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26th November 2013 / Wendy Jane Preston

World first in manufacturing technology for Harwin

Paul McGuinness with Bruderer tooling

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. Explains Paul McGuinness, Harwin’s Operations Director: “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.”

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 EZ-BoardWare 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.”


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