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Sunsel Systems expands CEM footprint in Dartmouth


More than doubling in its existing size, contract electronics manufacturing (CEM) solutions provider Sunsel Systems Manufacturing Corp., has moved into a 74,000-square-feet facility in Dartmouth NS.

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Specialists in serving the Atlantic Region of Canada and led by the expertise of co-founders Julian Taylor and Jeff Levy, Sunsel Systems has risen in prominence in eastern Canada, recognized for its high levels of customer service.

“Our expertise and full service capabilities allow us to offer custom solutions from the concept and design stages through to the commercialization of any product,” Taylor says. “Our flexibility means we can tailor pricing, timelines, and solutions to meet the customer’s objectives.”

The medium-sized ISO 9001 registered firm specializes in high mix and low volume production runs, orders that usually fit into the 100 to 500 pcb board range. Typically targeting the niche oriented customer, OEMs in Atlantic Canada tend to serve the energy or oceanographic sectors and projects that are research and development oriented, according to Taylor.

Customer-focused CEM has strong foothold in Atlantic Canada

“One of our goals is to have diversity in our customer base, which includes high complexity along with others at that suit high volume production,” he adds. Sunsel provides prototyping services, which Taylor says is often integral to developing relationships at the early stages.

“Technology wise, we are in a very good trajectory, as we feel we have taken the necessary steps to permit steady growth in the coming years. As a company experienced in complex jobs, we see firsthand the difference cutting edge technology makes every day for our clients and their products,” Taylor adds. “In fact, we’ve experienced a major reduction in our defect rate thanks to the new technologies we’ve adopted.”

Taylor says the expansion steps has Sunsel poised to attract new business coming from emerging sectors such as the virtual reality, IoT and wearables design sectors. The firm also hired Greg MacDonald as its new sales manager.

As for ‘next steps’, Sunsel is looking at introducing robotics this Fall, which includes building a cell of robots that will allow the CEM to ‘box build’, starting with smaller pilot projects. The concept paves the way for the move into higher volume business.

“If our efficiencies are strong we can become more competitive in more regions. These steps help us maintain our ‘home field advantage’ in Atlantic Canada, while continuing to expand outwardly,” Taylor states.

The building itself is very highly efficient and can be considered LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) quality according to Taylor. The facility boasts a high efficient water-looped heat-pumped system, keeping operating costs as low as possible. The building also provides a lot of natural light into it, enhancing employees’ daily experience and customer visits.