For over two decades, Northfield Automation Systems has maintained a partnership with laser-based manufacturing solutions leader Electro Scientific Industries (ESI) to provide web handling for customers of innovative laser systems. Years later, the partnership stands strong, with the two working together at the helm of constant innovation to develop and implement advanced material handling solutions.
“People can count on Northfield Automation Systems’ solutions to offer advanced capabilities. Our customers report being able to handle new thinner materials with no wrinkling or stretch as well as the ability to handle sensitive materials that are susceptible to distortion.”
Working together to help customers succeed with improved throughput and quality, the two companies have integrated in more ways than one – both in their system solutions and in their work approach with one another.
“NAS and ESI have a similar culture of engineering orientation and excellence. We realize that we have complementary strengths and both companies have made significant outreach efforts to integrate our approaches so that we can design great products, deliver them on time and on budget and delight our customers.”
The adoption of automation is one of the many changes in the printed circuit board (PCB) industry. With a lack of standardization in the marketplace, it is often left to individual equipment makers or local machine builders to create a custom automation solution. Given the range of automation techniques and suppliers in the field, Northfield Automation Systems is seen as a provider of holistic solutions that take into account the entirety of a project and its intricacies.
“Northfield Automation Systems is a total-solution provider that enables complete uniformity in the hardware and software of automation in all processes, which becomes especially important for training and cross-training of operators.”
Northfield Automation Systems’ service with ESI doesn’t stop there.
“Together, we are able to leverage hands-on train the trainer techniques and take part in innovation exercises. At the end of the day, there’s not much we can’t work through.”