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  • SigmaTron Source Q3 2022
    This quarter’s issue of the SigmaTron Source looks at investments being made in the Chihuahua, Mexico facility to support a broader customer base focus. Materials challenges and solutions from both a supply chain and program management focus are also discussed. Read the full issue here. ... read more
    Published on 2022-09-19
  • SigmaTron Source Q2 2022
    This quarter’s issue of the SigmaTron Source looks at the Union City, CA team’s BGA rework/reballing services and Industry 4.0 enhancements to the Tijuana, Mexico facility’s production lines. Links to SigmaTron’s latest whitepapers are also provided. Read the full issue here. ... read more
    Published on 2022-06-08
  • SigmaTron Source Q1 2022
    This quarter’s issue of the SigmaTron Source introduces Wagz Inc.’s team and product. Additionally, it discusses ways that longer-term the Wagz team’s expertise may help SigmaTron customers needing IoT “go to market” consulting and support services. The issue also looks at ways IT improvements are helping SigmaTron’s team work ... read more
    Published on 2022-03-29
  • SigmaTron Source Q4 2021
    This quarter’s issue of the SigmaTron Source looks at changes in our executive management team, Lean Six Sigma projects in our Suzhou, PRC and Tijuana, Mexico facilities and a recent trade press article. Read the full newsletter here. ... read more
    Published on 2021-12-16
  • SigmaTron Source Q3 2021
    This quarter’s issue looks at the successes of the Tijuana facility’s Lean Six Sigma Program and their new continuous improvement database app. SigmaTron’s strategy for providing regional configure-to-order support for industries with specialized requirements is also discussed. Read the full issue here. ... read more
    Published on 2021-09-28
  • SigmaTron Source Q2 2021
    This quarter’s issue of the SigmaTron Source discusses ways that the SigmaTron Supply Chain Management team’s roles are changing to better adapt to today’s challenging materials market. The Elk Grove Village facility has added flying probe test capability and the Tijuana, Mexico facility has concluded a very successful ... read more
    Published on 2021-06-24
  • SigmaTron Source Q1 2021
    Read the full issue here. ... read more
    Published on 2021-03-24
  • Materials Environment Drives New Challenges
    Any supply-chain management executive will likely tell you that 2021 is 2020 on steroids. Reason: While 2020 had supply-chain disruption, the worst part of that disruption was followed by drops in ... read more
    Published on 2021-02-25
  • A Look at Trends in the EMS Industry
    The COVID-19 pandemic is fostering more cohesive relationships between EMS providers and their customers. This Medical Product Outsourcing magazine article looks at some of the challenges created by this global pandemic and ways that ... read more
    Published on 2021-02-09
  • Improving Engineering Efficiency
    SigmaTron International has adopted a hybrid DFM process that uses software automation to speed basic analysis, followed by an engineering review. This E-DFM software tool reduces the time it takes to create ... read more
    Published on 2021-01-04
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Articles

  • Evaluating and Communicating Shortage Risks
    Lean and Program Management-1 At its foundation, Lean manufacturing philosophy is designed to eliminate waste and the associated chaos that inefficiency creates. Many of the core elements that improve factory ... read more
    Published on 2022-09-09
  • Is Your Outsourcing Strategy Regionalized?
    Electronics Sourcing-1 The August issue of Electronics Sourcing North America features an article by SigmaTron’s President Jim Barnes. Read the full article here. ... read more
    Published on 2022-08-02
  • Working Smarter Through Innovative IT Tools
    Global SMT Article 2022 From poka-yoking common production mistakes to force multiplying the supply chain management (SCM) team, the right IT tools can help improve quality, shorten cycle time and ... read more
    Published on 2022-06-30
  • Improving Industry 4.0 Value
    Industry 4.0 automated inspection technology opens the door to enhanced levels of process control. In addition to having to upgrade equipment, however, fully leveraging the power of this technology requires a strong team, an accurate program validation database, and a methodology to track trends in continuous improvement activities. This ... read more
    Published on 2022-06-30
  • Lean Six Sigma Strengthens Problem Solving Expertise
    Much has been written on the “how” of Lean Six Sigma. SigmaTron’s latest Circuits Assembly article discusses the “why” behind Lean Six Sigma. SigmaTron’s facility in Tijuana, Mexico, began implementing its Lean Six Sigma program in 2018 as a way to instill a focused process improvement methodology in its ... read more
    Published on 2022-04-29
  • Balancing Out Increasing Solder Cost
    Ingenuity While the death of through-hole technology has been predicted for decades, the reality is some applications have components that require a level of solder joint robustness that only through-hole technology can deliver. In ... read more
    Published on 2022-03-04
  • Lean Manufacturing and Field Service
    Field Service In a normal business environment, the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry has more variation than that of a Lean original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This doesn’t mean EMS providers are disorganized. ... read more
    Published on 2022-01-05
  • Addressing Specialized Customer Requirements
    Global Support Some industries have specialized end-market requirements. For example, corporate headquarters in fast food and fast casual restaurants dictate menu items and the equipment needed to support those items by region. ... read more
    Published on 2021-11-05
  • Lean Six Sigma Tools and Agility
    Gemba Walk The electronics manufacturing community is facing unprecedented challenges in 2021. Component supply and product demand are completely out of sync in many industries. Material constraints and transportation shortages are stretching ... read more
    Published on 2021-09-13
  • Reducing Time and Cost in Test
    The mantra of the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry has been faster, better, cheaper for four decades, given that outsourcing isn’t justifiable without a speed, quality or cost improvement over in-house processes. Continually delivering those benefits requires a focus on working smarter that relentlessly asks, “Where can we improve?” ... read more
    Published on 2021-07-08
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