Altech UEC, Altech Multimedia's dedicated electronics manufactuirng facility in Mount Edgecombe, South Africa, is well positioned to offer local manufacturing services. The state-of-the-art facility has the capability for surface mounted device (SMD) assembly and circuit-board testing, plastic molding, water-based painting, multi-colour printing, final integration and packaging in a fully integrated value-chain vertically integraded process.
The 13 500m² manufacturing facility is ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO/TS16949 certified. In addition the facility has a peak annual production capacity of over 6 million devices utilising on average over 4.2 billion components.
CIRCUIT BOARD ASSEMBLY
Altech Multimedia’s engineering capabilities include:
- A 30 person manufacturing engineering team
- 100 software and IT engineers
- A three person business systems team
- A logistics engineering team
- An NPI engineering team
The testing facility includes:
- Environmental duty cycle test chambers
- Plastic injection moulding MFA-finite element
- Value stream mapping for lean manufacturing
- MP2 asset conditioning monitoring
- Jig and fixture fabrication facility
- Process engineering laboratory
- Automatic Test Equipment (ATE)
- Video test systems
- Automatic Track and Trace logging
- Digital TV signal simulation system
Final integration entails assembly of the PC boards with moulded mechanical parts by utilising a fastening system with screws or by clipping the parts together. Each sub-assembly is paired to the main assembly by means of a dedicated barcode which is produced automatically. All products are loaded onto the in-house track and trace system which allows the manufacturing plant to keep track of all assemblies.
Dependent on product type, software can be programmed into the product. The products are subjected to a customer acceptance test once completed. The plant also offers peripheral packaging for customers, from packing of cables and remotes, to user manuals and other accessories. These are weight scale-based as an additional quality control check before being sealed and packaged to ensure that all accessories are included. The completed package is then sealed and palletised, ready to be shipped to the customer.
FINAL ASSEMBLY TECHNOLOGIES
The facility includes three scalable assembly lines all fitted with clip on mechanical assemblies, networked scanning and barcode printing stations. In addition, the facility is complete with high voltage test equipment, data and signal distribution system and customer acceptance test lines.