Kentec Invests in Europlacer iineo to Increase Capacity
In late 2008 Kentec Electronics expanded again taking on a further Manufacturing unit which greatly increased the Sheet Metal, Powder Coating and Silk Screening capacity.
The plan for the next stage of expansion was to increase the capacity of the Surface Mount production line. In October 2009 we successfully implemented this step in the plan by moving the whole line into the larger factory unit acquired in late 2008. Not only was the line moved but expanded in line with our plans for growth.
As part of this major expansion
project we introduced a new "Europlacer iineo"
Surface Mount machine into the line. The need
to introduce a further Surface Mount machine into
the existing SMD line was driven by the introduction
of new, larger and more complex products coming
into Production plus the need to meet the increase
in demand for the Company's products.
The decision to install a Europlacer iineo system to complement the existing "Vitesse" was made as the Company already have a long history with Europlacer as a supplier of surface mount placement systems. It was a natural decision to look to Europlacer to provide additional capacity at this time.
Adding the "iineo" to the line has increased component capacity by 133% and has reduced production times by approximately 30%. Part of the productivity increase is due to the introduction of Europlacers' new "Multi Job Optimisation" software package which helps plan and manufacture the numerous sub assemblies made on the line without the need to breakdown or re-set the line.
Further changes were made with the introduction of a revised "Kanban" controlled manufacturing schedule within the department. We are proud to report the success of another major investment project within Kentec designed to provide us the opportunity to improve the service offered to our customers.