SMT, PCB Electronics Industry News

Getting a handle on warehouse and inventory management

May 14, 2010

VEGA Grieshaber KG (VEGA) in Schiltach, Germany, a manufacturer of modern level measurement sensors, level switches and pressure transmitters, successfully implemented SIPLACE Facts in the first quarter of 2010 to install a transparent inventory management system in its SMT production. With its new system, VEGA is able to enter incoming component deliveries at the packaging unit level, localize them and record their consumption. This level of seamless inventory control provides significant benefits for VEGA, because it speeds up material removals and returns from and to storage considerably while shortening the materials' travel distances. The packaging unit–based inventory overview including setup control prevents delays caused by missing components and implements the FIFO principle throughout the entire chain. It also reduces spoilage by controlling the exposure times for moisture-sensitive devices in the warehouse. In addition, SIPLACE Facts ensures the traceability of the components VEGA processes on its two SMT lines. Thanks to SIPLACE Facts, expensive physical inventories are now a thing of the past for the sensor manufacturer.

With the help of SIPLACE experts, VEGA started to replace its old electronics manufacturing software in December of 2009. The project was completed in only four months in early April 2010 by converting the vertical storage carousels to direct control via SIPLACE Facts.

VEGA Grieshaber KG (VEGA) in Schiltach, Germany, a manufacturer of modern level measurement sensors, level switches and pressure transmitters, successfully implemented SIPLACE Facts in the first quarter of 2010 to install a transparent inventory management system in its SMT production. With its new system, VEGA is able to enter incoming component deliveries at the packaging unit level, localize them and record their consumption. This level of seamless inventory control provides significant benefits for VEGA, because it speeds up material removals and returns from and to storage considerably while shortening the materials' travel distances. The packaging unit–based inventory overview including setup control prevents delays caused by missing components and implements the FIFO principle throughout the entire chain. It also reduces spoilage by controlling the exposure times for moisture-sensitive devices in the warehouse. In addition, SIPLACE Facts ensures the traceability of the components VEGA processes on its two SMT lines. Thanks to SIPLACE Facts, expensive physical inventories are now a thing of the past for the sensor manufacturer.

With the help of SIPLACE experts, VEGA started to replace its old electronics manufacturing software in December of 2009. The project was completed in only four months in early April 2010 by converting the vertical storage carousels to direct control via SIPLACE Facts.

Physical Inventory a thing of the past

The accurate and perpetual inventory management of SIPLACE Facts makes physical inventories in the SMT production area and their related costs and production interruptions a thing of the past.

“The elimination of physical inventories alone pays for the project over the medium term. But we also were able to shorten routes on the factory floor through optimized operator guidance, PDAs with Wi-Fi connections and direct Kardex control. Production problems or interruptions caused by component supplies which according to the ERP system should have been sufficient for both lines but were unfortunately in the same packaging unit have been eliminated by SIPLACE Facts. We believe that the improved inventory transparency, the consistent implementation of the FIFO principle and the management of MSD exposure times will reduce the write-offs due to spoilage or obsolescence in our component inventory considerably over the medium term," says VEGA's SMT production manager Michael Wucher about the benefits of SIPLACE Facts.

considerably over the medium term," says VEGA's SMT production manager Michael Wucher about the benefits of SIPLACE Facts.

With a follow-up project that introduces enforced setup control, barcodes on circuit boards and the automated reporting of component consumption to the ERP system, VEGA wants to ensure job-based traceability starting in the summer of 2010.

For more information about SIPLACE, visit http://www.siplace.com.

Nov 25, 2013 -

SIPLACE: Successful Productronica 2013 trade show

Mar 11, 2011 -

Lengths of up to 910 mm: SIPLACE SX sets new placement standards for unusual board sizes

Jan 10, 2011 -

SIPLACE team becomes ASM Assembly Systems

Dec 13, 2010 -

Global SIPLACE customer survey: New SIPLACE SX platform has a positive impact on customer satisfaction

Sep 22, 2010 -

Radarsensor manufacturer InnoSenT produces on SIPLACE SX equipment

Sep 22, 2010 -

Fundacao CERTI Invests in SIPLACE SX Technology

Jun 23, 2010 -

NOTE UK leading the way in Package on Package through Siplace technology

Jun 23, 2010 -

Siegfried Neubauer returns to SIPLACE headquarters

Jun 23, 2010 -

Automotive supplier AW Europe invests in new SMT lines

Jun 18, 2010 -

SIPLACE and Mentor Graphics cooperate to deliver state of the art integration value

60 more news from Siemens Process Industries and Drives »

Jun 26, 2017 -

Altus get SMART with Koh Young’s Innovative New Software

Jun 26, 2017 -

Ersa to Hold Versaflow 3 Level II Maintenance Training Course

Jun 25, 2017 -

Libra Industries’ Christopher R. Howell Memorial Foundation Awards $20,000 in Scholarships during Annual Golf Outing

Jun 25, 2017 -

SHENMAO Exhibits at IMAPS System in Package June 27-28, 2017 Introducing 3 New Semiconductor Packaging Fluxes

Jun 25, 2017 -

Ersa Brings the ‘Little Big One’ to SMTA Ohio – Award-Winning Selective Solder

Jun 25, 2017 -

Optimal Electronics Releases Process Control and Traceability Solution for Nordson ASYMTEK Applications in Clean Rooms for Sensor Assembly

Jun 25, 2017 -

Inovaxe Partners with Repstronics in Mexico

Jun 22, 2017 -

PNC Inc. Invests in LED Laser Direct Imaging system from Miva Technologies

Jun 22, 2017 -

Addressing The Modulation of Light Output -- High Quality LED Manufacturing

Jun 22, 2017 -

Schleuniger, Inc. Receives 2017 Best of Manchester Award

See electronics manufacturing industry news »

Getting a handle on warehouse and inventory management news release has been viewed 1323 times

Smart Factory Starter Kit - KIC

ADJUST-A-VAC Vacuum Tweezer for fragile components, wafers, MEMS devices tweezers