Nov 15, 2005

Aegis Installs NPI and MES Software at Variosystems AG

Productronica, Munich - Hall A4 Stand 167 – 15 November 2005 – Aegis Europe, a leader in New Product Introduction and Manufacturing Information Management systems for global electronics assemblers, has announced that Variosystems AG has installed Aegis integrated NPI and MES suites. Variosystems AG based in Steinach, Switzerland, is part of the international Variosystems group with facilities in Dallas, Texas, and Negombo, Sri Lanka. Variosystems AG is a leading European contract assembler priding itself on innovation, fast ramp up times, specialisation in all test requirements and global procurement. In parallel Variosystems Inc is also implementing Aegis NPI and MES systems at its Dallas facility.

Commenting on the recent implementation, Alfred Langguth, director of operations and development, said, “Variosystems spent several months evaluating different NPI tools for the Steinach and Dallas facilities, looking for a total solution to meet our global integrated business needs. We generated a matrix of our requirements and then ranked the tools, realizing that Aegis provided the best solution at the best price. Our main goal is to further enhance our quality level. The use of "electronic work instructions" will allow us to remove most of the paper instructions and drawings now on our production floors. Route enforcement will allow us to guarantee that no production step is skipped. Variosystems expects that the integrated online reports will allow us to identify potential quality issues before they become problems.”

“Variosystems is looking to create a complete link across all business and factory processes within one seamless system for optimum manufacturing. They want to build a more robust, technology-independent process defining ‘how’ products are to be built. In the European contract assembly market rapid NPI, with provable quality and quality reporting, compliance to RoHS directives and conformance to regulatory requirements, is a must,” said Peter Clegg, business development director at Aegis Europe.

“The criteria for evaluating and selecting Aegis came down to our ability to rapidly create machine programs for their different machine sets, easy-of-use in creating all documentation – drawings and work instructions, proven shop floor control and full integration to their MRP system,” Peter added.

The Aegis documentation package, integrated with machine programming, supports multimedia capabilities. Drawings can be easily annotated with photos, diagrams and video clips for complex hand assembly or repair work and of course the documentation can be in any language aiding fast product ramp up between the global sites.

“A key requirement was multilingual support (English and German) so that we could implement the same system in both facilities in Steinach Switzerland and Southlake Texas. This will allow our company to operate with the same procedures in both locations, regardless of location, distance, language and time zone,” said Norbert Bachstein, Geschaftsfuhrer at Variosystems AG.

About Variosystems Group
The company was formed in 1993 and is privately owned with active day-to-day involvement by the three owners who are the CEO’ of the various operating divisions. The company employees 420 people across the three manufacturing sites, with a 25% increase in the past 12 months. Variosystems is already RoHS 2002/95/EC compliant, has IPC610D to class III for medical and defence products and certification to the internationally recognised quality management system (QMS) standard, ISO 9001 is maintained for all three facilities. Variosystems is particularly strong in the whole area of test; covering in-circuit (3 machines in Steinach including one of the latest hybrid machines), flying probe and functional test for the majority of its customers. For more information go to http://www.variosystems.ch

For additional information contact:

Deb Geiger
VP, Global Marketing
Phone: +1 215.773.3571 x 1106
Email: [email protected]