Prototype Technology Must Stay Up To Date

Becker and Mueller Schaltungsdruck GmbH: 6-digit investments in state-of-the-art technology in PCB production

Prototype Technology Must Stay Up To Date

Invisible from the outside at first glance, processes are running at the state of the art

Product developers know that they need to engage in a close exchange with the producers at all times for prototypes of their PCBs to ensure that they are producible as planned. Exotic or highly innovative requirements quickly reach the limits of feasibility, since the production lines are not designed for certain prototypes or demands. Becker & Müller Schaltungsdruck GmbH from Kinzigtal in the Black Forest know this, of course. Prototype production is one of the focuses in this company. Therefore, an amazing 6-digit total has been put into modernisation of the production lines in the recent past there, in order to offer the latest technology at all times.

Becker & Müller were busy during the production-free time between Christmas and Epiphany. They focused on modernising their plants. Of course, it had all been planned with the corresponding lead time. The calmer time around the change of the year had been reserved for implementation.

Changing and new requirements from the clients that kept growing more and more demanding had made this step necessary. Anything that is doable at some point, in some manner, will be done by someone – and production must be ready for it. However, these investments are often impossible to calculate in advance from a business management point of view. It is impossible to tell if the technologies currently demanded will prevail on the market in the long run as well. Investments in the right direction can only be made with a confident sense of which developments will continue. It has paid off to look ahead of developments and to offer the production options before they are actually needed. An open eye and a certain sense of the market are a good insurance for proper investments.

For example, Becker & Müller Schaltungsdruck have now invested in development and modernisation of the wet process with a vacuum etching module by PILL. The industry has already had some good experiences with the vacuum etching technology. Standard PCBs starting at a thickness of 50 μm and reaching up to 5 mm can be processed in reliable quality on one and the same plant. The technical update now permits implementation of even finer structures in higher qualities than before. The detailed plans for the improvement were able to mostly avoid interruptions of the ongoing process. A team of technicians from PILL was on site and able to support the work immensely well.

Becker & Müller Schaltungsdruck GmbH broadened its footprint on the market by its acquisition of Häfele. The organically developed customer base with its individual and new demands provides a good overview of what will determine the future framework for requirements in the industry. The previous base material storage had grown too small, requiring an investment of 26,000 Euro in order to bring operation of the warehouse to the newly required skills and the necessary size. The customers taken over from Häfele had some different requirements from the previous customer base where base materials were concerned. This led to some further options to choose from among HF materials.

The base material storage was enlarged and the computer-supported warehouse management was updated and improved. For example, the system will easily find its way between FR4 or PTFE materials in the great material diversity in the paternoster warehouse, quickly and reliably retrieving the right material for any customer’s order.

Analysis also showed that use of HotAir is still widespread in tinning of PCBs. Modernisation of the surface area is therefore another investment with a good outlook. At the same time, the pre- and post-cleaning steps in the process were changed. HAL surfaces are more cost-efficient than chemical SN or chemical Ni/Au and therefore, of course, in high demand among the customers. Since plant builders also continue to develop new features, the investment in this area also meant investing in improved quality, reducing maintenance intervals by separate pre-cleaning and increasing employee productivity with a buffer.

Environmental aspects and quality increase are important aspects in decision-making at Becker & Müller Schaltungsdruck GmbH. Detailed test series with thorough analyses showed that surfaces are becoming more even in the newer process, as proven by their microsections. This production area alone had an investment volume of approx. 80,000 Euro.

It’s impossible to do without computer-based processes in modern productions anymore today. Data protection is one central item. Therefore, it was clear that this area also needed to be part of the service provider’s investment strategy. In order to minimise external influences and risks, locally separate EDP systems, RAID systems and further backup strategies were developed. It was an investment in safety and future capability. This also meant moving towards the new EU General Data Protection Regulation GDPR (2016). European data protection law has been updated. After a transfer period until May 2018, specified companies must have adjusted their processes, procedures and hardware to prevent damage for other companies and persons.
The galvanisation machine received a „software facelift“ as well, and program input for the individual panels through a data matrix code reader was automated. It was already possible to foresightedly anticipate further developments in operability, the latest safety requirements and upcoming reinforcements in the overall IT strategy. This is another investment with a good perspective.

Further investments are put on the technology roadmap at Becker & Müller. No matter if they are made for another measuring machine in the test area or a new system for drill management: The bidirectional exchange between the development department of the product manufacturers and the DFM department of the PCB producers has proven to fertilise healthy developments.

More Information: www.becker-mueller.de

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Firmenkontakt
Becker & Müller Schaltungsdruck GmbH
Xaver Müller
Bildstöckle 11
77790 Steinach
07832-9180-0
info@APROS-Consulting.com
http://www.becker-mueller.de

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APROS Int. Consulting & Services
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Logivations Announces Major Customer Win

Pfeifer & Langen counts on Logivations W2MO for Strategic Network Planning

Logivations Announces Major Customer Win

Mapping of product flows and area polygons

Munich, 14 September 2016 – Pfeifer & Langen ranks among the most successful sugar producers in Europe. It offers a broad range of high-quality products within its brands Diamant Zucker and Kölner Zucker. Pfeifer & Langen counts on Logivations“ ( www.logivations.com ) cloud-based strategic/tactical planning tool W2MO for the integrated holistic supply chain optimization from raw sugar production to final delivery to the customers.

All solutions available on the market were first examined in an extensive evaluation process. „The combination of the user-friendly, Google Maps based tool W2MO together with the competence of Logivations were crucial factors in our selection process“, comments Olaf Sackmann, Head of Supply Chain Planning at Pfeifer & Langen. Furthermore Patricia Rachinger, Head of Product Management at Logivations explains: „The integration of warehouse and network planning in W2MO enables our customers to easily get transparency and calculate in detail the impact of quantitative changes in one location to the level of single machines. This significantly approves the quality of logistics network planning.“

Logivations is the worldwide exclusive provider of such a mature and established solution which can be used either from the cloud or by local installation. Furthermore, W2MO uses an in-memory database which can manage huge amounts of data more efficient than traditional tools. A two-way data exchange of key business information is possible due to direct integration to SAP. Logivations is a SAP Application Development Partner.
Currently the solution is being implemented and integrated with SAP and should be available for daily operations from September.

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Logivations GmbH is an international consulting and software solution provider with headquarters in Munich. The company develops innovative solutions based on advanced web technologies for holistic
design and optimization of all logistics aspects. The software solution W2MO is the leading Internet platform for logistics design, 3D-simulation, optimization, performance evaluation and operational
management of logistics processes. W2MO has a user-friendly interface and can be easily integrated.
More than 30.000 professional users worldwide use W2MO directly from the cloud. W2MO has been nominated several times, including for the „Best Product“ at LogiMAT 2011. Gartner Inc., the US research and advisory corporation, highlighted Logivations in their 2013 report on „Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Management Applications“.
www.logivations.com

Pfeifer & Langen GmbH & Co. KG is a German sugar producer with headquarters in Cologne. The company distributes sugar products for household and industrial purposes with the brand names Kölner Zucker and Diamant Zucker. Pfeifer & Langen is the third largest German sugar producer. The company Pfeifer & Langen has been family-owned since its foundation in 1870.

Kontakt
Logivations GmbH
Daniela Glemnitz
Oppelner Str. 5
82194 Gröbenzell
+49 89 2190975-0
marketing@logivations.com
http://www.logivations.com

Innovativ: KNX Technik von der Tapko Technologies GmbH

Ein Anbieter für die KNX Lösung nach Maß – Entwicklung von Software und Hardware, Know-how Transfer, OEM Produkte, Test Lab und vieles mehr

Innovativ: KNX Technik von der Tapko Technologies GmbH

Tapko Technologies auf der light & building in Frankfurt

Das süddeutsche Unternehmen Tapko (http://www.tapko.com) Technologies ist seit über 17 Jahren auf dem sich ständig weiterentwickelnden Markt der Gebäudeautomatisierung ein Impulsgeber. Zuvor waren die Gründer viele Jahre im Bereich der Gebäude bzw. Steuerungselektronik (EIB) als Vorreiter tätig, bevor sie ihr Unternehmen in Regensburg gründeten. Heute ist das Unternehmen vollwertiges KNX Mitglied und nach ISO 9001 zertifiziert. In enger Partnerschaft mit einem Partnerunternehmen in Frankreich sowie der KNX Produktion in Kroatien wurde aus dem deutschen Konnex Spezialisten ein mittelständisches Unternehmen von internationalem Charakter. Tapko entwickelt visionäre KNX Technik und bietet umfassende Dienstleistungen an. Namhafte Markenhersteller der KNX Szene ordern bei Tapko Know-how oder hochentwickelte Bauteile.
Tapko akzeptiert bei der Entwicklung von KNX Geräten keine Kompromisse. Das Motto von Petar Tomic, einem der Geschäftsführer von Tapko: „Wir machen das“. Unter diesem Motto offeriert das innovative Unternehmen Hard- und Softwareentwicklung, den modularen KAIstack (KNXstack) sowie viele weitere kombinierte Serviceleistungen. Tapko bietet Beratung, Entwicklung bis hin zu fertigen Komponenten. Auch eigene Produkte als OEM oder Non-Label wie: Linien- oder Medienkoppler, USB Schnittstellen, Multi-I/O, können geordert werden. Außerdem universell einsetzbare Tapko Module, Technologielösungen und Plattformen sowie EVAL-Boards (http://www.tapko.com) für die einzelnen Produktlinien. Mit seiner europäischen Fertigung, ist Tapko für kleine und große Produktionsmengen gleichermaßen ein qualitativer und verlässlicher Lieferant. In einem eigenen KNX-Prüflabor (TestLab) können die Produkte KNX zertifiziert werden. Produkte werden hier entsprechend den KNX-Spezifikationen auf Interoperabilität geprüft oder entwicklungsbegleitende Produktüberprüfungen angeboten.
Einen ersten Überblick erhalten Interessenten auf mobilfähigen und mehrsprachigen Website TAPKO.COM, von dort werden Interessenten zu den Details der deutsch-englischen Website weiterleitet. Der direkte Anruf in die Abteilung Marketing und Vertrieb bietet sich ebenfalls an. Die Kundenanfragen kommen heute nicht nur aus Europa, sondern auch aus den USA und Japan.

TAPKO Technologies GmbH was founded in October 1999 by Klaus Adler and Petar Tomić. The two managing directors, Dipl. Klaus Adler and Dipl.-Ing. Petar Tomić, have were a driving force in the EIB/KNX market for ten years before the establishment of TAPKO GmbH. Company headquarters are located in Regensburg, South Germany. TAPKO is a full member of the KNX Association and is certified according to ISO 9001/2008.
TAPKO“s growth from a German KNX specialist to a brand of European and international repute is based on its strong technology innovation and successful collaboration with partner companies.
This cooperation with partner companies was instrumental in building TAPKO into a company able to offer – from development to production – all process steps of KNX components from a single source. The portfolio covers the entire service for product ideas, product development and manufacturing. TAPKO can provide to customers all the necessary components and services for this purpose, including our own TestLab.

Firmenkontakt
Tapko Technologies GmbH
Klaus Adler
Im Gewerbpark A15
93059 Regensburg
(+49) 941 30747-0
info@tapko.de
http://www.tapko.de

Pressekontakt
MARKTWERT Marketing Consulting
Matthias Fischer
An der Scheuerbreite 12
93073 Neutraubling
+49 9401912691
erfolg@marktwert.net
http://www.marktwert.marketing

Ingenious Engineering: KNX building automation from TAPKO

Today“s digital buildings are perfectly controlled using innovative KNX technology

Ingenious Engineering: KNX building automation from TAPKO

Example: Tapkos KAIstack with many options

Research and technology are evolving fast and constantly changing. Today, developers are driven to find synergies across a broad range of factors, and especially energy efficiency and sustainability. The South German company, TAPKO Technologies, has been at the forefront of building automation innovation for over 17 years. Even before this, the founders had already spent ten years helping to pioneer the fields of building and control electronics (EIB, European Installation Bus) before establishing their company in Regensburg. Today it is a full member of the KNX Association and ISO 9001-certified. TAPKO has a European – if not international – character, despite being a modest, medium-sized KNX specialist in Germany. This is typified by the company“s close collaboration with a strategic partner in France, production facilities in Croatia, and an impressive new website in 14 languages. TAPKO develops visionary KNX technology and delivers a comprehensive range of services. Renowned KNX brand manufacturers come to TAPKO for its expertise and sophisticated components.
TAPKO accepts no compromise in the development of KNX devices, instead aiming to make its vision a reality. Petar Tomić, Managing Director at TAPKO, is guided by the motto: „Whoever thinks ahead, stays ahead.“ Taking this approach, the innovative hardware and software company developed the modular KAIstack and many other integrated services. TAPKO offers consulting and third-party development, all the way up to finished components. Alternatively, you can order the company“s own products as an OEM or non-label, such as: line or media coupler, USB interfaces, multi-I / O. Additionally available are: universal TAPKO modules, technology solutions and platforms, and EVAL boards for individual product lines. With its European production, TAPKO is both a high-quality and reliable supplier for small and large production volumes. In a separate KNX testing laboratory (TestLab), KNX products can be certified. Here KNX products are tested in accordance with interoperability specifications, or offered development-related product inspections. Get an initial overview on the mobile-enabled and multilingual website, TAPKO.COM . From there, prospects are forwarded to greater detail available in German and English. You can also call the Marketing and Sales Department direct. International inquiries are welcome.

TAPKO Technologies GmbH was founded in October 1999 by Klaus Adler and Petar Tomić. The two managing directors, Dipl. Klaus Adler and Dipl.-Ing. Petar Tomić, have were a driving force in the EIB/KNX market for ten years before the establishment of TAPKO GmbH. Company headquarters are located in Regensburg, South Germany. TAPKO is a full member of the KNX Association and is certified according to ISO 9001/2008.
TAPKO“s growth from a German KNX specialist to a brand of European and international repute is based on its strong technology innovation and successful collaboration with partner companies.
This cooperation with partner companies was instrumental in building TAPKO into a company able to offer – from development to production – all process steps of KNX components from a single source. The portfolio covers the entire service for product ideas, product development and manufacturing. TAPKO can provide to customers all the necessary components and services for this purpose, including our own TestLab.

Firmenkontakt
Tapko Technologies GmbH
Petar Tomic
Im Gewerbpark A15
93059 Regensburg
(+49) 941 30747-0
info@tapko.de
http://www.tapko.de

Pressekontakt
MARKTWERT Marketing Consulting
Matthias Fischer
An der Scheuerbreite 12
93073 Neutraubling
+49 9401912691
erfolg@marktwert.net
http://www.marktwert.marketing