Vendor, customer swap roles in electronic contract manufacturing partnership

Davina McDonnell Press

Originally published on MLive here. As with any new product, there was a learning curve for KIC when the reflow and thermal process control company developed its latest profiler. The usual punch list of technical obstacles had to be overcome before the technology could hit the market. KIC sought help from Saline Lectronics, an electronic contract manufacturer (CM) that partnered …

Shining light into a dark zone, bringing reflow to the next level

Davina McDonnell Press

Originally published in SMT Today. When we installed KIC’s smart oven technologies earlier this year, everyone at Saline Lectronics was incredibly enthusiastic. With these systems, we would finally get full visibility inside the “blackbox” of PCB assembly – the reflow oven! No longer relying on a single profile board and spot checks, we are now able to measure and track …

Horizontal Integration & Industry 4.0

Davina McDonnell Blog

The second main characteristic of Industry 4.0 is horizontal integration via a new generation of global value chain networks. These networks are optimized networks that integrate customers and business partners, as well as new business and cooperation models across countries. Process chains become increasingly transparent and flexible. The process chain’s flexibility is vitally important when it comes to customer-specific adaptations. …