APEX is in Las Vegas this year, a great place to have fun, and if you are so inclined, have a little bit of a flutter as we call it in the UK at the gaming tables. What is not so much fun however is the daily gamble that the majority of electronics manufacturing still seems to be taking. Chasing ever increasing demands from customers for higher mix, more product variations, shorter NPI time, more flexible planning, all without any impact on productivity.
Everyone in manufacturing says the same thing, except the very rare exceptions of “cost is no issue” high rollers in the industry, through even they are now succumbing to financial and delivery pressures in a bid to be competitive.
It cannot be denied that the industry is changing. What needs to be changed in the factory however is now lagging behind expectation. Incremental safe changes are not delivering the results any more – it was never easy, but it is getting closer to being impossible every day. It is time to “look outside the box” in manufacturing. The initiative in Germany, where perhaps electronics manufacturing is more alive than anywhere else in the world, there is the realisation that a revolution is coming, they call it Industry 4.0. I would say that for many, the new ideas about manufacturing, the NPI flow from design all the way through to the end stages of production, the lean management of materials, the live approach to production planning, each one of these can be quite a lot to take in where an organisation has been entrenched in the same basic ERP driven operational method since the 1970s.
If you feel as though you or your organisation is in a rut, come and talk to me and the Valor team at our booth at APEX, and let us take the pain out of trying to understand the compelling need for a fresh look at manufacturing, preparedness for what is coming, to be ahead of the competition, and stay there.
Please come along to our booth at APEX, set up an appointment if you like, by contacting our sales team.