5 Oct 2007
Terminal Boards(HKTDC Electronic Components & Parts, Vol 04,2007)
|Most of the terminal boards produced by Otax Hong Kong Ltd prove especially useful to manufacturers of air-conditioning units|
As a long-time leader in the electronics seator, Hong Kong serves as headquarters for uppliers of terminal boards to fit most needs. These companies also stay flexible, so that their terminal boards can suit different numbers and gauges of wires
The "magic" of solid-state electronics often relies upon good old-fashioned hard wiring. These wires must be brought together at the right place in a neat and unobtrusive manner, and this is best achieved with reliable terminal boards (also called terminal blocks and strips).
For example, Promotive Industrial Co Ltd (PIC) Marketing Manager Samuel Ma highlights his firm's RoHS-compliant terminal boards with six terminals for products of different kinds.
For greater flexibility, PIC offers large and small models. "We can make any type of terminal board, from miniature- to medium-sized, based on the customer's drawings and requirements," says Mr Ma. "However, more typical dimensions are 100x100mm."
"This is the age of miniaturisation, when components are as small as possible," he declares. "We believe our terminal boards can play a major role in this drive, and we provide high-precision parts of superior quality at low prices."
Typically, PIC focuses on power switches, along with plastic and metal parts. "Terminal boards form an important part of our OEM work," says Mr Ma. "They're based mostly upon customers' specifications for size, sophistication, ratings and material requirements."
Dimensions are also very important. "We stay in touch with trends and monitor everything against our production capabilities," Mr Ma says.
He adds that many customers approach the firm for terminal boards because of its reputation as a long-time producer among OEMs. "We have been supplying them for more than 33 years," he says. "Our production of terminal boards is also on the rise, as there is a trend for more manufacturers to subcontract the assembly of some sections to us in order to lower their overall costs."
The company's engineers and designers also stand ready to develop OEM products, and often help customers to overcome technical difficulties. "We also offer a warranty against defects in materials or workmanship under normal use, and service for one year following shipment," Mr Ma adds.
PIC, which is ISO 9001- and ISO 14001-certified, manufactures in accordance with many safety standards as required by the client. "Our terminal boards find favour with producers of various electrical products, automotive items, telecom products and other equipment," Mr Ma says.
The company employs 1,800 workers at factories in Dongguan and Shenzhen on the Chinese mainland. Samples are available upon request, and they are usually sent out within five days.
Minimum order is 5,000 terminal boards, for delivery 3-4 weeks after confirmation, and main markets include the US, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, Taiwan and the mainland.
Meanwhile, Otax Hong Kong Ltd, a subsidiary of the Otax Corp of Japan, takes pride in offering a full range of services from design to assembly. "We pay a lot of attention to our clients' needs," says Manager Shirley Wong. "While supplying quality products, we also provide advanced technologies to support them."
Along with very good after-sales services, the firm benefits from an in-house R&D team and both Japanese and Chinese engineering expertise. "We can work with and help to develop new models for our customers when their own products are at the design stage," Ms Wong says.
With Japanese technology and local workforces, the firm is able to produce high-quality products at moderate costs. "Customers provide many different types of designs to fit their market needs, and we are fully able to produce any type of terminal board and cope with any design requirement," Ms Wong says, adding that the common size range is 2-40 pins and 2-20cm.
The Otax group has several factories in Asia to respond to its customers' needs. Most terminal boards that emerge from the company's factories in Malaysia and Shenzhen prove especially useful to manufacturers of air-conditioning units.
"Our production of terminal boards increases along with demand in the air-conditioner market," says Ms Wong. "We are providing terminal boards for domestic and industrial air-conditioners."
Established in 1978, Technik Industrial Co Ltd is regarded as a 'go-to' supplier by many of its customers, especially those needing innovative and reliable electronic components.
"Technik gladly builds to order special, selected and custom devices, and our priorities include on-time delivery and professional customer services," insists Marketing Executive Cecilia Chow.
"We offer competitive prices and high- quality products, and we can make any size of terminal board that prospective customers may want," she adds, noting that the primary goal is to exceed customers' expectations. "We recognise that customer satisfaction leads to repeat business."
Technik, which is ISO 9001- and ISO 14001-certified, maintains sales and marketing headquarters in Hong Kong. "Design work and production takes place at a 15,000-square-metre, 700-worker factory in Dongguan," says Ms Chow, noting that many of Technik's terminal boards are used in electronic amplifiers and other audio equipment.
"Our production is very stable," she says, adding that monthly production can reach 15 million pieces. Typical minimum orders are for 1,000 pieces for delivery 3-4 weeks after confirmation to major markets that include the US, Germany, Korea, Japan, the mainland and Hong Kong.
Obviously, wise buyers looking to stay ahead source their terminal boards and blocks from Hong Kong Kong's flexible and cooperative suppliers.
WRITTEN BY JOHN CAIRNS