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Blackline Safety Expands Manufacturing Capacity in 2022 to Meet Expected Demand

Pharma Tech Outlook | Thursday, February 10, 2022

On 11 January, 2022, Blackline Safety Corp announced that it has added Surface Mount Technology (SMT) to its in-house production line in anticipation of increased customer demand in 2022

FREMONT, CA: Blackline Safety Corp. is a global leader in connected safety technology with a hardware-enabled software-as-a-service (HeSaaS) business model which ensures that every worker completes their tasks and comes home safely each day. The company announced on 11 January, 2022, that it has added Surface Mount Technology (SMT) to its in-house production line in anticipation of increased customer demand in 2022. The 2 million dollars investment over the last three years will help the business prepare for high-volume manufacture of G6, its entry-level single-gas wearable safety device, which will be released this 2022. With this investment and additional capacity on the present line, the firm should be able to double its hardware output this year.

Kevin Meyers, Chief Operating Officer of Blackline Safety stated that with SMT, they added flexibility to the already robust manufacturing technology and facility, allowing them to quickly adapt to rising demand while retaining product perfection. Using SMT to position components on a printed circuit board line not only allows them to make units faster and more precisely, but it also adds another degree of control to their production process. Prior to obtaining the technology, the company's contract manufacturer had lead times of up to five weeks.

Assembly and shipping times were cut in half by bringing SMT in-house. It's also been shown to be more cost-effective, with Blackline achieving equipment payback in just 10 months. Since they started developing products with SMT in-house, they have experienced a 350 percent increase in hardware sales volume. Furthermore, the quality standards have been great, programming and job setups have been simple, and their team has been able to quickly build and deliver new products, Meyers noted. Their products can't fail because of the critical safety factor – outstanding manufacturing quality and in-field reliability are non-negotiable. 

 

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