Inside Orbit One — February 2021

In a unique collaboration with the hardware sup­plier Scanditron and the engineering consultan­cy firm Rejlers, Orbit One has invested in a new Fuji AIMEX III SMD surface-mount production line with a completely unique set-up. The new production line, the most modern of its type in Sweden, is located in Ronneby and consists of two parallel lines that can produce individually as well as together in up to 5 different configu­rations.

Orbit One makes major investment in unique surface-mount technology

Unique flexi­bility and efficiency

“This is the largest investment in machinery in Orbit One’s history and will provide us with an incre­dibly flexible and efficient production line for optimal surface mounting. Versa­tility, high quality and simple operation are three charac­te­ristics of the new line. It will strengthen our compe­ti­ti­veness and our capacity to create even more cost-effective solutions”, explains Ulf Karlsson, COO at Orbit One.

An investment in quality

“This is also an investment in quality. The new line can handle the toughest requi­re­ments within, for example, MedTech and Automotive. It provides optimal trace­a­bility and material control, and it has support for NPI, automated component definition and product-adapted placement of circuit board support. It also has automatic width adjustment of all conveyor belts, which guarantees high quality and a high utili­sation rate.”

Better ergonomics and a better work environ­ment

“The new line also entails better ergonomics. The machines are extremely easy to operate via screens that are easy to understand, and the smart component feeder slots facilitate the quick and safe exchange of compo­nents without the need for heavy lifting or risky work opera­tions. Furthermore, the new production lines will signi­fi­cantly reduce our energy con­sumption and thus represent another important step towards a more sustai­nable manufacturing process”, says Ulf Karlsson.

Scanditron delivered

Orbit One chose market-leading Scanditron as its supplier of the new machinery, and Scandi-tron’s Seppo Mäkelä, the company’s Fuji Product Manager, is very pleased with the colla­bo­ration.

“This is a project that sticks out from the rest. The line is able to cope with future requi­re­ments and ever incre­asing demands on short lead times and new processes. The challenge with Orbit One is that they have a large portfolio consi­sting of many different products with completely different requi­re­ments. In such a scenario, it is especially important to build flexi­bility into the solution. Our Fuji products are at the absolute cutting edge of techno­lo­gical de­velopment, but in order to create an even better total solution, we contacted Marie Andersson at Rejlers. We knew that, with her experience and expertise, we could work together to create something completely unique.”

Analysis and simulation by Rejlers

“I received an enquiry from Scanditron about contri­buting my expertise to the development of a complete surface-mount production line with optimal production flows. We began by ar­ranging a study visit, after which we performed analyses, simula­tions and tests of software and hardware in close colla­bo­ration with Fuji spe­cialist Kaj Kontola. We were then able to present our proposal: Two complete and identical lines with extremely high efficiency and flexi­bility”, explains Marie Andersson, Project Manager at Rejlers.

Our customers are the big winners!

“The colla­bo­ration with Scanditron and Rejlers has been extremely rewarding. Together we have been able to create something quite fantastic. This colla­bo­ration has enhanced and developed our own expertise in a way that will benefit all our customers”, concludes Ulf Karlsson


Price increases and longer lead times in the component market

“We are now once again seeing a signi­ficant in­crease in the prices of semicon­ductors. At the same time, lead times for semicon­ductors and passive compo­nents are also incre­asing”, says Marcus Gunnebrant, Director Supply Chain at Orbit One.

“In addition to incre­asing raw material prices, there are two other factors that are also affecting the market. Firstly, OEM companies have a positive outlook for 2021 and are now incre­asing their orders. Secondly, due to the extra protocols that must be followed on account of COVID-19, the manufacturers don’t have the capacity to meet the incre­asing levels of demand. This, in turn, is leading to higher prices and longer lead times. Furthermore, we must also bear in mind that all vehicles now being manufactured contain twice the amount of electronics compared with in the past. Price increases have already been announced by manufacturers such as STM, NXP, Silicon Labs, Microchip, On Semi, Infineon and Micron. Manufacturers of printed circuit boards are also indicating that their prices will increase, primarily due to higher raw material prices.”

“With regard to shipments from Asia, it is still difficult to rely on the advised lead times, as shipments may be delayed due to lack of space. Prior to the Chinese New Year there are almost always extra large quantities that need to be shipped, and capacity is reduced at this time. Here at Orbit One we are therefore monitoring the market daily, and the best way to manage the current uncer­tainty is to receive as reliable and as long-term forecasts as pos­sible from our customers. We then work with our suppliers to set up logistics and forecast­ing solutions aimed at achieving the greatest possible level of flexi­bility, but otherwise the best solution is to place orders with a longer time horizon.”

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