The electronics manufacturing sector has seen significant changes over the past two years. Volume manufacturing has become a commodity service resulting in: creation of multinational manufacturing service providers; migration of volume operations to low-cost locations external to EC and the evolution of manufacturing technology only ideally suited to high volume production. The future of the industry will be based in an evolving, dynamic SME community. SME manufacturers survive """";by providing low-volume, high variety, mixed-batch manufacture or production of niche and high-value added products. This community faces challenges from market, manufacturing technology and legislative pressures. The pressures of mass-customisation, decreasing life cycles and integration of multifunctional features, such as MST and MEMs technologies, requires the adoption of sophisticated manufacturing capabilities with flexibility to. cope with a broad mix of products and volumes. Manufacturing technology has evolved towards efficiency in volume production, with scant regard to flexibility and rapid changeover for lower volume production. Agility will be a key element to SME survival and future investment. The WEEE directive banning lead requires SMEs to adopt new manufacturing practices, requiring another dimension of flexibility in capability and potential cost impacts from expensive consumables (N2) and higher energy requirements. The lead-free changeover also requires the understanding of these materials in production and product life-cycle. Flex-eman offers a solution to these challenges by utilising individual precision soldering chambers combined in a work-cell serviced by intelligent materials handling and control systems. This replaces an inflexible production process with an agile system, specifically designed jor cost-efficiency in manufacture of mixed product and batch sizes. The system is inherently fault-tolerant, eco-friendly and incorporates state of the art co"
- /nauki społeczne/ekonomia i biznes/ekonomia/ekonomia produkcji
- /inżynieria i technologia/inżynieria elektryczna, inżynieria elektroniczna, inżynieria informatyczna/przemysł elektrotechniczny/automatyka i systemy sterowania
- /nauki społeczne/ekonomia i biznes/biznes i zarządzanie/handel
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