In this latest edition of the Milwaukee Electronics’ Newsletter, we cover a range of topics including:

  • A Presidential Announcement
  • Leadership Development Program
  • A New Director of Business Development
  • Perfecting the Handoff From Layout to Protoyping
  • Screaming Circuits Customer Spotlight

Click Here to Read: Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter Q1 2018

Happy Holidays from Milwaukee Electronics!  Our latest newsletter highlights the recent news and happenings around our company, including:

  • Another new SMT machine installed in our Milwaukee, Wisconsin facility
  • Notes from Mike: Our Customer Survey results and strategic investments
  • A ReOrganization of our Engineering Resources
  • How SDPCB supports customers balance Cost and Performance
  • A new SDPCB website
  • A new Coil Winding Machine in our Tecate, MX facility

Click Here to read the Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter Q4 2017!

 

 

In latest edition of the Milwaukee Electronics’ Newsletter, we cover a range of topics including:

  • ISO 9001: 2015 Certification for the Portland facility
  • An increase in Medical prototyping business in Screaming Circuits
  • A New Quality Manager
  • How SanDiego PCB handles Cellular RF challenges
  • Engineering Sales
  • PCB Fabrication Pricing
  • Material Lead-Time Strategy

Click on the link to read: Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter Q3 2017

 

In the latest edition of our Company Newsletter, Milwaukee Electronics features some important updates and improvements from around the organization:

  • A new SMT Line was installed in Tecate, Mexico facility for our increase in PCBA demand
  • Message from Mike – Highlighting our improvements in electronic manufacturing capabilities
  • Continuous Improvement Story from the Portland, Oregon facility
  • A new Product Manager in Screaming Circuits
  • San Diego PCB talks about HDI issues and how to solve increasingly complex PCB Layout challenges
  • New investments in Screen Printing, Inspection equipment help support our pcb assembly capabilities
  • Tecate Hires a new Program Manager

Click Here To Read the Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter Q2 2017!

 

In the latest edition of the Milwaukee Electronics Quarterly Newsletter, we share several newsworthy items with you!

  • We are in the early stages of piloting Aegis FactoryLogix MES at our Portland, Oregon facility
  • Message from our CEO, Mike Stoehr
  • Tecate, Mexico facility builds it’s 1,000,000th unit for a customer in less than 1 year!
  • A new Design Engineering Manager is named
  • A Corporate Supply Chain Director position was created
  • We added a new Sales Rep firm
  • Engineering in Action: The Pitfalls of Contract Design
  • Outline of recent Customer wins that are in the Launch phase
  • Mike Galloway was featured in SMT Magazine’s March 2017 issue outlining Flex Circuit Assembly Best Practices

Click here to read: Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter Q1 2017!

 

 

On behalf of Milwaukee Electronics, it is an honor to announce the newly promoted Technical Sales – Manager of Special Accounts in the Design Engineering group, Larry Holten. This position has been created in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin location to enhance Design sales growth in strategic account areas in our company due to their growth opportunities, in support of our electronic and PCBA manufacturing facilities.

In addition, Larry will continue to act as the technical resource to the Corporate Sales Group for new opportunities, leads, and website updating.  Our primary focus for this position, though, is being created to pursue account growth.

 

Screaming Circuits, a division of EMS firm Milwaukee Electronics, specializes in building short-run, one-off, and prototype PCB assembly, with rapid turn times and instant online quoting and ordering. Mike Galloway, technical team supervisor at Screaming Circuits, discusses with SMT Magazine the biggest challenges when it comes to assembling flex circuits, the critical factors affecting yields, and the key considerations for OEMs when selecting contract manufacturing partner for their flex circuit assemblies.”

Read the conversation with Mike Galloway over at SMT Magazine. Download the PDF here.

 

The goal of any outsourcing effort is normally to help the client company deliver a product to market that is faster, better and less expensive than they could build in-house. Sometimes the best way to achieve that involves multiple parties. In those cases, Milwaukee Electronics is often the bridge, working closely with both a design partner and the end customer. This is the case with the Portland facility and one of its industrial customers.

The product is server/client units used to communicate fuel purchase and secure chip credit card data from the dispenser to a store. The design firm specializes in these products and developed a custom product for the end customer. Milwaukee Electronics is doing a full electromechanical box build with multiple printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) connected together. The original product had nine PCBAs, but a recent cost reduction design spin has reduced that to three PCBAs. The server unit is a rack-mounted network box and the dispenser unit is a sub-assembly mounted in the fuel pump.

Volume production began at Milwaukee Electronics about five years ago. Volumes have increased from an average of 100 servers per month to 500 servers per month. While the design firm has primary responsibility for driving cost reduction efforts, the team at Milwaukee Electronics has supported those efforts in several ways. The Purchasing team has negotiated cost reductions from suppliers. The Manufacturing Engineering team has made recommendations on design changes to minimize assembly labor. For example, on the client unit the team recommended reducing the number of mounting brackets and that reduced labor. They also made recommendations on changes to the PCBA. Additionally, the team recommended changes to the way the metal supplier was packaging the chassis for shipment to reduce unpack time. The original design had specified far more protective packaging than was needed.

The design firm developed the functional test and over time, with feedback from Milwaukee Electronics’ team, has streamlined the test as it became apparent that the product design was generating very little fallout. Milwaukee Electronics’ manufacturing team is now focused on improving throughput so that the higher volumes can be accommodated with no increase in floor space. The team has applied its Lean manufacturing training to re-layout the entire production flow. A supermarket has been installed in the manufacturing area to streamline material transactions. Point-of-use stocking and pull systems are being enhanced in the final assembly work cell. Additionally, the SMT equipment the facility has recently purchased enables offline feeder setup, which reduces setup time.

“Our goal is to continuously find ways to capitalize on the equipment and training investments the Portland facility has been making over the last year, enhancing the value we are offering customers. The increased production in this project provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the benefits our expanded capabilities,” said Michelle McGillivray, Program Manager.