When you use your cell phone... or stop at a stop light... you're likely using electronics made by tate technology.the spokane company has been around for and thanks to a new facility... ...its poised to keep growing.
Derek deis has the story in our latest edition of made in the northwest.
Tate technology is a small contract electronics manufacturer that specializes in surface mount technology.
11:44:55 scott tate, president: "it means we build electronics for other people.
So companies all over the globe, but mostly regional, we build their products for them, to their spec."those products are typically circuit boards.
Tate tech's 45 employees makes them for all kinds of industries and uses.11:45:35 tate: "if you push the crosswalk control button, those are electronics that we make.
We do stuff for aerospace.
We do things for the commercial market, retail market, medical, military."and now... they're making circuit boards in a much bigger new home.derek standup: "tate technology was founded in 1992 and spent a quarter century in this site on trent avenue.
But because the north-south corridor will come right through this site, it had to move.
And in september, it settled into this 18-thousand square foot facility on sprague avenue, across from home depot."11:48:02 tate: "the facility being bigger, better, it's really allowed us to get the automation layed out the way we want."not only has tate tech streamlined its work flow... it's invested heavily in brand new, top of the line pick and place machines.11:54:11 tate: "it's been a complete game changer for us and it's just opened so many doors."these four new machines can place about 120- thousand components an hour on circuit boards.11:46:42 tate: "so they are twelve times faster and probably a hundred times more accurate than our old machines."they can place extremely small parts... all the way down to ten thousandths by five thousandths of an inch... like you see on the bottom row of this business card.11:51:57 tate: "and those are the smallest electronic components on the market today."its faster and better equipment now allows tate tech to compete for higher volume customers.
So instead of making 10, 20 or maybe 100 products...11:47:29 tate: "we're able to take that sweet spot and make the thousands and tens of thousands of those products, so we can manage that supply chain from the customer for a longer duration."even its automated optical inspection machine... which every circuit board has to go through... is fast.
11:49:57 tate: "i believe they're about 50 times faster than a human, which is pretty good."tate tech still relies on some older equipment... like this wave sauter machine... and it has dozens of employees who sauter and inspect products by hand.and if it keeps growing?11:52:14 tate: "honestly, if we can keep our five to ten percent growth plan going, we're going to have to have a swing shift."
Because it doesn't plan on going anywhere anytime soon.
11:52:41 tate: "we get to be around and making electronics for a long time."for made in the northwest... i'm derek deis... 4 news now.
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