Over a product’s lifecycle, many OEMs’ sourcing teams require a variety of support involving both business and engineering facets.
During product design, these requirements may include providing real-world engineering that takes into consideration the availability of parts, manufacturing, testing and quality. Attention must be paid to any regulatory requirements relating to the product or its production, including continuing requirements for components and processing change approvals as required by the specific regulatory milieu. Over the life of the product, it is important that the EMS provider have the ability to work with its customers with regard to quality and cost reduction. Obsolescence is another issue that must be dealt with through either redesign or accepted procurement practices. In addition, the EMS provider must be capable of troubleshooting and testing in repair department operations if the lifecycle of the product warrants support service.
The ability to provide solutions for the variable demands that produce good results without a lot of monetary outlay will maximize responsiveness and lessen inventory pipeline as much as possible. Constant visibility into product status and quality trends is a must.
Taking advantage of the engineering resources of an EMS provider offers many benefits, including real-world engineering. SMC’s operations team is comprised of highly skilled Process, Customer, and Test Engineers with 30+ years of experience building technology through assemblies. If you want a second set of eyes, at SMC our engineers look at probable commercialization and actual design challenges.
The assessment of diagnostics and prognostics for real-time improvement of dynamic production system efficiency requires data analytics solutions based on open protocols and standards. Manufacturers and producers can realize gains in productivity, efficiency and profitability by using real–time production data. The next generation of manufacturing requires a combination of complex physical machinery equipped with networked sensors and software for big data analytics throughout the product lifecycle. The MEF system, Aegis, provides a quality analytic management system for feedback on the manufacturing floor in real time.
A little background on Lean manufacturing: Lean manufacturing is a business model and collection of tactical methods that emphasize eliminating non-value added activities and deliver quality products on time at the least cost together with greater efficiency. This model is growing fast throughout various manufacturing and service sectors like aerospace, automotive, electronics, furniture production, and health care, helping to create a competitive advantage. Employing philosophies such as lean manufacturing increases efficiency and removes chances of defects, at the same time reducing costs.
Above, we mention regulatory considerations. Greatly regulated industries like medical and aerospace have highly explicit requirements. Cost effective compliance most often consists of the use of automated systems and a solid knowledge of industry-specific requirements. SMC is familiar with these regulations since we engage in both sectors as well as industrial controls, security, transportation and construction equipment. In fact, we are ISO 9001-2008, ISO 13485-2003 Certified, and FDA Registered. We manufacture to a Certified IPC-A-610 Rev E.
SMC is customer-focused and service-oriented. Let us simplify your search for an EMS provider. Look around our website, learn more about us, and then make that call. We are here to serve all of your EMS and Systems Integration needs.