Successfully competing in the market still means having the high-quality products your market wants, when and where they want them. However, the new twist is competing globally for available material, while maintaining enough operational efficiency to price competitively and still make a profit.
It’s the beginning of a new year. Hard to believe the last one is gone, especially as it was not bad, as years go. Some years are more special than others.
Once upon a time, there were many major computer makers in the world, and they developed and marketed expensive high end computational systems, spent a lot of money developing cool technology, and had impressive manufacturing operations.
Old technologies never die; they just get new names. Flex circuits have been around for many years in the IC packaging business and have been called almost as many names. In the early days, it was tape automated bonding (TAB).
My columns have traditionally discussed the choices that EPIC has made in its Lean manufacturing strategy implementation. What hasn’t been covered is the basic groundwork analysis every company should go through when considering whether Lean is a good fit.