30 Nov '12, 2am

Manufacturer lets customers track work on smartphone: "This is a game changer for our business," said Chris Lyon...

Surface Technology International has implemented a new manufacturing execution system that allows custoemrs to track orders on their smartphones. The UK-based contract manufacturer has tested the system by sending real-time data tracking PCB assembly to a customers’ smartphones. "This is a game changer for our business," said Chris Lyon, STI director of operations. "The technology joins the whole business together end-to-end from R&D data right through to all factory processes, materials and equipment," said Lyon. The system will convert CAD/BOM data into process designs, programs and documentation, to control production line and materials set-up verification. It will deliver version-controlled shop floor documentation and conduct CAD (intelligent quality and test management). "The system keeps track of all manufacturing information in real time which drives a reduction in...

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