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Lean NPI Implementation: Before and After



In this final part of our Lean NPI webinar series we will see how adopting a Lean NPI business process has improved and enhanced the operation of a real-life PCB design and EMS service provider.

Optimum Design Associates have been working closely with Mentor Graphics to study their existing business process model for product design and hand-off to manufacture. During this study, areas of the process were identified where changes could be implemented. These changes would align Optimum’s NPI process with the Best Practice Lean NPI model we saw in part one of the webinar series.

The webinar itself will be presented by Optimum’s President, Nick Barbin, who has kindly offered to share the experiences encountered during the transition to a Lean NPI business process.

What You Will Learn

  • The development of the Lean NPI process model at Optimum
  • Using ODB++ as a key element in achieving Lean NPI
  • How to use concurrent DFM during PCB design
  • The management of Valor NPI Engineering Rule Files (ERF)
  • Tracking and measurement of the improvements resulting from adopting Lean NPI
  • Future enhancements to the Lean NPI process at Optimum as part of continuous improvement


About the Presenters

Nick Barbin

Mr. Barbin is President and co-founder of Optimum Design Associates. He is an accomplished PCB designer with more than two decades of experience. He is a winner of the PCB Design West Top Gun contest and member of the Top Gun Hall of Fame.

James Dowding

James Dowding is the Technical Marketing Engineer for the Valor DFM Division of Mentor Graphics. James has 25 years’ electronics industry experience as a PCB Design Engineer working for various PCB design service providers, manufacturers, and electronic product development companies, including Nokia. James is an accomplished PCB design authority and over the span of his career has been instrumental in developing PCB design and quality processes, manufacturing data hand-off procedures and design for manufacture (DFM) system management. More recently James has specialised in DFM and Lean New Product Introduction (NPI) Best Practices

Who Should View

  • PCB designers
  • NPI engineers
  • Production engineers
  • PCB design / product development managers
  • Project managers
  • Program managers
  • Supply chain

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