People’s perception of what constitutes the paperless shop floor may vary from individual to individual and indeed from company to company, but if you are looking to get all the benefits from going ‘paperless’ it needs to be much more than just another way of displaying documents that were formally printed and held on the shop floor.
The benefits of going paperless are many, including reductions in costs in terms of print consumables, people’s time and waste due to errors. Also adding value to the process is the mitigation of risk, reduction in downtime, the simplification of traceability and an increase in job satisfaction. The path to paperless enlightenment requires a holistic approach that fully embraces many factors. As digital delivery is fundamental and this needs to be available to each operator on his or her own terminal.
We all know that for any change to be successful everyone must benefit. Nowhere is this truer than in the change to a paperless factory floor environment. The results of such an program speak for themselves and can be seen in the experiences of all those vested in the process.
When a manufacturing enterprise adopts a Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) system capable of managing the entire scope of operations, traceability is no longer something an enterprise strives to achieve, it is a byproduct...
There was a time, not so long ago, where we knew what each industry did. The automotive industry made cars, the apparel industry made clothes and the electronics industry made electronics. Now everything is a little less clear.
It seems we're in a phase where the term EMS does really cover what the companies we think of as electronics manufacturing service providers actually do. The offering has become so broad that the words 'electronic' and 'manufacturing' are just too restrictive. If we are to embark on a search for a new name for this industry then we first have to consider what it did when EMS seemed like the right term and what it actually does now.
There are so many compelling reasons to consider outsourcing of the product supply chain, be it from design to delivery or merely PCB assembly. And whilst this can, and often does, result in cost reduction it really shouldn’t be the motivation.
The automotive electronics segment is worth close to $180 Billion annually, plus another $35 Billion for infotainment, and this is a segment with current and projected double-digit growth. Eighty million cars are sold worldwide and they average around $2,700 of electronics content. What’s more content is developing rapidly...
I wasn’t able to watch 60 Minutes last week to see the story everyone is talking about – toxic, carcinogenic laminate floors imported from China. I’m not really sure what I was doing when the devastating piece about US retailer Lumber Liquidators aired. But as it was Sunday evening, chances are I missed the show because I was on a Skype call with China discussing various sourcing activities that my firm provides for companies around the world.
I think supply chain is sexy, but more importantly I think supply chain can be a real competitive advantage in all parts of the electronics manufacturing industry, from the brands themselves, to the outsourced product fulfillment companies that support them as well as those in component distribution and other ancillary services.