Taking production of its customised AI carrier boards in-house, Auvidea needed a partner it could trust to provide the critical SMT production line and support essential to its business growth.

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Munich, DE. 11th July 2024 – When German rising star AI company, Auvidea, wanted to take production of its customised AI carrier boards in-house, it turned to Panasonic Factory Solutions for its SMT production line and support. Panasonic was instantly able to provide the machinery and expertise required to help Auvidea meet its immediate customer demands and has since become a critical long-term partner to scale production. 

In the exciting AI sector, Auvidea has quickly made a name for itself as a leading designer and manufacturer of customised carrier boards based on the NVIDIA Jetson platform. As Europe’s only NVIDIA Elite Partner, Auvidea’s products are used in the rapidly growing area of machine learning applications. It is helping to deliver critical technology components for innovative AI solutions ranging from improving traffic management to transforming efficient crop production. 

"We started by outsourcing some of our manufacturing, but this quickly became frustrating. Our products are very specialised and often small batch. As a result, we found that our production was often delayed or bumped to the back of the queue for larger projects. So, we decided to look at taking the entire responsibility for manufacturing in-house."

Unlike other manufacturers with long lead times for machinery orders, Panasonic had the ideal SMT production machine available right away – the Panasonic AM100. The single head of Panasonic's AM100 modular placement machine is able to place an impressive component array.

Auvidea continued to grow and subsequently added a larger Panasonic NPM-W2 machine. It then moved to an entire Panasonic NPM-W2 production line with printer and installed Panasonic’s PanaCIM smart factory software suite for material management. 

Industry-leading equipment

The NPM-W2 machine line produces even higher productivity and quality. With the integration of the NPM-W2 placement machine, printer, and inspection processes, it makes it one of the most flexible and versatile pick-and-place solutions on the market.

"Panasonic is always there to help us set-up our systems and supports us quickly with any questions and maintenance requirements. We have never had a production line stoppage in the six years we have worked with Panasonic."

Looking to the future, Auvidea sees Panasonic as a critical partner integral to its expansion plans of doubling production capacity over the next 3 years. “We have built our reputation on our ability to rapidly design, prototype, test and manufacturer customised solutions for our customers, who are leading the AI revolution. Panasonic has been integral in helping us to deliver on that promise successfully time and time again.”

For the full customer story, visit: https://eu.connect.panasonic.com/gb/en/case-studies/auvidea-partners-panasonic-scale-its-fast-growing-ai-carrier-board-business

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