ASM’s SMT Solutions Bags Global Excellence in Operations Award

ASM helps electronics manufacturers in turning their plants into smart factories as well as constantly advances its own processes to become leaner and smarter

ASM’s SMT Solutions division, the tech leader for machines and solutions for electronic manufacturing industry, has bagged the 2018 Factory of the Year/Global Excellence in Operations (GEO) Award in the category of Excellent Production Network. The award will be officially presented during the Factory of the Year Congress, which will be held March 20-22, 2019 in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Sponsored by Produktion magazine and A.T. Kearney consultancy since 1992, the benchmarking award is one of the most coveted honors for manufacturing organisations.

This is the third time ASM has bagged this award, after 2012 and 2016. The judges’ panel recognised the high level of common standards within the global production network of ASM, with its plants in Munich, Singapore, Malaysia and Weymouth. After touring the company’s plants in Malaysia and Singapore, the panel of judges was impressed by the global level of cooperation.

Identical process standards

Explaining what makes ASM’s production network so special, Jörg Cwojdzinski, Vice President SCM at ASM SMT Solutions, said, “Many companies have globally distributed plants, usually with a single lead factory in which processes are developed before they are propagated to the lower-level factories with rigidly limited subtasks. At ASM, we do things differently. We don’t want to distribute our production but execute it jointly.”

Cwojdzinski further said, “Whether process and quality standards, automation or digitalisation initiatives – everything is being developed by the global team. Each plant manufactures our highly complex machines based on common standards in order to satisfy the regional market’s requirements as resource-effectively as possible. And since they operate with identical process standards, they can function as capacity reserves for the other plants.”

Digitalisation and automation are being promoted in all the factories of ASM through innovation projects with distributed responsibilities.

Wei Hsien Low, Senior Director Operations of the Singapore plant, said, “A single plant can manage only a limited number of innovation projects in addition to performing its manufacturing obligations. By distributing the leads in projects like robotics, 3D printing, augmented reality and other smart technologies across our global production network, we improve the quality and speed of their evaluation and implementation.”

ASM helps electronics manufacturers in turning their plants into smart factories as well as constantly advances its own processes to become leaner and smarter.

The assessment model of the award reflects all the performance dimensions of a factory, ranging from strategy, process quality and resource management to productivity and profitability.

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