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Special Topics: Lean manufacturing & Six Sigma
Lean manufacturing considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination. "Lean" is centered around creating more value with less work.

Six Sigma, using a set of quality management methods, seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing causes of defects and variability in manufacturing. Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified financial targets--cost reduction or profit increase.

Kaizen, Japanese for "improvement", focuses on continuous improvement in manufacturing activities.

Statistical Process Control (SPC) is an effective method of monitoring a process through the use of control charts.

Learn about these and other business and process improvement tools and philosophies here.
Articles & Papers
EMS
Monday, June 8, 2009Lean Sigma, an approach that has been in practice for several years, mixes the lean manufacturing concept and problem solving approach with Six Sigma for a more efficient manufacturing process.

Tools & Methods for Lean Production Management in EA
Monday, June 16, 2008Lean manufacturing is far from a new concept, and many within the electronics assembly (EA) industry are already familiar with the principles and concepts behind it.

SPC and usage difficulties in SMT
Tuesday, November 18, 2008The idea of monitoring manufacturing processes using statistical methods goes back to the 1920s when Walter A. Shewhart, an American physicist, engineer and statistician, was engaged by the Western Electric Company in Chicago to find a way to produce their products with a certain quality level. 

Placement optimisation in a lean manufacturing environment
Wednesday, February 6, 2008Tier 2 and Tier 3 EMS companies face increasing pressure from competition in low-cost manufacturing countries to produce assembled boards at lower cost, with increased complexity and to tighter deadlines.

6.10 – Inventory management: combining business intelligence & material handling hardware
Monday, January 8, 2007Most business intelligence (BI) tools and supply chain management (SCM) applications address inventory issues from either a software perspective or a material handling perspective;.
Efficient line changeover: the key to lean manufacturing
Monday, April 6, 2009Changes in the domestic printed circuit board assembly industry have resulted in a dominant shift to a high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) manufacturing environment resulting in a high frequency of line changeovers.

Nanotechnology and mathematical methods for high–performance thermal interface materials
Monday, June 16, 2008Higher power chips have resulted from a variety of new developments in the electronics industry.

 

Solder-bearing RF shields streamline PCB assembly, reduce costs, improve quality and eliminate signal leakage
Thursday, October 31, 2013This Tech Bulletin addresses the specific challenges involved with soldering RF shields to PCBs and explains how using solder-bearing technologies to pre-apply solder to the shields can significantly improve assembly processes and productivity, while enhancing quality of the final product.  
This issue has become especially important with the widespread requirements for RF shielding that is used in small form-factor products such as Smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices that require consistent quality within very high-volume production environments.

Parts management
Tuesday, January 4, 2011Almost 30 years after the fact, we’re still asking PCB designers to “build their own fonts” (so to speak) on a daily basis, to great expense.
 
Videos
MYDATA Automation at IPC APEX Expo 2009
Brian Duffey introduces the Flow Line for lean manufacturing.
Hitachi at IPC APEX Expo 2011
Matt Wyglendowski introduces the new Sigma platform from Hitachi. The focus of the machine is flexibility, high speed placement and accuracy, and offers one of the largest component ranges in the industry.
Valor Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation SMT/HYBRID/PACKAGING 2011
Michael Ford shows off some interesting new materials management products from the Valor Division of Mentor Graphics, which are of incresaing interest to manufacturers during this time of component and materials shortages.
Yamaha at APEX 2015
The Sigma G5 mounter is under discussion as Trevor Galbraith interviews George Babka on the YAMAHA booth at the APEX show in San Diego, California
CES14 Audi
Global SMT Columnist Phil Stoten speaks to Marcus Keith, GM, Project Management for AUDI at CES 2014 in Las Vegas
Alpha at APEX 2015
Alpha's Director of Global Product Management Tom Hunsinger talks to Trevor Galbraith at APEX 2015 in San Diego, CA
Vi Technology at SMT/HYBRID/PACKAGING 2010
Chris Davies, Vi Technology's sales director, shows off the 5K Perform for high-quality, high-reliability detection for boards up to 535 mm square. Equipped with Vi Technology's proven vision technology, it can inspect components down to 01005.
DEK at SMT/HYBRID/PACKAGING 2011
Stefan Techau talks about the three new highlights of their product range: ProActiv, which enhances print quality; Nano-ProTek for coating stencils for improved yield; and HawkEye inspection software.
Cogiscan at productronica 2011
Trevor Galbraith interviews André Corriveau, Co-President, Product Management of Cogiscan at productronica 2011 in Munich
From our Columnists
Thermal management, part 2
Friday, August 12, 2011Last month opened this discussion of thermal management, providing background as to the importance of thermal management predicated on transistor density increase, and the rise in on-chip frequencies that are combining to increase thermal energy densities on the IC.
Thermal management, part 1
Wednesday, July 6, 2011As chip features shrink, transistor density increases, on-chip frequencies rise, and so also do the thermal energy densities on the IC.
 
 
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Latest Products
DfR Solutions announces Sherlock 4.0 with powerful new modeling features
Wednesday, April 1, 2015DfR Solutions, quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) solutions for the electronics industry, today announced the release of the most advanced version of Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ software, version 4.0. The newest version of Sherlock allows users to model complex PCBs and components with exceptional detail, strengthening design decisions, saving significant time and money.
New PVA 20/20 coating inspection system provides verification of your conformal coating process
Thursday, March 26, 2015Global manufacturer and supplier of conformal coating and precision dispensing systems, PVA (Precision Valve & Automation, Inc.), has launched a new in-line, automated inspection module the PVA 20/20 Coating Inspection System. Named to represent clearness and sharpness of vision, the new system provides fast, high quality coating process verification by detecting keep out and must coat areas as well as identifying issues such as dewetting, cracking, etc..

Seika Machinery introduces McDry HM-1002BN Nitrogen Auto-Flow Cabinet
Wednesday, March 18, 2015The HM-1002BN dry cabinet saves energy and reduces costs with the low-power mode. It uses less nitrogen compared to standard N2 cabinets due to high-performance drying units. The N2 Auto-Flow system enables quick recovery when opening and closing doors. Additionally, as with all McDry cabinets, the HM-1002BN offers a high quality build, ESD specifications and high performance.
Count On Tools Inc. unveils the SwissGrip Punch Series from PB Swiss Tools
Tuesday, March 17, 2015The SwissGrip Punch handle, made of high-quality Santoprene®, makes working with the new, sheathed parallel pin punch safe and convenient. The shape, borrowed from the proven SwissGrip screwdriver handle, provides a comfortable ergonomic grip and dampens impacts and vibrations on the hand. The SwissGrip Punch slip-proof handles are resistant to harsh chemicals such as gasoline, acetone, etc.
Three-dimensional AOI inspection of solder joints of chip components and pins
Wednesday, March 11, 2015The inspection software PILOT 6 of the AOI systems from GOEPEL electronics offers the possibility of three-dimensional inspection of solder joints on chip components and IC pins with their extended functionality. The data of the surface topography, generated by the integrated measuring module 3D·EyeZ, can be evaluated in many ways to determine the quality of the solder meniscus.
Count On Tools Inc. introduces cross-handle screwdrivers with lateral drive from PB Swiss Tools
Tuesday, March 3, 2015Count On Tools Inc., a provider of precision components and SMT spare parts, now carries PB Swiss Tools’ Cross-handle Screwdriver. The ergonomic two-component cross-handle with a sheathing made of high-quality Santoprene® fits perfectly in the hand and allows fatigue-free working. The lateral drive ensures the required force transfer while tightening or loosening the screws.
Altium Announces updates to flagship high-speed PCB design tool
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Altium Limited, a global leader in Electronic Design Automation, Native 3D PCB design systems (Altium Designer®, CircuitStudio®, PCBWorks®, CircuitMaker®), ECAD design data management (Altium Vault®), and embedded software development toolkits (TASKING®), has announced the next update to its flagship PCB design tool, Altium Designer. Altium Designer 15.1 will introduce several new features for improved design productivity, documentation outputs, and high-speed design efficiency.

New selective soldering system from Manncorp for under $60K
Friday, February 13, 2015The IS-T-300 from Manncorp is an all-in-one selective fluxing and soldering system designed to deliver outstanding quality and consistent, efficient performance at a price point that insures a quick return on investment. For only $59,995, the IS-T-300 comes fully-equipped with advanced features like laser-controlled wave height compensation, high-precision jet-fluxing, and CAD data import. The IS-T-300 handles double-sided and mixed technology PCBs up to 300 x 500 mm, with an option for 460 x 700 mm boards.

Cable assemblies "Made in Germany"
Friday, February 6, 2015For over 20 years, Yamaichi Electronics Deutschland GmbH has been a competent partner in the assembly of high-quality cables in industrial and medical technology. This all-in-one service including design and project management in Munich and production locations in Frankfurt (Oder) guarantees fast, flexible handling and high quality.
 
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