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World first in manufacturing technology for Harwin

Investment in manufacturing equipment continues with new Bruderer stamping press

Harwin, the leading hi-rel connector and SMT board hardware manufacturer, has announced a world first in manufacturing technology, with a £500,000 investment at its Portsmouth manufacturing headquarters which will lead to increased efficiencies enabling the company to remain competitive with its innovative product range.

The investment strengthens a 30 year relationship with automatic stamping press maker, Bruderer, and the world first is the integration of a planetary gearbox into the shaft of the main motor.

This new technology removes the need for a separate development press. It enables us to put new tools through at the lowest stroke rate and at full press capacity – allowing us to identify any issues before flicking a switch on full production. This approach brings many advantages: increased efficiency; reduced costs; less space required and even logistics benefits since tools have to be transported less.

Paul McGuinness | Operations Director, Harwin plc

Harwin continually invests in the latest manufacturing technology in order to support its new product development programme and remain competitive. The new Bruderer equipment – the first installation of its type anywhere in the world – will be especially beneficial for the rapid development of Harwin’s range of surface mount PCB hardware solutions for EMC, test, cable and battery management.

“This is a really exciting project and we’re delighted to bring a world first in machine technology to the UK, which will help a forward looking manufacturer expand and create jobs”, explained Adrian Haller, Managing Director at Bruderer UK.

McGuinness concluded: “A large part of our focus is on developing high reliability components that go into innovative applications, such as nano-satellites, top-tier auto-sport and even NASA’s Robonaut. This new investment and others we have planned give us the capability to continue to lead from the front, not to mention a host of efficiency and cost savings as we continue to invest in our UK manufacturing facility.”