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Overcome the Challenges of Material Shortages in PCB Assembly



Today’s PCB manufacturing and assembly relies on material requirements planning (MRP) to source materials. However, MRP limits the visibility of inventory on the shop floor, which can cause inaccuracies in inventory levels. Usually, buffers of excess material stock compensate for this, plugging the gap from one stock check to the next.

But when the market has true material shortages (such as in the aftermath of the recent events in Japan), operations are forced to work with reduced, or even nonexistent, buffers. This increases the significance of inventory inaccuracies, resulting in production stoppages or lost opportunities due to unexpected shortages of needed materials.

This webinar will discuss how precise management of materials and logistics on the shop-floor can yield near-perfect inventory accuracy. Precise material requirements planning for PCB assembly helps minimize material shortages, reduce excess stock buffering, and eliminate the need for stock checks during down-time.

What You Will Learn

  • How to achieve precise materials and logistics management
  • How to manage both high and low volume and high and low mix operations
  • How to enhance material requirements planning (MRP) operations for PCB assembly
  • How to reduce costs

About the Presenter

Presenter Image Michael Ford

Senior Marketing Development Manager, Valor Division, Mentor Graphics

Michael started his career as one of the earliest adopters of computer systems for electronics manufacturing, working for Sony initially as a system development engineer, going on to manage Sony’s corporate global Lean Manufacturing MES project, “TiMMS”, in Japan.

With over 25 years’ experience, Michael continuously drives the vision to bring unique exciting “real-world” solutions that deliver extra-ordinary value into the market. Michael is currently responsible for the Marketing Development group focussing on the realisation of the vision as direct benefit opportunities to customers including efficiency, agility, “Lean” and the environment, culminating in the Valor MSS product suite.

Who Should View

  • Supply chain managers
  • Production planners
  • Manufacturing managers
  • Plant managers of SMT and PCB assembly manufacturing operations

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