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Author: Todd Baggett
Company: EPIC Technologies
Date Published: 9/25/2005   Conference: SMTA International

Abstract: While the concept of Lean manufacturing isn’t new, effectively deploying lean principles in the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) environment is. The EMS environment contains unique constraints.

This paper will identify key challenges faced in implementing Lean manufacturing principles within the EMS environment including:

  • Implementing lean practices in a multi-customer environment which includes variance in forecasting practices and process requirements
  • Integrating each customer’s required suppliers
  • Structuring a system flexible enough to interface and support each customer’s internal vision of appropriate lean manufacturing practices.
  • The paper will then discuss ways that EPIC Technologies has modified its internal systems and processes to support lean manufacturing practices in the areas of:

  • Supplier management
  • Scheduling/forecasting
  • Multi-facility support of customers (including cross-border logistics support)
  • Process optimization
  • Program management

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