Norcott Technologies

Electronic Design & Manufacturing

An insight into our manufacturing

Raspberry Pi – here’s one we made earlier

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What We Do

What do your smartphone, working on a PC, warming food in a microwave, air travel, gaming, cars, and millions of other things in modern life have in common?

The answer is a printed circuit board or PCB.

Your smartphone, contains one of the most sophisticated PCBs ever developed, giving you the fantastic features that you enjoy daily.

At Norcott, they design and make PCBs. These boards are in effect electronic brains, brought to life once electricity flows through the components mounted on them. Much like blood flow activates the millions of cells in your brain.

As electricity brings the board to life, thousands of calculations are made in a split second; all manner of information is being processed and stored.

The components are tiny and delicate, and with the intricacies of various circuit layers, absolute cleanliness and accuracy are essential.

So if you thought engineering was a dirty business think again, making PCBs is quite the reverse.

The People Who Do It

Norcott is a small, but growing team working at the very sharp end of modern technology.

Overseeing the production is a dedicated crew who appreciate the responsibility they have in controlling very sophisticated production lines and quality. Much of their training has been gained in-house or by attending specialised courses run by equipment suppliers.

In manufacturing, they use some of the most sophisticated processes and machines around. Pick and place mechanisms that can find, sort and install tiny components on a printed circuit board in seconds.

However, before these machines can work to their maximum, they must first be programmed, and that's where the technical team comes into its own.

Getting the system to run smoothly takes time and skill but highly satisfying in the end.

Why We Do It

Without printed circuit boards we wouldn't have mobile phones, computers, tablets, entertainment systems, in-car navigation, TVs, music recording, printers, digital cameras,  gaming consoles, online shopping, safe air transport. Those, and millions of other electrical systems, that are fundamental to our modern lives.

Norcott plays its part in making just some of these innovations possible.

They take design for clients very seriously, always aiming to give them the best guidance and product for the best possible cost.

Something which will function efficiently, but can also be made within tight cost parameters.

Keeping at the top of this amazing technology is the challenge which stimulates the Norcott team daily.

Our Engineers

The design engineers involved in new concepts, development and detailing are primarily graduates in the fields of Computer Sciences or Electronics.

How We See The Future

And as we move towards a world of electric cars, autonomous travel, robots, artificial intelligence and space travel, electronic brains will be right there at the centre.

Certification

IPC-A-610 Standard for PCB assembly

ISO 9001 Certificate

ISO 13485 Certificate

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How To Join Us

Norcott runs an Apprenticeship course based around NVQ level II in partnership with Riverside College in Widnes.

Apprentices get the opportunity to work in different parts of the company - Surface Mounting, Testing and Information Technology. They gain an insight into manufacturing technology and equally importantly the disciplines required in any business.

If working in one of Britain's high tech sectors appeals whether on design and development or production they are always keen to hear from talented and enthusiastic people.

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Who We Work With

Clients include:

Thales, Drager, CERN, Rapiscan, Waters, Micropak, Pilkington.

In the Community

Computers and electronics are at the very centre of just about everything we use and work with, in our modern lives. Homes, offices, cars, hospitals are full of electronic equipment - so understanding the basics behind them, how they are programmed is one of the fundamental skills that is needed today.

“How then to get children excited by computer coding?” was the challenge our MD Peter Lomas was invited to discuss with a team at Cambridge University in 2008. The result was Raspberry Pi; the credit card sized computer so cheap as to be affordable for parents and schools whose children wanted to get into computing.

Now the Raspberry Pi Foundation provides low-cost, high-performance computers that people use to learn, solve problems and have fun supported by free resources.

 

 

Photos and videos by Norcott Technologies, Riverside College, Raspberry Pi.

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