AWS Electronics Group, one of Europe’s leading specialist electronics manufacturing services providers, has recently installed an additional surface mount automotive line in its dedicated automotive hall based at its low-cost manufacturing facility in Námestovo, Slovakia. The new line mirrors the original automotive line with four SMT machines, in-line laser marking, AOI and routing, alongside specialist automated pin insertion. This 50 per cent expansion in size of the automotive hall, coupled with the achievement of the internationally recognised TS 16949 approval last year, has contributed to significant growth for AWS in the automotive sector. This year AWS expects to assemble 3.7M PCBAs at its dedicated automotive hall for a wide range of leading global automotive manufacturers.
Rob Lackey, AWS Group technical director, comments: “The volume automotive sector is an intensely competitive arena, where low cost and zero defects are fundamental drivers. Through our continued targeted focus on lean principles, precision engineered solutions and a high degree of automation, we meet both these core challenges head on, enabling us to keep our costs to an absolute minimum and contributing positively to the growth of the AWS Electronics Group.”
Alongside its TS 16949 certification, AWS Slovakia has achieved a variety of other accreditations including: ISO 9001; ISO 14001; ISO 13485 and most recently, AS9100. The AWS Group also has an additional manufacturing facility in the UK which mirrors the offering at its Slovakia site as well as featuring a dedicated MRO centre and stand-alone rapid prototyping area (Fast Track).