AVX RELEASES THREE-PHASE MEDIUM POWER FILM CAPACITORS FOR POWER FACTOR CORRECTION & AC FILTERING APPLICATIONS

AVX RELEASES THREE-PHASE MEDIUM POWER FILM CAPACITORS FOR POWER FACTOR CORRECTION & AC FILTERING APPLICATIONS  Featuring a dual safety system, FLB Series capacitors exhibit high contact reliability, high ripple current, & extremely high dielectric strength, as well as offer higher rated voltages than comparable technologies  GREENVILLE, S.C., March 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released the new FLB Series medium power film capacitors. Packaged in a cylindrical aluminum can with terminals that enable direct, three-phase, internal wire connection, FLB Series capacitors are comprised of metallized polypropylene dielectric imbued with a soft polyurethane resin.FLB Series capacitors feature a dual safety system consisting of an overpressure disconnector and self-healing technology, as well as exhibit high ripple current and extremely high dielectric strength in operating temperatures spanning -40 degrees C to +80 degrees C. Ideal applications for the series include: power factor correction and output AC filtering in power converters, UPS systems, solar and wind inverters, and motor drives.   "FLB Series three-phase film capacitors provide high contact reliability and long lifetimes and are rated for high voltages than other, comparable capacitor technologies, significantly extending the range of applications for which they're ideal solutions," said Gilles Terzulli, worldwide marketing manager, power film capacitors, AVX.  AVX's RoHS-compliant FLB Series three-phase, medium power film capacitors are available in nine case sizes, six voltages spanning 230-690VAC, capacitance values spanning 3*20.3 microfarads to 3*335 microfarads, and three capacitance tolerances (±5%, ±10%, ±20%). Optimized for AC voltage performance, the series also exhibits high overvoltage capabilities as a result of its self-healing properties. Additionally, unlike aluminum electrolytic capacitors, FLB Series polypropylene capacitors do not have a catastrophic failure mode, as film capacitors simply experience a parametric loss of capacitance of approximately 5%, which both negates the risk of short-circuiting and enables continued functionality. Lifetime for the series is 100,000 hours at rated voltage and 70 degrees C. Lead time for the series is approximately eight weeks.  For more information about AVX's FLB Series three-phase medium power film capacitors, please visit http://avx.com/docs/Catalogs/FLB.pdf. For all other inquiries, please visit www.avx.com, call 864-967-2150, or write to One AVX Boulevard, Fountain Inn, S.C. 29644.  About AVX  AVX Corporation is a leading international supplier of electronic passive components and interconnect solutions with 26 manufacturing and customer support facilities in 15 countries around the world. AVX offers a broad range of devices including capacitors, resistors, filters, timing and circuit protection devices and connectors. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:AVX).  desc  A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=24218  CONTACT: For more information, contact:          Gilles Terzulli          Worldwide Marketing Manager,          Power Film Capacitors, AVX          +33 3 80 71 75 28          terzullig@avxeur.com          or          Callie Baldwin          Corporate Communications Director, AVX          864-967-9375          callie.baldwin@avx.com