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Nov 27th 2018

Newbury Electronics are the smart choice for boards and assembly

Founded in 2012, SmartSentry Ltd is an embedded systems design consultancy that assists its customers with the design of a wide range of products. They have particular expertise in the design of smart monitoring and management systems, but have worked on projects as diverse as a simple motion sensor to trigger the illumination of an LED unit, a medium complexity temperature monitoring system for Data Centres, through to a high complexity sports wearable device.

Mike Gardner, founder & MD, atSmartSentry, explained more; "Most of our customers approach us with an idea that needs to be turned into a working prototype within two to three months. We are able to handle any or all of the circuit schematic, PCB routing and firmware design phases of the project. However, when it comes to PCBs for our prototype and production volumes we use Newbury Electronics exclusively." Mike had worked with Newbury Electronics in a previous role and after a less than satisfactory experience with an overseas supplier in the early days of SmartSentry, he made the decision to re-establish the link with them.

Linux based control system Philip King, managing director at Newbury Electronics, said; "In the last five years we have received around 20 different designs and manufactured around 7000 individual boards for SmartSentry and I'm delighted to say that there hasn't been a single issue."  The company prides itself on the electronic design knowledge of its staff and has made significant investment in the latest production equipment and technology over the last six years.

"We send the design files and the products turn up a few weeks later. It just happens;" commented Mike. He continued; "Inevitably there will be queries but the team at Newbury have the knowledge and understanding to work with us and our designs. They are highly responsive and we look forward to working with them on future projects."


SmartSentry was founded by Mike Gardner in 2012 and is located in Nottingham, where he employs a team of fiveengineers. The company handle any or all of the circuit schematic, PCB routing and firmware design phases of the project and typically a project will include:

  • An agreed quantity of functioning prototype units
  • The PCB CAD Schematics and PCB Routing files in Eagle or Altium format
  • The Bill of Materials
  • The Software or Firmware source code
  • The PCB Manufacturing files (Gerber or ODB)

Newbury Electronics Ltd has been trading for 60 years, during which time it has kept in step with changes in both electronics and manufacturing. It now offers its customers some of the most advanced contract electronic manufacturing (CEM) solutions available in the UK. Philip King became MD in 2011, and has overseen over £3.5m of capital investment in the last six years. The company provides a full electronic design and PCB CAD layout service alongside PCB manufacture and assembly in Newbury, West Berkshire. It employs over 90 staff and is dedicated to the rapid manufacturing of small and medium batch PCB assemblies. Production includes SMD, SMT, surface mount, BGA, through hole, box build, soldering, test, & rework and videos showing the various processes can be viewed at Personal alarm tracker

Customers can select from any of the company’s services and the company is happy to undertake single, bespoke projects through to the design and supply of manufactured lots exceeding 10,000 pcs on its nine automated SMD assembly lines. It has recently introduced an economical express same day PCB manufacturing service for orders placed before 9am.

As a contract electronic manufacturer, each year, the company produces more than 15,000 different PCB designs for its clients, who benefit from the economies of scale built from the volume of orders processed. To learn more about the company's capabilities visit  or watch