Just as products are defined by their engineering documentation, substantial matters of cost and quality are determined by how effectively and efficiently the manufacturing process is used to build those products.
Yet the translation from a product’s documentation to exactly how it will be built is often left to chance. Indeed, the emergence of design anywhere, build anywhere is almost always at the expense of losing the opportunity for continuous collaboration and recalibration between design engineers, process engineers, and production managers. In that circumstance costs start off higher than necessary, and those high costs soon become the accepted and unquestioned standard.
Effective collaboration and recalibration is tough enough when the manufacturing plant is just down the hall, but it’s pretty much a lost cause when the product is built at a remote plant. Moreover, the problem is exacerbated if responsibility for building the product is moved over time from plant to plant or from EMS supplier to EMS supplier.
AMI’s product-specific process packages offer middle market customers a powerful tool for ensuring that each product is built – wherever and by whomever — effectively, efficiently, and in keeping with its defining documentation.
Every AMI process package drills out from product documentation to provide detailed product-specific instruction, illustration and control for precisely how the product should be built through each step in the production process. Just a few examples of what’s included are annotated full color CAD or photo visuals for each process in each production cell from kitting and preforming through final product packing; schematics, flow charts, procedures, and checklists; and routing, traveler, and sign off sheets as applicable.
When these process packages are made an official part of each product’s engineering documentation and are governed accordingly, then engineering gains and maintains control of not only the product, but also how it is manufactured, wherever and by whomever. Plus, if and as the product is moved from one manufacturing site to another, the process package will assist a faster and more orderly transfer and ensure that the product will be built as effectively and efficiently in its new location. Moreover, and as is becoming more commonplace, if the same product is routinely built in more than one location, then the AMI process package helps ensure it will be built the same way in each location.
In addition, since AMI process packages include time standards for each process step they provide AMI’s customer with an independent and expert benchmark cost to which it can hold its manufacturing entity, whether internal or external, accountable. Similarly, when incorporated into an RFQ, these process packages provide a consistent benchmark by which AMI’s customer can compare one supplier’s quotation with another.
Finally, AMI’s process packages provide its customer with a strong and powerful framework for compliance auditing. While it is good to know, for example, that a manufacturer’s quality system complies with the applicable ISO 9001 standard, it is at least equally good to know that the manufacturer is building one’s products in accord with the process instructions it’s been provided. One without the other is only half the pie.
Since AMI’s process packages are an integral part of its manufacturing services program, those customers that engage AMI to build their products automatically receive the benefits of its process packages. Other customers can benefit in several ways. First, they can engage AMI to prepare process packages for one, more, or all their products, either on a one time or periodic basis, or, typically for new products, a case by case basis. To this they can add AMI’s updating service on a subscription basis, wherein AMI would be on the distribution list for approved engineering and process change orders and it would update and issue revised process packages accordingly. Last, these customers could add AMI’s compliance auditing services, wherein AMI would conduct in plant, in process audits at the customer’s manufacturer(s) to assess, and report accordingly, whether the customer’s products are being built in accord with the applicable process packages.
AMI, with expert services to support design anywhere, build anywhere, is the right size and the best choice for the EMS middle market.