Syrma Designs Coil at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab
Syrma Designs Coil at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

Oct 09, 2008

San Jose, California, USA – October 9, 2008: Syrma SGS Technology, a leader in electronic design and manufacturing services serving global OEMs, has successfully produced a miniature magnetic coil product that creates the critical pick-up sensor in a probe that measures the magnetic field between two plasma streams as part of the Magnetic Reconnection Experiment (MRX) at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL). Earlier versions of the probe and pick-up sensor coils were built in the PPPL laboratory. Still, the MRX research team sought outside manufacturers with the capability to produce such a small size precision magnetic coil in higher volumes.

They turned to us since we demonstrated the ability to meet the specifications with many years of experience producing precision coils for the demanding requirements of the disk drive industry and many other electronic/magnetic applications. The MRX experiment, where the probes are used, studies the fundamental physics of magnetic reconnection, the results of which will advance the fundamental understanding of solar physics, astrophysics, magnetospheric physics, and fusion energy research.

New coils were assembled into a probe array that’s inserted into the plasma stream in the MRX to measure the magnetic reconnection phenomena between the plasma flows. The coil sensor pick-up measures just 1/15 inch in diameter. It uses an excellent gauge (0.0016 inches) enameled copper wire that’s wound around a fine core (1/32 inch in diameter), special thermoplastic bobbin that’s electrically and magnetically non-conductive. We successfully overcame the challenges in making the small plastic bobbins with a wall thickness of the order of 0.008 inches and using the fine wire to fabricate the precision coils to the critical requirements.

We’re the leading global manufacturer of precision coils and can custom manufacture coils in almost any shape, size, and tolerance. Our advanced coil winding manufacturing facilities include custom wind coils using coils of wire gauge from 4 to 52 AWG. These are produced on state-of-the-art CNC coil winding machines in a cleanroom environment. Our precision coils find applications in disk drives, smart cards, sensors, and inductors/transformers.

“This success demonstrates the strength of our engineering team to overcome the challenges of designing the product and the production processes to produce such a small size coil to the level tight tolerances requested. We’re excited to be chosen by the PPPL team and proven capable of supporting their advanced plasma physics research projects,” said Sreeram Srinivasan, Syrma’s CEO.

About Syrma SGS Technology

Syrma provides global OEMs with electronic manufacturing services (EMS), backed by strong engineering expertise, to reduce risk and costs on product designs and manufacturing. From RFID technology and power electronics to turnkey manufacturing services and custom magnetics, we deliver high-mix, flexible volume products for automotive, computing, industrial, medical, power, and telecom companies. Within the last decade, we’ve helped design, manufacture, and market more than 200M products worldwide. Syrma is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tandon Group, a technology holding group that has grown multiple technology companies since 1975.

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