How Electronics Yorkshire helped S2S Electronics Ltd
Alan Dukinfield, Managing Director of CEM company S2S Electronics has acknowledged that Electronics Yorkshire is an essential part of the company’s strategy for future development. S2S Electronics is a 25-year-old, CEM with around 35 staff, based in Huddersfield.
The company has already made use of Electronics Yorkshire’s services and facilities, most recently having its staff trained to IPC A-610 standard and testing equipment in environmentally demanding conditions.
In December 2007 S2S Electronics arranged for 11 of its staff to be trained on the IPC A-610 course at its site, taking advantage of Electronics Yorkshire’s unique Mobile Training Unit which was driven to the site on two consecutive weeks. Technical Manager, Geoff Oughtibridge renewed his IPC Trainer certification in 2007, but pressure of work has prevented him from training individual staff members who have joined the company over recent years.
Geoff Oughtibridge has said that S2S regard training of its staff to IPC A-610 to be a central part of its ongoing training programme. The IPC course has helped to raise quality awareness throughout its manufacturing process and provided a sound basis for further specialised training.
Amongst the reasons S2S has chosen to pursue the IPC standard is that companies are increasingly asking for this in advance of any further discussions, but the company also realises that training in general provides many benefits, including staff confidence and, consequently, better staff retention. Alan Dukinfield is so determined to maintain levels of ability in the company that all newly-recruited staff will attend Electronics Yorkshire to receive a full introduction to electronics assembly techniques.
S2S Electronics is also increasingly using the technical facilities at Electronics Yorkshire to ensure the quality of its products is maintained. One important contract was recently won on the assurance that S2S was both working to IPC standards and could verify the operation of the product under extreme environmental conditions. S2S was able to provide this assurance because it could access the environmental test chamber at Electronics Yorkshire’s Technology Centre.
Other Electronics Yorkshire services S2S Electronics has taken advantage of include the tendering opportunities, job vacancy notices, equipment for sale and the company ‘spotlight-on’ feature. The company has also involved itself in the Envirotronix audit scheme in which industry and environmental consultants visit the company and report on how well it is meeting the demands of recent and forthcoming environmental legislation such as the RoHS and WEEE directives. The future for S2S Electronics is looking bright. Its three-year forward plan is for a £1m expansion of its subcontract manufacturing business providing an increased turnover and the belief is that at least 25 percent of this expansion will be as a direct result of ensuring that products are constructed to IPC standards.
Alan Dukinfield, managing director, S2S Electronics Ltd, Turnbridge Mills, Quay Street, Huddersfield HD1 6QX