Gardien support Hüco in the implementation of their new integrated test department with tailored solutions

In order to reduce costs and increase speed and efficiency Hüco have brought the electrical testing of their products in house, supported by a solution contract from Gardien Germany. Hüco’s newly appointed Managing Director has taken time to review the work carried out in the new department and has announced plans to extend the agreement with Gardien.

As a global solution provider, the Gardien Group draws on the expertise and long standing experience of their teams to support customers with tailored solutions. Through their tailored approach Gardien have been working closely with Hüco to identify the best ways to support their new department.

The tailored solution agreement, which went live on July 1st 2012 saw Gardien’s equipment experts deliver an Acceler8 electrical scanner and 2 Loc8 EVO3 flying probe machines supported by a customer care and maintenance agreement as well as operational staff training in electrical test, fault identification and repair. Gardien’s Acceler8 is a unique product which can speed up turnaround times on the test floor. Depending on the board characteristics, the Acceler8 can pre-test up to 95% of the panel leaving only 5% to be tested by the flying probe which is integrated with the Acceler8. The Acceler8 can easily feed multiple flying probe testers to further improve process efficiency.

Following his recent appointment as the new Managing Director, Mr Ralf Krugmann, has undertaken a review of the new department and the solution provided by Gardien. The success of the Acceler8 and the demonstrated benefits of the integrated flying probes and additional support services means that Hüco are now looking to extend their contract with Gardien and bring in an additional flying probe.

The tailored solution for Hüco also benefits from Gardien’s global CAM specialists who are able to provide Hüco with data preparation services for the whole testing department.

Ralf Krugmann, Hüco’s new Managing Director said; “The innovative technology will enable Hüco in the future to produce PCBs faster and in perfect quality. Even high quality IMS Boards can be easily electrically tested. The equipment and additional services fully meet the requirements set by Hüco and will contribute to improved customer satisfaction. ”

“As Hüco say on their website – Quality (is the) basis for success and highest customer satisfaction. This is a statement that we also believe at Gardien and it is for this reason that we seek to find the very best solutions for assuring and improving our customers’ quality. We don’t offer a one size fits all approach and our recent agreement with Hüco demonstrates the diverse range of services that we offer in order to best support our customers’ needs.” Commented Roland Valentini, Gardien Group Chief Operations Officer.

About Gardien

The Gardien Group is the world’s largest provider of independent testing services to the PCB manufacturing industry.  From small batch testing in one of the company’s 25 facilities located throughout Asia ,North America and Europe, to fully integrated inspection within a PCB production environment, Gardien’s 500 employees serve customers supplying the automotive, defense, telecommunications, computer and industrial markets. Gardien is proud to count eight of the top ten global PCB manufacturers amongst its valued customers.

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About Hüco

Hüco Circuit Technology GmbH has been established for over 20 years, successfully producing Printed Circuit Boards in Espelkamp and currently employs 65 staff in Germany. As a mid-sized company, Hüco are capable of offering quick, straightforward and customer-oriented solutions.


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Mr. Syvret joined Gardien Services Canada as Financial Controller in 2001 and assumed the role of Finance Director North America in 2007. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Syvret has held senior finance and accounting roles, including with Canadian Pacific Ltd and Sprint Inc.



Mr. Niraj Patel joined the company on a part time basis in 1993 while attending college full time. He worked in various positions until he graduated from the Centennial College Computer Systems Technology program, whereupon he was hired full time. He progressed through several testing and CAM department positions and was appointed North American CAM Manager in 1998. After 18 years with the company, Mr. Patel was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations, Gardien Services Canada Inc. in 2011. In January, 2015 Mr. Patel became Vice President NA of the newly combined organizational unit North America which includes the Canada and USA.



Mr. Todd Kolmodin, a native to the Pacific Northwest was born in Seattle Washington. At a young age he moved to the Portland Oregon area. In March of 1986 he graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Todd began his tenure in the Electrical Test field that same year.  Todd spent eight years working in an independent testing facility in Wilsonville Oregon where he built skills in all aspects of Electrical Test and Quality Assurance. 

Todd then spent a short term with Yamamoto Corporation on their Engineering staff covering PCB drill, finishing and Electrical Test before joining Probe Test Fixtures in 1995. His charge was CAM and Fixuring Manager.  Todd joined the Gardien Group in September 1998 continuing the same roll and taking on the responsibilities of Quality Manager for Oregon operations. In 2008 Mr. Kolmodin was promoted to Vice President Quality USA. In this position Mr. Kolmodin oversees and maintains the Gardien ITAR registration, ISO Multi-Site registration and multiple site Lab Suitability with the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime. Now also maintaining the Gardien QMS system Todd now serves as Vice President Quality North America.

Mr. Kolmodin is also a published columnist and Technical Presenter with multiple appearances at the IPC Apex Expo Conferences in both San Diego and Las Vegas. 



Mr. Valentini was appointed COO in July 2010 after successfully serving as head of North American operations since 2005.

Roland has over ten years’ experience in the PCB industry, including sales, service, and project management at Atotech GmbH, Germany mainly relating to PCB plating equipment.
He has significant sales experience from his tenure at Mack Rides GmbH and headed up worldwide installations for Lurgi Bischoff GmbH.

Mr. Valentini received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.



Prior to Richard joining Gardien in September 2014, he was Chairman/CEO of tool chain vendor Atego Group Systems Limited which was sold to PTC Inc.

Prior to joining Atego, Richard held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles including Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Plethora Solutions, an AIM listed Pharmaceutical Company and CEO of AIM listed Cybit Holdings plc. where he grew the company from inception to revenues of over 25 million and took the company through multiple acquisitions before managing a sale of the business to Francisco Partners.

Richard previously held a number of senior roles in the Software industry.



Mr. Meraw was appointed Group Vice President of Quality in Jan 2015 after successfully  serving as Senior Vice President of USA operations since 2011.  Prior to being responsible for USA operations Mr Meraw was responsible for Canadian operations since 2001.

Rick has over twenty years’ experience with Gardien Group and has various roles including, service technician, customer liaison, Quality manager, technical support, project management, and software design/ implementation.

In June 1992 he graduated with an Electronic Engineering Technologist degree, with honors from a local community college.

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