Why do we manufacture the way we do?
Many of our products are very specialized and thus they are required in very small quantities. A typical measuring devices is normally ordered between 10 and 100 times per year. In this article, we provide an overview on how we are organizing our production and what are the advantages that come with manufacturing small series.
What are the requirements?
- Small quantities
- Fast delivery times for our clients
- Smallest possible stock
What is self-made?
Looking at the requirements, it becomes clear that we have a lot to handle on our own – for many production partners we are not appealing, given the resulting quantities. Moreover, external manufacturing always requires a great deal of coordination and explanation, often it is faster to handle the production of parts. Therefore, we have developed a production in mini format. In this way, we have access to many current manufacturing procedures and we are able to react fast. Our machine fleet includes:
- 3D printer (based on various techniques)
- Manual milling machines
- A CND milling machine
- Laser cutter
- An electronics laboratory incl. HF test station
- One mounting station with semi-automatic mounting plate for printed circuit boards
- An installation site incl. Soldering equipment
- Vacuum equipment for silicone casting
- … and many more!
Thus, we are able to manufacture many parts for our measuring devices and sensors fast. The machine fleet is continuously expanded and renewed, in order to be able to use new manufacturing procedures.
We are able to respond very quickly to the wishes of our customers and manufacture products in quantities of 1.
How is a typical measuring device manufactured?
Here, we are breaking down a typical measuring device in its components:
- Circuit board
- Is ordered from suppliers in the EU or Asia.
- Electronic components
- Come from all over the world, meanwhile many of them are manufactured in China.
- Mostly from China.
- The housing is printed in-house, using the 3D printing technology.
- Transport case
- The case comes from China, the inlay from the Netherlands.
- We print it in-house.
This is the typical manufacturing sequence:
- 3D printing of housing
- Assemble & solder circuit board
- Testing of circuit board and uploading firmware
- Setting up the measuring device
- Testing the measuring device
- Assigning a serial number
- Packing the device in the transport case and adding the documentation.
These steps are entirely carried out at our premises in Hamburg. Therefore, we can rightly claim that our devices are „made in Germany“.
Advantage of in-house small batch production
Thanks to the (almost) complete in-house production of our measuring devices, there are a lot of advantages derived, for both us and our customers:
- We can react very flexibly to changing requirements.
- Our development is practically integrated in the production – short routes result in enormous speed advantages for the journey from development to production.
- We know our products to perfection – a loss of knowledge to external partners is avoided.
- Should problems occurs, we can react extremely fast and correct errors within a few hours or days.
And what if it becomes more?
We have a large network of partners and suppliers, who can support us with large production batches, being able to take over the housing production, circuit board assembly and mounting, among other things.
Do you have a product or project that you would like to implement with us? We are at your disposal under +49 40 35 73 20 65 and email@example.com!