TDK-Lambda ups investment in UK power supply manufacturing facility

October 31, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
TDK-Lambda is investing £435,000 in new production equipment at its power supply manufacturing facility in Ilfracombe, Devon, UK.

TDK-Lambda’s decision for this new investment in the UK is primarily driven by the company’s new products development strategy and estimates a £122,000 annual saving will be generated through production process improvements.
 
“We have an aggressive new products development strategy and are continuing to invest in new equipment to increase our capacity and enhance our processes, which further improves our lead-times and overall product reliability,” said Martin Southam, Director of Marketing at TDK-Lambda EMEA.

The recent introduction of automated glue dispensers into the power supply manufacturer’s two surface-mount lines represents a capital investment of £170,000. A further £80,000 investment to introduce Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) of screened paste on PCBs into the lines is also planned.

“Introducing dispensed glue and automated optical paste inspection on our PCB assembly lines will generate an estimated annual saving of around £122,000 by eliminating the additional costs associated with touch-up and rework,” added Southam.

An additional £185,000 investment in test equipment, which has been designed and manufactured in the UK by the company’s equipment manufacturing team, will soon be installed and commissioned. The new Programmer/Calibrator, Power Cycler and universal product final ATE will increase capacity and provide process improvements.

Visit TDK-Lambda at www.uk.tdk-lambda.com