One continuing trend in electronics manufacturing services is the increasing role IT-related solutions have in supporting a Lean manufacturing-driven organizational culture. This is particularly true of proprietary solutions that automate processes in ways that minimize normally occurring variation or help eliminate non-value-added activity.
One example of this is SigmaTron International’s proprietary Manufacturing Execution System (MES) system known as Tango, whose Phase III system went live at the EMS company’s Elk Grove Village (IL) facility in June. The overarching goal of Tango is to centralize tools used throughout the company for production management, while adding enough flexibility via customization to address facility-specific or customer-specific situations.
The EMS company uses a combination of proprietary and internally developed systems for enterprise and shop-floor management. All facilities utilize a common ERP system, plus third-party product lifecycle management (PLM) tools. Tango is now deployed as an app accessible through computers and handheld devices. It interfaces with the company’s ERP system, and the goal is to have it be the frontend interface for production personnel for all production-related data collection and tracking activity.
Its Phase III iteration strengthens its ability to support data collection and traceability functions in production and eliminate processing defect opportunities in production activities. Our latest Circuits Assembly article looks at ways that Tango improves efficiency and acts as a poka-yoke on the production floor. Read the full article here.