ELEXON KICKSTARTS INDUSTRY 4.0 FUTURE WITH $4M EQUIPMENT UPGRADE

Here at Elexon Electronics we’ve invested nearly $4m in developing our state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 manufacturing facility, setting a new standard for Australian manufacturers. Here’s all you need to know about the recent equipment upgrades!

Government support has allowed us to invest almost $4 million to significantly increase our design, prototyping and manufacturing capability, with a strong focus placed on Industry 4.0 interconnectedness and automation.

Elexon Electronics won the Made in Queensland grant three years ago and, more recently, the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority (SICP) grant, focused around bettering Australia’s industrial capability.

The initial procurement round of high-precision automated surface-mount technology (SMT) equipment allowed intelligent material handling, solder paste jetting, vacuum vapour phase soldering and X-Ray inspection.

More recent procurement of intelligent production, inspection and testing machinery has further enhanced the quality standards achievable at the Industry 4.0 facility, now offering 3D automated optical inspection, dual-side flying probe testing, selective soldering, PCB cleaning, and high-precision conformal coating.

Our valued long-term customers benefit from these upgrades as we now offer them previously unheard of levels of precision and reliability, as well as faster production times.

Automation and interconnectedness have been the primary goals for us in developing our world-class Industry 4.0 manufacturing facility, offering unparalleled precision and manufacturing standards here in Australia.

The development of the intelligent Industry 4.0 production facility has already resulted in a project with Tier 1 Australian Navy supplier, EM Solutions (EMS), delivering RF PCB assemblies for their marine Satcom terminals.

Another milestone achievement, specifically within the Defence space, was being approved as a supplier for Rheinmetall Group after bidding for work on the Land 400 Phase 2 and 3 projects.

“Defence is a sector well suited to Elexon’s capabilities as an electronics manufacturer, even more so following our Industry 4.0 facility investment,” says Elexon Electronics CEO Frank Faller.

“Elexon is no stranger to high-precision, high-durability electronics, with its suite of wireless sub-surface mining solutions built to withstand the harshest of environments.

“The latest round of upgrades allows Elexon to produce extremely precise, durable, and meticulously tested electronics faster than ever before,” says Frank.

The high-tech machinery offers benefits for various sectors outside of Defence, as well, with an overarching focus on bettering Australia’s industrial capabilities.

“Sectors like Aerospace, for example, that require high precision and extreme

levels of reliability, will benefit from our Industry 4.0 manufacturing facility,” explains Frank.

“The medical industry is another area of focus, due to strict manufacturing standards only achieved through the use of the very latest technology.

“Our existing customers around the world and the products they offer, from mining equipment to consumer products, will also benefit from our manufacturing capabilities.

“We already have arguably some of the most advanced manufacturing capabilities within Australia, but we are constantly striving to improve and stay one, or even two steps ahead of the competition.”