The IW Best Plants conference, which is being presented May 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C., offers attendees the chance to go onsite and learn best practices.
Flextronics, a manufacturer of complex printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies as well as system integration for a diversified market, leverages LEAN practices, Six Sigma, key investments in infrastructure and FlexQ, a proprietary quality program, to deliver ensure quality products.
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Failure Analysis Lab
The Failure Analysis Lab conducts process validation, failure analysis, and mechanical testing services to the site. Capabilities include material, chemical, and thermal analysis using state-of- the-art equipment.
Surface Mount Technology
PCBA, (printed circuit boards) – The Surface Mount Technology team discussed the importance of quick changeovers of the fully automated SMT line and how <9 minutes is achieved utilizing visual processes and a cascade changeover methodology.
Emphasis of this stop was on deployment of efficient and flexible mechanical assembly cells and how the Charlotte team gets involved very early in the process to ensure they deploy with “Lean” built-in. A set-top box assembly cell was used to demonstrate the role of the Waterspider in preparing material for consumption by the assembly cell.
The team develops In-Circuit and Functional Test systems (software & hardware) on common Flextronics platforms for deployment locally and around the world.
The team is showcasing Lean processes from single-piece flow receiving to pull signals from Operations that initiate Kit-To-Exact (KTE) activity. The use of physically co-located In-Plant Stores also serve to streamline the process and limit inventory exposure.