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Easy Ways to Streamline & Increase Production Before Winter

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

As the cooler months approach, orders begin to come in and business starts booming again. Make sure your company is ready by streamlining your production process to increase your output and profit this winter. Don’t worry, we won’t suggest rebranding or making TV commercials, we know you don’t have time for that. Instead, make these practical changes to keep your production steady and your customers happy.

Order all your components from the same distributor
When you’re ordering components for your manufacturing application, it’s easy to get yourself into an unnecessarily stressful situation by trying to cut corners. While it may seem appealing to order your those capacitors directly from Japan because it’s a few dollars cheaper, or buy coils in bulk from an unknown distributor because they are unbelievably cheap, this practice can be detrimental to your production in a many ways. The only way to ensure consistent, quality, fast shipping and reliable inventory is by finding a distributor who you can trust.

Waiting for multiple orders to come in from different distributors can be frustrating, and it’s a waste of time. Don’t be fooled by thinking you saved money by ordering from out of the country. You’ll pay extra for shipping, then deal with unpredictable shipping times which can set back your production by weeks. All of that cancels out any amount of money that you “saved”. Ordering in bulk from small, unknown distributors can often seem like a good deal, but there’s almost always a catch. Chances are, the supplies you ordered are coming from someone’s garage, or are old, damaged leftovers from a company that’s gone out of business. 9 out of 10 times, if the price seems too good to be true, it is.

Trim the Fat
While your company may be capable of making 100 different products, it’s likely that some are more popular than others. Examine your sales in the last 2 years and you can expect to see a clear trend of what’s selling and what isn’t. If there are a few items that just aren’t being ordered, and you’re still purchasing components for them, “just in case”, you might want to rethink your product list and trim the fat. Focusing on your best sellers and discontinuing anything that isn’t making you money is a quick way to expedite your production and focus on what your customers want. Producing a few things really well is much more cost effective than spreading yourself too thin and trying to offer too many options. If you still have the wherewithal to produce these less popular products, offer custom orders to appease demand for these items.

Tune up your production line equipment
Fall is the perfect time to make sure all your equipment is up to standard. The cost of inspection, calibration, and cleaning may seem steep, but it’s worthwhile considering the amount of business you’d lose if you had to replace a piece of equipment mid-season. Before orders start pouring in, take the necessary measures to make sure everything in your production line is ready, and that includes your workers. There’s no harm in brushing up on training and SOP’s, especially if you’re introducing new workers or changing someone’s shift. Preparing your whole team for a busy season with encouraging words and an optimistic sales projection will get everyone on the same page and ready for your best winter yet!

For more tips on how to increase production this season, to learn about new products or place an order, contact Solid State Inc.

A new segmentation for electric vehicles

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

NOVEMBER 2009 • Nick Hodson and John Newman : Automotive & Assembly Practice

Global carmakers are trying to define a future market for electric vehicles. To reach beyond affluent, environmentally conscious, or technically enamored buyers, these companies will need to develop products that satisfy the consumers’ main concern—good value for money. Given the current cost of energy storage, that is a considerable challenge.

A recent McKinsey study suggests that one way companies can achieve this goal would be to focus on tailoring battery-powered vehicles to the actual driving missions of specific consumers—that is, to the way they use their vehicles. Most existing gasoline-fueled cars, as well as many electric ones now on the drawing boards, are intended for multiple driving missions of differing lengths and speeds. By focusing on specific driving missions of consumers, a company can match a vehicle’s energy storage requirements to a consumer’s particular needs and thus design more economic vehicles. It can also shape its brand and advertising messages and go-to-market strategies for such products more efficiently.

Our study, which focused on typical driving missions in the United States, examined the factors underlying the energy storage requirements, and thus the costs, of car batteries. We divided energy use into two major categories: the energy required, first, by the vehicles’ physical characteristics (such as rolling resistance and mass) and, second, by the way the vehicles are used (such as driving distance, speed, and the frequency of stopping and starting). It is well understood that the addition of incremental energy storage increases an electric vehicle’s cost substantially. (That isn’t true for gas-fueled vehicles, since a larger gas tank is almost cost free.) But we found that the energy storage requirements of cars used for different missions could be vastly dissimilar, even if their size and total number of miles driven remained the same. Driving missions—much more than the size of vehicles—determine energy storage requirements.

Bergquist pre-applies Bond-Ply 450 to PCBs

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Found this interesting article regarding Bergquist Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Feb 23, 2009

The reflow-resistant thermal interface tape saves product manufacturers from manually applying thermal interface material after assembly.

This streamlines production, allowing to quickly bond the metal-core PCB to a heatsink avoiding laborious attachment of individual screws or clips.

The pre-applied Bond-Ply 450 tape is designed to retain its adhesive properties after passing through reflow soldering, allowing the assembly to be directly attached to a heatsink.

Release of the back-side liner is also unaffected by soldering temperatures.  It is available only as a pre-applied thermal interface for T-Clad circuits. It is 0.127mm thick and is rated for continuous use from – 30 to +120C.

High bond strength to low-energy surfaces such as aluminium heatsinks and a variety of plastics assures secure assembly, even for products used in harsh environments.  The Bond-Ply 450 is available in both standards as well as customised T-Clad circuits.

These include outlines such as power rails and star- or square-shaped LED boards, as well as a limitless variety of sizes for use in markets such as architectural, automotive, medical, military, signage or aerospace.