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North America. Fabmaster opens the doors at Kemitron
Fabmaster opens the doors at Kemitron
Kemitron Technologies needed to respond rapidly to the introduction of new parts and product upgrades, which are accelerating among market conscious OEMs. The process of absorbing new designs into the manufacturing process is inherently complex and without the right tools it is labour intensive and potentially a quality minefield. Since the company's manufacturing portfolio involves a high level of variety, Kemitron had to focus intensively on new product introduction tools and techniques.
Kemitron explored the market widely for a package which would assist in the integration of client parts lists with Kemitron's manufacturing processes. What impressed the engineering department about Fabmaster was the flexibility and power of this software tool. It enabled Kemitron to convert CAD information to generate programs for its five Mydata surface mount placement machines, its Teradyne ATE and its new Flying Probe Tester using the minimum of human intervention with all its potential for introducing error.
As the technical staff become increasingly familiar with its potential, there are plans to use Fabmaster for the development of production aids, including a view station to assist the first-off process.
Kemitron is now able to provide a better service to clients, most noticeably where the OEM needs a quick turn round. The capability provided by the Fabmaster package is one component underpinning Kemitron's increasing emphasis on prototype business.