Author: Charles Lang Company: Solectron Corporation Date Published: 4/28/1997
Surface Mount International
Abstract: The time-to-market reduction due to the competitiveness in the electronics industry has put additional delivery pressures on OEMS. This demand for quicker deliveries requires that the number of development iterations before final ramp-to-volume production be kept to a minimum. The OEMS are turning to Electronics Manufacturing Service (EMS) providers to deliver price competitive products in shortened turn-around times. In many instances the EMS provider is involved as early as the product conceptual stage. The involvement continues through the entire development phase. The New Product Introduction (NPI) process has taken on a new meaning. The OEMS are involving the EMS providers to expose design and manufacturing problems at the early product development stages. This is to ensure a smooth and rapid transition from concept to volume production. Key mile posts on this NPI expressway are early involvement of the appropriate parties, verification of manufacturability, efficient prototype assembly, seamless deployment to production and the implementation of effective measures to track the impact of this intensive involvement. Electronic Data Transfer (EDT) plays a significant role in the entire journey.