24.06.2018 16:05 - Customer experiences
Unified mindset with Kaptas provides added value for our customers
The cooperation between Kaptas and Valukumpu Oy, a Joensuu-based
subcontractor and contract manufacturer, is multifaceted, varying from
design cooperation to support in manufacture and maintenance. The most
recent cooperation project relates to the pharmaceutical industry, which
is a growing customer group for both companies.
- Our automaton manufactures the product, package line acquired from
Kaptas packs it and checks the items with a computer vision. The
products can be delivered without intermediaries directly for the end
customer, states Mika Käyhkö, Joensuu Plant Manager at Valukumpu.
Valukumpu has more than 200 customers in different industrial fields -
including ABB, Abloy, Ido, Kone, Nokia, Oras and the growing
pharmaceutical industry. The company is specialised in injection
moulding, punching and plating. Valukumpu provides full automatic
assembly both as a contract manufacturer and as a subcontractor.
The extensive service package is composed of a wide selection of
technologies, particularly strong knowledge in combining plastic and
metal, own tool design and manufacturing, design cooperation with the
customer, wide variety of plating, manufacturing technology of
connectors as well as controlled premises suitable for contract
manufacture of equipment for the pharmaceutical industry. The seal on
top is the ISO 13485 certification, without which it would be impossible
to penetrate the pharmaceutical market.
- It is a question of cost-effectiveness. Because of automation, we can
respond to competition with fewer hands. This is of enormous
significance, since many of our customers operate in all continents. In
other words, the same calls for tenders that we receive go to the
Chinese and Americans; we are constantly in the midst of global
According to Käyhkö, success requires comprehensive understanding of
customer's problems and operating modes. One component solves nothing, a
much wider process has to be observed and understood. Hence, the
much-discussed knowledge is required.
- The professionals at Valukumpu and Kaptas share similar knowledge
backgrounds and mindsets. We know what each of us needs in order to
produce efficiency and added value for the customer. In everyday life,
this means many types of cooperation; Kaptas has sometimes primed us in
design, manufactured automation for us and supported us in
Valukumpu was established in 1979. The production facilities are located
in Joensuu and Outokumpu. Currently, they are producing more than 5,000
different components and assemblies as well as over 800 connectors.
Valukumpu employs a total of 140 professionals. Since 2011, Valukumpu
has been part of an international system supplier in electronic
components, Ouneva Group.