St Ives (Cambridgeshire) based contract electronics manufacturing services provider Prism Electronics Limited has secured a substantial contract to assist in the production of state-of-the-art gas detection equipment.
Ion Science Ltd is a global manufacturer of technologically advanced gas detectors. It has selected Prism Electronics to supply printed circuit boards (PCBs) for the testing and evaluation of its new Cub personal photoionisation detection (PID) monitor being developed at its facility near Cambridge. Prism secured the business through a highly competitive tender process.
Prism was selected because it was highly proactive in highlighting potential issues throughout the design and development process. Ion Science engineering director Graham Davies said: “Ion Science required a manufacturing partner able to add value to the business by providing advice and support through the development stage of a new product.
“From day one, Prism offered valuable advice and help even before the quotations stage was complete. Prism has continued to support Ion Science, highlighting and reporting potential issues throughout the development process.”
By using a proactive local company Ion Science was able to reduce the risk of design errors and ensure that all parts procured would be available and reliable.
Graham Davies said: “We were confident that Prism could reduce risk of re-design. This is an extremely important issue for new product introduction as any re-design caused by availability issues would require costly re-certification.”
The order builds on previous contracts for developing and supplying test equipment and strategy to support the continued improvement and development of Ion Science products.
The Ion Science Cub is the world’s smallest, lightest, most sensitive PID monitor for the accurate detection of volatile organic and total aromatic compounds, including benzene, keeping workers safe within their environment. Target industries and applications for Cub include; oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical plants, health and safety, industrial hygiene, pharmaceutical, first response and hazardous materials. Cub is available from Ion Science and its global network of distributors.
David Dickin, business development director at Prism Electronics, added: “We are delighted to be working with Ion Science on its new gas detection solutions.
“During product development, the periods of honing design and preparing for manufacture are critical times. It often needs careful, meticulous dialogue with specialists in these areas to ensure that products are fully optimised for production, test and reliability. It is easier to maintain this level of support with a reliable local partner.”