Manufacturing Services

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Manufacturing Services

EXPERTISE

For 30+ years, Abaco Systems has created some of the world’s most advanced electronics systems for mission-critical applications in the harshest environments. Now, many companies use Abaco's state of the art manufacturing capabilities (formerly known as Foundation Technology) to help them deliver their own leading edge products. Conveniently located in the heart of England in Milton Keynes, we couldn’t be easier to do business with.

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Experience

We have been designing and manufacturing sophisticated, innovative electronics platforms that deliver market-leading robust reliability for over three decades. You can leverage that expertise. We can advise you on innovative, effective design for manufacture, appropriate test strategies – and even how to eliminate unnecessary cost.

By working with us, you can benefit from a range of capabilities including PCB prototyping and assembly, electronics sub-assembly or full turnkey box build services. You can also take advantage of our expertise in low/medium volume manufacturing and our absolute commitment to delivering what we say we will, when we say we'll do it.

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Commitment to quality

When it comes to mission-critical systems, quality is an absolute necessity – which is why quality has long been a tradition for us, ever since we achieved ISO9001 certification in the year it was introduced. We were also the first to be awarded the BSI Kitemark for printed circuit board assembly.

The principles of quality – including Lean and 6Sigma – are at the heart of our business, and it’s our customers who benefit.

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Markets we excel in

Our customers are diverse – but they all share the same need for absolute reliability and uncompromising performance in the most challenging applications.

Military & Aerospace

Medical

Motor Sport

Industrial

Security

A true partner

Understanding exactly what you want and ensuring you get it is the responsibility of our project managers. Experts in electronic engineering, quality and product management, among other disciplines, they're there to work with you throughout your project, from initial briefing to last delivery – and to put all of our extensive resources at your disposal.

 

 

 

Flexibility

Our business is built around being able to do as little or as much as our customers want us to - from prototyping to procurement, from manufacturing a single unit to building up to 1,000, from board assembly to system level build.

 

 

CREATE

Our goal is to work with you as a partner to help you solve challenging problems, achieve competitive advantage and maximise your success by enabling you to get your no-compromise products to market in the shortest time at the lowest cost. Involve us early enough, and we can make a real difference.

 

Whether you’re at the stage of an initial product concept, or you’re ready to prototype, or the product is ready for manufacture - you can benefit from our advice in terms of technology choices, manufacturability, testing strategy, sourcing and much more. We’re here to help you turn your idea into a reality.

You can talk to our in-house experts, whose backgrounds and expertise include electronic engineering, quality, process- and test engineering and product management; we can put you in touch with our network of design houses; you can take advantage of our fully turnkey in-house prototyping service. Our dedicated prototyping facility is a full turnkey, fast turnaround, high technology service.

Using a high technology, machine-build PCB prototyping service, we are able to simulate the production build mechanics during the prototyping stage. Combining our build experience with an in-depth understanding of the production process enables us to share our knowledge with your engineering teams and provide an extremely smooth and efficient transfer into full production.

It is this seamless transfer into production that enables the fastest time to market and the most economical build and test process, specific to the production board.

When it comes to manufacturability, you can call on our experienced process and test engineering teams. They can also help you with designing to minimise cost.

Just let us know what you need.

DELIVER

Abaco Manufacturing is characterised by the breadth, flexibility and innovation of our services, backed by extensive experience and a commitment to customer service excellence. We specialise in the flexible batch-build manufacture of high technology boards that demand the utmost in quality and reliability. Our panel batch sizes typically range from 1-500 with lead-times from 48 hours to 4 weeks.

 

BGA Assembly

Our customers benefit from our high level of leading edge equipment for the manufacture of extremely advanced electronic surface mount printed circuit boards. Every production line has the ability to place 0402 chips up to 56mm quads, as well as the ability to achieve 12 thou accuracy through full vision placement systems. Once placed and processed, BGA placement can be analysed and tested.

We can offer:

  • Agilent SJ50 automatic optical inspection system to confirm chip alignment as well as joint inspection, presence and absence analysis and polarity checks.
  • X-Tek X-ray system allowing inspection of BGA solder joints through the board itself.
  • ERSASCOPE facility, allowing a cross-sectional, non-destructive visual image of hidden solder joints with images from practically any angle, and with enormous magnification range.

PCB Assembly

Customers like NASA and Formula One choose us because we specialise in the flexible batch-build manufacturing of high technology boards that demand extreme levels of quality and reliability. Our panel batch sizes typically range from 1 to 500 with lead-times from as little as 48 hours. Whether you require surface mount assembly – we can place up to 113,000 components/hour - PTH assembly or a combination of both, you can expect a competitive and complete solution.

 

Box Build Assembly

As well as single PCB assembly, you can benefit from our significant experience in the assembly of complete system builds including:

  • Telecommunication racks
  • Medical and scientific instrumentation
  • High performance consumer products
  • Defence and aerospace

We can offer:

  • Place your printed circuit boards into final product assemblies
  • Provide fully wired assemblies such as cabinets, backplanes and racks
  • Carry out potting encapsulation and heat shrinking; offer repair and rework services for product upgrade
  • Provide early stage product testing, including environmental stress screening, vibration and pressure tests

SUPPORT

Everything we do is focused on ensuring the success of your project. Whether it’s our commitment to quality principles, providing you with access to the right expertise, delivering meaningful reports on progress, guarding the integrity of your IP or ensuring the reliability of our supply chain – it’s all there exclusively for your benefit.

 

Account management

At the heart of our business are our project managers. It is they who are charged with ensuring that we deliver what you want, when you want it. They're there to ensure you know everything we can do for you and to work with you throughout your project, from initial briefing to last delivery – and to put all of our extensive resources at your disposal.

Your project manager will work with you to understand much more than just your short term needs. He or she will look to understand your business, your strategy and your aims to ensure we give you the best advice possible. You’ll come to look on your project manager as a valued partner for your business, capable of providing insight that can help you achieve your goals.

Reporting

We use the SAP R/3 ERP system to provide you with an integrated approach to project management. We can provide up to the minute order and material status, using your own part numbering, if you wish, to avoid confusion. You also benefit from a rigorous ECN process to ensure jobs are built to the correct revision with full traceability to batch/job level.

Quality

When it comes to mission-critical systems, quality is an absolute necessity – which is why quality has long been a tradition for us, ever since we achieved ISO9001 certification in the year it was introduced. We were also the first to be awarded the BSI Kitemark for printed circuit board assembly. The principles of quality – including Lean and 6Sigma – are at the heart of our business, and it’s our customers who benefit.

IP

At Abaco, we pride ourselves on our honesty, integrity, transparency and the highest ethical standards. Your IP is important to us, which is why we’ll always work with you under the terms of a Non Disclosure Agreement.

 

Supply chain

We attach the utmost importance to ensuring that we can obtain the right part, in the right place, at the right time, at the right price and at the right quality. Our flexible and innovative supply chain processes provide fundamental differentiation in aggressive markets – to the benefit of our customers.

Whether your requirement is for full procurement, part procurement or assembly-only from free issue kits supplied by you, our international purchasing office provides a successful and sustainable supply chain solution.

Our sourcing team is truly global, and has the ability to trade in multiple currencies, allowing us to offer worldwide options for the sourcing of your components.

We have a stringent and totally reliable counterfeit avoidance procedure with an approved list of audited worldwide Independent distributors. Due diligence checks are carried on out all new vendors to reduce fraud risk.

Components are supplied with either a certificate of conformance from the original component manufacturer along with full supply chain history of the components, or with specific test reports – giving you total peace of mind.