CHOOSING AND IMPLEMENTING A FULLY INTEGRATED ON-LINE QUALITY SYSTEMAuthor: Tom Lyons
Company: Manufacturers Services Limited
Date Published: 9/12/1999 Conference: SMTA International
This paper addresses the challenges in selecting and implementing a fully integrated system for real-time control and monitoring of quality at various stages in the printed circuit board assembly process. It discusses the evaluation of existing hardware, software and manufacturing processes to determine the criteria necessary for identifying and selecting a vendor and a solution. It addresses strategies for benchmarking existing processes and measuring quality throughout the implementation. The presentation also discusses training and re-education requirements for maximizing the system’s benefits.
The paper addresses: Challenges and benefits of building a closed-loop system for measuring production quality The critical question of build or buy and trade-offs in using a packaged application The need for education and training to assist the 'change of culture' Special software requirements for the test area Label placement - key process area Progression from data-poor to information-rich environment
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