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Industrial HazLoc, intrinsic safety drives European manufacturing executives

By VentureOutsource.com Staff

Manufacturing and industry trends are driving increasing numbers of inquiries to listings in our industrial electronics solutions directory, custom lists of EMS providers serving industrial and instrinsic safety program needs, and larger directory of contract electronics solutions listings searchable by 70+ criteria.

Specific to industrial electronics we are seeing needs for solutions provider certified in hazardous locations (HazLoc) manufacturing. Getting compliance can often take up to six months for manufacturers. Often times additional compliance is required specific to the OEM program.

Industrial programs

One OEM received a custom list of EMS providers meeting specific requirements for SMT, PCB assembly, box build and global fulfillment for their sensor and telemetry products for tanks and clyinder monitoring in the energy, oil and gas, industrial markets. This program required strong engineering depth, strict instrinsic safety certification processes, and detailed financial audit of the contract electronics solutions partner selected.

A second industrial OEM program inquiry centered on electric drives / inverters for large, industrial equipment, involving high-complex design with variation in final product build with ruggedized product capabilities based on precise torques, pressures, and heat dissipation, and able to operate in a range of environments from arctic to desert to ocean.

A third OEM received a custom list of EMS providers able service their product line of pressure sensors, length sensors, angle sensors, and flow sensors with design support and manufacturing, and supply chain fulfillment.

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It was important the provider chosen has expertise to precisely position LEDs, photodiodes…relevant to final product’s accuracy and competence measuring microns when it came to torque sensors in systems integration and final assembly.

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In contrast to the large, industrial equipment drives and inverters mentioned above (and ranging in size from a small microwave oven to the size of a family minivan), a fourth industrial OEM received a custom list of EMS providers for their nano RF project where the average size of the PCB measured 5×12 mm, contained four layers, with 70 microns of copper layers and a total, all layer thickness of .62 mm.

European theme

One common theme for each, recent OEM program inquiry above is they all come from European companies positioning themselves to offset EU regional and global economic challenges so executives can become more competitive by leveraging contract electronics solutions partners serving their respective markets and regions where they serve their end customers.

Other programs we are seeing an increase interest in include ruggedized computers for factories and the field. Build specs for these are often demanding and screens can be complicated with various glass laminates, coatings, layers with wires, and so on.

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As technology further becomes embedded in our lives and the products we use in every industry, OEMs and manufacturers will continue to focuse on design innovation that increases product platform embedded functionality, and reduces product footprint. And quality electronics solutions providers with capabilities specific to OEM program and industry requirements will help companies in Europe and beyond get their products to market faster and supported by a more competitive supply chain.




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