Build-To-Print Electromechanical Assemblies
The build-to-print electromechanical assembly approach is an important process applied to the manufacture of complex and high-value products for both commercial/industrial and government/military products. The challenge for the assembler is to conform to the customer's price, delivery and field reliability expectations. These customer requirements can be achieved through contract negotiations and good communications between the assembler and the customer relative to process control. Reliability of product performance is ensured through documentation of the assembly and inspection processes. Complete training of the assemblers in these processes is essential.
An example of a product assembled by this technique is an industrial process control device. Hundreds of discrete items comprise such a device. They can include formed sheet metal components, machined parts, circuit breakers, motor starters, solid-state relays, solenoids, indicator lights, switches, barrier strips, wire terminations, labels, and fasteners. Sources for these components should be high-performance, high-quality vendors having long-term relationships with the assembler.
Several methods can be applied to insure product completion and compliance with the customer's delivery schedule. They include daily production schedule updates, a centrally located board within each work area, and small group production meetings held daily. From these sessions comes the identification of potential problems to avert production delays. Companies need to understand not only the principle relating to adequate inventory, but also that of inventory turnover.
Complete electromechanical assembly services enhance single-source accountability goals for traditional assembly of manufactured components or detailed electromechanical assemblies. Whether the components you require are manufactured at your electromechanical assembly job shop or obtained from another supplier, your source should coordinate the process like a traffic controller, routing the work-order through selected assembly operations according to strict instructions embedded in your work order. With them performing all aspects of the manufacturing and assembly of your product, you deal with only one partner, simplifying service and delivery. They should provide the flexibility you are looking for in your assembly requirements:
- Assembled and tested subassemblies or complete systems delivered to your manufacturing floor allow you to meet scheduled demands.
- Complete product builds, chassis assemblies, or electronic enclosures.
- Final assembly and testing at one location.
- From low- to high-volume production quantities.
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