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Motion Sensors Partners with Juki to Become World-Class


By Nic Meadows, Engineer, Motion Sensors, Inc.


necessary to create the highest-quality products. Motion Sensors, Inc. (MSI), a family-run OEM that creates custom sensors for specific customer appli- cations, partnered with Juki so it could satisfy a broader client base. Founded in 2002, the company is located


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in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Owner Mar- cy Pritchard assumed the role of president when her father retired in 2006. Since taking over the company, Pritchard has focused on continuous improvement and upgrading tech- nology to grow the business.


In-House Capabilities MSI is a low-to-medium volume OEM that


builds custom sensors for flow meter applica- tions, sensors that withstand harsh environ- ments for the rail industry, and numerous prod- ucts for aerospace and military applications. These include the sensors used in space pro- grams, nuclear submarines, missile systems, aircraft, and armored vehicles. The company can administer and oversee


qualification testing, and has the in-house facil- ities and capability to provide comprehensive ATP testing to meet stringent military and aerospace requirements. The company also provides services such as


PCB board assembly and testing, and customer en- gineering services that include electrical and me- chanical product engineering, reverse engineering, prototyping, PCB layout, and circuit simulation.


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Jarrell Paxton, MSI electronics assembler, loads reels into the KE-3020.


All Motion Sensors’ quality management sys-


tems are ISO 9001- and AS9100-certified. It has in-house certified IPC trainers, as well as in-house functional and environmental testing, including tests for temperature, pressure and vibration.


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mall manufacturing companies often have to battle the preconception that their size means that they do not have the capabilities


The company has faced many challenges.


MSI has lost business in the past because large prospective customers viewed it as “too small” to handle their needs. In reality, MSI has implement- ed management systems and capabilities that are similar to its larger competitors.


The company has recently designed and man-


ufactured products for some of the largest and most demanding clients in a variety of industries.


Equipment Upgrades Pritchard recognizes the benefit of investing


in new equipment to optimize technology and efficiency. She decided to completely update the company’s PCB assembly equipment. Her goal was for MSI to have all the capability and ad- vanced technology of any bigger world-class company. After extensive evaluation by Pritchard


and her engineering team, MSI replaced every PCB assembly machine with new, state-of-the- art equipment. The new PCB assembly line includes a Ju-


ki GL fully-automatic screen printer, KE-3020 high-speed flexible mounter, RS-800 reflow oven, a CUBE.460 selective soldering machine and a SouthTek nitrogen generator. According to Pritchard, quality is the


main reason for choosing the Juki machines over those of the competition. But, there were several other factors. “First of all, from a capa- bility and price standpoint, Juki definitely was at the top of the list,” comments Pritchard. “What clearly made them stand above the rest was a combination of the support we received from our Juki rep, Bob Doetzer, and the fact


that Juki had an office in North Carolina. We spoke with other Juki customers and actually vis- ited one facility and all were consistent in describ- ing the phenomenal support that Juki offered both


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