Photo above: Optics and Microelectronics production line at Beckermus facility in Caesarea, Israel
Beckermus Technologies of Caesarea is setting up the infrastructure for mass production for key clients. In this initial phase, it will be able to meet the needs of five distinct product lines. Alongside the existing facility in the southern industrial area of Caesarea, the company has begun readying an industrial building, including the preparation of a large hall that can be divided into modular clean rooms, within which customers’ production lines will be established.
This first phase represents an investment of approximately NIS 2.6 million. Oded Beckermus, the company’s co-CEO, told Techtime that the company is expanding its business model and entering mass production projects in partnership with customers. With the completion of this move in the coming weeks, the current facility will be used to develop production processes, new product introductions (NPI) and manufacturing in volumes of up to tens of thousands units per month. “High volume mass production will be carried out on the new production lines that will be set up in collaboration with our customers.”
The company plans to increase its workforce and recruit new employees for the new lines. The decision to take this step was made following a number of developments in the market: Customers in Europe and in Israel demand that their production works will be isolated from other customer’s production works, they are required to comply with strict quality standards of medical photonics, smart vehicles, virtual reality, and 5th generation (5G) optical communication systems.
Medtronic, for instance, is producing now its new brain surgery endoscopes at Beckermus. These endoscopes were developed by Visionsense, which was bought by Medtronic in April 2018 for approximately $65 million.
European companies are seeking Israeli production
Recently Beckermus gained another major client: a major multinational company has decided to hand over the production of laser-based optical assemblies. As part of the project, a dedicated production line was established for the company (shown above). Marky Levy, Operations and Business Manager at Beckermus, said that a demand for the new production solution is also coming from Europe: “European OEMs show interest to cooperate with a specialist microelectronics and optics assembly contractors in Israel.”
Co-CEO, Oren Beckermus, noted that the new model brings additional advantages. “We have very advanced equipment for R&D and production development processes, but when moving to mass production, machines with different characteristics are needed. For example, we use an Active Alignment system from ficonTEC, which includes the widest range of modules and applications. However, when it comes to the production line, you need a leaner machine, with specific features needed for the specific product.”
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Oded Beckermus pointed out that the new work method gives the company operational flexibility and the ability to meet special requirements. “Many times customers require a dedicated production line that must be totally separate from the rest of the site’s production lines and must be managed according to their special requirements. In the new facility, offices will be available for our customers. Each customer will have an on-site office, from which he can closely monitor their production line.”
Beckermus is a family-run company that provides manufacturing services for microelectronics and micro-photonics assemblies, and is managed by brothers, Oren and Oded Beckermus. The company’s current production line covers an area of approximately 1,500 square meters, to which the facility currently under construction will be added.