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RBB Wraps Up 2020 Lunch & Learn Series

RBB hosted four great sessions in our 2019-2020 Lunch & Learn series, "How to Save Money in a High-Mix, Low-Volume World." Topics included: DFM (Design for Manufacturability), Industry Trends, Reducing Bare Boar Costs, and IoT (The Internet of Things). Let us know what you want to talk about next!

IoT in the High-Mix, Low-Volume World

We have already hosted three great sessions in our 2019-2020 Lunch & Learn series, "How to Save Money in a High-Mix, Low-Volume World." Our next session, titled The IoT in the High-Mix, Low-Volume World, will be presented by Ed Yenni, President, Logisync via Zoom on October 20.

How Do I Reduce Bare PCB Costs?

We have already hosted two great sessions in our 2019-2020 Lunch & Learn series, "How to Save Money in a High-Mix, Low-Volume World." Due to the current situation, our next session will be held in July via Zoom. This session, titled How to Reduce Bare Board (PCB) Costs, will be presented by Jim Thompson & Bob Keisler from National Technology Inc. Jim & Bob will examine board design, cost drivers, and other factors to consider when designing your product.

Lunch & Learn Rescheduled

"How to Save Money in a High-Mix, Low-Volume World"

While our team continues to swarm to get our clients what they need when they need it- RBB has decided to postpone our April lunch & learn session to July 28, 2020. This session is titled How to Reduce Bare Board (PCB) Costs, will be presented by Jim Thompson & Bob Keisler from National Technology Inc. Jim & Bob will examine board design, cost drivers, and other factors to consider when designing your product. This is the third part of our series, "How to Save Money in a High-Mix, Low-Volume World."

All are welcome to attend- please pass this invitation to your team members & colleagues!

The overall goal of this series will be to educate RBB's partners on how to save money in our high-mix, low-volume PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly) industry. Each session includes a hands-on presentation from RBB team members or suppliers, FREE lunch, questions & networking, and a facility tour.

Guest Blog: Industry Trends

"How to Save Money in a High-Mix, Low-Volume World"

RBB has already hosted two great sessions in our 2019-2020 Lunch & Learn series, "How to Save Money in a High-Mix, Low-Volume World." In our January Lunch & Learn, Norm Lelless of Future Electronics spoke about Industry Trends in the High-Mix, Low-Volume World. Here is a little summary of what Norm brought to the table:

What Can I Do To Help Reduce Production Cost and Lead Time in my PCB Assembly?

Design for Manufacturability

Design for Manufacturability (DFM) is the process of designing your product so that it can be produced easily and quickly. A few adjustments can help you get your new product to market before your competition, and help you meet your delivery schedules! The fewer steps in the electronics manufacturing process means less time between ordering and receiving your product. 

“High-Mix, Low-Volume” and “Small Batch” are NOT the Same Thing

In the EMS industry, the term high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) refers to CMs or OEMs who change over production between assemblies and processes much more often than their low-mix, high-volume (LMHV) counterparts. HMLV shops convert their lines to different assemblies rapidly (hours or minutes) and frequently (several shifts or days). Note that the opportunity for error rises as batch size decreases.

By contrast, LMHV production runs can last weeks or even months between change overs. It’s a different animal altogether.

RBB builds many hundreds of unique assemblies annually and most weeks introduces multiple new assemblies. It's rare that RBB runs a batch large enough to consume an entire shift of time, much less a few shifts!

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