A look behind the scenes at the Vitus Audio factory
Essemtec Cubus – Component Storage
Component storage is handled by the Essemtec Cubus. This is an essential pice of the production line that keeps moisture out of our components while in storage – crucial for solder quality and component lifespan. The unit holds a low-humidity and pressure level. It also communicates directly with both the Essemtec ParaQuada (see below) for inventory on-the-fly and our ERP system creating purchases directly without any manual intervention.
Essemtec Paraquda – Pick and Place Machine
The Paraquda is our pick and place machine taking components from their wheels or trays and playing them with micro precision on our PCBs. It has a precision that allows it to place component sizes down to 01005, a leg pitch sub-0.4 and large components with a maximum size of 80mm x 70mm with a height of 25mm. It works both as a fine pitch and an odd-shape placer.
Although not the fastest machine with an average of 6500 components per hour, we are focused much more on precision than speed and this machine fits that brief perfectly.
The machine can hold up to 240 different 8mm component wheels at a time which drastically reduces set up time between different boards.
Ersa Versaflow 3 – Selective Soldering Machine
Used to solder all through-hole (leaded) components in our boards. This is a soldering machine that is slow but deliberate. Soldering each component leg gives a much higher quality finish.
Our machine comes with a top-loaded heater to increase solder flow towards the top of the PCB along with two separate solder vessels which allows us to solder with both a fine pitch nozzle and a large nozzle for increased heat transfer, wherever needed.
Units in production
Here are a few shots from our factory showing units at varying stages of completion. As you can see, there’s plenty in production.
All work and no play…
Finally, a sneak peek at our breakout room containing a full band rig including mixer rack, guitar amp (tubes – blackstar) digital bass rig (TC Electronics) and more, a pool table and a golf simulator. Even designers of the finest audio equipment need some down time!