Nov 14, 2005

Aegis Europe Selected by Hansatech LTD to Reduce Manufacturing Costs

Productronica, Munich Hall A4 Stand 167 – 15 November 2005 – Aegis Europe, a leader in Manufacturing Information Management systems for global electronics assemblers, has announced that Hansatech Limited, a UK established contract electronics manufacturer, has selected Aegis manufacturing information software for process definition, documentation and advanced machine programming. The suite includes 3 CircuitCAM concurrent licenses for all documentation creation and advanced off-line machine programming with line balancing. Hansatech provides turnkey system and box build services, the assembly of chassis and other enclosed systems, and test and commissioning services across a diverse range of industries, from mobile and satellite communications, audio mixing consoles and in-car hi-fi to ion implantation, spectrophotometry and drug delivery systems.

Many years of experience in introducing new products to manufacturing has resulted in the development of comprehensive and highly robust New Product Introduction (NPI) procedures throughout the company. The ability to introduce new products efficiently with minimum time to market is a key element of Hansatech’s contract manufacturing assembly business and the strategy behind their investment in new software systems for NPI.

With support for Hansatech’s existing software being discontinued, in-depth evaluations showed that the alternative product offered was not ideal. Aegis systems provided much increased programming functionality and improved compatibility with Hansatech equipment, with the potential to expand their NPI and manufacturing control processes still further.

Commenting on the recent implementation, Guy Bridge, engineering manager at Hansatech (King’s Lynn plant), said, “In selecting the Aegis software above alternative, less suitable solutions, we are able to realize a much reduced cost of ownership, significantly improved off-line programming capabilities that will free up capacity on production equipment, and reduced cycle time from data receipt to program completion.”

“We also evaluated that the scope for introducing greater ‘intelligence’ into our machine programming and the continued expansion of our manufacturing control systems was considerable and definitely achievable with Aegis software, delivering benefits right across the business,” Guy added.

“Hansatech was also extremely pleased with our competitive cost of ownership and annual maintenance program,” said Peter Clegg, business development director at Aegis Europe. “Their criteria for evaluating and selecting Aegis came down to our strength in relationships with the equipment manufacturers and our ability, as a software supplier, to maintain total compatibility and harmony with changes to machine manufacturer’s platforms – essential to the efficiency of Hansatech’s operation.”

The Aegis system allows manufacturers to merge the bill of materials with the supplied CAD data to support rapid New Product Introduction for multiple lines and multiple processes, with built-in process and BOM revision control. CircuitCAM defines the logical routings, aiding fast and consistent data preparation and delivery of programs to machines, documentation to manual assembly stations, and task and checklists to all locations from printing to AOI to repair to box-build. The Aegis software handles Hansatech off-line machine programming and optimization needs, manages balance line allocations and, machine libraries while creating the bill of process for each machine station.

About Hansatech
Founded in the UK in 1972, the Hansatech Group comprises four plants offering turnkey contract manufacturing assembly services. With locations in King's Lynn, Poole and Cambridge totalling some 10,000 sq m, the Group's plants offer a highly flexible approach to the contract manufacturing assembly and support of electronics based products of many types and styles. Hansatech also provides a flexible 'soft start' to low cost offshore far eastern manufacturing by providing full new product introduction (NPI) manufacturing services in the UK before transferring production to the Philippines as part of its strategic alliance. As manufacturing technology has moved forward the Hansatech Group has continued to invest in state of the art assembly equipment with product now manufactured utilising 0201 and CSP surface mount technologies.

For additional information contact:

Deb Geiger
VP, Global Marketing
Phone: +1 215.773.3571 x 1106
Email: [email protected]