Escatec shows production robots with new CEO

Escatec shows production robots with new CEO

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By Nick Flaherty

Following extensive in-house trials, Swiss contract manufacturer Escatec has deployed material handling robots to boost production under a new CEO.

Escatec has deployed the robots to pick and deliver wave/selective solder pallets and a variety of jigs, fixtures, and tools within the production environment at its factory in Malaysia. As the users gain experience, the robots’ job scope will expand to the transportation of finished goods and raw materials.  

The systems from PUDU Robotics have been deployed at plants in Penang and Johor Bahru. They are equipped with advanced features such as 3D omnidirectional obstacle avoidance sensors, all new LIDAR sensors, visual camera positioning, independent navigation, and all new independent suspension.

By optimising routes and layouts on the production floor, the robots reduce the time taken for deliveries to the assembly lines while requiring less manpower to be present, “which helps a lot given our high mix portfolio with lots of changeover,” said Charles-Alexandre Albin, new CEO of Escatec who took over yesterday.

The company has been in rapid expansion mode with the Group making major investments to acquire the latest technologies and capabilities, as well as expanding its global design and footprint. The Group currently has a workforce of 2,500 plus employees with production facilities in Malaysia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, with additional strategic partnerships in Croatia and the United States.

The robotic project’s return on investment (RoI) is a little more than a year and the company can roll out similar robots at its other production sites globally if necessary, he says.

Albin, son of the founder Christophe, has a BSc in Engineering and Business Studies from the University of Warwick in the UK and has been a a Board member, Executive Director, contributor as the Leader of Mergers and Acquisitions and Chief Sales Officer. The Board of Directors extend their gratitude to Ernest Sebak, whose instrumental support in guiding Albin towards the role of CEO has been appreciated and recognised as a key milestone for the group.

“As the son of the founder, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing our business from the early days and of course actively participating in its growth over the past decades,” said Albin. “My roles as Executive Director, Board Member, and Leader in M&A and Business Development have given me profound insights, which I believe will equip me to lead the organisation effectively. I’m dedicated to ensuring quality, timely delivery, exceptional customer service, and the sustained development of our group, infusing it with renewed vitality.

“I take immense pride and feel truly honoured to collaborate with the exceptionally talented leadership team at Escatec, as well as the experts within each Independent Business Unit and our corporate office.”


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