Happy Holidays from all of us at Milwaukee Electronics – from our Design Engineering teams and all our Electronic Assembly and EMS Groups in North America!  In our latest newsletter, we cover several topics and some exciting events that have happened at Milwaukee Electronics recently!

  • Merger with San Diego PCB
  • Notes from CEO Mike Stoehr
  • Screaming Circuits Machine Upgrades and PCBA Efficiency Improvements
  • Badgerloop – Our Sponsorship supports the SpaceX project!
  • Q&A With SanDiego PCB founder Mike Creeden
  • Aries Industries – Supporting a new product launch

Click Here to read the Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter Q4 2016!

Today we announce the merger of San Diego PCB, Inc. and Milwaukee Electronics.   Read the official Press Release

“San Diego PCB, Inc. is a best-in-class engineering PCB layout design service. We see it as a great fit for our engineering-driven focus in the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) market and we have chosen to refer to this transaction as a merger to better reflect the collaborative environment it is creating. Mike Creeden and his team have listened to their customers and created a business model that gives each customer a Virtual CAD Layout Department. From an organizational perspective, we are completely aligned on the importance of maintaining the breadth of expertise and superior training standards found in the organization. Mike has joined our team as vice president of layout services, with a portfolio of responsibility that includes both leading our layout services organization and expanding it geographically,” said P. Michael Stoehr, Milwaukee Electronics’ president and CEO.

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“I’m excited about the potential of this merger. My goal in choosing to sell the company was to align with a partner that would enable more rapid, controlled growth than was possible as a standalone entity. Milwaukee Electronics has the same commitment to doing it right the first time that we do. They also understand the value of customer-driven services and the need to allow customers to buy the services they require. Their business model already provides customers the choice of transaction-based or bundled services from engineering through volume manufacturing and our team adds to those offerings. Our customers now have a much broader menu of services to choose from, as well,” said Mike Creeden, vice president of layout services.

 

 

On Sept. 5th, Milwaukee Electronics’ Portland facility passed its certification audit to ISO 13485:2003, the quality management system focused on medical device manufacturing. “We pursued this certification to better support the needs of our medical customers. Our team did an outstanding job of updating our procedures to support our certification effort,” said Pam Kimbrough, the facility’s Operations Manager. Milwaukee Electronics will pursue ISO 13485:2003 in other facilities as customer requirements drive the need.

DQS

The latest edition of the company newsletter is out!  Our 3rd Quarter 2016 Company Newsletter is full of information, including:

  • Our Portland, Oregon facility completes ISO 13485 certification
  • Notes from Mike
  • Education Day at our Tecate, Mexico EMS facility
  • A new CFO
  • Our new software tool for Electronic Manufacturing and Electronic Design support: Silicon Expert
  • Electronic Design Engineering: A Cost Reduction Case Study

Click Here to Read the Q3 2016 Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter

David Casio Milwaukee Electronics CFO

Milwaukee, WI – David Cascio has joined Milwaukee Electronics as chief financial officer. He previously served as senior financial director for Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) Americas with Johnson Controls, Inc. He was earlier associated with Modine Manufacturing Company, Bosch Rexroth Corporation and Woodward in a variety of finance and accounting management roles.

“Dave brings over 26 years of experience in organizational improvement initiative implementation, strategic planning, cost analysis, ERP systems optimization and contract negotiation experience. The bulk of his career has been spent overseeing these activities in multinational operations which aligns well with the direction our business has taken over the last few years. I see him as a key asset in our team as we continue to evolve and expand our operations,” said P. Michael Stoehr, Milwaukee Electronics’ president and CEO.

“I’m excited about joining a dynamic company in a demanding industry. I look forward to applying my experience with best-in-class processes to help Milwaukee Electronics continue to grow and improve,” added Cascio.

Cascio received his Master of Business Administration degree from Northern Illinois University and his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rockford University.

Milwaukee Electronics designs and manufactures custom circuit board assemblies for the medical, transportation, military, HVAC and a variety of other industries. The Company operates over 135,000 square feet of manufacturing in Portland, Oregon; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Tecate, Mexico. In addition to EMS and product design and engineering services, it offers quick-turn prototyping through its Screaming Circuits business unit.

 

Contact: Jered Stoehr, V.P. Sales and Marketing
Tel: 503-263-9109
Email: jstoehr@MilwaukeeElectronics.com
www.MilwaukeeElectronics.com

Milwaukee Electronics latest company newsletter features:

  • Multiple Partner projects – how to best coordinate several outsourced vendors
  • Letter from the CEO, Mike Stoehr
  • An ISO 13485 Certification update for our Portland, Oregon facility
  • Redesign of the Milwaukee Electronics website
  • A Lean / Continuous Improvement Event with NW HPEC at our Portland, Oregon facility
  • Design Engineering in Action: A Product Redesign and Upgrade Story

Please click here to read the Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter Q2 2016

 

Milwaukee Electronics’ Portland, OR facility recently hosted an arms-on problem-fixing event that took a multi-company approach to non-stop development. The workshop was facilitated by Mike Hoseus, the executive Director of the Center for Quality People & Organizations (CQPO). CQPO is an organization developed in 1999 as a vision of Toyota Motor manufacturing to proportion Lean exceptional philosophy and human resource practices with training, business, and community groups. Mike is a Toyota licensed teacher in worldwide hassle solving and Waste discount, Standardized Work and Kaizen events. He’s the co-creator of Toyota Culture with Jeff Liker (author of The Toyota Way, The Toyota Way Fieldbook, and Toyota Talent).

The event combined training with hands-on problem solving.

The event combined training with hands-on problem solving.

The event included participants from seven other non-competing manufacturing companies: Benchmade Knife Company, Columbia Machine, ESCO Corporation, Keith Manufacturing, Leupold & Stevens, Myers Container and Woodfold. Milwaukee Electronics identified six areas they would like to improve and six teams were created from the participants. The approach put “fresh minds” on each problem and added the perspective of people familiar with manufacturing practices in non-related industries.

“We really got more out of this than we thought we would. HEPC was very pleased with our ability to answer questions and provide data. I was particularly impressed during the workshop at what the team members from other companies who had no familiarity with our processes were able to discover,” said Ashley Rochholz, Screaming Circuits Manufacturing Manager.

The teams were introduced to an eight-step program solving process:

  • Step 1: Clarify the problem
  • Step 2: Break down the problem
  • Step 3: Target setting
  • Step 4: Root cause analysis
  • Step 5: Develop countermeasures and implementation plan
  • Step 6: Seeing countermeasures through
  • Step 7: Monitoring the process and results
  • Step 8: Standardized successful practices and share.

During the two-day workshop, each multi -company team utilized the tools and training provided to work through their assigned improvement area. At the end of the event, Milwaukee Electronics’ team leaders because responsible for implementing the solutions and reporting results.

Some of improvement areas worked on included:

  • Inventory transaction errors between raw material and work-in-progress (WIP) and job to finished goods (FG). This problem solving effort was a good example of a team finding out that an assumed root cause was not the actual root cause. After research into the data, the team found that the transaction error issue was better handled as part of the EMS SMT team’s problem-solving focus. They provided the data they reviewed early in the process to the SMT team and then focused on improving cycle counting. That effort identified that a scale in the stockroom could be impacted by temperature and vibration. Previously, it had been assumed that unit was not susceptible to environmental changes and it was not on the calibration list. It was leveled on a stable shelf mount and added to the calibration list. A reel counter was determined to be inaccurate and new unit is on order.
  • Late internal EMS deliveries to subsequent processes from SMT. The team found there were two root causes for inefficient throughput: the planning schedule and insufficient parts. The planning schedule was outside of their control, so they focused on the part shortages. Machine-driven attrition was the main driver. The solution focused on reviewing scrap factors on projects where the situation had occurred more than once to determine if they were incorrectly calculating scrap factors. They also reviewed the data provided by the inventory transaction team and found that material used in rework operations wasn’t being counted. The results after the first month of corrective action were that the SMT area has eliminated the backlog of late jobs. Most of the jobs during the month were classified as late in on-time delivery (OTD) metrics tracking because of the backlog. Now that it has been eliminated, that metric should improve. The team’s original plan was to use the daily machine reports to identify scrap rates higher than issued in Epicor and reduce the number of WIP shortages on the line. Purchasing Manager Loan Thai offered an easier solution, suggesting that with IT’s help, the reports could be used to automatically adjust higher scrap parts out of Epicor so that inventory counts would be correct. The project is currently at this stage and is being led by the Purchasing Manager. The original OTD metric was averaging 38 percent and is now up to 50 percent.
  • Eliminating downtime on Screaming Circuits’ SMT lines. The team looked at data logs from the line and found that most of the downtime was related to the setup process for Mydata equipment, more specifically a process known as bill of material (BOM) site, which checks the programming for accuracy. The team is exploring if operators could perform BOM site for the next job while waiting for the printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) to finish the assembly process or do the activity offline on another placement machine. The team also questioned whether or not the process was actually necessary and has been performing design of experiments (DOEs) to find out what works best on second shift.
  • KISS selective solder machine down- (Continued from page 3) time. The KISS unit was already scheduled for refurbishment, so the team did not look at mechanical issue-driven downtime. Instead they focused on bottlenecks in PCBAs waiting for QC inspection. They decided to add a visual color-coded status indicator as a signal to QC inspectors. Red indicated that they were line down and needed immediate support, yellow indicated that a QC inspector was needed in the next 10 -15 minutes and green indicated that QC inspection was keeping pace with demand. They also moved the QC station closer to the machine so that the operation and QC inspector could communicate without leaving their work areas. The visual indicator was also in view of Screaming Circuits’ Supervisor. Finally, a scheduling board was added to help the operator better understand job priority.

Tara Locke, a Stockroom Clerk summed up what the class meant to participants well: “This class has influenced us to better our processes to make the company more efficient. There is still work in progress. By consistently evaluating our processes we will continue to have improvements. More proficient processes make a business that builds confidence in our customers and employees.”

HPEC is a program that grew out of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). They facilitated the event that Milwaukee Electronics hosted.

“EMS companies must constantly improve. The benefit of this type of collaborative effort was that in addition to learning a strong problem-solving method, our personnel also applied that method to solving small issues that impacted quality, efficiency, and cost. This ‘hands on’ training methodology helps instill a focus on applying these skills anywhere unexpected outcomes arise,” added Ashley.

 

Milwaukee Electronics’ combined engineering and manufacturing solutions were discussed in the March issue of SMT Magazine. The article looks at the benefits accrued when engineering and manufacturing services are combined, using actual case study examples. Some of these advantages include:

  • Close coordination between product development and manufacturing teams
  • A holistic Dfx approach
  • Better ability to align resources to fill gaps in the customer’s engineering team
  • Ability to work with the same engineering team over the long-term.

Read more here.

March issue of SMT Magazine

March issue of
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