History

Follow Our Journey.

1983

National Power Chair begins rebuilding motors for retailers selling electric wheelchairs. At the time, there were numerous manufacturers, but just three different motors available.

1984

National Power Chair begins catalog sales of rebuilt motors and parts. The company quickly develops a reputation for designing, building and repairing motors, parts and accessories that are stronger, lighter and less expensive than their OEM counterparts.

1996

National Power Chair becomes NPC after robot hobbyists discover the power and strength of its motors, setting the stage for NPC to achieve prominence on television programs like BattleBots, BattleBots IQ, Robotica, Robot Wars and RFL (Robot Fighting League).

2004

The U.S. Military (TARDEC) engages NPC to help create a Battery-Powered Motorized Traversing Unit (BPMTU) to drive the ever-increasing weight of armored turrets.

2007

The BPMTU is recognized by the U.S. Army as one of the year's 10 Greatest Inventions. As of 2010, over 50,000 have been built and are in service on Up-Armored HMMWVs, MRAPs and MTAVs.

2007

NPC introduces a hydraulically powered Door Assist System for Up-Armored MRAPs with an initial order of approximately 5,000 units for Cayman MRAP doors.

2010

The NPC-patented Improved Turret Drive System (I-TDS) is introduced with a launch order of more than 5,000 units. Designed for greater performance on heavier turret systems, it features improved capabilities, enhanced ergonomics and a reduced profile compared to the BPMTU.

2011

NPC introduces the refined "Black Box" Hydraulic Package for M915-A5 B-Kit and other heavy-duty motion control applications. Building on the successes of the original Door Assist System, it can be mounted in any attitude, and features a lighter weight, thinner profile, simplified design, easier installation, programmable positions, improved ruggedness, and an emergency bypass from the MRAP configuration.

2014

NPC launches BlackDog Robotics, a division of NPC Robotics with a focus on developing modular robotic systems for law enforcement, security and military applications.

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