Process Systems are Contract Electronics Manufacturers based in Hastings, East
Sussex. We specialise in Sub Contract Printed Circuit Board Assembly to clients’
specifications, delivering anything from bare PCBs to fully tested,
electro-mechanical assemblies direct to our clients using single-sided,
double-sided, PTH (plated-through-hole) and multi-layer printed circuit boards.
We are constantly investing in new equipment in order to have sufficient capacity
and appropriate technology for our increasing client demands and to maintain our
competitiveness in the market place. As a result of this our turnover has
steadily increased over the past decade, which is particularly gratifying at a
time when the general trend has been an increase in offshore sourcing of
manufacture. We employ approximately 100 personnel, and in 2007 added an
additional production facility, taking our overall floor area to 30,000 square
feet. We were fully compliant with the RoHS regulations, well before they came
into force in July 2006.
Mount: We have recently invested in a new high-speed Surface Mount line,
consisting of a Universal AdVantis AC 30 Lightning pick and place machine, a
Universal AdVantis AC 72 pick and place machine and a BTU Paragon 98 reflow
oven. This is in addition to our 3 existing lines, giving us a capacity of well
over 100,000 component placements per hour and increasing our capabilities to
include minimum package size down to 0201 and fine pitch devices such as QFPs and
Our Surface Mount assembly equipment is complemented by an Orbotech Vantage S22
post reflow Automated
Optical Inspection system, which utilises true 3D inspection from multiple
cameras and light sources and gives comprehensive defect detection of
post-reflow and post-wave PCBAs. With an inspection speed of up to 20cm²/sec,
the system is designed to detect the presence and absence of components and
verify placement accuracy and polarity. Additionally the unit can detect
insufficient or excess solder, tombstoning, billboarding, coplanarity, lifted
leads and shorts.
We have a full suite of Universal automated
through-hole assembly machines, allowing us to machine place, Axial, DIP, as
well as Radial components. We can assemble
LEDs, for instance, in close packed arrays at high speed. In 2008 we purchased a
new Universal Rad 8 machine to further increase our capacity in this area. We
also have a highly skilled hand assembly department to cater for any components,
which cannot be assembled by machine.
We have two Soltec Wave Soldering lines; the 6622 Delta Wave, a low solids,
no-clean, resin, conveyorised wave soldering machine with foam fluxer and dual
wave facility, allowing us to solder mixed technology boards. And the 6621
Prisma aqueous flux, micro-processor controlled, conveyorised wave soldering
machine, after which the boards can be washed in our Electrovert Aquastorm 100
washer/drier system, which cleans and dries the boards to the ultimate standard
for this type of machine.
In 2008 we purchased a new fully automated Asymtek Conformal
Coating line consisting of a Select Coat SL940E Automated Conformal Coating
System and a TC2400 Flexible IR Convection Oven. This was the first installation
of this machine in the UK; it is the fastest, most accurate system currently
available and can apply coatings to Milspec thickness.
We have two suites of Marconi Midata Automatic Test Equipment and a
Checksum manufacturing defect analyser with a 600-node capability for in-circuit
and full-functional testing and board set-up. We can incorporate any customer or
product-specific testing that may be required. This enables us to deliver
zero-defect "ship-to-use" products for immediate use by the customer with no
further goods-receiving inspection being required.
The Company is registe red and approved to BS EN ISO 9001:2000, Certificate
WPS was formed in Hastings, East Sussex in 1981 by Gordon Wilson and his two
sons Tim and Nick. Gordon was formerly Manager of the Industrial Engineering
Department of ITT Consumer Electronics since 1961 where some two thousand people
were employed before they closed the Hastings facility.
We were initially engaged in the manufacture of equipment used to recover
precious metals from photographic and other industrial processes, but after
three years diversified, initially manufacturing bare printed circuit boards and
later into Contract Electronics Manufacture.
The metal recovery side of the business was finally phased out in the late
1980s. Since then we have expanded, purchasing two adjoining factory units and
an additional production facility a short distance from the main site, resulting
in a combined floor area of approximately 30,000 square feet. The number of
staff has also grown to around 100 and turnover is now in excess of £8.5