Production & Test
Since 2002 we also use in-house SMD technology to produce our boards. We attain the highest possible production quality through fully automated in-line production. The resulting low need of personnel makes this kind of production cost-effective even in Germany. Our production line consists of components that are optimized for a high production diversity. The traceability necessary for safety-critical applications is guaranteed through time stamping during the production process and is integrated into the acquisition of the organization's data.
Only a fully automated production line guarantees a continuously high and reproducible quality. The "human factor" must define the quality but must not influence it in an uncontrollable way.
Complete traceability of the manufacturing process is required to prove quality and to limit errors, and therefore to comply with the requirements of specific vertical industries. All machines and devices are equipped with different data acquisition interfaces. All data is gathered in a data base and gets time stamps. By consequence, you can determine, for instance, that a specific board has passed the pick-and-place machine at a specific time. As the parameters of the machine at this time are known, you can trace back the exact board.
This also works for the used components, so the we can trace which component from which delivery was finally placed on which product.
In addition to a production routing document, there is a whole bunch of machine data. This data is gathered in a centralized data base server and is available in real time via the MEN Intranet. This has major benefits: total transparency of the complete production and testing process, and therefore short reaction times in case of errors. This system is an integral part of our ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system.