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JD designs, produces and sells intruder detection products at its factory and head office in Heywood, Greater Manchester. One of GJD’s main products is its line of white-light and infra-red LED illuminators, marketed principally under the company’s Clarius brand. Used principally in security applications, they also find other uses, including broadcast production. High performance and optimum reliability are essential when considering that many installations are subjected to rigorous weather conditions. All products in the range are IP66 rated and UL Listed.

Constantly driving for product and process improvements, Operations director John Hale was seeking a way to improve the way that the plastic lens was bonded to the extruded aluminium housing. Previously, a silicone had been applied manually from a 310ml cartridge. This was a time-consuming, ergonomically unsatisfactory process, which also resulted in material waste and clean-ups. Operators’ inclination was to apply excessive silicone to ensure an effective seal, but this was oozing out on both the outside and inside of the assembly when the lens was applied.

Hale’s initiative coincided with an approach from a multinational company to manufacture selected products for global distribution. Concluding that an automated dispensing solution would provide the best solution, Hale visited Intertronics’ Technology Centre to carry out dispensing trials with GJD’s assemblies. This resulted in the purchase of a Fisnar Dispensing Robot with a pneumatic dispensing valve, fed from the cartridge. The robot and valve combination led to substantially improved efficiency. After 14 months, in the interest of better repeatability, accuracy and production rates, it was decided to further upgrade to the preeflow eco-PEN 600 precision volumetric, positive displacement dispensing pump, which delivered even more accurate volumes…

Intertronics

INTERTRONICS supplies a comprehensive range of bonding and protective materials – together with the associated consumables and equipment – to customers in high technology, high performance assembly industries – including electronics, medical device, plastics, optical, automotive, energy, defence and aerospace.

INTERTRONICS supplies a comprehensive range of bonding and protective materials – together with the associated consumables and equipment – to customers in high technology, high performance assembly industries – including electronics, medical device, plastics, optical, automotive, energy, defence and aerospace. The company supplies over 3,000 regular customers, including multinational manufacturing giants, production facilities, specialist design and development businesses, universities, training organisations and government establishments.

adhere is INTERTRONICS’ brand which encompasses its bonding, coating, sealing, encapsulating, potting, masking and gasketing materials, together with the most appropriate equipment and accessories for dispensing and curing them.

Because adhere brings together this proven range of integrated products from selected and trusted partners, INTERTRONICS’ customers have the confidence that everything will work together efficiently and cost-effectively, underpinned by the company’s experience and expert advice.

This advice is an essential element of the programme, and it ensures that customers benefit from the optimal material and process choice for the manufacture, assembly or repair of their products … safeguarding and enhancing performance and integrity and in turn, profitability and reputation.

Also key to customer success and satisfaction are the provision of process implementation and training, ongoing expert technical support and the assurance of highly competent supply chain management.

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