ASM’s SMT Solutions Bags Global Excellence in Operations Award


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

Recently the tech leader,ASM’s SMT Solutions  has bagged the 2018 Factory of the Year/Global Excellence in Operations (GEO) Award in the category of Excellent Production Network.This is the third time ASM has bagged this award, after 2012 and 2016. The award will be presented during the Factory of the Year Congress, which is scheduled to held in March 20-22, 2019 in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

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

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. 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.

Identical process standards

Jörg Cwojdzinski, Vice President SCM at ASM SMT Solutions has remarked that 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, they do things differently. They didn’t want to distribute their production but execute it jointly.

He added that whether process and quality standards, automation or digitalisation initiatives -everything is being developed by the global team. Each plant manufactures their 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.

Wei Hsien Low, Senior Director Operations of the Singapore plant has stated that 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, they 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.


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