A History With High Potential

In 1962, Stanley Peschel had a vision to create high voltage electrical test equipment for the wire and cable industry. We were among the first to build this equipment and we’re still with you. Today, underground cable networks and substations around the world have been tested by Hipotronics products.

From the beginning, equipment still in use today

Stanley derived the Hipotronics name from the phrase HIgh POTential ElectRONICS. He was awarded over 20 US and International patents throughout his career. They included AC series resonant technology, the ultra-high voltage DC generator, and the Peschel variable regulating transformer (PVT). These are still in use today.


Constructed original manufacturing facility in Brewster, New York


Built our first AC Resonant Test System
Test larger loads at higher voltages without increased input power requirements


Introduced motor test systems
Some customers still use these legacy systems 50 years later!


Opened sales to international markets
Growing global infrastructure generated a substantial portion of sales


Named by Forbes Magazine among the Top 200 small companies in America


Acquired by Hubbell Incorporated


Acquired Robinson Instruments
Provided entry into the partial discharge measurement market


Expanded our global footprint with Hubbell’s acquisition of Haefely


Introduced new automated PLC controller design for the 700 series


Took the show on the road with our mobile sales demonstration van


Concentrated wave of new product development
X-WAVE primary cable fault locator
600kV Mobile MSR test system
UHVDC frequency converter with PD measurement


Introduced our new digital interface for the 800PL DC line


Launched KVM-W, one of the first wireless HV kilovoltmeters
Controlled through mobile devices


Released 880PL-HD Hipot tester with the ability to test longer duty cycles
Equipped with a 7” touchscreen


Introduced 700-DI AC dielectric test set with digital controls
Offered better regulation, accuracy, and larger test voltage range


Simplified line for customers by selling off Haefely


Released HIPODirect App
Wirelessly connects our products to mobile device control


Launched iHV state-of-the-art digital controller for new and legacy systems


Revamped D149 breakdown testers with DC capability and wireless measurement


Began relocating manufacturing to Hubbell’s ISO Certified Reading, Pennsylvania facility
Allows us to expand our operations and service capabilities


Completed relocation to Reading, celebrate 60 years

It’s critical to test the insulation integrity of electrical equipment before it’s placed into service. Many utilities and manufacturers, including Hubbell, use our equipment to safeguard their products. You can count on our product capabilities and performance to ensure your product quality.

Building future-proof testing

We grew quickly from humble beginnings. From the early DC wire sparker, to the patented PVT, and the movable core reactor for large resonant systems, we are preparing for the connected factories of the future. Look for more wireless control, customizable software, and cloud-based real-time data solutions.