In the Finnish town Kempele, just south of Oulu, you will find the customer-driven Electronics Manufacturing Services company Ele-One. They are specialized in advanced high-mix / low-medium volume PCB assembly.
Ele-One was founded by Ilari Ilvesluoto in 1997 and in 2020 Ilari’s sons Vili and Jere joined the family business as co-owners. This didn’t just mean youthful energy and more manpower, it also meant a step towards modernization and a big investment in new technology; a complete SMT line solution, which already has proven to contribute to company growth.
“I believe our loyal – and growing – customer base appreciate our ability to optimize and always do better” shares Ilari Ilvesluoto. He continues “A significant cornerstone at Ele-One has always been our natural curiosity and interest for electronics production. It is a key element in our foundation that ensures that we continuously learn and acquire new skills.”
Big Ambitions for Expansion
Ele-One are confident that their new production line equipment is a smart investment in the future.
“We aim to grow from 10 to 20 employees in 2 – 3 years to evolve and give our customers access to the best services.” Jere Ilvesluoto explains. “In order to reach our goal, we first needed to invest for future tasks such as larger capacity and more precise placement of smaller components. Therefore, we implemented a new complete SMT line a few months back.”
SMT Line Investment is Already a Success
The optimism at Ele-One shines through. “In the few months since the new SMT line was installed and training was performed in only one week – in February 2021 – we have since then raised our capacity by a factor 3. Our printing process is at a higher standard and the SMD placement is more precise, even with the smallest components” says Ilari Ilvesluoto.
With the higher capacity, Ele-One customers can acquire larger PCB batches – in less time at a higher quality – the same for prototypes and 0-series products to product development, with approved engineering providing accurate solder printing and precise mounting.
Internally Ele-One decided to trust the entire assignment to one single SMT equipment supplier. CORE-emt provided the entire SMT line equipment and their in-house service team performed line installation, training and support, Ilari Ilvesluoto shares about his new partnership.
“Not only did we get a fantastic package deal by placing ‘all our eggs in one basket’, we experienced the installation and training went smoother than we expected, the support has been fast and with sufficient answers. We feel that our new supplier; CORE-emt has got our back.”
A total brand shift on the entire SMT line
Ele-One did not only get new line equipment, they also changed their Screen Printer and Pick & Place brand in the process, to YAMAHA SMT. Their reflow oven is from BTU International now and conveyors from Nutek.
- Loader | Nutek
- Screen Printer YCP10 | YAMAHA SMT
- Linking conveyor | Nutek
- Pick & Place YSM20r | YAMAHA SMT
- Workstation | Nutek
- Reflow oven PYRAMAX 100a | BTU International
- Unloader | Nutek
About CORE-emt A/S
CORE-emt, the complete SMT line supplier in Scandinavia and the Baltic region, offers high-performance in-line SMT machinery to the complete assembly line used by the electronics manufacturing market. As the appointed exclusive sole suppliers of YAMAHA SMT machinery (Scandinavia + Estonia) and BTU reflow ovens (Scandinavia + the Baltic). To complete the full SMT line CORE-emt also offers NUTEK board handling and laser markers. In addition, they also offers SMT line supporting units to enable the modern PCB assembly line. CORE-emt has operations in Scandinavia and the Baltic region, with their own local Sales & Service department.
More information about CORE-emt is available at core-emt.com
More information about Ele-One is available at eleone.fi