Altek Electronics Partners with Ersa

Continuing to provide customers with quality products on-time and cost effectively

BY JOYCE MUSE, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

A veteran-owned small business privately held by three family members (Stephen Altschuler, David Altschuler, and Sabrina Altschuler Beck), Altek Electronics, Inc. manufacturers printed circuit board assemblies and box builds for many industries including medical, military, industrial and telecommunications. Altek Electronics has been providing PCB assembly services to companies who manufacture high-cost capital equipment since 1972. Altek Electronics can assemble boards on a turnkey or consignment basis. The company supports customers at every stage of the product lifecycle, from prototype to PPAP, production run to end of life. Altek Electronics prides itself on having close relationships with and being committed to its customers. Every decision is designed to satisfy customers, not shareholders. 

Altek Electronics uses lean manufacturing principals and Six Sigma practices to achieve more than 99 percent on-time delivery and customer acceptance. The company’s first pass yields are greater than 98 percent and Continuous Flow Manufacturing enables Altek Electronics to reduce internal costs. Altek Electronics is certified to AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015. Its soldering operators are certified to IPC-610 and the J-STD, and cable and harness operators to IPC-620. Altek Electronics believes in a culture of continuous improvement through lean manufacturing and Six-Sigma methodologies. It uses the Plan-Do-Check-Act principal to ensure continuity and sustenance of initiatives. Its lean culture starts with generating value through customers’ eyes and continues with empowering its employees through training and teamwork. Six Sigma methodologies are used to reduce variations in its processes through the DMAIC process. Additionally, the company has 

certified Lean Leaders and two Six Sigma Black Belts on staff to ensure its continuous improvement way of life.

Its PCBAs are used in mammography machines, elevators, cutters for the garment industry, fan cooling systems used in cell phone towers, MRI machines, medical diagnostic equipment, hand controls for the military, test stations for flight simulators, mail sorting machines, gas detection systems, among many other innovative and important products. Because of the sensitive environment in which its PCBAs are used, it is important to Altek Electronics that it partners only with companies who share its same rigorous quality beliefs and standards. One of its newest partners is Kurtz Ersa North America, and it recently added Ersa’s Smartflow 2020 selective soldering system to its line of surface mount assembly equipment.

Ersa’s Smartflow 2020 requires less than 3 m² of space, thus fitting optimally into Altek Electronics’ production environment. Due to its universal pallet fastening, the Smartflow can handle PCB sizes of up to 508 x 508 mm (20” x 20”). The Smartflow 2020 is smart and compact without compromising quality. 

Sabrina Beck, VP at Altek Electronics, commented, “Real estate is expensive — it’s important to optimize our factory space. The Smartflow 2020 allows us to do that. We’re very pleased with the quality of the soldering, as well. It’s a win-win.”

Altek Electronics’ state-of-the-art factory offers customers flexibility with both prototype PCB and production requirements. The company manufactures all circuit board assemblies in accordance with three classes of the Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies (IPC-A-610). Its SMT placement lines can produce either RoHS compliant lead-free assemblies, or it can use traditional tin-lead solder in the printed board assembly process. Circuit boards are assembled with exceptional quality, using the latest technology in surface mount equipment. SMT component placement sizes range from 01005 to 2.2”, enhanced by a placement accuracy of 15 μm at 3 Sigma.

Whether prototyping circuit boards or producing medium to high volumes, Altek Electronics is committed to quality and continuous improvement. Its capabilities include automated and detailed visual assembly inspection, cleaning and functional testing.

“Altek Electronics is dedicated to offering the highest quality electronics to the industries we serve at the most competitive price we can without compromising our core beliefs. Period,” added Beck.

Industries served by Altek Electronics are wide-ranging, and include: 

■ Colin Fuoco, Machine Operator: Wave/SS at Altek Electronics

Medical: The company has extensive experience manufacturing printed circuits boards for the medical industry. Its reputation for delivering quality boards that work out of the box, on-time, and at competitive prices, has positioned it as a key supplier to many of the premier manufacturers of medical devices, and medical diagnostic and treatment equipment.

Industrial/Commercial: Altek Electronics has been providing electronic assembly services to OEMs in the commercial and industrial marketplaces for more than four decades. The company understands the complex needs and challenges faced by OEM’s in these markets, and it has the expertise to meet these challenges head on. The company uses six sigma practices and lean manufacturing techniques to ensure quality and efficiency, ensuring on-time delivery and market competitive pricing.

Aerospace: The company was one of the first organizations to adopt and certify to both the AS 9100 “C” level and AS 9100 “D” level. Altek Electronics understands flight-critical standards and has robust processes and capabilities in place to support these standards. Currently, it provides circuit boards and turnkey assemblies that support flight simulators and aerospace test equipment.

Defense: Altek Electronics has the engineering expertise and manufacturing capabilities to support customers from the preliminary design phase into low rate pre-production, through full-rate production. The company has a consistent track record of delivering quick-turn prototype builds on-time, and is uniquely balanced to support surge capacity with minimal notice. It has the capabilities to support defense traceability requirements and process controls while offering market-competitive prices. 

Telecommunications: The company offers printed circuit board assembly services to OEMs who sell products used in the telecommunications industry. Experienced in the highly complex world of telecommunications, it supports both prototype and production runs, from 10 pieces to 10,000. Altek Electronics understands the critical importance of superior quality and rapid turn times. Therefore, it works closely with customers to ensure all requirements are met on time, every time.

Beck concluded, “We keep on top of customer issues and concerns so we can deal with those issues quickly and continually evolve to meet our customers’ changing needs. Customers come to Altek Electronics because they’re frustrated by poor quality, under pressure from tight deadlines, and disappointed they aren’t getting the best overall value. They stay with Altek Electronics because we deliver quality products, on-time, at market-competitive prices.” Adding Ersa as a business partner helps Altek Electronics continue delivering on that promise. 

For more information, contact Altek Electronics, Inc. at 89 Commercial Blvd, Torrington, CT 06790; 860-482-7626; Web site: www.altekelectronics.com. To find out more about Kurtz Ersa North America, contact Ernie Grice, Vice President of Sales – North America at 1779 Pilgrim Rd., Plymouth, WI 53073; 920-893-1779; E-mail: ernie.grice@kurtzersa.com; Web site: www.ersa.com.

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