The consumer electronics industry is driven by demand for products that are more durable, lighter, cheaper, and faster—all with longer battery life.
By leveraging your resources at EWI, you can manufacture the “next big thing.”
By developing and adapting dissimilar materials joining and microjoining technologies, EWI enables electronics manufacturers to pursue new designs to meet consumer demand. This includes incorporating lighter, more durable materials to increase efficiency and elevate design aesthetic.
Our long-term collaborations with personal electronic device manufacturers and medical device manufacturers give us, and our partners, an advantage in several critical areas:
- Additive manufacturing of plastics and metal
- Ceramics and glass joining
WE MANUFACTURE INNOVATION.
At EWI, we offer the best technical solution while meeting requirements for quality and deliverability. We won’t say we can’t. We never say no. We’re dedicated to engineering the exact solution for your manufacturing application.
Innovation that Drives Industry
From feasibility analyses and development of dissimilar material welding to improving the manufacturing processes for high-volume production, EWI supports and enables the world’s top electronics manufacturers through its applied R&D programs and industry-wide experience in dissimilar materials joining and microjoining.
Because the work we perform for electronics companies—personal electronics, medical electronics, and appliances—is done in confidence, we cannot divulge their specific solutions for successful manufacturing. However, we can broadly share the outcome of certain projects.
For a battery maker, EWI engineers made multiple improvements on battery tab welds used in consumer electronic devices. This project resulted in higher-quality welds, which reduced the number of reject welds and improved process productivity overall.
For a company that makes personal electronic devices, EWI developed a braze solution to join a ceramic material to a metal substrate and achieve their specified strength requirement. This project resulted in a stronger, more rugged device that looked great.
For a battery maker, EWI developed an inline quality monitoring system for battery tab welds. The result: This project improved first-time quality, reduced or eliminated the need for post-production destructive testing, and increased production yield.
Meeting Big Challenges on a Small Scale
Manufacturing electronic devices with materials that are only microns thick is no small task. Due to the challenges that come with the miniaturization of these devices and their components—the joining of dissimilar, often delicate, materials, for example—it is crucial to develop joining processes that are reliable and repeatable. Our guide, Microjoining—Meeting Big Challenges on a Small Scale, provides an overview of microjoining processes and technologies, as well as examines innovations we’ve developed to solve industry challenges.
Hermeticity: Design and Manufacturing Challenges
There isn’t a singular, one-size-fits-all solution to creating a hermetic seal. In some consumer industrial products, a failed seal has the potential to be disastrous. A faulty seal in an implanted medical device, for example, could have life-threatening repercussions. Our guide, Hermeticity—Design and Manufacturing Challenges, takes a look at EWI’s process to deliver hermetic seals and the necessary steps to ensuring that a seal will be reliable for its intended life span.
Work with our Experts
Whether your organization is looking to elevate the appearance of your appliances with invisible welds and joints, or raise the bar for functionality and durability of consumer electronics, EWI can find the best solutions for your application. Our engineers feed the innovation cycle of electronics manufacturers, with technical expertise in micro-scale joining, laser welding and surface finishing, metal forming, and dissimilar materials joining.
Give us a call or send us a message today. We’re excited to learn more about your project.
Electronics Manufacturing Services
The best way to leverage EWI’s expertise is to involve our team early in the design and development process of new components or products. By acting as an extension of your team, our engineers help your organization identify the right technology, develop new processes, and implement them into your workflow, all with the goal of improving manufacturing processes for high-volume production and speeding up time to market.
Key services include:
- Advisory services
- Technology development
- Materials analysis
Learn more about our Electronics experience. Contact Dale Robinson to talk about your project at [email protected].