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Progressive Dynamics: 50 years and going strong

by Kimberly Shellborn
Logo of Progressive Dynamic's 50 years.

Progressive Dynamics, Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014.

Progressive Dynamics manufactured its first product over 50 years ago. It was an LP gas regulator used in RVs to control the flow of LP gas to the furnace, stove and refrigerator. In 1968, the company  developed its first linear power converter/battery charger combination for the RV OEM market. Since then, it has continued to excel in preventing battery problems.

In 1969 Progressive Dynamics introduced its first series of 12-volt interior lights, and followed up with the PD750 series in 1971.  These lights continue to be the standard for quality in low-cost, 12-volt interior RV lighting.

In the 1970s, due to a downward turn in RV sales as a result of the Mideast oil crises, Progressive Dynamics turned its technology and expertise to other markets. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that it decided to come back to its roots and manufacture something with the RV market in view: an electronic power converter for RVs. This new design was a smaller, lighter converter that provided regulated and filtered DC power to all 12-volt RV circuits. Encouraged by the results, the company continued to look to the RVing field and designed a circuit that could continuously monitor battery charge status and then use this data to automatically increase or decrease the charging voltage as needed.

Never a company to stay stagnant, Progressive Dynamics continues to study, design and manufacture second generation “smart” electronic power converters and intelligent battery charging systems.

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