Mueller Electric Company: Improved Soldering Process to Increase Efficiency

Mueller Electric Company Solder Station design

Mueller Electric Company Solder Station design

Mueller Electric’s newly designed solder station dramatically improves productivity and quality by streamlining the traditional 3-step soldering process into one precisely controlled action.

Mueller Electric Company, a leading supplier of electronic test and measurement equipment components, wanted to improve the soldering process to increase efficiency, reduce errors and eliminate the need for operators to perform multiple steps simultaneously. They came to Nottingham Spirk with a basic concept and asked our team of innovators to translate the design into a realistic working model.

The re-designed fixture-free workstation is managed via an electronically-operated foot pedal that frees the operator’s hands plus temperature and positioning features that improve process control for a consistent joint every time.  The new station also includes a built-in exhaust fan that extracts potentially hazardous lead oxide fumes, effectively improving worker safety at minimal cost.  The result of these innovations is a dramatic increase in productivity and quality plus a significant improvement in the overall work environment.

Our engineers designed ten potential concepts, considering all of the possible functions and exploring ways to optimize interaction between the operator, the station and the parts. Once Mueller selected a design, we refined all the mechanisms and ensured a high-quality, cost-effective production process.

In partnership with Nottingham Spirk, Mueller Electric introduced an innovative new workstation that redefines and simplifies the soldering process, increasing their customers’ manufacturing productivity by up to 300%.

 
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