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Leader Tech
www.leadertechinc.com / HQ: Tampa, Fla. / Gary Mandile, director of quality systems and
manufacturing technologies: "We are relentlessly improving our capabilities and products."

leader tech works closely
with customers in the design
phase and offers extensive
engineering support.

Proven Leader

leader tech has become a world-leading innovator of emi shielding products. by eric slack
Leader Tech was founded in 1984
and has progressively built a worldwide reputation of highly engineered
EMI shielding products. Today, the
company employs more than 120
team members in its 42,500-squarefoot facility in Tampa, Fla.
"We are relentlessly improving our
capabilities and products to become
our customers' partner of choice
when they require EMI shielding
solutions," Director of Quality Systems and Manufacturing Technologies Gary Mandile says.

Setting the Stage
Leader Tech has achieved a number
of milestones over the years. In 1994,
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it patented its standard CBS product
line that leads the board-level shielding industry in performance, flexibility and value.
Then came the Slot-Lok line of circuit board level shields, which offers
cost-effective shielding solution with
near-limitless design flexibility.
In 2007, Leader Tech acquired Ferrishield, offering a full line of patented Ferrite Suppressors, RF Absorber
Pads and RFID Shielding. Four years
later, it opened a brand-new state-ofthe-art elastomer manufacturing facility and became the only MIL-SPEC
approved and certified manufacturer
of all 12 conductive elastomer formulations. All of these capabilities make

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Leader Tech a strong partner for its
customer base.
"We work closely with customers
from early in the design phase, and
our engineering support is second to
none," Mandile says. "Our extensive
network of industry sales professionals extends across all of the country
and overseas. When customers need
a solution, they can connect directly
to engineers that are experienced and
knowledgeable on EMI shielding design. This type of support is what sets
us apart from our competition."
The company is also doing everything it can to build on relationships
with vendors and suppliers. Leader
Tech is willing to invest to make its
suppliers the best they can be, particularly in terms of knowledge and
support investment. The company
believes in training its suppliers on
quality expectations and works hard
to build a culture of collaboration.
"For example, we recently worked
with a supplier that had difficulty in
processing our parts," Mandile says.
"Due to the extensive labor and rework costs, their quoted piece prices were going through the roof. Our
engineers worked with their staff to
develop a proprietary loading system
that reduced their labor by 75 percent,
and we manufactured the equipment
right in our own facility. These types
of success stories are only possible if
you understand your suppliers and
are willing to make that investment."
One of the many initiatives that
Leader Tech is currently working
on is related to packaging. Mandile
says packaging can become an afterthought in the design and review of a
component. Leader Tech has found
that the industry standard packaging
is just not sufficient for the vast majority of its customers.
"The scenario is this: spend count-


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