Maggie Benson’s Journey: The Journey Was Worth It

February 28, 2024 | Ronald C. Lasky, Maggie Benson's Journey

Maggie Benson was in an expansive mood. It had been almost three years since her grandfather asked her to take over Benson Electronics. By using Lean techniques, cost modeling the assembly process, and implementing continuous improvement, the company made significant profitability improvements.

You have an excellent idea for a new standard in the electronics manufacturing industry. How do you turn that idea into a reality? It’s simple: You submit a PIN to the TAEC. Now, what does that even mean? To develop a new standard, you need the help of the IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee (TAEC) Global. Ideas for new IPC standards are submitted via Project Identification Notification (PIN) to TAEC Global, which conducts an initial review. The PIN is then sent to the general TAEC standards development oversight committee for review and approval. Now, how do they review it and who comprises the committee?


The Knowledge Base: The Evolution of Conscious Marketing

February 12, 2024 | Mike Konrad, The Knowledge Base

Marketing is an evolving field, and the strategies that worked in the past may no longer be as effective in today's digital age. Traditional marketing, characterized by companies boasting about their products' greatness through...

Nolan's Notes: Boost Your Sales

February 5, 2024 | Nolan Johnson, Nolan's Notes

Everyone is talking about how to implement artificial intelligence into their business model, but this month in SMT007 Magazine, we look at perhaps the most human of all the functions in our business: marketing and sales. Amongst all...

Maggie Benson’s Journey: A Lesson From Elon Musk’s Playbook

January 30, 2024 | Ronald C. Lasky, Maggie Benson's Journey

Editor’s note: Indium Corporation’s Ron Lasky continues this series of columns about Maggie Benson, a fictional character, to demonstrate continuous improvement and education in SMT assembly. In this installment, Ivy University...

Smart Factory Insights: Making Rework a Smart Business Opportunity

January 24, 2024 | Michael Ford, Smart Factory Insights

Rework in manufacturing can bring waste, unplanned responses to an error, or too much variation. You also have to retain specialist skills to perform the work. Since rework cannot always be completely eliminated, let’s consider how...

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