Philtronics appoints Rob Bennett as Chief Technology Officer.

Hirwaun, Wales, UK, July 2, 2018 - Philtronics Limited, a leading South Wales contract electronics manufacturer (CEM), today announced it has appointed Rob Bennett as Chief Technology Officer, effective immediately. Rob brings over 25 years of experience to Philtronics. He will report directly to Simon Pritchard, Philtronics's Managing Director, and join Philtronics's executive team.

As CTO, Rob will be responsible for evolving our technology strategy and introducing a development arm to the Philtronics.

Simon said, "During our extensive search for a CTO, Rob emerged as the natural choice given his track record of high volume electronics manufacture, product development and his proven ability to lead at technology companies. I'm delighted to officially welcome Rob on board and look forward to his contributions to Philtronics and its customers."

Rob's career started at Sony Manufacturing in Pencoed, where he developed test equipment for the television and monitor production lines. From there, Rob moved to Grundig in Llantrisant, where he was part of the team that developed the first BskyB Digital Satellite receiver boxes. After moving to Astra Games, part of the Novomatic group of companies, he quickly rose through the company ranks to the position of Director of Technology, where he guided the company from development of traditional analogue based product, through to the latest cutting edge, 'always connected', video terminals.

About Philtronics

Philtronics is a contract electronic manufacturer (CEM), offering outsource electronic manufacturing services (EMS) to customers demanding fast turnaround with a high level of product reliability. We undertake PCB assembly and box build assembly for a range of clients in the avionics, defence, semiconductor, medical, domestic and automotive sectors.

Philtronics is based in Hirwaun, South Wales, and is proud of its Welsh manufacturing heritage.


Introducing our new Production Supervisor, Ruta Gudisauskiene.


Ruta joined Philtronics last month as Production Supervisor.

Ruta stood out with her 11 years supervisory experience in the manufacturing industry, holding a position of Process Controller Supervisor at Panasonic since 2006. She is result oriented with key strengths such as accuracy, attention to details and overall excellence. She has gained experience with cost reduction and helped streamline production processes, managing and planning production schedules over multiple shifts. She takes pride in delivering quality products that meet customers’ expectations and achieve company goals.

Ruta’s reference confirmed the initial vibe we had from her interviews: “During the 11 years’ employment Ruta showed a unique attitude not only towards the business but most importantly towards her work colleagues and immediate report. Ruta is a very focused and hardworking individual. […] Her key strengths are recognised with the highest regard such as Drive and determination, Team player & ‘Can Do’ Attitude” from Anthony Kidner, Manufacturing Manager, Home Appliance Division of Panasonic.

We wish Ruta all the best in her new role at Philtronics!


Philtronics Take Delivery of New SMT Placement Machine Mirae MPS-1020QP

The new machine will be fully commissioned by the end of February. This latest acquisition is part of our continuous improvement plan. Full spec can be found on our website.

Snapshot of capabilities are:

  • Placement speed of 4 components a second.
  • Minimum component size of 0201 (0.02in x 0.01in).
  • Can place Chips, Can Caps, Discrete Tx/Dx, Small ICs, QFP, BGA, CSP, Connectors etc.
  • Placement accuracy of 0.025mm.
  • 4 Precision Placement heads.
  • 90 component feeders. 

To compliment this we have also purchased a new Automatic Optical Inspection Machine (AOI), Mirtec MV-2HTL.

This can inspect a single frame in 0.25 seconds (each frame can have between 1 and 10 components). The Component placement, orientation, value, solder joint quality are all inspected. The machine also checks for any solder bridges.


IPC Certified Staff !

As part of our continuous improvement plan, our staff are all IPC trained.

Our PCB staff are trained to IPC-A-610 – “The Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies”

This is the most widely used standard published by IPC and incorporates the acceptance criteria for consumer and high reliability printed wiring assemblies.

Our Box/Loom assembly staff are trained to IPC/WHMA-A-620 – “Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies”

This standard sets expectations between Philtronics and our customers for what is considered acceptable quality workmanship for cables and harnesses.

The aim of the training is to improve production quality, efficiency, and ultimately reduce costs by mitigating the need for rework and repair. All training has been carried out by a Certified IPC Trainer, and all certifications are provided by Philtronics.”


Philtronics proudly announce new partnership with Ospreys Rugby

Philtronics are proud to become a premium partner of Ospreys Rugby.  Our logo will feature on the left leg of the first team's shorts.

Huw Warren, Head of Commercial at the Ospreys said:

“We’re thrilled to be able to welcome Philtronics to our growing family of commercial partners. Having come on board with us via the matchday hospitality route as members of the all inclusive Godi Lounge it’s fantastic to see them progressing onto the first team playing strip, as they recognise the commercial benefits of working with the Ospreys."

See the full article here.


Philtronics ISO 9001 Accreditation Renewal

Philtronics recently renewed its ISO 9001 accreditation, a proof of a good Quality Management System.

What are the benefits of ISO 9001?

•Improved Customer Satisfaction
•Greater Quality Awareness
•Competitive Edge
•Increased productivity
•Reduced Costs

ISO 9001 provides our customer with an additional level of security, it means we are quality driven.


Newly qualified employees gain Level 2 NVQ Diploma

Congratulations to our newly qualified employees who have gained a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Business Improvement Techniques (Process Improvement). This is part of the company’s commitment to continuous improvement in training and processes.


Philtronics 10th Year Growth Plan Now Ready for ‘Take- Off’

Hirwaun-based Philtronics is upskilling and expanding into innovative and high-tech markets as the company pursues its ambitious growth plans. Earlier this year the family-run electronics business moved to new premises on the Hirwaun Industrial Estate, tripling its size in a new high-tech home following an £800,000 investment. Rugby legend Jonathan Davies was on hand to officially open the new factory, and to mark the company’s tenth anniversary.



We’ve Strengthened Our NPI team

In line with our commitment to bringing a product to market on time and within budget, we welcome the addition of our new Process Technician, Ryan Price.

Ryan, an electrical and electronics engineering graduate, joins us with the remit of interpreting NPI schedules for optimum integration into the manufacturing process. Says NPI Production Manager, Dave Boucher, "Ryan will join the NPI process at an early stage to provide a technical analysis and help introduce critical logistics and manufacturing elements for greater efficiency; proposing solutions to ensure a smooth transition to manufacturing flow. It is far more cost efficient than waiting for working prototypes before beginning the planning of the transition to all out production."

Ryan is part of Philtronics’ commitment to continuous improvement in training and processes and to manufacturing excellence.