When the manufacture of a product is outsourced, manufacturing partners need to be involved early in the design phase for a successful product to evolve, at an optimal cost and timeframe
On February 19, 2011, we organised a seminar on ‘Electronics Manufacturing Challenges and Best Practices’—an initiative that aimed to bring all the stakeholders of the electronics manufacturing ecosystem on to a single platform, to share their best manufacturing practices. A team of senior journalists also undertook tours to the facilities of electronics manufacturing companies, located at the various manufacturing hubs like Baddi (HP) and Pune. During these first hand interactions, the team took note of the many challenges these units face. These include maintaining lower costs and higher quality while scaling up production volumes; training and retaining skilled manpower; sourcing components; achieving the ideal level of automation for manufacturing and testing, etc. The team also found that many manufacturers have adopted best practices that helped them to address many of the challenges mentioned. Some of the challenges that the team identified during this experiential journey were addressed at the seminar by experts from the electronics manufacturing domain. In a series of articles, we are bringing to you these tried and tested best practices, which you can adopt in your facilities to make your organisation more efficient. This article is based on the talks given by Chris Palin, sales manager, European region, Humiseal, at the seminar.
Measuring quality in terms of value and linking it to company profitability is one of the key elements to be kept in mind, if we want to implement any system in an organisation
No matter how friendly government policies are towards manufacturing, companies have to eliminate non-value added activities in order to enhance their performance towards quality, cost and delivery to survive in this competitive and globalised market. And the best way to achieve this is by adopting Lean Six Sigma
India faces an acute crisis of raw materials and components for electronics manufacturing. This has been one of the major factors for the country lagging behind on the manufacturing front. Today, the country imports about 80 per cent of its raw materials and components for the electronics industry, pushing the cost of manufacturing to a higher level and ultimately raising the cost of the end products. Indian manufacturers, therefore, fail to compete with the cheap products that are coming from China and flooding the market. If the Indian raw material and component base becomes strong, equipment manufacturers will enjoy the benefits of easy availability of components at competitive prices. This will save them from the hassles of importing components, which involve delays, high freight costs, customs clearance expenses and payment of customs duty. By-passing all these hurdles will lead to reducing the cost of the end products, speeding up the time to market, and making Indian products competitive globally, in addition to saving precious foreign exchange for the nation.
While the future holds a lot of promise for the electronics industry in India, there still exist multiple challenges that hinder growth, such as inadequate infrastructure, tax structure, supply chain, logistics, inflexible labour laws, a limited R&D focus, lack of funding, limited focus to value addition, and export constraints. As supply does not keep pace with demand, it results in ever increasing imports from China and Taiwan. Local manufacturers cannot match the competitive prices of imported finished goods due to the challenges faced in India.
Going by industry estimates, SMT equipment market is growing at a rate of about 30 per cent
With continuous evolution of electronics manufacturing processes, SMT equipment vendors are upgrading their products and offering cost effective high technology solutions while providing value added services to their customers. Let’s peep into the SMT machine market in India to see what’s hot and happening today
The industry is of the unanimous opinion that the entry of large players offers the potential to scale up production of LED products in India. Players are of the opinion that the industry is ready to start manufacturing in a big way in the next two years. This will not only bring down costs but will also enhance LED usage in different applications. However, as the LED industry is currently working towards reducing initial capital costs, it needs special incentives from the government to encourage investment in this sector
India already has key ingredients for manufacture of telecom products and a large domestic market. The industry’s focus should now be on creating Indian products in which R&D, intellectual property creation and product design are done in India, and thus, benefit the Indian economy
The world today sees India’s economy growing into what’s expected to be one of the biggest global economies by mid-century.Although India is still viewed by manufacturers as an economy where the risks are higher and the business environment more problematic than other rival Asian countries, India does offer some advantages for investors/manufacturers. Analysts say that the legal framework in India that protects investment is one of the best in Asia. The country also offers an abundance of technical and managerial talent. Above all, it has the demographic advantage of a young, working age population that will keep growing well into the century.