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Orem – High-speed blender manufacturer Blendtec today has upgraded its 270,000-square-foot plant in Orem, doubling its circuit board manufacturing capacity without enlarging the facility. The upgrade is part of a $10 million plant upgrade.
The project includes a custom elevator system with additional custom machinery and workflow designed by microelectronic manufacturing system specialist PROMATION.
"We nearly tripled the size of our plant in 2011, but with 10 new models being introduced this year and rapidly expanding distribution that includes major retailers such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy's and Dillard's, we needed a way to build more blenders without building a new facility," said Blendtec founder Tom Dickson.
The circuit board assembly process affected by the upgrade is the most critical and time-intensive operation in the manufacturing of Blendtec's blenders.
Previously, Blendtec ran each circuit board through the same assembly line twice to populate both sides. To increase capacity, PROMATION developed a second production line that is connected to the first with an elevator, overhead conveyor and feeder units.
"The challenge in this project was to work within Blendtec's space constraints to increase capacity," said Gary Goldberg, PROMATION president and CEO. "The new process achieves that objective, eliminates manual processes that previously slowed production."