Kitronik, a leading electronics company specialising in the development of electronics project kits and associated learning resources for schools and home hobbyists, has made a significant investment in its manufacturing capability.
The company has purchased the latest version of the Qudra DVC Evo, a market leading mount surface placement machine from Blundell Production Equipment, the UK’s leading supplier of production machinery and tools for the printed circuit board assembly industry. The machine uses Linux software which is Windows compatible and is now capable to place 0201 and 0.5mm pitch devices at a quoted rate of 4500-cph. This capability will enable the Kitronik to expand its product range and, as the machine is significantly faster than the company’s current equipment, will increase Kitronik’s production output.
As part of the agreement with Blundell, its experienced support professionals visited Kitronik’s headquarters to carry out three days of operator and maintenance training for Kitronik staff. This extensive training and the back up and service support offered by Blundell, was a significant factor in Kitronik’s purchase decision.
Kitronik’s co-founder Kevin Spurr explains: “Our investment in the new placing equipment is fundamental to increasing our production capability so that we can meet increased customer demand for our products. The vastly increased speed of the Quadra DVC Evo will enable us to produce more of our existing product range more efficiently whilst its ability to place down to 0201 will allow us to develop and introduce new products into our range.”
The new machine is the latest investment Kitronik has made to facilitate its continued growth. Earlier this month, the company appointed Dave Sanderson to the newly created position of technical director. Dave will will be responsible for establishing a world class product development team at Kitronik’s Nottingham headquarters. The team will be responsible for all the aspects of new product design, from concept, through prototyping, production and packaging, before release to the commercial team for distribution.
Kevin Spurr adds: “Working with our customers, understanding their needs and developing products to suit their requirements will be instrumental to our product development strategy and the future growth of Kitronik. Investing in new staff and equipment is essential so that we can achieve that.”
Photo caption: Kitronik co-founder Kevin Spurr working on the Quadra DVC Evo