Our Company

Our Company

Bela Electronic Designs provides PCB design and low to medium volume PCB assembly services. Now an integral part of the Vanilla Group, serving as the group’s NPI centre, based in Bedford.

Bela Factory Floor

Operating from our purpose built facility in Kempston on the outskirts of Bedford our facilities allow us to develop business opportunities with new and existing customers offering a wide range of processes with flexible manufacturing capacity and technical expertise.


Investment

Part of a much larger group of companies, Bela has benefitted from rapid growth and development by offering our services to an ever widening market place across more industry sectors.

To support this growth, with the support and ambition of the Vanilla Group, Bela continues to invest in more automated equipment, from their Hanel Lean lift Automated Stores Retrieval System, multiple cutting edge PCB assembly equipment and various automated inspection equipment.

The investment of two Europlacer iineo pick & place machine’s, which offer extended feeder capacity of 240 positions per machine and a placement speed of 13,000 components per hour, has vastly improved our PCB assembly capacity.

The Hanel lean lift system provides us with over 700 sq feet of storage space on a foot print of only 2.8m x 2.7m and 5.2m high. The system allows us to retrieve material via wireless barcode readers linked to a new MRP system, increasing speed and traceability.

The MRP system from FactoryMaster allows Bela to integrate material control with our customers’ requirements and allows our staff to select and process kit parts effectively, accurately and efficiently. The system comes with the added benefit of offering absolute component traceability via batch code that will benefit all of our customers.

To support our increased manufacturing throughout Bela also upgraded its PCB cleaning facility by installing a Riebsam PCB automated cleaning system and an Ascon vapour phase oven.

Bela continued its investment programme by purchasing two Mycronic SMD towers 6150 with a total combined capacity for the retrieval of 1300 SMD reels at a touch of a button.

More recent equipment includes the purchase of a Nordson Explorer 1 X-ray machine and the latest Norsdson 3D AOI.

Additional Systems and equipment through our sister companies enable us to offer a truly scalable service, both in terms of volume and capability. For more information, please visit www.vanillaelectronics.com and www.interconics.co.uk.


Our Commitment To You

Our commitment is to provide professional Design and Manufacturing services to the Electronics and Engineering sectors.

To maintain long term partnerships with our customers, built on trust, added value, service and flexibility.

Our objective is to offer our customers a dedicated contract electronic manufacturing service resulting in the supply of quality products from pre-production prototypes to full production runs, utilising our in-house capability, as well as the support of our sister companies within the growing Vanilla Group.

  • We are fully committed to providing you with the highest quality engineered and electronic solutions.
  • You can be confident that we will listen to your requirements to ensure the solution you receive will be fully tailored to meet your needs.
  • You can be assured of always receiving a prompt and courteous response to your enquiries from our well-trained and helpful team, so you will never have to chase us for a response to your order.
  • We have fostered solid business relationships with our suppliers in order to provide you with a robust, reliable and repeatable service.
  • Your deadlines are our priority, and we will ensure you are kept informed with regular communications in face to face meetings and personal communications.
  • We will be honest, truthful and up front with you at all times and ensure that promises are kept.
  • We are a learning company, and believe in investing in staff. We strive to train all staff in new processes and people management to ensure you receive the highest of standards in every aspect of the business.
  • We will continue to invest in new, hi-tech plant and equipment to maintain a competitive advantage in the market place, ensuring you receive the highest of quality at all times.
  • Your business will not be taken for granted. Your custom is greatly valued and the team is fully aware we must earn the right to have you as our customer. Our aim is to exceed your level of expectations at all times throughout our business relationship, which is why we always welcome your feedback to constantly develop our service to you.

Our Guarantee To You

  • You will always receive an honest, efficient service, and we ensure that we will do our utmost to keep you informed of production and delivery progress.
  • All manufactured products are guaranteed for a period of 12 months from date of delivery.
  • If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with any of our products and services, please give us the opportunity to rectify them. If we then fall short of your expectations, and we are unable to repair or replace, we promise to refund your purchase price in full.

We’ve been doing this for almost forty years, and we’re still growing. Becoming part of the Vanilla Group has the potential to facilitate accelerated growth and allow us to cement our position among the industry elite.

With almost forty years in the business, Bela is regarded as a market leader in the small to medium volume high complexity manufacturing niche.

Our Vapour Phase oven is deployed for highly complex or thermally hungry assemblies. Jobs are soldered in an inert atmosphere resulting in superior quality joints, the added benefit of this technique is that it makes it impossible to thermally stress the assembly.

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