Dry Tower installation at Birkholz

Birkholz, a leading German EMS, was founded in 1980. Today the company has 50 employees with a main focus on industrial electronics, especially for customers in the fields of medical, mining, automation and railway technology. With 7 automatic placement machines, automated dry storage, wave and selective soldering machines as well as testing and development facilities, Birkholz is modern and future-oriented.

Back in 2013 there were almost no suppliers of automated storage systems for SMD materials. There werent even any reference systems, let alone fully developed products. Birkholz was one of the very first companies to take the step of partnering with a manufacturer, Totech, to develop a custom, automated dry storage project.

The challenge at Birkholz was how to manage the fast changeover between components. Great amounts of time were being lost through manual handling. An automated storage system was created to perfectly fit the space available. Managing Director, Mr Bernd Birkholz recently commented “Our storage area has been significantly reduced and the access time to individual containers drastically shortened. Working with Totech is still fun after 7 years and is characterized by mutual trust and partnership. Should something not work, 24/7 support is available.

So 2013 was the beginning of a relationship that has proven to be mutually beneficial. Birkholz have acquired a highly economical and reliable storage solution for its SMD components. And Totech, the dry storage specialist, is today the market leader for the central, automated storage of component reels and trays.

See the full details of the Birkholz project.