Electronics assembly

Increased interest for a higher level electronics assembly and integration service and particularly more complex builds for ‘smarter’ machines is most likely in relation to an evolving industrial landscape, or to coin a familiar term, Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0, characterised by the integration of advanced technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and robotics into manufacturing and production processes, aims to create ‘smart factories’ that can operate autonomously or ‘smart machines’ operating as part of a wider connected system.

This bold new industrial era needs bold manufacturing partners with the necessary technology and competencies to support.

To this end and to support increased electronics integration complexity and demand, PP Control & Automation has been quick on the uptake when it comes to investment. Investment in the facility, in automation, and in people, with robust development, upskilling, and training initiatives are all significant and ongoing. A dedicated environment adhering to the exacting demands of ESD (electro-static discharge) is one such example of these investments.

The ESD facility helps to deliver repeatable quality on specific and stringent complex electronics assemblies and box builds, supporting existing as well as new markets and applications.

By engaging with PP C&A, you’re able to rely on proven strategic outsourcing practices that help to add even more value to the processes associated with ESD projects and all types of electronics integration. From lead-time reductions to maximising output, and the agility to adapt to peaks and troughs in demand, outsourcing provides several growth enabling benefits.

But, often considered a sum total of all benefits are the activities associated with risk mitigation. Today more than ever, this is a key consideration for OEMs and machine builders. Many are looking for partners to help manage the risks associated with supply chain disruption, the skills shortage, and in-house costs.

Heightened disruption and volatility around supply chain management has naturally resulted in more machine builders and OEMs looking for manufacturing partners closer to home. And focusing attention on ways to better mitigate risk are now further prioritised and an outsourcing partnership can help deliver against all of these priorities.

For the outsourcing of any electronics assembly to deliver the maximum benefits, then the activities associated with purchasing and supply chain management, plus the skills necessary to inherit and improve the design and manufacture should be expected.

The assembly of complex electronics can involve connecting and integrating electronic components, such as microprocessors, sensors, and other electronic devices, into finished products and machines. The service is used across almost every manufacturing vertical where the assembled electronics are used to control, power, and communicate with the mechanical or other component features of a given machine, piece of equipment or device.

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)

The dedicated and controlled environment at PP C&A has capacity for more complex and delicate builds, encompassing high-end PCB assemblies and box builds.

A sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact, an electrical short, or dielectric breakdown can occur during the electronics assembly process and can cause damage to electronic components and PCBs. Therefore prevention is an important aspect of many electronics assembly processes.

The environment housed in PP C&A’s 5,500 sq m² facility meets the specific needs of customer projects and the legal compliance to the recognised standards which includes investment in special flooring, benches and test equipment – all grounded to earth to ensure that life of the electronics is protected from potential electrostatic discharge.

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Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DFMA)

Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) is a core discipline practiced at PP C&A and can be best understood as a set of guidelines and best practices for designing products in a way that makes them easy and efficient to manufacture and assemble.

The goal of DFMA is to reduce costs, improve quality, and increase efficiency during the manufacturing process.

DFMA can encompass several value add techniques, such as using standardised components, simplifying designs, and minimising the number of parts used.

Essentially, by following DFMA principles, PP C&A can help machine builders and OEMs design systems that are easier to manufacture, assemble, test, and maintain. Cost savings, improved quality, and shorter lead times are renowned key benefits to following these principles.

Minimising the number of parts

Using standardised components

Simplifying designs

Optimising tolerances

Reducing assembly steps

Improving accessibility for testing and repair

Minimising material waste

Key networks
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PP C&A is always inspired by the many benefits of building partnerships as part of a wider strategy to support the trend for outsourced design, engineering and more specialist competencies required by OEMs involved in complex machine building.

Cooperation within a framework of customer specific needs and optimisation of those needs, alongside the ability to adapt and drive innovation is sought after now more than ever.

PP C&A’s technical partnerships with innovative technology suppliers, testing & approval bodies and industry associations facilitates the continuous development of the company, capturing emerging opportunities at speed thanks to an ‘on request’ pool of expert knowledge and know-how to dip into.

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PP C&A is a proud and long-standing member of the Manufacturing Assembly Network, also known as the MAN Group.

The MAN Group is a network of manufacturing companies designed to share technical excellence in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering processes.

As a customer and partner of PP C&A, access is open to numerous manufacturing disciplines from a single source and a more stable solution for complex, multi-discipline engineering projects.

The MAN Group consists of eight specialist manufacturers, one engineering design agency and the knowledge transfer of Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG).

MAN Group engineering disciplines

Aluminium casting

CNC & conventional machining

Contract electronics manufacturing

Electrical & electronics assemblies


Metal stamping

Plastic injection moulding

Tube bending & manipulation

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Engineering & Production capabilities

A combination of production and engineering capabilities to suit your specific needs can be accommodated to deliver the desired result.

Such a solution can broadly be divided into module build, part machine build or full machine build – – whichever provides the optimum solution for you.

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If you are considering PP C&A’s electronics assembly and integration services or you wish to review your outsourcing strategies, we would welcome the opportunity for discussion.

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