North Devon power supply manufacturer shortlisted for two prestigious awards

Posted by Dulcie on November 29, 2017
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TDK Corporation is pleased to announce that TDK-Lambda UK has been shortlisted for this year’s Elektra Awards under two categories: Educational Support and Power System Product of the Year. Organised by the market leading electronics magazine, Electronics Weekly, the Elektra Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and companies across Europe, presenting best-practice in key areas including, innovation, sales growth and employee motivation.

Educational Support
TDK-Lambda has 25 employees engaged in STEM/School activities, with five STEM Ambassadors. Working closely with a range of organisations, they actively support and encourage young people to develop valuable technical skills throughout their studies to enhance their future career.

“As a design and manufacturing enterprise based in North Devon, some distance from large cities and universities, attracting and retaining sufficient engineering talent can often be difficult,” says Tim Puttick, Operations and Environmental Compliance Manager for TDK-Lambda UK, who has been involved with promoting many STEM initiatives in local schools, colleges and universities for a number of years. It is estimated that the number of young people the company supports directly is around 300 a year through seven local schools/colleges/universities on various events, programmes and projects.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Educational Support Award – this recognition underlines the commitment of our engineering and management staff across all areas of the business,” adds Puttick.

Power Supply Product of the Year
With a 37-year legacy of modular power supply developed, the latest product – the QM series – which will become the product of choice for next generation equipment in the fields of medical and home healthcare, test and measurement, broadcast, communications and renewable energy. Since its launch in September 2016, the QM has secured several design wins in critical medical and T&M applications worldwide and is under evaluation in dozens of similar projects.

With an operating efficiency of up to 91 percent, the power supply enables machine builders to reduce utility costs for their end users. As power loss is reduced, less heat needs dissipating, therefore a low speed fan can be used in the power supply – when used in equipment that operates in close proximity to a patient or in a recording studio, the low acoustic noise is a decisive factor.

“Of course, our new QM modular power supply could be 100% manufactured and assembled in a low labour cost country [LLCC ],” says Phil Scotcher, General Manager, TDK-Lambda UK. “This does not make sense for us: customer requirements demand mass customisation, with a high mix, low volume, variable demand model.”

Careful, deliberate design for manufacture, underpinned with state-of-the-art manufacturing tools, systems and processes, including computer-aided assembly stations, automated optical inspection and lean manufacturing, help optimise the labour content. Global logistics and supply chain, alongside efficient integrated quality, planning and control systems, enable competitive make-to-order manufacturing of our QM modular power supplies in the UK and responsive industry-leading lead times.

The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 6th December 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.