productware’s seventh technology day focused on digitalisation, the supply situation for passive components, and state-of-the-art production processes

productware  held its seventh technology day. Themes at the event were “Industry 4.0 and lean – two approaches, one goal?”; “3D printing processes, 3D-MIDs & printing in the electronics industry”, “Supply situation for MLCCs, resistors, etc. – market outlook and possible technical solutions” and “Master data – the key to success”. productware also highlighted advances in digitalisation with a manufacturing execution system (MES) solution as well as other innovations in the company.
“Following the successful events of previous years, our seventh technology day at productware once again provided the setting for a varied programme of talks on topics of interest,” says a delighted Herbert Schmid, Managing Director of productware. “And our special pre-event meet-up, with a tour of Frankfurt’s ‘new old town’ followed by dinner, was a great opportunity for informal chats and networking.”
Wide range of current topics
In his talk on “Industry 4.0 and lean – two approaches, one goal?”, Michael Lösch, Senior Executive Consultant at Kaizen Institute GmbH, pointed out that businesses can only improve their competitive position and achieve competitive advantages if they make their business processes more efficient than the competition. He outlined the expectations from the client and business perspective, explained the stages of lean development in enterprises, and gave an outlook for the digital future. He also described how lean management and Industry 4.0 complement each other for sustainable transformation/improvement.
In the first part of his presentation on “3D printing processes, 3D-MIDs & printing in the electronics industry”, Manuel Martin, Product Manager 3D-MID at Beta LAYOUT GmbH, explained the advantages of modern 3D printing, how it works, and how popular 3D printing processes compare to each other. The second part focused on the production of 3D mechatronic integrated devices (3D MIDs). Mr. Martin discussed the advantages and cited examples of design rules for this process as well as the process steps that are required to get from the idea to the 3D prototype.
Matthias Hunkel, operations manager and authorised signatory at productware, talked about the successful MES project at productware. In future, the company and its customers will reap a range of benefits including better single batch and component traceability (material traceability) at serial number level, and enhanced capture of machine and quality data (advanced process traceability), with the goal of continuous product improvement. He also reported on a new service in bill of materials (BOM) analysis. Before products can be sold in particular markets, they have to meet U.S. export control requirements or be REACH and RoHS compliant. Gathering this information is very time-consuming for the customer. Now, as a solution, productware has added this information to its existing component life cycle analysis service. In this way, the company is helping to significantly reduce the workload on development departments.
The talk on the “Supply situation for MLCCs, resistors, etc.” by Sascha Laass, Account Manager, and Martin Barta, Product Development Manager at TTI Inc. Europe, provided a market outlook for multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). The two speakers outlined the background to the current supply situation, manufacturers’ product ranges, and emerging trends. Then they highlighted possible technical solutions using different technologies.
Matthias Credo and Jörg Reinecke from SMA Solar Technology AG chose “Master data – the key to success” as their topic. They explained how, in the age of digital transformation, having complete and correct master data along the value chain is essential for global and preventive risk management. The common language here is the manufacturer part number (MPN). This serves as a single, unique identifier in the product data, which has to be evaluable and separately retrievable. In their view, correct master data in conjunction with intelligent IT solutions and processes facilitates fact-based decisions, which in turn ensure business success.
Positive feedback from attendees and speakers
Falco Krepel, Senior Project Manager at NetModule GmbH, draws a positive conclusion: “The productware technology day was organised perfectly. The talks covered a good range of current topics. Especially the talks on organisational structures and product life cycle management inspired some new ideas that we will implement in our company.”
“The seventh productware technology day was a very worthwhile experience for us as participants and as speakers. The whole event was extremely well organised and the facilities met every expectation. The talks throughout the day covered the full spectrum, from the supplier market to technological developments to customer applications,” sums up Matthias Credo, Head of Global Procurement Excellence, SMA Solar Technology AG.
It was a successful event for Sascha Laass, Outside Sales Frankfurt Branch, TTI Inc., too: “Many thanks for the opportunity to take part in your customer day at Dietzenbach. Talks on interesting new possibilities and current topics were held in a very pleasant setting. It was a highly successful and perfectly planned event, and the tour of Frankfurt’s new old town was the cherry on the cake. A big thank you to the productware team.”
“With interesting lectures on current topics, a tour of the company and the opportunity for networking, the technology day offered participants a varied programme. They particularly welcomed the relaxed atmosphere and the opportunity during the technology day for extensive discussions and exchanges with industry colleagues and speakers. The positive feedback and praise are also a great incentive for the next technology day,” concludes Marco Balling, Managing Director of productware

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