The idiosyncrasies of the PCB sector are so great that specialized ERP, Pre-Production Engineering, Global Quote and Order Management, Tooling Management, Collaborative Manufacturing, Business Intelligence, E-Business and Supply Chain Integration must all be taken into consideration for technology selection.
Agility. Rules-based automation solutions dramatically reduce pre-production engineering time while cutting production cycle times to achieve unparalleled on-time delivery. Collaborative and tool management solutions enable real-time order status tracking, automatic tool generation and process optimization, so PCB manufacturers can act quickly.
With information readily available, customer service is greatly enhanced by achieving a high degree of flexibility and responsiveness to ever changing customer requirements.
Plant level visibility is the cornerstone of participation in the fast evolving extended supply chain. Technology solutions must be tightly integrated to provide full visibility, both upstream and downstream, to the electronics supply chain.
Time-to-market initiatives, such as dock-to-stock and on-demand vendor managed inventory models, require ultimate levels of quality. Technology solutions must be designed to deliver a proactive approach to product quality, resulting in significantly higher yields.
Electronics manufacturing is a highly competitive business. The business intelligence capabilities built into technology solutions must allow management to quickly identify key performance indicators to radically reduce costs and improve the bottom line.
The Future of PCB
The North American and European companies that have survived a highly competitive environment have focused on the aerospace and military market segments where they build prototypes: small volume, high margin, and quick turnaround.
Thomas R. Cutler is the President & CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based TR Cutler, Inc., the largest manufacturing marketing firm worldwide â€“ www.trcutlerinc.com. Cutler is the founder of the Manufacturing Media Consortium of twenty seven hundred journalists and editors writing about trends in manufacturing. Cutler is also the author of the Manufacturersâ€™ Public Relations and Media Guide. Cutler is a frequently published author within the manufacturing sector with more than 300 feature articles authored annually; he can be contacted at
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