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Who we are


Contemporary Controls designs and manufacturers networking and control products used in various automation industries where performance and reliability are essential. These products, along with our comprehensive design experience with hardware, software and protocols, allow us to offer original design manufacturing (ODM) services where we provide the product you require under your brand. To speed development, our designs are based upon proven open hardware and open software platforms that are ready to execute your control or networking application.


With more than 45 years of experience in electronics design, development and manufacturing, we have a rich inventory of intellectual property that can be tapped for your next project. Two design and manufacturing locations-one in China and one in the US-provide private-label and ODM services. Leverage our design and manufacturing resources to reduce your costs and time-to-market.



Application Ready Platforms


It is expensive and time consuming to develop sophisticated electronic circuitry, system software, application software, and conduct a design validation review along with obtaining the required regulatory approvals before launching a product to market. A more cost effective and quicker approach is to use a proven hardware/software platform that is ready to be loaded with a customer-developed application program that then can be branded as a proprietary product. At Contemporary Controls, we have the platforms and design resources to make it happen.


With application ready platforms, non-recurring engineering (NRE) fees are minimized. OEMs can take advantage of our experience in developing control and networking products using open hardware and software technologies.


Our design experience is with automation products including direct digital controllers (DDC), supervisors, IP routers and switches, protocol routers and gateways for BACnet and Modbus, and MQTT gateways for cloud computing. Our control and communications capabilities can be bundled in our application ready platforms.



What We Design, We Make


Contemporary Controls has two manufacturing locations, one in Downers Grove, Illinois and the other in Suzhou, PRC. Both operations are ISO9001:2015 registered and are under Underwriters Laboratories (UL) surveillance. In addition to self-manufacturing, Contemporary Controls sources complementary networking and control products for the convenience of our customers. The US operation has modern Panasonic multi-function, surface-mount technology (SMT) process lines that produce sophisticated, lead-free, high-density printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) that incorporate ball-grid-array (BGA) components. These PCBAs are then installed into their enclosures, tested and stored in their final packaging in an environmentally controlled warehouse ready for worldwide shipment. 


While the US operation is ideal for prototyping, and producing high-mix, low-volume and Made in USA products, the China operation with its sourcing partners are better suited for high-volume, low-mix production. In either location, intellectual property is protected.


Both plants adhere to ISO 9001 quality procedures and follow IPC workmanship standards recognized in the electronics industry. Both plants are under Underwriters Laboratories (UL) surveillance. 



Our History



Building Automation

  • Life Safety
  • Security
  • Access Control
  • Lighting
  • HVAC
  • Building Intelligence

Industrial Automation

  • Assembly
  • Glass
  • Food and Beverage
  • Packaging
  • Textiles
  • Semiconductors

Commerical Automation

  • Healthcare
  • Printing
  • Material Handling
  • Laboratory
  • Surveillance
  • Point of Sale (PoS)

Communications and Networking

  • CATV
  • Data Security
  • Local Area Networks
  • Wide Area Networks
  • Mobile Communication
  • Wireless Networking

Energy, Utilities and Transportation

  • Air and Rail
  • Automotive
  • Energy Generation
  • Power Distribution
  • Mining
  • Water and Wastewater

Embedded Networking

  • COTS
  • Gaming
  • Homeland Security
  • Medical
  • Research
  • Robotics

Our associations

BACnet International

BACnet International is an organization that encourages the successful use of BACnet® in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs, and promotional activities. BACnet International complements the work of other BACnet-related groups whose charters limit their commercial activities.


BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU) promotes the application of the worldwide BACnet communication protocol ISO 16484-5 in European building automation and safety engineering. It was founded in 1998 by 18 companies dealing with building automation. Today it has 50 members from Belgium, Germany, England, Finland, France, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and the USA. The BIG-EU represents European interests in the worldwide development of the BACnet standard.


Caba is a not-for-profit industry association that promotes advanced technologies for the automation of homes and buildings in North America. This association encourages the development, promotion, pursuit and understanding of integrated systems and automation in homes and buildings.

EnOcean Alliance

EnOcean Alliance aims to internationalise the energy harvesting wireless technology, and is dedicated to creating interoperability between the products of OEM partners. Basis for this is the international standard ISO/IEC 14543-3-10, which is optimised for wireless solutions with ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting.


IPC is a United States-based trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 2,000 member companies. IPC is the only electronic interconnect organization that brings together all industry players, including designers, board manufacturers, assembly companies, suppliers, and original equipment manufacturers.


PCI-SIG was formed in 1992. It is the industry organization chartered to develop and manage the PCI standard. With over 900 members, the PIG-SIG fulfills its charter by continuing to provide innovation and evolve the PCI standard to meet the industry's needs. Through interoperability testing, technical support, seminars and industry events, the PCI-SIG enables its members to generate competitive and quality products.