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  • 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
  • SigmaTron Source Q4 2020
    This quarter’s issue discusses the process for virtual customer audits, receipt of QAN/QAR certification for a product in the Elk Grove Village facility and some of the Lean manufacturing articles that SigmaTron’s team has published in Circuits Assembly magazine. The Tijuana, Mexico facility’s life changing wellness program is also covered. ... read more
    Published on 2020-12-16
  • Product Development and the 7 Wastes
    Lean and Design Decisions made in product design can impact assembly cost, defect opportunities and inventory cost. While design for manufacturability (DfM) analysis can eliminate many issues, less commonly analyzed decisions related ... read more
    Published on 2020-10-26
  • SigmaTron Source Q3 2020
    This quarter’s SigmaTron Source newsletter looks at a new software tool that automates the design for manufacturability (DFM) analysis process and discusses the Elk Grove Village, IL facility’s recent ATEX/IECEx Audit for products used in potentially explosive environments. Accomplishments related to Lean Six Sigma in the Tijuana, Mexico facility ... read more
    Published on 2020-09-25
  • SigmaTron Source Q2 2020
    Sigmatron Second Quarter 2020This quarter’s SigmaTron Source newsletter looks at ways that SigmaTron’s IT systems have facilitated an efficient response to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and investments that have recently ... read more
    Published on 2020-06-17
  • SigmaTron Source Q1 2020
    Sigmatron First Quarter 2020 This quarter’s issue looks at SigmaTron International’s COVID-19 policies. As of the time of publication, all facilities are operational. Equipment investments in the Elk Grove Village, IL facility, warehouse ... read more
    Published on 2020-03-27
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Articles

  • 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
  • What Works Best in Attracting New Employees?
    Recruiting Employees Material constraints combined with unanticipated spikes in demand and shortages in transportation capacity apparently aren’t enough of an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) management challenge for 2021. Labor shortages are also an issue, ... read more
    Published on 2021-06-02
  • Facilitating Continuous Improvement with a Customized App
    PDCA Tool A key tenet of Lean manufacturing is to reduce variation through process standardization and control. To that end, most companies develop a control plan and monitor various steps of the process. ... read more
    Published on 2021-05-05
  • 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
  • Product Development and the 7 Wastes
    Lean and Design Decisions made in product design can impact assembly cost, defect opportunities and inventory cost. While design for manufacturability (DfM) analysis can eliminate many issues, less commonly analyzed decisions related ... read more
    Published on 2020-10-26
  • Lean Poka-Yoke and IT Tools
    Lean and ITOne continuing trend in electronics manufacturing services is the increasing role IT-related solutions have in supporting a Lean manufacturing-driven organizational culture. This is particularly true of proprietary solutions that automate processes ... read more
    Published on 2020-08-27
  • Navigating COVID-19 Related Supply Chain Challenges
    Lean and COVID-19 Supply-chain disruption and Lean philosophy rarely go hand-in-hand. In some cases, however, systems created to support Lean manufacturing or the principles themselves help mitigate the chaos the pandemic has created in the global ... read more
    Published on 2020-06-24
  • Lean Six Sigma is a Tool For Job Enrichment
    Six Sigma and Automation People outside of manufacturing often imagine that technology’s next step is to turn factories entirely over to robots. While factory automation is growing by leaps and bounds, the reality is most ... read more
    Published on 2020-04-30
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