Zytronic investment enhances UK production capability

28 June 2013

Touch sensor manufacturer, Zytronic, has completed phase one of a plant and equipment investment plan.

The £1.5million phase one at the company’s Blaydon, Newcastle headquarters are designed to meet the market’s increasing demand for touchscreens. The expenditure has covered increasing capacity, with the purchase of two new laminating machines, another flatbed washing machine to ensure the glass is crystal clear, and additional plotters, bonders and a new CNC router.

The company has also invested in equipment to make the manufacturing process more efficient, including new robotic equipment, configured around a camera-based system, to enable more accurate placement of some of the integral electronic components. New conveyor systems have been installed to move large form factor glass touch sensors, up to 84inches across, out of the clean rooms. The larger segment of the clean room in the main factory erected in 2001 has been refurbished and extended significantly.

Phase two, which should be completed during 2013, involves three aspects of expansion. The first involved expansion of the Research and Development operational facilities, allowing for improved, and larger accommodation for manufacturing samples and testing new touch technologies and system enhancements. The £100,000 investment includes a substantial clean room and an EMC testing facility.

The second aspect of phase two is expected to be completed this month. It involves the substantial upgrade to the screen printing facilities within the company, including the installation of a new semi-automatic screen printing machine to accommodate the printing of touch sensors up to 60inches across, and matching the company’s internal thermal tempering capabilities.

Finally, later this year, the company will replace the original section of the main factory clean room - first erected in the 1980s. This again expands Zytronic’s touch sensor productive capacity.

The company’s two proprietary technologies, Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT) and Mutual Projected Capacitive Technology (MPCT), allow people to interact with public electronic systems, where a resilient and robust solution is essential for continued reliable operation.

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