COST, BENEFITS AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A SHOP FLOOR LINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN PCB MANUFACTURINGAuthor: Kyle Klatka
Date Published: 9/12/1999 Conference: SMTA International
Process engineers continuously consider more effective methods to manage the numerous factors that affect yield and process line machine utilization. Each station on the PCB assembly line (i.e., pick-and-place, reflow oven, ect..) produces a plethora of information that can be analyzed to identify process improvement opportunities. Recent focus on machine interoperability standards by NEMI's Plug & Play Factory Project promises to facilitate PCB process line data collection & analysis and control tasks. If data can be efficiently and economically transferred between the manufacturing equipment and a common database, analytical methods can be employed to quickly gain process visibility and knowledge. Enhanced process visibility enables process engineers to rapidly address process instability (leading to reduced rework and increased yield) and increase utilization (leading to increased capacity). New software applications that leverage machine interoperability standards (e.g., GEM - generic equipment model) and advanced web-enabled mark-up languages (e.g., XML) will employ these analytical methods to improve the way that process engineers manage the shop floor line, and thus, proactively address issues that affect the organization's profitability. Specifically, Shop Floor Line Management application software provides real-time access to pertinent process data and facilitates corrective responses to PCB process instability. This paper discusses the cost and benefits that a company may realize by implementing a Shop Floor Line Management system.
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