Harwin makes £500,000 automation investment

Adrian Haller, Bruderer UK and Paul McGuiness, Harwin

A Portsmouth-based electronics component specialist has purchased a high-performance automatic stamping press for £500,000 from Bruderer.

The Bruderer technology is a ‘world first’ according to company spokespeople.

The technology differentiation comes from the integration of a planetary gearbox into the shaft of the main motor, which will allow Harwin’s engineers to have full control of tooling development to produce test runs of new products.

This should significantly increase competitiveness and efficiency at Harwin as well as supporting company ambitions to break into new international markets in the aerospace, instrumentation and industrial sectors.

Paul McGuinness, operations director at Harwin said: “This new technology basically removes the need for a separate development press, as we can 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.

Mr McGuinness said the new technology would support new product introduction including a range of next generation connectors for its EZ-BoardWare range among others.

Harwin has worked with Bruderer to fulfil its manufacturing technology requirements for over 30 years.

Bruderer will be exhibiting its most up to date technology at MACH 2014 in March next year.