On-Systems signs its first distributor to boost manufacturing

On-Systems signs its first distributor to boost manufacturing

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By Nick Flaherty

UK high reliability power supply manufacturer On-Systems has signed its first ever distributor in a move to boost its manufacturing.

Princeps will move from being an independent supplier of components and connectors to the company to a stocking distributor of the power supplies.

Coupled with a consolidation of the ranges, this will free up R&D and manufacturing capacity to boost batch production and allow next day shipping, Mike Harvey, CEO of On-Systems tells eeNews Europe.

The company was founded in 2011 in Letchworth and has previously made over 375 variants of its power supplies. “We have never had a sales team, all our business has been through RFQs or word of mouth,” said Harvey. “Starting with the BOA family (a Mil-COTS low profile, baseplate-cooled DC-DC converter] the intention is for Princeps to be a stocking distributor, and this will help extend the reach of our standard product offering,” he said.

Princeps in Harlow, Essex, specialises in secure sourcing and supply of fully traceable hard-to-find and obsolete parts and components for hi-rel applications in sectors including aerospace, defence, transportation, medical and industrial. The AS9120- and AS6081-accredited company will be a UK authorised stocking distributor for all standard units of harsh environment power systems.

“To find a distributor that would hold stock has been difficult as lead times have gone out,” he said. “We have been looking at distributors for the last six or seven years and we have partners overseas for order moving. This means we can focus on the 20% of customers with system level requirements.”

All the power supplies are built in the UK in Letchworth.

“The Princeps deal allows us to move to batch volumes to get economies of scale,” said Harvey at On-Systems. “Building to stock gives us flexibility in the batches so we can then focus on the larger systems, for example for vehicle programmes. Over the last year we have reduced the number of options we had for the DC-DC converters from 375 to 12 and by shrinking that  we can develop the family more effectively.”

“We started with the BOA DC-DC converter as it’s a mature product and easier for training and for us to support. We have training in progress with joint field application engineers (FAEs).” 

“We’re delighted to partner with a British design and manufacturing success story that is recognised as a leader in its field, especially one that is focused on the same demanding industry sectors and hi-rel application spaces as Princeps,” said David Nash, sales director at Princeps.;



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