Lawo invests in Fuji SMD production line


Lawo prepares for increased product demand with its investment in a high-precision SMD production line from Fuji Europe Corporation.

“As a manufacturer of cutting-edge video and audio technologies, we guarantee the highest production quality standards. After all, our products must provide our customers with years of reliable, 24-hour service,” explains Andreas Hilmer, Marketing Director at Lawo. “So it goes without saying that our manufacturing technology must also be the most modern on the market.”

Lawo develops, manufactures and distributes advanced network, control, audio and video systems for television and radio, industry, live sound and theater applications. These IP-based products are manufactured to the highest quality standards at the company’s headquarters in Rastatt, Germany, where Lawo employs approximately two-thirds of its approximately 300 employees worldwide. Lawo products and solutions have become the market choice for large-scale events such as World Cup championships or Formula 1 races, where only the best audio and video signal quality and 100% reliability will do. .

To meet these demanding requirements, Lawo has invested in three new Fubi Aimex series pick-and-place machines, capable of assembling approximately 30,000 components per hour, even of the smallest component size, EIA 01005, equivalent to twice the diameter of a human hair. .

Stefan Janssen, Managing Director of Fuji Europe Corporation, explains: “Aimex IIIc is a machine platform that allows all types of production and modification of the forms of packaging used. It supports in a single machine the processing of the smallest chip components up to large components. At the same time, it is possible to easily accelerate new productions or react to changes in packaging shapes. This creates a high degree of flexibility.

Christian Lukic, Supply Chain Manager at Lawo, is rightly proud. “With this significant investment of around one million euros in our production line in Rastatt, we are securing the future viability of Lawo as a manufacturer of high-quality hardware products and ensuring that we can continue to map the full vertical line of manufacturing within the company. This allows us to remain independent in the future and to guarantee our quality standards as befits a premium manufacturer of broadcast and media technology.

The new production line also features an integrated vapor phase soldering furnace and automated component storage cabinets, which save labor time and space, and extend the shelf life of parts and components. .

“This sophisticated new production line works much more precisely than its predecessor,” Lukic said. “It reduces the possibility of errors to almost zero and reduces setup times while dramatically increasing placement speed – a clear step towards Lawo’s successful future.”


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