German Development Comprising Experience of Decades
Our development department is located at our company site at Leutkirch / Allgäu. Since being established more than 20 years ago we have been developing customer specific cooling solutions as well as standard products for electronic applications of all kinds. The development department employees have gained experience over decades in the area of the design of thermal solutions. Specifically trained employees who have exclusively worked with and for the development of cooling solutions support our enterprise tremendously. The daily co-operation with our production sites in Asia and the annual visits on site enable us to include the most suitable production process in our products including a quality second to none. Next to development and design of cooling solutions our development department offers thermal simulation and measuring as well as feasibility studies and also defines relevant test dimensions.
Sustainability is Vital to Us
For EKL AG sustainability is an important component of our corporate philosophy. Together with our suppliers and customers both economic ideas and ecologic and social aspects are an integral part of our decision making. And so we can go on developing the performance of our products in a sustainable way and therefore stay competitive in the market on the long run.
In 2010 the Congress of the United States of America passed the "Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act" (Dodd-Frank Act). Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act and the implementing provisions of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) obligate companies listed at the American stock exchange to hand in a report whether the products produced by them or whose production they have commissioned contain any “conflict minerals”. The Dodd-Frank Act and the SEC define “conflict materials“ as tantalum, tin, wolfram (as well as the ores they have been gained from) and gold. The objective of this law is to prevent use of and trade with certain raw materials as well as human rights infringements in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the adjoining regions.
It is the objective of the RoHS guideline to ban hazardous substances such as mercury, lead, hexavalent chromium, etc. from electronic scrap. So a knock-out criterion for a partnership with EKL AG from the suppliers’ part is both the RoHS and REACH guidelines. By means of an x-ray fluorescence analysis we additionally sample during receipt of goods.
The REACH regulation is an EU chemicals regulation and stands for registration, assessment, approval and restriction of chemicals. The main objective of REACH is to regulate the use of particularly hazardous substances. New SVHC are added to the candidates list twice a year. You can find the list with the currently 168 candidate substances here.
Quality Lab with Cutting-Edge Measuring Technique
Over recent years we have enlarged and extended our quality lab significantly. Apart from x-ray fluorescence analysis and a 3D measuring machine we can also perform thermal rapid tests and so much more.
Thermal rapid measuring devices are used as comparative tests to the first samples / specified samples. Additionally, positional thermal tests can be carried out as well. So it is warranted that the products cool optimally in the respective assembled condition.
By means of the 3D measuring machine the product can be measured exactly. Even customer-specific products having extremely narrow tolerances can be tested to 0.001 mm.
The traveling microscope gives us motoric support with high-precision repeatable measuring of complex workpieces of any materials. From the manual 2 axle system up to the 3 axle system including automatic edge detection the traveling microscope offers the most diverse configurations of software and hardware for your specific measuring requirements.
X-ray Fluorescence Analysis
X-ray fluorescence analysis is highly important for us as all our products are RoHS conform. By means of this instrument we can analyze the components of the material and so exclude non-admissible substances such as lead or mercury.
We co-operate with certified test labs in order to analyze non-homogenous materials in detail.
Inspection of all Goods Received
In order to warrant the continuously high quality of our products we perform comprehensive incoming inspections with all deliveries, according to product-specific test-plans and/or test specifications. When doing this we can target our test specifically to the features critical for application. Test criteria are, among others:
During visual inspection the products are reviewed as to scratches, ridges, chipping, processing, assembly, packaging, transport damage, etc. Furthermore, we can check individually customer-specific cosmetic requirements like, e.g., for visible parts.
Our comprehensive test equipment allows us to measure complex geometries precisely and repeatable. All function-relevant measures as well as threads, layer thickness, clearance, etc. are tested.
In the course of thermal testing the test samples are compared to the defined first samples or release samples by thermal measuring. Here testing can be done in different assembly positions, which is of greatest importance for coolers with heat pipes.
Among others, electronic testing of fans comprises testing polarity, speed, current draw, tacho generator, PWM regulation, starting voltage and voltage range.
So far as an assembly test can be done by us with e.g. CPU coolers on all current sockets, we perform assembly tests with each delivery. Not least to make sure that the contact force required by the CPU manufacturers is met. On request we can also perform assembly tests on customer specific requirements. To do that we only need a model of your application in order to integrate it into our test process.
100% Testing according to Customer Requirements
Prototypes as well as first samples are always tested 100% in-house.
On customer’s request we also perform the 100% test with small series and customer specific cooling solutions. In this process the customer specifies which test criteria (visual control, measuring test, thermal test, electronic test and assembly test) are of importance. Then the customer receives the test protocol.
In-house CNC Production and Assembly
Having our own production site allows us to carry out reprocessing quickly and flexibly and to manufacture special solutions.
Prototyping, single item up to series production, contract manufacture
Contract Manufacture, Assembly of Special In-house Solutions
Cable packaging, assembling, special solutions, assembly of compontent groups, rework and repair
We have been DIN ISO 9001 certified
Our quality management as well as that of our partners meets the norms of DIN EN ISO 9001.