News and Events

MaxQ Technology LLC Hires Performance Technical Sales Inc to Cover Southeast Territory

May 1, 2019

MaxQ Technology LLC, an global leader in designing and manufacturing thermal management solutions, is pleased to announce a partnership with Performance Technical Sales (PTS) who is a sales rep firm based out of North Carolina.  PTS is a proven leader in the industry and brings with them a knowledgeable technical sales team who understands the market and customer needs.  PTS specializes in power components, interconnects, and electro-mechanical products which presents a good synergy by adding on MaxQ’s thermal management to their linecard.  Read more..


NASA (JPL) ECOSTRESS – 2019 CEC ICMC Abstract Acceptance

Apr 23, 2019

MaxQ Technology, LLC has been heavily involved with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to develop a custom thermal solution for NASA’s ECOSTRESS project. The ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) measures the temperature of plants and uses that information to better understand. Read More..

ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certification

Feb 26, 2019

MaxQ Technology is thrilled to announce that we are now ISO 9001:2015 Certified! As part of the certification process, MaxQ Technology engaged in a rigorous audit of our business processes that include: quality management system development, a management system document review, pre-audit, initial assessment and clearance of non-conformances. All of which work to identify corrective actions that eliminate non-conformances to the quality management standard.

ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System is internationally recognized as the world’s leading quality management standard. This certification further strengthens our commitment to our customers and our company quality policy.

We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to our customers and suppliers for their continued commitment and loyalty.

MaxQ Technology receives JPL STAR Award for the NASA ECOSTRESS Project

Nov 13, 2017

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has recognized MaxQ Technology for our outstanding product quality and successful partnering on the ECOSTRESS project. Our team is extremely proud of this acknowledgement and we appreciate the opportunity to work with JPL on this project.

The ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) will measure the temperature of plants and use that information to better understand how much water plants need and how they respond to stress.

Learn more about the ECOSTRESS mission at the link below:

MaxQ Technology, LLC Acquired By Tie Down

Aug 25, 2017

MaxQ Technology, LLC was acquired by Tie Down to further grow in the liquid cooling markets in renewable energy, electric vehicles and industrial applications. This acquisition provides a clear growth path for volume production of high performance and reliable thermal management solutions for power conversion systems.

Removing waste heat from power conversion systems remains a persistent industry wide problem. High powered systems used in electric vehicle, solar, ocean, wind, and industrial control applications require advanced liquid cooling technologies that have low thermal resistance, minimal pressure drop and exceptional reliability. Power inverters from 60KW and up used widely in these markets all share the same core problem: removing excessive heat from sensitive semiconductor switching modules. Solutions suitable for these systems require not only exceptional technology, but the capacity to produce quality product in production quantities.

MaxQ Technology (Tempe, AZ), the leader in Friction Stir Welded coldplates and cooling products, has been formally acquired by Tie Down (Atlanta, GA) to greatly improve production capacity and facilitate further technological developments. Securing key patents and demonstrating strong innovation acumen, MaxQ Technology provides coldplates and cooling solutions for the International Space Station, military defense research, autonomous and next generation electric vehicle manufacturers, and tier one suppliers in military, solar, wind, ocean, fossil fuel and industrial applications. Emphasizing the close coupling between design, analysis and manufacturing, MaxQ Technology has developed reliable coldplates and cooling solutions for a wide variety of power conversion systems rated up to 2 megawatts in capacity. Standard coldplates and custom cooling solutions support all leading Insulated Gate Bi-polar Transistor (IGBT) power modules from manufacturers such as Infineon, Powerex, ABB, Fuji Electric, Semikron and others.

Tie Down is a proven leader in the metal working industry with extensive CNC machining, laser cutting, welding, sheet metal and assembly capabilities. With over 750,000 square feet of ISO9001 certified production floor space, 5,500 finished products, 90 patents and almost 50 years of success in manufacturing, Tie Down has created a finely tuned operation. Tie Down will assume all production manufacturing responsibilities for MaxQ Technology while providing strong technical support to continuously improve the fabrication processes, a critical necessity in this highly-customized market.

“We could not be more excited about MaxQ joining the team. As part of Tie Down’s commitment to Manufacturing Ingenuity, the new acquisition of MaxQ Technology will expand our ability to provide cutting-edge products and solutions to some of the world’s most innovative companies,” says Chase MacKarvich, CFO of Tie Down, and goes on to say, “From a growth perspective, the partnership is in line with our strategy of complementing our organic growth by completing selected strategic acquisitions.”

Memo Romero, President and CEO at MaxQ Technology states that, “Tie Down’s manufacturing discipline and forward thinking philosophy will provide an exceptional basis to support any customer needing state of the art cooling products in any production quantity.”

“MaxQ espouses the same core values of Tie Down: Proactive, Collaborative, Driven, Reliable, and Accountable,” says Sloan MacKarvich, CBDO of Tie Down. “The forging of our two companies affords us an unparalleled competitive and strategic advantage in the dynamic and growing power conversion market.”

This partnership will further enhance our ability to continue providing quality thermal management solutions to our customers.

SBDC Success Award

Dec 23, 2015

The Arizona Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides targeted guidance to business incubators, technology- and innovation-focused businesses, and entrepreneurs who are veterans of the U.S. military. The SBDC also helps Arizona business owners learn how to take advantage of international trade opportunities and government procurement contracts in order to build on and sustain their business success. In March 2015, MaxQ Technology was one of just twelve small businesses in Arizona that were honored by the SBDC for their achievements. MaxQ Technologies worked in partnership with Sanjay Dohle, a business analyst with the Maricopa Community Colleges, to develop grant proposals, strategic partnership pitches, a market assessment, and a succinct, targeted business plan. The award enabled MaxQ Technology to grow their business, resulting in new jobs for GateWay Community College graduates and others in the area. As MaxQ President and CEO Memo Romero noted, “Through [the SBDC’s] support, MaxQ has been able to capitalize on Arizona’s business resources and, equally importantly, navigate through the mine field of risks that all start-ups face, particularly in the tough economic years of 2009–2012.”

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Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant

Sept 10, 2012

Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant (sponsored by the Arizona Commerce Authority) is a business plan competition award to provide qualified, innovative start-up and early stage companies with the capital to grow their businesses in Arizona. The grant provides up to $250,000 to between six and fifteen Arizona companies each year to help them move from the early, start-up stage of their businesses to the next level. Applicants are evaluated on their team’s qualifications, the market potential of their technology, their strategies to commercialize their product or service, and the potential benefit to the state of Arizona versus any potential risk.

The award goes to businesses in sectors such as aerospace/defense, clean-tech/renewable energy, bio/life sciences, information technology (hardware or software), advanced materials or advanced manufacturing. In September 2012, MaxQ Technologies received an Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant for $250,000, the highest award amount possible, for their plan to build on their success by expanding into international markets. This resulted in an opportunity to work with the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Program to help grow international sales, and a trip to Germany to introduce MaxQ’s products to potential clients in various clean-tech industries at the Power Conversion and Intelligent Motion (PCIM) show.

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MaxQ Technology Partners With HYPERCAR Manufacture To Design An Efficient Cooling System For Electric Motors

Jan 20, 2010

With its 3.8 liter, 727 horsepower V-8 engine, a 177 horsepower electric motor, hydro-pneumatic suspension, and electro-hydraulically assisted steering, the HYPERCAR is as fast as it is beautiful, reaching speeds of up to 200 mph. Car and Driver said, “It is all drama.”

But drivers want that drama to be on the road, not in the shop. The HYPERCAR has a plug-in hybrid drive train that generates more than 900 horsepower, allowing it to accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in less than three seconds. That generates a lot of heat! This type of super-powered hybrid electric drive requires an efficient cooling system. Without this cooling system, the hybrid electric drive can be compromised by excessive heat, affecting the reliability of the system.

MaxQ worked with the HYPERCAR manufacturer to create an innovative friction stir-welded aluminum coldplate system that is custom-designed specifically for this vehicle. Working with the manufacturer over the course of three years of collaborative development and proprietary design, MaxQ was able to create the unique aluminum coldplates that can effectively and reliably cool the HYPERCAR’s systems.

MaxQ Technology Partners With BAE Systems To Develop A High Performance Coldplate For Fighting Vehicles In the Defense Sector

BAE Systems has been awarded one of the U.S. Army contracts to develop the Future Fighting Vehicle (FFV), which is intended to replace the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV). Megan Mitchell, a spokesperson for BAE Systems, was quoted in Defense News as noting that the company will analyze how to find the right balance between payload, protection, and performance. “As the original equipment manufacturer for the Bradley fighting vehicle, we have a unique understanding of the requirements and user needs,” Mitchell said. “Among our top considerations will be platform weight and program affordability as we balance overall performance.” One of those requirements is an efficient cooling system for the vehicle. MaxQ Technology will be working with BAE Systems to design custom cooling plate technology for the FFV’s power management systems.

MaxQ Technology Partners With NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) To Develop A Thermal Management Solution That Will Be Launched In Space To Integrate On The ISS


The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is managed through the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) for NASA. MaxQ will be working with JPL on two important projects that will take our thermal management technology into space:

ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station) is a radiometer developed by JPL and selected by NASA to be used on the International Space Station (ISS) on the Japanese Experiment Module–External Facility (JEM–EF) site 10. Its mission is to measure the temperature of Earth’s plants from space in order to determine how much water plants require as well as their response to stress. ECOSTRESS will address questions regarding how the terrestrial biosphere is responding to changes in the availability of water, how changes in diurnal vegetation water stress affect the global carbon cycle, and whether advanced monitoring of agricultural water consumption and improved drought estimation can reduce agricultural vulnerability. Using a multispectral, thermal, infrared radiometer, ECOSTRESS will provide the most detailed temperature images of the planet’s surface that have ever been acquired from space. It will even be able to measure the temperature of an individual farm field. ECOSTRESS will produce the Evaporative Stress Index (ESI), a leading drought indicator that shows when plants are stressed and drought is likely. ECOSTRESS will incorporate MaxQ Technology’s custom-designed coldplates to keep its own systems at an optimal temperature for accurate results.

OCO-2 is the orbiting carbon observatory built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for the purpose of gathering data on carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere from space. OCO-2 provides precise, high resolution, complete coverage to collect this data over the season cycle of almost the entire planet. OCO-2 will fly in a near-polar orbit that is synchronous with the sun, using a group of satellites to provide coverage of most of the sunlit portion of the planet over a repeating sixteen-day cycle. OCO-2 will use a single instrument with three high-resolution grating spectrometers to measure how much reflected sunlight in the near-infrared range is absorbed by carbon dioxide and molecular oxygen. OCO-2 will use coldplates custom-designed by MaxQ Technology to keep its systems functioning optimally during its two-year mission.

Product Development and Patents

MaxQ Technology is the creator of our patented Q-CHILL™ Technology processes. Designed for high efficiency cooling, Q-CHILL™ Coldplates are used for renewable energy, industrial, and military applications. This innovative technology provides uniform cooling of power electronic devices from 30kQ to 250kW. Manufactured using the friction stir welding (FSW) process to incorporate unique structures, Q-CHILL™ Coldplates have great thermal performance with low pressure drops.

In 2015 MaxQ Technology was granted two patents for our advanced Q-CHILL™ and ColdBaseTM liquid cooling technologies. One of these patents provides the cooling that it makes it possible for a drive train to generate more than 900 horsepower or accelerate from zero to sixty in under three seconds.

MaxQ Technology provides products for industries such as auto, wind, solar, industrial, defense, space. Our clients have a choice of ready-made, available products or custom-designed coldplates that meet their individual needs.

MaxQ Technology are used in many Renewable Energy applications, such as:

  • Solar
  • Wind Turbines
  • Ocean
  • Electric Vehicles

As a growing business in Arizona, MaxQ Technology is proud to have grown its sales, and added jobs for the Arizona workforce.

Upcoming Conferences

Date: May 7th – 9th
Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Booth: 6-151

The PCIM Europe is the world’s leading exhibition and conference for power electronics, intelligent motion, renewable energy, and energy management. Stop by our booth to learn more about what we have to offer!