Production technologies

By developing new forms of connection technology, we are constantly pushing forward the boundaries of what is technically feasible. This is made possible by a combination of various factors: the extensive know‐how of our employees, networking with research institutes and universities, our high vertical range of manufacture and state‐of‐the‐art production technology, long‐term investment and, last but not least, our target‐driven process flows.

  • Versatile production processes for custom solutions and series production
  • High in‐house vertical range of manufacture for maximum efficiency and reliable processes
  • Efficient supply chain management for on‐time production processes

Molding shop

The insulators for our electrical contacts and the housings of some connectors are made predominantly of plastic. In our molding shop, the connectors are molded in accordance with customer requirements.

  • These include high thermal stability and resistance to certain chemical substances
  • 30 plastic injection molding machines
  • 60 million individual parts produced annually from around 130 metric tons of plastic granulate

Turning shop

The turning shop is the largest manufacturing department at ODU.

  • 120 automatic lathes are in operation around the clock
  • Production of turned parts with diameters between 0.5 mm and 80 mm
  • Weekly consumption of approx. 10 metric tons of brass (also steel, aluminum, copper, or plastic)
  • Up to 6 million individual parts are processed per week

The turned contacts and housing parts then leave the turning shop and are taken to Surface Engineering / the electroplating shop, where they are finished.

Stamping shop

The machines in the ODU stamping shop have a lifting capacity of up to 30 tons.

  • Around 150 million contacts are stamped and formed from precious‐metal strips per year
  • Diameters between 0.07 mm and 1.5 mm

The required stamping and bending tools are costly, but also very cost‐effective, especially for high volumes. The electroplating shop is also the next process step for our stamped contacts.

 

Surface Engineering / electroplating shop

At Surface Engineering / the electroplating shop, the metallic surfaces of the turned or stamped contacts are coated as required.

  • Coatings are used for corrosion protection, to modify the physical properties, or for decorative reasons
  • There are three different processes, depending on the shape and quantity: strip, bulk, and rack electroplating

Assembly

Assembly is where all the previously manufactured parts come together to create the final product.

  • Wide range of tools, from fully automatic machines for large‐scale production to single‐contact machines for the smallest diameters with optical control
  • Manual assembly is carried out for specific connectors
  • Special airlock‐protected work area for non‐magnetic medical technology components
  • Highest quality standards thanks to regular process audits

Laboratory

In the laboratory, procedures such as autoclavability tests, leak tests, and adhesion tests are performed in‐house.

  • Implementation of predictive simulation processes for shorter development times, cost reduction, and preventive quality assurance
  • Ongoing tests of the mechanical, physical, electrical, and chemical parameters during development and production

Warehouse/logistics

All the processes described here are embedded in our supply chain management system – from purchase orders for the raw materials to their provision to the respective machines.

  • Supervision of the central high‐bay warehouse with more than 14,000 storage locations
  • Robots carry out up to 1,500 storage and retrieval operations daily
  • High delivery reliability and capability due to this efficient warehousing system