Linn makes major factory investment
Music system manufacturer, Linn, has announced a major £1.1m investment for its factory located just outside Glasgow.
The investment, it is hoped, will ensure that Linn remains at the forefront of audio innovation for years to come. By upgrading machinery across the entire production process, including new surface mount technology which allows greater accuracy and flexibility when populating circuit boards, Linn aims to continue to create exciting, innovative products for the future.
Linn’s best performing Klimax product range is produced from solid raw aluminium billets. To improve the end-to-end production quality, the company have purchased the most advanced 5-axis metalwork machine to manufacture the machined-from-solid-metal enclosure in-house. Engineered to protect the audio signal at every stage, the new machinery is able to precisely carve out multiple cavities within the Klimax casing to isolate power, analogue and digital electronics, in order to reduce distortion and optimise circuit board performance.
Four new component placement machines make up the second phase of Linn’s investment and provide enhanced manufacturing capability to create circuit boards of superior quality and performance. The new machines allow the use of significantly smaller components than before that can be placed with greater efficiency and precision. These improvements across Linn’s surface mount technology minimise the distance the audio signal travels between individual components, giving enhanced audio performance across all Linn products.
Circuit board soldering accuracy has been optimised by replacing the traditional reflow process with the most up-to-date vapour-phase ovens available. Boards are placed directly inside a 230 degree vapour solution and solder is converted in an inert atmosphere as opposed to normal air. Normal air contains oxygen which can oxidise the solder joints to a very small degree. Now this risk is eliminated, Linn has the capability to create superior quality circuit boards.
This move to vapour soldering ensures that every part of all Linn circuit boards are targeted with the right temperature at exactly the right time, resulting in a higher quality finish.
Gilad Tiefenbrun, Linn’s Managing Director says: “We are passionate about precision engineering and this recent investment in renewing our production capabilities allows us to continue to innovate and create products with unbeatable performance. Linn makes the best audio systems in the world due to our meticulous research, development and production standards, allowing us to enrich people's lives through music”.
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