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Universal Launches Revolutionary Shop Floor Control Software

Aug 13, 2009

Universal Instruments introduces a ground-breaking shop floor control software. It

maximizes line utilization and provides unprecedented visibility into production.

“Comprised of an all-new software technology, Dimensions® Line Manager dramatically

reduces downtime by up to 75%,” says Product Manager Shawn Robinson. This delivers

the highest achievable production efficiency and best cost of ownership in any

manufacturing environment.

Line Manager enables you to proactively manage changeover and part replenishment while

production continues on the line. Additionally, it provides dynamic instructions at each machine

for feeder destinations during changeover and automatically guarantees the correct locations.

“Users benefit by knowing that their products have been properly set up using Line Manager’s

host of offline changeover tools,” states Robinson.

Initial installations have demonstrated remarkable success and substantial improvements in

customer productivity. “Two to three hour changeovers have been reduced to a half hour or less

and, for our volume, that translates into hundreds more boards per week. Further, the closedloop

validation has also improved our product yields,” states Kevin Lang, Lead Process

Engineer for Catalyst Manufacturing, Endicott, NY. “Line Manager enables us to focus all our

resources on actual production, and not preparation”.

Line Manager offers a number of tools to manage production. Feeder Low alerts operators

when feeders are running low on parts so that a replacement feeder or reel can be prepared

before the line stops, further minimizing unnecessary downtime. Component Traceability PRESS RELEASE

records component placements on each board, minimizing the impact of a recall. Consumption

monitors part usage and provides real-time data to other factory systems. Reel Quantity

Management eliminates manual cycle counting by determining the number of components

remaining on each reel. Feeder and Component Tracking modules help operators and kitting

specialists locate the feeders and components they need, while maintenance technicians use

Feeder Maintenance to manage maintenance and repair activity.

Line Manager is a module-based product that can be individually tailored to fit any production

environment. Robinson states, “Manufacturers will appreciate its modularity, eliminating

unnecessary capital investments for tools which are not required for their specific applications.”

Line Manager is available for new Universal Surface Mount Platforms. There is also an

available upgrade path for previous generations of machines.

About

Universal Instruments:

Universal Instruments is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced automation

and assembly equipment solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry. Universal

provides complete assembly lines to EMS Providers, ODMs and electronics assemblers around

the world, leveraging its portfolio of compatible and flexible equipment platforms that address

the diverse requirements of high-speed chip and multifunction placement applications as well

as component insertion. Universal Instruments is headquartered in Binghamton, with offices in

Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

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