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Surface Mount Technology

Calian’s fully automated, state-of-the-art Surface Mount Technology (SMT) assembly line delivers a consistent, well-controlled process for electronics manufacturing projects.

The SMT line includes features such as laser marking of PWBs, Automated Solder Paste Inspection, Automated Optical Inspection (AOI), and off-line 3D X-ray inspection.

Our capabilities and equipment enable a variety of production volumes from small prototype runs to high volume continuous production, regardless of design complexity.

Through-Hole Technology

Calian is capable of supporting legacy CCA design builds by using our through-hole CCA processing equipment which includes two automated Selective Solder stations (one each for leaded and lead-free product lines), two-bay batch de-flux, and ROSE cleanliness tester.

Conformal Coating

Where potential corrosion of a CCA is a concern of our customers, we can provide the option of conformal coating.

Calian is experienced in both dip and spray conformal coating of CCAs and recently introduced an automated conveyer dispense and UV-cure system for acrylic and urethane conformal coating.

Circuit Card Assembly Test Process

All our CCAs are tested against a set of defined requirements prior to delivery to our customers.

Our SMT line is capable of Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) and off-line 3D X-Ray inspection.

When specified as part of a manufacturing contract, Calian also develops and tests CCAs using custom fixtures as part of an automated test system.

Supply Chain Management

Calian has an extensive Supply Chain Management (SCM) capability focused on the expansion of supporting Canadian suppliers whenever possible.

Calian takes a proactive approach to procure as much project material in Canada as feasible. Local procurement through Small Medium Businesses (SMBs), including Indigenous suppliers, is encouraged as a measure to increase overall Canadian supplier growth and awareness.

CCA Manufacturing Standards

For the most demanding military applications, our manufacturing team is fully capable of producing circuit boards to IPC-A-610 class 3 standards.

All our soldering operators are trained to IPC-A-610 and J-STD-001 by our IPC-Certified in-house Trainer. This training includes both a theory component as well as hands-on training for lead-free soldering.

CCA Manufacturing Capacity

Our SMT Line has a component placement rate of approximately 55,000 components per hour. For medium to complex CCAs, our SMT capacity is approximately 3700 circuit cards per month (based on a single shift). Our capacity through Selective Solder is approximately 1200 circuit cards per month (based on a single shift).

At Calian, our team is trained to support a rapid line changeover which allows for flexibility in production scheduling with minimal downtime. As a result, we can support our customers agile schedules and still meet delivery requirements.

Commercial and Government Applications

The CCAs we design, and manufacture are used to support a wide variety of commercial and government applications. This includes Calian designed test equipment, complex communication systems, and many other products associated with our satellite communication programs.

Military Applications

The CCAs we design, and manufacture are used in some of the harshest conditions possible across a multitude of military applications. Calian incorporates MIL-STD requirements into the design and manufacture of our CCAs ensuring our customers Vetronics products work, regardless of the operational scenarios.

AgTech Applications

Calian is an industry leader in the design of products that support the AgTech industry. Our teams design and manufacture CCAs that are used for real-time monitoring and reporting of grain in storage as well as the security, monitoring and distribution of fuel assets.


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Wiring Harnesses and Cables

Calian designs and manufactures wiring harness and cable assemblies as part of our in-house manufacturing services. We have an extensive inventory of automated equipment to produce a wide variety of cables and harnesses that are currently being used in the commercial, government and defence industries. From simple coaxial assemblies to complex multi-branch wiring harnesses found in military combat vehicles, Calian delivers high-quality, E3 certified products in low to high volume quantities.

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Units, Subsystems and Systems

Calian is an industry leader in the provision of sophisticated communication systems for the satellite industry, Vetronics products for the Canadian and US military and fully integrated test systems.

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Design Evolution

A part of Calian’s engineering breadth and depth includes the design evolution of a product or service. This can range from simple product enhancements to complex architecture changes. Whether the design evolution is specific to a Calian product, or a product that was developed by one of our customers, our engineering teams can provide the services and expertise required to move a product into the next generation of capabilities.

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Qualification Testing

Calian has comprehensive on-site System Integration, Qualification and Test capabilities that are used for all products, services and systems that are developed and manufactured within our facility. Our multi-million-dollar inventory of high precision test equipment which includes high-capacity thermal chambers, vibration and shock tables, is used to validate product requirements ensuring the highest level of quality.

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Life Cycle Management

Calian not only designs and manufactures exceptional products and services, but we also offer a complete life cycle management program in support of our customer’s products. Whether it’s effectively managing spares inventory, performing obsolesce management activities or completing Repair and Overhaul (R&O) services on returned products, we support our customers from initial design through product end of life – and everywhere in between!

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