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Author: Reggie Malli
Company: Creation Technologies
Date Published: 9/21/2003   Conference: SMTA International

Abstract: Typically, the introduction and implementation of new technologies in the Contract Electronics Manufacturing (CEM) environment is driven by the existing or new customer demand, however, the CEMs must recognize that adherence to this strategy can increase the risk of losing an existing or a potential customer.

On the other hand, in today’s economy of tighter margins, shrinking market-share and diminishing demand, it is economically impractical to invest in equipment upgrades and extensive experiments beforehand and hope that a customer will come along with the requirement for the new technology that the CEM or Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) provider has already put in place.

In this article, our approach towards the introduction and implementation of the 0201 technology in manufacturing will be discussed. We feel that the best approach is to be prepared to introduce 0201 technology into manufacturing by investing in the training of key individuals, identifying the equipment capabilities, upgrading requirements and documenting a formal road-map.

Key words: 0201, CEM, EMS.

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