UK based electronic manufacture improves efficiency & ESD safety with Kaisertech workstations.

The customer Requirements:

  • A safe, ESD protected working environment
  • The flexibility to reconfigure the workbench set up as needs change over time
  • A way to streamline the manufacturing process
  • Each workstation to be configured differently for each manufacturing process

After several years of working together on other projects our customer was confident that Kaisertech would be able to provide a solution to meet the brief and would suit all of their needs in each location of the project; Research & Development Laboratory and Production Assembly.

Within the Research and Development Laboratory it was important that the benches were not only ESD protected, but also able to withstand a large weight bearing load. Kaisertech’s Cantilever ESD Workbench was the most fitting solution for this area. With a maximum weight limit of 600kg it is able to manage the robust equipment used, the flexible modular design and accessories available to them means that workbenches are adaptable to the latest task being worked on. The height adjustability gives the benches an ergonomic aspect to the needs of the user.

In Production and Assembly, it was decided that the customer was going to move away from their old style of all the assembly processes occurring on the same bench to a new system of a single process per workstation to create a better flow and increase production levels. This would mean that in this ESD protected environment they would require a variation of accessories for each differently configured workstation according to the task that was going to be performed. As a result of this the Classic Kaisertech ESD Workbench were selected with various accessories including perforated panels, LED task lighting, Shelving, and Storage.

Setting up the singular processes on separate benches has enabled:

  • Good process focus for the operators
  • Changes to tooling
  • Process step changes to be made quickly and effectively, making life for the operators easier, quicker and minimising mistakes.

Since the workstations were delivered our customer has reconfigured many of the workbenches as the processes have evolved. This is natural in manufacturing and the Kaisertech benches have allowed this flexibility through their modularity. Splitting manufacturing into smaller steps on Kaisertech benches has allowed the flexibility to increase throughput by adding more personnel when needed.

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Hios Torque Controlled Screwdrivers For Time Sensitive Project

Wherever you are in the world our teams are working tirelessly to ensure that we meet your urgent requirements as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Recently Kaisertech supplied 50+ Hios electric torque-controlled screwdrivers to an important government project which was extremely time sensitive.

Our objective was to correctly assess the correct torque-controlled driver that was needed and then provide this on a short lead time. We selected the Hios screwdriver based on its reliabilty, ease of use and suitability for a range of assembly work with screws and nuts within the torque requirements for this project.

Kaisertech stock a wide range of electric screwdrivers by Hios, Bosch and our own brand. Our range also includes items such as; battery power tools, driver bits, torque meters, power supplies, tool balancers and screw feeders.

Our teams here at Kaisertech successfully ensured all deadlines were met and showed dedication to go the extra mile.

If you have any projects you need assistance on, please do not hesitate to CONTACT US.

An easy graft for hair transplant surgery

The Physicians Hair Institute explains the hair transplant surgery process and the decisions made in choosing the right equipment for dissecting donor grafts by hair transplant technicians.

For centuries, scientists and medical researchers have sought a remedy for male baldness. Many have claimed to offer the definitive answer, but perhaps one of the most enduring approaches remains the hair transplant – a process that uses the patient’s own hair by transplanting it from another area of the head.

Hair transplant surgery has evolved significantly during its lifetime to become a fast, realistic and relatively stress-free process. Mantis inspection microscope has become the favoured tool of many practitioners.

Creating donor strips and graft dissection under magnification

A modern hair transplant operation transfers around 1500 grafts, each containing between 1 and 4 hairs, to the treated area of the head. The grafts are taken from a donor strip removed from the back of the patient’s head.

The strip is typically between 9mm and 12mm wide and 75mm or more in length, depending on how many donor grafts are required. When the strip is removed, the resulting scar is closed and becomes imperceptible to all but the most detailed examination.

“The next phase of the operation requires great care and accuracy, and that’s where the Mantis stereo viewer comes in” according to Bill Eck of Physician’s Hair Institute in Tucson, Arizona.

The donor strip is slivered to create micrografts of 1 and 2 hairs, or minigrafts of 3 or 4 hairs.

When cutting the donor strip into slivers in order to create the grafts for transplanting, we have to take care to isolate the exact number of hairs required for each graft. We must also avoid transecting the graft – that is, cutting through the root of the hair below the skin surface. Because we are working with individual hair follicles, this is difficult to accomplish with the naked eye”

, Eck explains.

Bill Eck is assistant to Dr. Sharon Keene, founder of the Physician’s Hair institute. After the donor strip of hair has been successfully removed, Dr. Keene will prepare the patient’s scalp to accept the grafts, while a team usually consisting of 2 technicians creates the range of micrografts and minigrafts specified during the primary consultation.

Preparing the scalp requires considerable surgical skill to achieve high quality of result. Away from the site of Dr. Keene’s work, the technicians painstakingly sliver the donor strip.

Once created, the grafts are placed in a petri dish, ready for the surgeon to transplant. In keeping with the way hair naturally grows, the patient’s front hairline is usually constructed using single-hair micrografts, while larger areas are covered with the minigrafts containing up to four hairs.

“Look at your own hair, or that of your colleagues,” suggests Eck. “You can identify single follicles at the hairline, but further back the follicles are more tightly grouped. We recreate these patterns in the transplanting process.”

Choosing the best equipment for hair transplant technicians

“Completing the treatment can take anything from 3 hours to over 10 hours, depending on factors such as the number of grafts required of the hair type,” continues Eck. “This can be quite fatiguing, especially when we are dealing with grey or ‘salt & pepper’ hair colours, for example. These are the most difficult to see and can appear transparent under the surgery lighting.”

He explains that to make these hairs more visible, and thus easier to process accurately, many techniques have been tried.

We looked for new equipment that would help us do this better and a magnifying viewer was consistently the best solution. We now operate two Mantis instruments, supplied by Vision Engineering.”

The Physician’s Hair Institute surgery is equipped with 2 Mantis stereo inspection microscopes.

Mantis inspection microscope has become popular throughout the hair transplant industry, having been specified by several of the world’s top clinics, including the Laser Hair Institute in North Miami Beach, the Physician’s Hair Center in Clearwater, Florida and of course the Physician’s Hair Institute in Tucson.

The eyepieceless microscope provides a true stereo image with user selectable magnification from 2x to 10x, and can be used by operators wearing spectacles or contact lenses.

This combination of ergonomic design to permit optimal posture and optical performance to deliver high clarity images allow Mantis operators to work effectively and comfortably for extended periods – useful attributes for technicians separating follicular units during hair transplant surgery.
Depth perception, illumination and colour rendition are important for easy, fast and accurate handling of grafts.

Hands-free operation is, of course, vital”, says Eck. “Previously, we used magnifying glasses at 2x magnification, but Mantis gives a superior image and is far more comfortable to use.”

Although Vision Engineering offers Mantis microscope with a versatile selection of accessories to facilitate a range of applications, the base configuration has proved optimal for the Physician’s Hair Institute.

The Wizzybug giving powered mobility to disabled children under 5

Bosch i-Business would like to welcome Kaisertech as a UK distributor. Kaisertech has many years of experience within the industry supplying components and services into manufacturing throughout the UK.

Established in 1998, Kaisertech has grown to be a well-recognised supplier of electronic production equipment to thousands of companies.

In 2012, Kaisertech took another step forward with a new division supplying industry specific products into the general engineering and development market. It sees the introduction of this new range of Bosch motors, drives, pumps and blowers as great new choice for its customers.

David Sibley, Managing Director said: “Kaisertech is excited to be able to sell this new range from the Bosch i-Business division. With all the products being manufactured to Bosch’s exacting standard, these products fit well with the rest of our premium range.”

Kaisertech has a dedicated team of account managers to support this new range to provide customer technical support and a premium service. Bosch i-Business supply industrial components into the manufacturing industry aimed at small-medium OEMs. These components are varied and derived from the automotive industry, synonymous with quality. Below is a small selection of what is available:

• DC electric motors (12v & 24v) • Pumps (12v & 24v)

• Relays • Sensors • Solenoid Switch Valves (12v & 24v) • Combustion Engine parts

The DC 12v & 24v actuators/ motors are one of Bosch’s many strengths. The range starts with the small flap actuator called the VMC (1nm), ideal for the HVAC industry, followed by the AHC motors (30nm) that are commonly used for table height adjustment and finally moving onto the EDP (120nm) used for mobility and many other heavy applications. These products are just a few examples of what Bosch can offer to OEMs. Presented here is a case study about how Bosch has helped Designability bring the “Wizzybug” to market.

The Wizzybug

An assistive technology charity called Designability spend their days working to help people living with a disability across the UK through the design and development of innovative products and technologies.

In 2007 they designed the Wizzybug in response to the lack of a suitable powered wheelchair with a ‘child-friendly’ design for children under 5. Unfortunately, there is limited NHS funding for powered wheelchairs for young children which encouraged Designability to raise funds to be able to launch the Wizzybug Loan Scheme – each child who is eligible for a Wizzybug can have one free of charge. To a child with a disability like cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, spina bifida or muscular dystrophy Wizzybugs are priceless.

But how did Designability choose to give them the power of movement? They selected a Bosch motor, as their workshop manager, Martin Rouse, explains: “We chose Bosch motors as a reliable, cost-effective motor gearbox that offered us the torque, motor speed, and small size required to help make Wizzybug an ideal first wheels powered mobility vehicle for children.”

Wizzybugs are available to any child aged 14 months – 5 years who could benefit from powered mobility. In order to apply for one, families need to contact Designability - www.designability.org.uk

Paxton take access control to the next level with ESD interlocking floor tiles

Paxton are one of the European market leaders in electronic access control. They have achieved this through 30 years of innovation; creating simple yet intelligent products to provide reliable security to small and medium sized buildings. Their USP in this competitive market is the exceptional level of support and service they offer to their customers 6 days a week 52 weeks a year so when they required an ESD floor at their manufacturing facility in Eastbourne they naturally chose Kaisertech to help find a solution.

Paxton chose their supplier very carefully and tasked Adam Sibley with suggesting a number of ESD flooring solutions. Kaisertech founded in 1998, through hard work and dedication have grown to be a well recognised supplier of electronic production equipment and tools to companies such as BAE, Sony, Nokia, Honeywell & IBM as well as Paxton, with this in mind Paxton felt assured they were in professional hands.

Paxton’s paramount criterion was flexibility as they are growing so fast that they need to be able to change their production layout to accommodate new lines on a regular basis. Of the options suggested interlocking floor tiles from Ecotile was the only ESD flooring that met this objective.

“ESD Interlocking flooring was the most practical solution as we didn’t need to stop production for a moment and we were amazed how quickly it was completed. We considered vinyl but after seeing how the interlocking system works at Siemens in Poole it was a very easy decision and employee feedback has been 100% positive”

Alan.P,  Operations , Paxton

To understand how Kaisertech could support you, please call +44 (0)23 8065 0065 or email [email protected]

HD Vision Inspection at Queen Mary University of London

Kaisertech was invited in by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) to provide an HD vision inspection solution. QMUL is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, with around 17,840 students, 4,000 staff and an annual turnover of £300m, they are one of the largest University of London colleges.

The university was using a 10+ year old optical microscope with limited working distant and no ability to capture images. From this they had two functions high on their criteria list, firstly, improved working distant and secondly, the ability to capture HD images. After being presented with suitable options, the best solution was the Vision Engineering VisionZ2 - Full HD Video Inspection Systemwith its real time precision HD video inspection. Additionally, the VisionZ2 has magnification options up to 122x and provides superb high contrast imaging, with ultimate simplicity for any task requiring precision magnification.

HD Vision Inspection Systems from Vision Engineering

Full HD Vision Inspection Systems available at Kaisertech

Advantages of using an HD Vision Inspection System

This system provided ease of use to all students and staff, resulting in significant improvement from their pervious system. The students have found this particularly effective for fault finding and then emailing on to others whilst the staff have found it the perfect tool for displaying what they usually only see themselves, now on a large screen in front of others to analyse.

Highlights for inspection systems

Quality, effortlessness and excellent optical performance are the key to VisionZ2's success, below are a few key highlights:

  • Brilliant full HD 1080p high contrast imaging for excellent inspection.
  • Essential image capture via USB.
  • Exceptionally large field of view
  • (295mm with standard 4D lens).
  • Great working distance – up to 333mm.
  • Magnification options up to 122x.
  • Large monitor image - perfect for training, assessment, development etc.

For your demo or more information on vision systems please do not hesitate to contact us.