SigmaTron International Automates Workflow, Shortens Engineering Change-Order Sign-Offs by Four Days
By Celine Beck-Oracle on Sep 18, 2014
SigmaTron International Inc. is a contract manufacturer of printed
circuit boards (PCBs), wiring assemblies, and turn-key electronic
products, serving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the
telecommunications, appliance, industrial, fitness, medical, and
aviation sectors. The company has industry-certified manufacturing
plants in the United States, Mexico, China, and Vietnam. At any time,
SigmaTron is processing and managing information on several thousand
assemblies, with tens of thousands of components, over seven
SigmaTron’s customers look to the company to help accelerate their times to market. As such, the company must be able to effectively collaborate with its clients, including managing documentation for and changes to the very complex and often highly-customized products it manufactures. Sharing product information with the various stakeholders in the engineering and manufacturing process is essential.
After acquiring multiple companies, SigmaTron began to struggle with integrating various silos of electronic-product documentation, spanning multiple continents. The company had been using Oracle’s Agile Product Collaboration in one facility to effectively track engineering change orders (ECOs) for its high-tech telecom and medical-industry customers. It looked to expand use of the solution to new locations to facilitate product lifecycle management across the growing enterprise.
To establish a single system of record for all electronics product information, SigmaTron upgraded its Agile Product Collaboration and extended the implementation to two other manufacturing sites. With the upgraded solution, SigmaTron improved manufacturing efficiency and its ability to adapt and customize products to meet specific customer requirements. With improved product data transparency and collaboration across borders, SigmaTron now has more flexibility in scheduling production across various manufacturing facilities—which helps it to better balance production. The company is also benefitting from prebuilt integration between Oracle’s AutoVue enterprise-visualization solutions and Agile Product Collaboration—facilitating document review and supporting real-time collaboration, while reducing reliance on physical documents.
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