Electronics Assembly

With electronics in everything, customer demand for more complex and unique products is rising. To remain competitive, OEM and contract manufacturers building boards, sub-assemblies and boxes must produce short runs and make inline changes, maintaining high quality while lowering costs, which raises a number of challenges.


As the number of products required by the market grows, while at the same time product lifecycles shrink, the mix of products electronics manufacturers need to produce at high quality is driven up.

Historically, assemblers have integrated many manual, excel based and legacy computer systems to manage the information required fabricate and assemble products, including manual work instructions, part programs for automated equipment and the ability to track what they actually build. As the age and complexity of these in house systems increase, they can be overwhelmed by the rate of change, while increasing IT labor and support cost, and business risk.

As the global marketplace for manufacturing grows in size and complexity, assemblers are forced to innovate in order to remain competitive. As product design processes (such as electronic and mechanical CAD) and supply chain processes (such as order receipt, raw material inventory management) become more digitized, assemblers must respond, becoming more digitally integrated themselves.

These challenges combined with shrinking operating margins drive electronics manufacturers to seek new ways to efficiently link the product introduction process with production while lowering costs and improving quality

Speed, innovation, productivity and quality at lower cost

Critical Manufacturing MES for Electronics addresses the unique challenges of both OEM and contract manufacturers building boards, sub-assemblies and boxes. It enables manufacturers to retain full visibility and traceability of process flow and routing, product details, component assembly, in-plant logistics, engineering, exceptions and specifications. In addition, automated record keeping reduces the cost in time - and potential for human error - of manual approaches.

Industry 4.o scalable architecture

Built on a modern, modular architecture, Critical Manufacturing MES™ for Electronics is based on industry best practices and provides the flexibility and agility to ramp production and get products to market quickly while accurately recording manufacturing traceability and building quality into the process, eliminating the labor, support costs and errors of paper and legacy systems.

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Advanced modeling, deep Semiconductor specific functionality

Enable Plant modeling and increased visibility to allow companies across your supply chain to share information, ensure quality, comply with regulatory requirements, and reduce time to market

Deep application functionality allows product engineers to match bills of material to assembly steps, track input materials at point of use and accurately capture and analyze quality data

Unlimited Device connectivity allows fully integrated manual and automated process steps, storing results as electronic product genealogy

Simple and robust equipment connectivity using both industry standard SECS/GEM protocol, while adding connectivity for the whole new generation of IoT devices and sensors

Efficiently manage process and product changes, reduce variability, and ramp both yield and production at lower cost in a single solution

Ensure closed-loop quality system processes with workflows for exceptions, non-conformances, OCAPs and all SOPs

Achieve full traceability and a Plant 3D digital twin for instant views of equipment location and status

Boost flexibility to easily model lines for high-mix, low volume, frequent changeovers

Speed new product introduction by improving quality and yield in a way that’s visible to engineering, production and R&D

Flexibility, agility and scalability

Maximum flexibility to design, model, deploy and monitor operations

Increased visibility to manage product flow within a company, or between companies in the supply chain

Easy equipment and device integration allowing electronic capture of quality data, including next generation IoT devices and sensors

Leverage Industrial IoT with a distributed architecture designed for Industry 4.0

Complete modular scalability for companies ranging from single site to global multi-site enterprise

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