unique high-frequency materials. Lately, Fair-Rite has been gaining traction due to the low power loss characteristics of its new materials at high frequencies. These new materials address the movement towards miniaturization of power electronics. At the center of this movement is the emergence of Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Callium Nitride (GaN) as alternatives for Silicon (Si) semiconductors. These technologies are pushing frequencies beyond the capabilities of traditional magnetic materials.

A significant obstacle that impedes ferrite manufacturers from developing products as per clients’ requirements is the deficiency of commercial equipment suited to working with these materials. To address this, Fair-Rite built their own production, inspection, and testing equipment as needed to produce cores that consistently meet their client’s specifications.
In addition, the company has heavily invested in a state-of-the-art machining facility to overcome the limitations on geometries and tolerancing presented by the traditional press-to-size manufacturing method. The structural design freedom and high degree of precision afforded by these operations has allowed Fair-Rite to become a leader in the production of contactless power and data transmission cores. These are more discreet and efficient versions of wireless power transfer and communication that can have broad range applications for the various rotator and sensor assemblies it supports.

Fair-Rite prides itself on being more than just a manufacturer, but rather a full-service supplier that can provide multiple levels of service

Fair-Rite’s client-base spans across diverse industries, from medical to automotive to nearly any other market. The company effectively collaborates with its customers when developing a new product to ensure the geometry and relevant performance requirements are fully understood before the ferrite core is produced. Fair-Rite identifies any potential improvements to the proposed design, as per the client’s preference, and will try to optimize the geometry to make it more efficient, cost-effective and manufacturable on a mass scale. The prototypes are tested and run through an approval process before being manufactured.

Fair-Rite prides itself on being more than just a manufacturer, but rather a full-service supplier that can provide multiple levels of service. The company incorporates their customer’s input from the initial design phase through prototyping until the manufacturing phase.

Looking ahead, the company strives to take part in more of their clients’ product manufacturing processes by bringing value-added services into its business such as core gapping and custom winding capabilities. The company continues to work with academic leaders like MIT, Dartmouth and Virginia Tech alongside industry leaders to ensure they are involved with and knowledgeable on new technologies. Enabling Fair-Rite to ensure it has the materials and capability to support cutting-edge technologies through to mass-market adoption.