When developing highly complex products, Kitron provides customers everything from idea to finished product and after-sales services. We think product life-cycle from the start, and are the ultimate one-stop shop for outsourced product development and manufacturing services. We design and manufacture high-complexity products for global markets.
Examples of expertise Kitron offers:
Kitron has the expertise to take care of every step in the development process, from early concept design to volume manufacturing.
Kitron completes Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for customers and for its own set of proprietary platforms.
The close integration of Kitron's development department and Kitron's manufacturing sites means we are well placed to perform successful product re-designs.
Providing VA/VE services, Kitron evaluates customer products and supply chain from a unique perspective allowing for cost reduction, improved quality, and meaningful supplier relationships.
With over 55 years' experience in electronics manufacturing, we know what matters when launching new products.
In our NPI (New Product Introduction) Center prototypes are produced by our highly-qualified staff on our dedicated manufacturing line. We deliver quickly and with strong focus on quality and cost. We also have a model-building workshop capable of constructing complete prototypes.
Our customers’ development projects benefit from our expertise in design for manufacturing, testing, component engineering and environmental requirements. We employ the leading test development experts in Scandinavia and deliver complete solutions for the efficient testing of electronics products.
In order to offer our customers the best possible service, we have dedicated staff and a dedicated manufacturing line for the production of prototypes.
Our experts are available to prepare product reviews. These reviews are based on standards, best practice as well as national and international requirements. Customers receive a written report with comments and recommendations, as well an oral presentation of our experts’ findings.
Our component information system (CIS) enables you as our customer to rapidly search for and process information about current components for new projects.
Kitron develops state-of-the art test systems for automated testing in production. Over the last 30 years this department has worked on a wide range of projects within the following sectors: Defence/Aerospace, Energy/Telecoms, Industry, Medical devices and Offshore/Marine.
Our trained staff design, build and optimize efficient manufacturing lines for your products. We work according to lean manufacturing and pride ourselves on quality and efficient manufacturing processes.
The market's expectations regarding product quality are constantly increasing. Kitron's customers are not satisfied with products that merely fulfill their specification at the time of delivery and during the warranty period: all products should work without failures throughout their entire expected lifetime. Kitron has the resources to help you reach this level of quality performance.
As part of our portfolio of services, Kitron supports customers with activities related to product deployment.
Kitron’s strategy includes services beyond the traditional design, assembly, production, and testing of components and printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies. The newest addition to our portfolio of services is product deployment. This term encompasses a variety of tasks.
In some cases, when our customers acquire a new company, they approach Kitron for our support in taking over the manufacturing facilities of the newly acquired company. As part of our product deployment services, Kitron creates the necessary manufacturing documentation, including bill of materials and assembly instructions. We review and improve process flows, audit compliance with standards, train employees and provide many other services that secure a smooth transition into the new ownership.
Another example of product deployment would be activities involved in the setup of a new plant in a specific country to satisfy offset requirements for defence customers. Kitron defines the plant layout, generates work instructions, trains employees, develops test systems, installs equipment, implements operational excellence tools and performs numerous other activities that will ensure the efficiency of the new facility.
Kitron’s sourcing experts are located in Norway, Sweden, Lithuania and China, enabling us to manage our global network of suppliers and ensure an optimal flow of components and materials to our manufacturing centres.
Kitron’s logistic team ensures the safe transport of products to our customers, or all the way to the end customer if desired.
Kitron believes that its sourcing and logistics capabilities and expertise provide a significant competitive advantage in terms of lower material costs, better quality and a seamless supply chain for our customers.
By helping our customers choose components with good availability, right quality and at the best price, we help reduce the lifetime cost of our customers’ products. Kitron’s sourcing group continually sets aggressive targets to further reduce the cost of components and materials. To achieve this, we will increase our sourcing activities in China, while we continue to benchmark and develop suppliers in general and aim to benefit from major suppliers' market imperfections that could lead to better terms and conditions for our customers.
In additon to the core delivery Kitron offers value-added sourcing services through our Chinese operations. This is done in order to assist customers to improve their competitive position through the reduction of material costs.
As one of Scandinavia’s leading EMS suppliers, Kitron provides various services within the manufacturing, assembling and testing of electronic products for the professional market.
These services are provided from the group’s modern facilities in Norway (Arendal), Sweden (Jönköping), Lithuania (Kaunas), USA (Johnstown and Windber, Pennsylvania) and China (Ningbo).
Electronics, microelectronics, testing, assembly and system testing, Radio Frequency (RF), system integration, repairs and upgrades.
Surface-mounted technologies (SMT), through-hole assembly, Automated Pressfit, automated optical inspection (AOI), 3DX-ray, clean rooms, wave and selective soldering, cleaning and coating process for PCBs, and Potting & Curing, Hi-Pot, together with FCT, ICT, Burn In, vibration and environmental testing.
Kitron complies with IPC standard Class 2 and Class 3 requirements, which are key manufacturing standards for the electronics manufacturing industry. IPC standards are associated with nearly every stage of the electronic product development cycle. From design and purchasing to assembly and packaging, compliance with IPC standards helps Kitron to ensure superior quality, reliability and consistency in the electronics assemblies that go into our customer's final electronic products. All Kitron employees are continuously trained according to IPC training programs.
Kitron works with an operational excellence program that includes LEAN concept as 5S, Six Sigma, Value Stream Mapping, SMED, PFMEA, Kaizen and daily management boards.
Complete automated assembly lines for PCBs, including various functional tests, product marking, traceability and packing of complete devices. These lines offer high reliability, repeatability, quality and throughput.
Kitron can work with you for the full lifetime of your product. We even have the expertise to extend your product’s lifecycle.
We offer maintenance, repair and refurbishment programs. All such programs involve the establishment of customer-specific teams, drawn from our purchasing, technical and production departments. The team will work with you and your product. The team members will get to know your product very well – enabling us to help you make your product even better.
When a product starts to show its age, a refurbishment program may extend the product’s lifecycle. Such a program might include both software and hardware upgrades. We have in-house software and hardware design expertise if a redesign is required. Kitron’s component information system (CIS) will assist you in identifying replacements for obsolete components.
All changes and work done on your product will be thoroughly documented and we can supply you with a change history record.
Kitron manages the flow of components from suppliers all over the world, to our manufacturing facilities in Europe, Asia and America, then onward to our customers, and in some cases to our customers’ end customers. In other words: We manage logistics throughout the entire value chain, and we do it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Kitron manages the logistics flow to give our customers a cost effective advantage by meeting demanding logistics timetables, factoring in safety margins and reducing the amount of capital investment in inventories.
Some of Kitron’s competitive advantages are our detailed forecast capabilities and our close relationships with the world’s foremost electronic component suppliers and logistics providers.
Augmented Reality Manufacturing (ARM) is Kitron's complete suite of software and hardware for creating and using augmented reality work instructions for manufacturing processes. Augmented reality means combining a live view of an object with computer-generated information such as text, graphics or sound. Kitron creates augmented reality based digital work instructions, and these provide instructions and assistance in the manufacturing process.
Augmented reality has the potential to fundamentally change the manufacturing process. Work instructions made with this technology can’t be hidden or forgotten in a drawer. They are constantly in front of the operator, contributing to improved quality, better traceability, less training of new employees and operational excellence in general.
The ARM suite has two main parts: Instructions are made with the Creator application, and then used in a manufacturing setting with Desk, a tailor-made workstation.
Creator’s intuitive pick and drop system allows the integration of 3D files, pictures, videos and audio files to generate manufacturing instructions with hardly any previous knowledge of the program. Creator’s user-focused approach makes it possible to develop augmented reality work instructions in a fraction of the time it takes to develop a paper version. Moreover, Creator introduces several other features that will facilitate the quick industrialization of new products.
Desk is a simple, robust and cost-efficient work station that can be used by any operator from day one, with functionalities that sets it apart. For instance, it provides operators with remote assistance. An operator on the production floor on one continent can be connected with engineers on another and an R&D team on a third. The operator will be able to share the live feed from Desk with the engineer and the R&D teams. This feature is especially useful when introducing new products or testing and troubleshooting. Desk will also provide a record of every completed task. This record will include the necessary information to ensure full traceability of the products manufactured.
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