VICTOR, N.Y.—REDCOM EMS (Electronics Manufacturing Services), a business unit of REDCOM Laboratories, Inc., recently expanded its manufacturing capacity by installing a new high-speed production line at its manufacturing facility in Victor, New York. The new equipment and capabilities will position REDCOM EMS to meet the demands of current and future customers, following what the company called “sustained double-digit growth over the past few years.”
REDCOM began offering electronics manufacturing services at the company’s headquarters in 2012 under the REDCOM EMS name. Before starting the contract manufacturing business, REDCOM used its factory solely to produce its telephony hardware. Although the company continues to manufacture circuit boards, cable assemblies, and system assemblies for REDCOM’s telecommunications systems, most of its business now comes from contract manufacturing for other OEMs.
The REDCOM EMS factory previously had three SMT (surface mount technology) lines – two low volume and one high volume – inserting about 50,000 components per hour. With the addition of the new high-speed line and REDCOM EMS’s commitment to workforce development, the company expects to triple these numbers, while also enabling redundancy in the manufacturing line.
“With the growth that we’ve seen in the last couple of years, we knew it was time to invest in our manufacturing facility,” said Steve Husband, vice president of manufacturing for REDCOM and general manager for REDCOM EMS, in a company release. “This new equipment will allow us to meet our customers’ demands today while preparing us for future opportunities. We believe our new equipment will allow us to boost our production volumes by as much as three times, which is critical as we expand into new markets such as aerospace and medical.”
Other new additions to the REDCOM EMS manufacturing facility include a high-precision conformal coating machine, an aqueous board wash system, new ESD flooring, a humidification system, and all necessary peripheral equipment for an advanced technology SMT line. The company also invested in a high-end 3D printer, allowing REDCOM EMS to quickly build prototypes, fixtures, and small quantity parts.
REDCOM EMS was able to make this investment in equipment with the help of Empire State Development, which facilitated the company’s modernization effort with funding of up to $300,000.
“After more than 41 years in business, REDCOM is stronger than ever,” said REDCOM CEO Dinah Weisberg, in a statement. “We are excited about the projected growth we see for our contract manufacturing business, and we look forward to contributing to the upstate New York economy as we continue to expand our electronics manufacturing capabilities.”
REDCOM Laboratories, Inc. (www.redcom.com) is a woman-owned small business that specializes in the design and manufacture of advanced communications technologies with a focus on security, reliability, and interoperability. REDCOM’s customers include telecom service providers, all branches of the military, government agencies, emergency responders, integrators, and enterprises.
REDCOM EMS (www.redcomems.com) is a U.S.-based contract manufacturer with a global customer base. The company has more than 40 years of experience in manufacturing printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs), wiring harnesses, power supplies, and system level assemblies for a diverse set of industries including defense, aerospace, telecom, industrial, consumer electronics, medical, and transportation.