Inside Orbit One — September 2021

Orbit One’s newly renovated unit in Prabuty outside Gdansk is now coming along at a rapid pace. The opening is scheduled for later this year and once the work is completed, this will be a production unit with a whole new infrastructure and modern, efficient production areas with a complete range of services for all needs.

Orbit One continues to invest in modern technology

Three new Fuji NXTs

Among the news on the technology side are three high-efficiency Fuji NXT surface-mount technology devices. Fully compa­tible with each other, the devices have excellent precision and repetition accuracy. Thanks to multiple mounting heads working in parallel at high speed, they have a very large capacity.

Greater flexi­bility and higher quality assurance

– With the new Fuji NXTs, we can handle larger volumes while optimising the work between the lines. They also provide greater flexi­bility, as they enable rapid product switching. Another advantage is improved quality assurance thanks to conti­nuous data collection. Along with our high degree of digita­li­sation, this enables us to lay the foundation for optimal monitoring and thereby conti­nuous impro­vement and proper quality, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Ulf Karlsson says.

Strategic position in Europe

– Our unit in Poland has a strategic location with great transport links for rapid distri­bution to the rest of Europe and daily ferry connec­tions to Sweden. The invest­ments here are part of our strategy to build highly efficient and compe­titive manufacturing units that complement each other and that can compete at the highest inter­na­tional level, Ulf Karlsson concludes.

Would you like to know more?

Please contact Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Ulf Karlsson.
Phone: +46 (0) 706 19 42 41 or e‑mail: ulf.karlsson@orbitone.se

The supply chain challenges continue

A summer has passed since we last reported on the component market situation. Unfor­tu­nately, things have not improved. On the contrary, we are seeing additional problems in areas other than just compo­nents. The reason is the same as for compo­nents, i.e. a lack of raw materials in relation to demand, Orbit One’s Chief Supply Chain Office, Marcus Gunnebrant, says.

Limited capacity in several industries

– As mentioned in previous issues of Inside, the factories don’t have the capacity to meet the existing demand. This causes long lead times, and they seem to be getting even longer. If you look outside our own industry, you can see that other industries are experi­encing the same problem, i.e., factories don’t have suffi­cient capacity to meet the demand.

COVID-19 still a problem

– Furthermore, countries or parts of countries are shutting down due to COVID-19, and restric­tions continue to affect many factories. This signi­fi­cantly affects the industry, which is why it’s so important that all countries get up to speed with vacci­nation in order to protect their citizens.

Situation hard to predict

– Predicting when this will all be over is obviously very difficult. Some believe it will continue until mid-2022, while others say that this is the new normal and that we’ll be facing difficulties for at least another two years. When it comes to prices, we will continue to see increases.

Long-term forecasts key

– At Orbit One, we work conti­nu­ously with compe­titive intel­li­gence in order to keep our systems up to date and provide our customers with as accurate infor­mation as possible. The long lead times make long-term forecasts from our customers even more important. Ideally, we would like to see 16-month forecasts. Please feel free to contact Orbit One to hear more.

Would you like to know more about the component situation?

Contact our Chief Supply Chain Officer, Marcus Gunnebrant, for the latest news.

You can reach him at +46 (0) 706 19 42 41 or e‑mail him at: marcus.gunnebrant@orbitone.se

A flying start!!

Even before the summer, we could see clear and positive signs in the market. Now that we’re halfway into the first autumn month, we can conclude that we’re off to a flying start! We’re seeing a signi­ficant demand for our services, which makes it extra nice to know that we stand well prepared. Despite the global difficulties currently affecting both the transport and materials sectors in virtually all industries.

When the pandemic hit and we realised the extent of it, we immedi­ately decided to utilise this period to strengthen the capacity and capability of all our units through a series of sustai­nable invest­ments – large and small – in new technology, roboti­sation, automation, and digita­li­sation. One of the more signi­ficant ones is our unique SMD line currently being built in Ronneby. Thanks to these invest­ments, I would say that Orbit One now is stronger than ever!

I can also confirm that Orbit One recently landed a major and strate­gi­cally signi­ficant deal. A deal that will also open up to completely new oppor­tu­nities for our existing and new customers. We will give you more infor­mation about this in our next issue of Inside, along with more exciting news that your company can benefit from.

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