Our History

TLX Technologies maintains its original commitment to develop unique, innovative electromagnetic and electromechanical components that utilize the best technology to provide our customers with solutions that are tailored specifically to their needs.

Founded in 1996, TLX Technologies' first program was the development of a high-speed digital valve for inflating vehicle airbags. Because there had been multiple child fatalities due to excessively forceful vehicle airbag inflation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began looking for ways to eliminate these fatalities. TLX's founders believed that the solution lay in developing a valve that would properly control the force of inflation.

During the development of this valve, the NHTSA changed its requirements. As a result, the airbag inflation valve that TLX had been developing never made it to market. However, TLX adapted this technology to many other markets, including fire protection, automotive, and industrial, along with general consumer, recreational vehicle, and standby power system applications.

  • 1998
    TLX Technologies Incorporates

    TLX Technologies incorporates and moves into our first facility in Waukesha, WI.

  • 1999
    Fire Protection Market

    TLX Technologies enters the fire protection market and still retains our very first fire protection customer.

  • 2000
    Proprietary Valve Program

    A proprietary hot melt adhesive dispensing valve program is launched that is still in production.

  • 2001
    First Patents Awarded

    TLX Technologies is awarded multiple patents for newly developed technology.

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  • 2003
    TLX Expands in Automotive Market

    Production begins on a residual latching solenoid for use on the GM Sierra Hybrid.

  • 2005
    Production Begins on Battery-Operated Solenoid

    Production begins on a latching solenoid that is capable of over 50,000 actuations on 4 AA batteries and has an actuation force up to 4 lbs.

  • 2006
    Harley Davidson Taps TLX

    TLX Technologies becomes a Tier 1 supplier to Harley Davidson.

  • 2007
    TLX Technologies Expands

    TLX strategically expands business, increases floor space, and expands production capacity.

  • 2009
    Inc. Magazine's Fastest Growing Private Companies List

    TLX is ranked No. 31 in manufacturing in Inc. Magazine's issue of Fastest Growing Private Companies.

  • 2011
    Recognized by Inc. Magazine a Second Time

    TLX is named in Inc. Magazine's issue of the Fastest Growing Private Companies for the second time.

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  • 2012
    TLX Moves to a New Location

    TLX Technologies moves to a larger location to expand production capacity and testing, engineering, and quality labs.

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  • 2013
    TLX Celebrates Manufacturing Day

    TLX Technologies hosts an open house for Manufacturing Day 2013. Visitors tour the facility and learn more about the products TLX Technologies engineers and manufactures.

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  • 2015
    TLX China is Established

    TLX Technologies' wholly owned subsidiary opens in the Changshu Economic and Technology Zone in Changshu, China.

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  • 2016
    Automated Production Cell Added

    An automated cell is installed on our production floor to produce a component for a Tier 1 automotive supplier.

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  • 2018
    Production Begins on Flow Control Module

    Production begins on our customized NSF-certified flow control module. The new design achieves zero leak while providing precise linear fluid control.

  • 2019
    TLX Introduces Integrated Sensing

    TLX Technologies develops a new data collection solution that can be incorporated into the design of any of our components.

  • 2020
    TLX Introduces the Explosion Proof Actuator

    Our first actuator for hazardous locations is introduced to meet the needs of the global fire suppression industry.

  • 2021
    TLX Technologies Becomes ISO/IEC 80079-34:2020 Certified

    TLX's US location earns ISO/IEC site certification to manufacture products for explosive environments.

  • 2022
    TLX Partners with Dana

    TLX Technologies and Dana partner to integrate e-Valves into Dana's cutting-edge thermal management solutions for e-Drive units.

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