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Osorno K.,EE Technologies Inc.
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

Bringing manufacturing, and jobs, back to the U.S. significantly impacts the nation's economic future and many industry leaders are taking on this initiative for the benefit of the nation. No matter which side of the fence you're on, there is benefit to considering important factors to ensure end-customer services and cost management.


Osorno K.,EE Technologies Inc.
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

Those operating production lines play a critical role in the quality of the product being assembled. How can one ensure operators are making the right decisions when it comes to manufacturing? Karla Osorno explains.


Osorno K.,EE Technologies Inc.
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

Summary: Using technology in manufacturing is both magical and practical. Amazing results, like improved costs, efficiencies, and quality, can sometimes seem like magic, but, more often, dramatic changes come from using the technology we have in new and innovative ways.


Osorno K.,EE Technologies Inc.
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

Karla Osorno shares her views on the key role played by people in driving advancements. Some other factors that drive advancements include equipment, building, culture, and systems. The most important driving factor in initiating advancements is the people who are engaged in such activities. Team of employees and interactions with customers play a key role in the development of advanced products. Delivering good news to customers on a regular basis will be critical to maintaining a strong relationship with them. Effective people are those who understand the significance of daily decisions on company results. Communication and relationships between employees also matter to a greater degree. The complexity and the volume of transactions and decisions made in a day of manufacturing necessitate people communicating effectively. People are critical to properly optimizing all of the other areas required for manufacturing advanced products.


Osorno K.,EE Technologies Inc.
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

Suppliers who understand the concept of quality, choose to build quality into the product rather than relying on inspection controls to ensure quality. Building quality ensures that the suppliers build products that meet internal and external expectations. Manufacturers determine the desired output and determine only the necessary inputs and required steps to achieve the desired output. The process will include the quality activities and actual production activities within the production step for each step. Suppliers can have more manufactured products and better results by building in these quality activities. Some of the other advantages that come from operator reviews of quality include increased teamwork and accountability.


Osorno K.,EE Technologies Inc.
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy, which is defined as a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful and a target to be eliminated. Built on the simple concept that customers will not pay for mistakes, successful Lean manufacturing starts by educating teams. Lean requires culture changes and shifts in thinking. The manufacturers must first realize that there is waste in the system. They must manage the conversations and ensure the team knows that this exercise is for a purpose. They must use Lean manufacturing tools to address the root cause. Manufacturers must look at the solution and make sure the net effect to the entire organization is positive. Lean is based on five important tools, 5S, value stream maps, and kanban systems. For jobs large or small, the right choice is to Lean in and get the job done in a way that adds tremendous value to all.


Osorno K.,EE Technologies Inc.
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

All OEMs look for significant valueadd, the management of costs and quality while ensuring timely delivery, when choosing an EMS provider in another country. Asking 10 specific questions will provide insight into the company's philosophies, priorities, and practices.


Osorno K.,EE Technologies Inc.
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

Creating a partnership with a new customer mirrors another important milestone in the life of most adults: Dating and, eventually, marriage. Karla Osorno walks you through the important steps OEMs and EMS providers must follow to make a working partnership successful.


Osorno K.,EE Technologies Inc.
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

Much of the manufacturing operations have become automated and highly technical equipment is required for the majority of electronics manufacturing. When startup occurs, companies should conduct due diligence to understand what is required to compete. Research includes evaluating competitors, trends, processes, regulatory issues, labor issues and available equipment options. Experienced experts hired initially or recruited in early stages provide significant insight and direction. Equipment is sometimes acquired with a purchase or merger, and must be evaluated to ensure functionality that is appropriate for the existing business needs. If the company is a startup, then all equipment requirements will need to be determined and evaluated. Alignment between equipment on different lines simplifies things for the operator. When transitions are seamless, productivity is greater. Software compatibility is a huge consideration when assessing equipment to acquire. Determining equipment needs in each of these areas is required to achieve state-of-the art status.


Osorno K.,EE Technologies Inc.
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2014

Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) depends on many people to make daily decisions as it an intricate and complex field with many stages and steps. Because there are so many opportunities for decisions, significant quantities of errors and mistakes are possible. One of the best known cures for error prevention and correction is a strong organizational culture. Organizational culture is the behavior patterns of people within an organization and includes values, visions, norms, working language, systems, symbols, beliefs and habits. It is a set of shared mental assumptions that guide interpretation and action in organizations by defining appropriate behavior for various situations. Cohesiveness encourages and strengthens the group dynamic, whereby teams think consistently and any rogue activities are handled or eliminated by the team themselves rather than bureaucratic practices. Culture change is impacted by a number of elements, including company history, industry, competition, size of organization, and reason for the culture change.

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