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Paramit Malaysia

Fantastic Factory in the Forest

System Partner: Paramit and Ersa

Good working environment at Paramit
Good working environment at Paramit

The Paramit Corporation is the California-based “zero-defect” manufacturer of high-end medical equipment. In November 2016, the US company opened its second facility in Malaysia, doubling its capacity in Southeast Asia. Like the headquarters, the “factory in the forest” strives for a quality “better than best-in-class”. For uncompromising quality in soldering, Paramit now calls on five Ersa systems.

Customers who have their medical devices manufactured by Paramit get products which comply with the criteria of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – and more. Paramit founder and CEO Billoo Rataul puts it like this: “The motor for our corporate culture is the passion for constant improvement and smart problem-solving approaches. We consistently supply our customers with superb performance and peace of mind.”

 

Outstanding production standard

Paramit has developed an outstanding production standard by concentrating on PCB production at Six-Sigma quality levels, combined with the patented vPoke system which enables defect-free mechanical assembly. This computer-directed system breaks down assembly and testing of a complex product into thousands of process steps, each of which is validated, verified and documented. In assembly, Paramit comes close to the zero-defect ideal – at a rate of under 1 DPMO (defects per million opportunities)! With a sophisticated 100% inline soldering process layout, 3D inspection of the soldering paste application, fast machine set-up and multiproduct-single-setup algorithms, Paramit achieves a quality level of 10 DPMO!

 

An unusual industrial facility – Paramit’s “factory in the forest” in Malaysia
An unusual industrial facility – Paramit’s “factory in the forest” in Malaysia

Zero-defect approach, extreme performance

A glimpse into the Paramit production hall
A glimpse into the Paramit production hall

In addition to the current product range, Paramit will increasingly focus on medical devices. From the ground up, the facility in Penang Science Park replicated design, concept and function – of course with seamless integration of the company’s own performance processes in terms of quality, adherence to delivery schedules and customer service. The idea of an environment-friendly factory originated with Paramit CEO Billoo Rataul – the design of the building was supplied by a French architect. Everything addresses environment-friendly energy efficiency – from the water-based cooling system to the climate-regulating effect of the shade created by the canopy of trees. The numerous plants are irrigated using rainwater collected in huge tanks located under the car parks. In addition, energy-saving LED lamps are used and the production facility supplied primarily with natural light through large-scale windows. The Malaysian facility combines this approach with an open office concept with gardens and waterfalls on multiple levels and numerous meeting spaces. “Our expansion in Asia allows us to provide more tailored offerings to our regional customers – bringing new levels of speed-to-market and peace of mind to our customers,” says the Paramit CEO.

Ersa VERSAFLOW 3/66 in the Paramit production
Ersa VERSAFLOW 3/66 in the Paramit production

The greenest production in Malaysia

Back to the core of the factory: “We were familiar with the concept of our new factory. But moving our 50 plant systems within just one day was still a major challenge. Nonetheless, we succeeded in setting up very quickly – with everything running smoothly within just one week,” says Chong Chit Leon, Section Manager Equipment Engineering. More and more, Paramit Malaysia is relying on the support of Ersa – since entering the market in 2011, those responsible for production have ordered soldering systems through the Singapore-based Ersa representative Long Shine. “For us, the greatest benefit of the Ersa equipment is that it permits high-mix in every direction – this gives us great flexibility in our manufacturing,” says Chong Chit Leon. With the strategic focus at Paramit Malaysia increasingly moving to medical devices, more attention was paid to selective soldering. Because this high-performance technology fulfils all the criteria laid down for the high quality standards applying in medical devices. Three companies were shortlisted during the purchasing process; in the end, the contract went to Ersa – specifically, the order was for a VERSAFLOW 3/66 selective soldering system. In addition to the performance capacity of the plant, the link-up to corresponding service and support was a significant deciding factor – in addition, the Paramit team had already seen and thoroughly tested the systems in the Ersa showroom in Penang. The Paramit team knows that, with the comprehensive process solution as offered by Long Shine and Ersa, they are always on the safe side!

 
 

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