To stay ahead of demand from an ever growing UK and overseas export market, Scorpion Automotive have announced a recent £300k capital investment in a new state of the art printed circuit board (PCB) production line, complementing its established in-house manufacturing facility.
This latest investment, combines funds from Scorpion’s own reinvestment plan with a Lancashire Business Growth Fund (LBGF) grant. Already installed and operational, the new PCB production line provides the business with greater resilience and flexibility to meet even larger volume orders at short notice with overall production capacity increased by an impressive 100%.
The new production line comprises of magazine loaders for automatic printed circuit board feeding, fully automated screen printer for paste application, fully flexible surface mount electronic component placement machinery that can place the smallest of chip components to fine pitch devices at a rate in excess 10,000 placements per hour. The machinery utilises the very latest vision technology for rapid component recognition. Off line programming allows for uninterrupted production whilst tweaks and new programs can be created. The placement machinery occupies the smallest of footprints and is fully modular, so line capacity can be easily increased even further as requirements dictate. A 6 zone top and bottom reflow oven with forced cooling ensures excellent process control before a magazine off loader stacks the completed boards back into magazines.
Further investments are underway including the forthcoming automation of conformal coating processes and improving lean manufacturing concepts to produce single piece flow manufacture to our unit build along with semi-automated functional test.
In addition to Scorpion’s production facility, the functions of research, product software development, hardware design and testing are all performed under one-roof. As a result, Scorpion customers benefit from vast efficiencies in new product turnaround, tight quality control and significantly reduced lead times in production and delivery since the lag times incurred through overseas new product manufacture are eradicated. This integrated approach is adopted across all Scorpion’s product lines and is proving to be an increasingly attractive proposition to vehicle and component manufacturers seeking a bespoke electronic design and manufacturing provider that can offer a truly joined-up and efficient service – with all development phases accessible to its customers from within a single UK location. Scorpion’s most recent bespoke developments include: vehicle LED light clusters with failure monitoring, data loggers for speed limiters, CANBus interface devices and a new generation of fleet and theft tracking products.
Mark Downing, Scorpion MD comments on the investment: “Scorpion Automotive is experiencing considerable increases in UK and overseas sales enquiries for its current product range as well as vehicle manufacturers and suppliers seeking bespoke design and manufactured components. Driven by this demand and to maintain our market leading position requires on-going commitment to people skills development and the latest production technologies. With this in mind, we felt the time was right to make this investment providing the production capability necessary to achieve our continued growth in UK and expansion plans within our overseas markets”.