TDK-Lambda invests heavily in equipment at Devon factory

Posted on 31 Oct 2012

Large investment is mainly driven by parent company’s aggressive strategy for new power supply products development.

TDK-Lambda is investing heavily in new production equipment at its power supply manufacturing facility in Ilfracombe.

The investment was announced by parent company TDK Corporation, which is “aggressively” pursuing a strategy for a new power supply product range.

The company estimates a ‘significant annual saving’ will be generated through production process improvements.

“We have a dynamic new products development strategy and are continuing to invest in new equipment to increase our capacity and enhance our processes, which further improves our lead-times and overall product reliability,” says Martin Southam, director of marketing at TDK-Lambda EMEA.

The recent introduction of automated glue dispensers into the power supply manufacturer’s two surface-mount lines will be augmented with Automated Optical Inspection of screened paste on PCBs.

“Introducing dispensed glue and automated optical paste inspection on our PCB assembly lines will generate a substantial annual saving for TDK-Lambda by eliminating the additional costs associated with touch-up and rework,” adds Mr Southam.

TDK-Lambda is also investing in test equipment, which is being designed and manufactured in the UK by the company’s Equipment Manufacturing Team, and will soon be installed and commissioned. The new Programmer/Calibrator, Power Cycler and universal product final ATE will increase capacity and provide significant process improvements.