The 21st century
ITW GSE 7400 180 kVA eGPU
ITW GSE Intelligent Power Management
ITW GSE Power by the Hour
ITW GSE 2400, 270 VDC GPU
ITW GSE 7400 JetEx 28 VDC eGPU
ITW GSE becomes one single brand of all ground power units, pre-conditioned air units and accessories. All legacy brands are absorbed under this brand.
ITW GSE 7400 90 kVA eGPU
ITW GSE JetEx8
ITW GSE 4400 Diesel Powered GPU
Hobart, Houchin, AXA Power, J&B Aviation and ITW Military GSE merged under the ITW GSE umbrella of companies (Branding phase 1).
Trilectron was discontinued.
The ITW GSE 2400 Common Design Platform saw daylight
The first AXA Power PCA was produced
Trilectron’s Military product line became ITW Military GSE
The first AXA Power Coil was produced
Illinois Tool Works acquires Houchin
AXA Power Plug & Play Voltage Compensation System
Trilectron separated military business into separate company named ITW Military GSE
Primary business supporting F16 and F22 and the Navy
Illinois Tool works acquires J&B Aviation
Trilectron Industries merges into Hobart Brothers Company and becomes a division of Hobart Brothers Company
Illinois Tool Works creates the ITW GSE Ground Services division, which brings together Hobart Ground Power, AXA Power, Trilectron Industries and Air-a-Plane, and, finally, J&B Aviation.
Illinois Tool Works acquires AXA Power and Trilectron
Trilectron manufactured commercial and military aircraft gound support equipment and acquires Air-a-plane
The 20th century
Illinois Tool Works acquires Hobart
J&B Aviation was founded in California (Cables & Plugs, and PCA accessories)
The first AXA Power 400 Hz Solid State GPU
The first Point of Use PCAir unit “DXU” was manufactured by Air-A-Plane. This was the basis of design for all current PCAir units in the market place today.
Trilectron begins specializing in military GSE
The first AXA Power 28 VDC GPU
Hobart Brothers sets up Hobart Ground Power after American Airlines asks the company to design a generator to start larger aircraft engines Air-A-Plane was the first company to manufacture a PCAir unit for cooling aircraft (mobile and engine driven).
Foundation of Axel Åkerman, Odense Denmark (later AXA Power)
Houchin Aerospace was established in Kent, Ashford
Illinois Tool Works was founded in Glenview, IL, USA (conglomerate of industrial equipment)